I've had it for nearly a year now. It comes with me everywhere, either in a
pants or shirt pocket. It's never leaked (aside from burping into the cap when I
flew with it, and the ink all stayed in the top of the cap). The nib is as
smooth as my more expensive/"better" pens. It's not super fine, but it's fine
enough that I use it in my pocket notebooks without any trouble. It's not too
wet, not to dry. It's not the prettiest pen I own, and it's not my favorite
(that honor is reserved for my Lamy Studio), but it's the one that I trust to
always be there, ready to write when I need it.
Occasionally I think about getting a second one of these. But what's the point?
This fills my needs perfectly.
Awesome notebooks! I got them to use in my traveler's notebook setup, and I've
been very impressed with the paper performance. I've been using a fine-nibbed
Kaweco Ice Sport fountain pen loaded with a Kaweco brown cartridge, and aside
from the moments when I've lingered a few seconds or run over a line too many
times, there's been no bleed and very little show-through.
I know the grid+lines setup is Doane's thing, but if this paper existed in a
blank version or dot grid version as well, I'd be all over that. As it is, I'm
still liking the notebooks.
I received this pen as a Christmas gift, and have barely been able to put it
down since I inked it up! (I am using the pen with the recommended converter so
that I can use bottled ink.)
It is a smooth writer, wet but not gushing. Occasionally a hard starter if I
pause too long thinking about what to write next, but only the first letter or
so is affected. I write fairly small, and had assumed that I would prefer a fine
nib, but this medium suits my writing style just fine, and writes like butter
once it gets going.
This is a very decent and well-behaved ink. I'd prefer a slightly darker black,
but it's not bad, really. In my Ohto Rook it started up right away, flowed
consistently (I think any inconsistency was probably due to my impatience and
the fact that I didn't bother to clean up the pen before writing), and laid down
a very pleasing line. The best part is that it's not bleeding through either a
pocket Moleskine cahier or a Field Notes journal with this pen (wider, wetter
nibbed pens' results may vary).
This is a fine little pen! And when I say "little," I mean LITTLE. It's super
tiny, but quite comfortable to write with when posted, at least for my smallish
hands. The cap snaps securely onto the pen, and holds well when posted, also, so
you don't need to worry about it flying off.
The only thing keeping this pen from getting full stars was that I had to
carefully adjust how the feed and nib lined up before I started writing. Didn't
take long, but I was worried I would break it, as this is my first foray into
the fountain pen world.
It's a pity it won't take a converter (truly, even a mini-converter would be too
long), but for now I'm liking the J. Herbin Perle Noire cartridge I have loaded