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August 15, 2011
Works with the Preppy!...
Works with the Preppy! <3
So glad to have a converter for my Preppy pens. I love the idea of an eyedropper pen, but I'm afraid of it breaking or otherwise leaking and ruining my clothing, bag, etc. A converter is a great alternative where you can economically refill from an ink bottle without taking along a potential ink-bomb in your pocket.
This was a sort of expensive converter (which is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5), but it is solidly made and attractive looking inside the clear barrel of my pen. This converter gives my cheap Preppy a nice weight to it. Like the reviewer below, I agree that a converter is absolutely necessary to properly clean a pen.
Cartridges are convenient and can be cute, but in my area, I cannot locally buy Platinum cartridges and must order them from the internet. This is an expensive hassle for me when a converter has a higher up-front cost but is endlessly refillable and doubles as a pen-cleaning tool. Totally worth getting.
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June 15, 2011
<3 <3 <3 So happy...
<3 <3 <3
So happy about this ink. I wanted something reddish that is relatively permanent - and this is some permanent ink. I did some test swatches soaked in both normal water and alcohol for a few hours and I had to rub hard enough to destroy the fibers of the paper to impact the ink at all. No smearing or smudging at all. I watercolor and use solvent-based marker, so permanence is important to me.
I know some people have been complaining about Noodler's - they say on the website that your nib needs to be adjusted a little differently than most nibs. For me this experience has been really positive (wish JetPens sold more Noolder's!), but for people who don't know, I can see how they could be frustrated. This worked really, really well with two dip pens, one metal and one glass.
I am really so happy with this ink. :>
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June 15, 2011
Inconsistent! I didn't...
Inconsistent! I didn't buy this from JetPens, but I did want to write a review anyway.
I've had two of these pens - a blue one and a purple one - both with the same music nib. The blue one was smooth and wonderful, but I lost it. Even though I am left-handed, it was buttery and put down a solid wet line. Very nice to use. Also cheap! But alas! I eagerly bought the purple one to replace it and was immediately disappointed in what a poor writer it was compared to the other one I own(ed). Dry, scratchy, skips a lot, hard to get started, inconsistent ink flow, etc.
I am also disappointed that the converter costs more than the pen does and it doesn't take a standard cartridge. If I had known that the converter was more than the pen and I have to order carts on the internet (can't find them locally), I would have probably not bought this pen (again). I am afraid of converting it to an eyedropper because it might break it my bag/make a mess/etc.
That said, it is a nice size and shape. The cap screws on securely and it feels nice to hold. This pen has a lot of good reviews, so it's entirely possible that the replacement I got is just bad quality. I am, however, disappointed that there is so much variation between the same model of pen. I may try to adjust the nib on it to save it considering that it's not very useful as-is right now.
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June 6, 2011
I am lefthanded and this...
I am lefthanded and this pen works great! With the cap screwed on, it is the perfect size to fit in a purse or pocket, and the long cap protects the body of the pen from getting crushed accidentally. Posted, it is a normal size. This pen is a performer that puts down a nice wet line. It writes like a more expensive model, although the tip is a little scratchy (it might also be the cheap office paper I use it on). The plastic does feel a little cheap and light for what it cost, considering that the clear model is $6 less for what looks like the same thing. Basically you are paying more to make a fashion statement.
Like some other people mentioned, the 'orange' is more of a pinkish fluorescent orange, the kind of orange that glows under a black light or in the sun. I like that, but other people may not.
I bought it because I am getting quite a stash of international short carts and wanted something a little less expensive to put them in. There is no converter available for this pen, so it's good for someone who doesn't want to bother with bottle filling or has a lot of carts laying around.
Overall I am extremely happy with this pen and recommended it to others, especially people who are intimidated by higher end 'serious' looking pens. This would be a good starter pen for someone who is new to fountain pens.
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