I own several dozen pens in the $20-$50 range, several of them excellent
writers, and wanted to try a more expensive pen. I chose this one because is
looked beautiful and I liked the engineering and design required to make a very
small pen. I was very disappointed and really wish I hadn't spend that much
money on this pen. I have a medium nib and it's very scratchy and catches on the
paper. I tried with very smooth Clairefontaine paper and more ordinary copier
paper and it's the same on both. The ink container is tiny and doesn't hold
enough ink to really see the ink sloshing around when the pen is in my hand,
which is what I was looking forward to (this is probably my fault as the size
was clearly indicated).
Spend your money on another pen, this one is more of a novelty pen and not worth
I bought two of these pens after reading the reviews here, and it is a complete
disappointment. The nib is very scratchy and thin, and when I write fast the ink
doesn't even reach the paper. I took out the cartridge and put it in a Kaweco
Roller (same type of pen, different brand) and it's working beautifully (nice
smooth line, not to wet, not scratchy at all). I wanted to check that the ink
wasn't the problem. I love the idea of refillable roller pens, but the Herbin
pen didn't work for me.
This is now my favourite pen. Not only does it look beautiful, but the nib and
ink flow are perfect for me. It's a rather wet nib so may not be for everyone,
but I love the way it glides.
Because it's made of aluminium, when the body is screwed on the nib section, it
can make an unpleasant metal-on-metal noise. There are probably some products I
can use to lubricate the parts a little so that it goes away, but even that
grating noise isn't enough to ruin the experience of writing with this pen.