This is a great pen for...
This is a great pen for it's price. It's practical, the color and design of this
particular pen is flashy, and it looks expensive from the outside.
Although I think this pen is a great deal, and that it' good for any beginning
fountain pen collector, there are of course a few things that I must critique.
1. The nib for this particular pen, the fine nib, is a little too fine and
scratchy for me. I got this fine nib, because I know that the "e-loops" of my
handwriting can be small sometimes--to the point that it fills in the loops with
ink. However, due to the metal that is used for this pen, I think that it feels
a little cheap and scratchy to write with. Also if you tend to write with a
little bit of a slant, you might find it difficult to do with this pen. The tip
doesn't flex that much, so beware if you like to put lots of variation in the
width of your lines--which may also be due to the find nib.
2. The body of the pen feels a little bit cheap, almost like it's thin metal or
plastic that is sprayed with a thin coat of metal. When I open the pen, I know
that the body is made of metal, but I can't help but think that this pen feels a
little on the cheap side. Still, as I said, this pen is a good bang for your
3. I know that this might not be a big deal for most people, but for those out
there who buy pens for their case (if you want to store it for long periods of
time, or if you're just very well organized), beware that this pen's case is
similar to its body. The case is easy on the eyes, but it is made out of thin,
almost warped, plastic--as is the plastic window on the case--which looks
somewhat like glass. Also, the foam inside has that scratchy feel of Styrofoam.
4. The ink converter of this pen is great and convenient for a beginner that is
only using a few pens at a time. However, I think that getting ink in and out of
this pen in an efficient manner is almost impossible. Then again, there's almost
no way to get around this with fountain pens. Just remember, that if you don't
want to waste money buying cartridges, then you'll have to spend time submerging
the pen in ink and pumping the cartridge to fill it--unfortunately there is no
way to see the ink level inside of the cartridge, but you should have a sense of
how much is in there.
Overall, I think this pen is a great pen for the money--emphasis on that. I know
that I spent a lot of time talking about what I don't like about it, or what I
don't think meets the eye, but I just hope that people consider these things
before purchasing this pen. It is a great pen to have on hand, and it won't be
the end of the world if you happen to leave it somewhere. It looks great from a
distance, but I wouldn't recommend handing it to someone to sign a document
with, just because they might be able to feel that it is not the most authentic
of fountain pens.
When in doubt, try one out for yourself! There's no way to know what the right
fountain pen is for you until you've tried a number of them. This is a great
place to start!