Unbelievable for $4! Small, but thick enough to be comfortable for smaller
hands like mine. The back end of the barrel has small bumps that help the cap
to click firmly when you post it, so the cap sits very solidly to make the pen
feel longer and solid when you're writing.
I can't say anything about the ink because I threw the cartridge in the drawer
immediately. I slopped a bunch of silicone grease on the threads between the
section and barrel and filled the whole barrel with ink, which has 2 oz
capacity. That'll write for quite a while with the wet fine nib in the pen.
One other comment I forgot in my last review: If you're like me, you've been
avoiding spending $50 on the Prera when you already have (or can get) a 78G or
other Pilot with the same nib/feed for $10-15. Seems like a waste of money for
the same writing experience. IT ISN'T a waste! I have 2 78G's, and they're
GREAT budget pens, but this Prera is worth the difference if you have it to
Great Pen! Very well made. Not as light as I thought it would be considering
the other reviews. It is a small pen, but it feels good. The feeling of the
cap sliding and clicking closed is solid, like my Mont Blanc Classic (although
without the weight of the brass section). Nib needed some adjusting, but writes
very well (same as many other $10-50 Pilots).
The green color was shockingly light (yellowish) at first in person, but it's
nice. Seeing them all in person, I may have opted for the yellow, white, or
light blue, but I'm very happy with the color. The plastic body is solid. The
Noodler's Kung Te Cheng ink initially seemed to stain the section when I dipped
the pen, but it wore off in my hand very quickly and is gone. I'd be very weary
of using Baystate blue or any other bad-staining ink in the lighter colors of
One annoying part, which is the fault of the converter, is that the little
widget in the converter that helps ink to flow to the pen shakes and clicks
loosely in the pen. I don't like this myself, though it's not unpleasant.
One last thing: I think pilot really went out of the way working this pen out.
For example, the clip is bent out near the top of the pen so that anyone who
hangs the pen inside their pants pockets won't have the clip binding up on the
thick pocket hem. Brilliant!
Great pen. Great lighter blue, lighter than most generic "blue" pens. VERY
fine, and actually a hair smoother (less "porous tip feeling") than my 01 oil
based version of this. Highly recommend this for engineers writing tiny notes
on engineering paper... if I only discovered this pen and some others on Jet
Pens while I was still in school.
Very nice fine pen. From my short evaluation, this could be a suitable daily
writer. This is a hair fatter than I would maybe like, but it's still finer
than my Lamy EF by a long shot. I write very small, sometimes 10 lines per inch
with engineering formulas, hence my pickiness. I would use this over many other
pens still, and the black is BLACK. Great pen, great price.
Wowwee. This is a rolling point pen for a fountain pen user. HUGE ink
capacity, smooth for how fine it is, requires truly zero pressure to write and
can write on very shallow angles. This red is pretty, although I prefer deeper
reds typically only available in fountain pens. Still wonderful. MUST HAVE for
those who write small. I wish I discovered these in engineering school!
Nice color ink, although near-black colors are lost on such fine pens. Maybe a
brighter color is a better choice as it stands well enough on its own with such
a thin line, or of course there's black. This, like all gel pens, requires just
a bit more pressure than a fountain pen addict would like, but it doesn't take
much pressure at all and it tolerates fairly shallow angles. Not smooth, but
definitely no toothier or scratchier than you would expect a 0.25. Boy do I
wish I had discovered this pen back in engineering school! If you are in school
now and write small, this, among a few others, is an absolute MUST HAVE.
This pen really isn't that fine for a Japanese pen (not even close to a Sailor
fine). It's a very dry writing pen, so much so that it skips or writes faintly
on both inks I've tried (in fairness, neither were the cartridge that came with
the pen, I've been eye-dropper-ing with Noodler inks). It was hard starting
from day one. For $3 you can do better with a Pilot Varsity.
Your experience might be better with the cartridge ink than mine.