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January 24, 2013
Unbelievable for $4!...
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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.

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January 24, 2013
One other comment I forgot...
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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 spend.

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January 24, 2013
Great Pen! Very well...
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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 this pen.

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!

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May 31, 2012
Great pen. Great lighter...
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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.

 
May 31, 2012
Very nice fine pen. ...
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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.

 
May 31, 2012
Wowwee. This is a rolling...
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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!

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May 31, 2012
Nice color ink, although...
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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.

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March 11, 2012
Not a fan. This pen...
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Not a fan.

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.

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