At this price level, QC is likely to be a bit uneven. Mine arrived with the
tines out of alignment. Easy fix, got them evened up. Then it still felt a
little scratchy, so I smoothed it a bit with mylar. That got it writing very
smoothly indeed. You might get one that needs no adjustment at all, but anyway,
the basic quality seems to be there.
It was a decently wet writer from the beginning, and it didn't take long after
putting in the cartridge for the ink to work its way down the feed. The ink
that comes with it is not water resistant, but of course you can put any small
international cartridge in there, or refill the cartridge with another ink.
There are three little holes at the end of the barrel, so forget about
eyedropper filling. Not sure if any mini-converters might fit.
I've had this for 8 months now, and it's become a regular for extra pens. I
typically have one or two pens in a shirt pocket, but this little roll goes in
my laptop case or folio, depending on what I have with me. Typically it will be
holding 6 to 8 pens and pencils of different sorts. As others have noted, most
fountain pens are a little too long for the clip really to hold them, but the
flap keeps anything from falling out.
It's just a convenient way to keep my extra writing instruments together without
using up too much space, and the "Navy" fabric scheme looks great. My only
criticism as far as looks go was the very obvious maker's tag sewn to the
outside of the roll, advertising their web page. If they had put it discreetly
out of sight inside the flap I would have left it, but as it was, I carefully
picked the threads and was glad to find that I could remove it without damaging
I'm a bit of a pushover for neat little gadgets, whether I really need them or
not. I don't use this all that often, really, but it works as described, and
would be very handy if I needed to clip bundles of paper together more often.
I prefer to carry my pens clipped to a shirt pocket. With this clip, it's a
constant worry that the clip will come off when I do this. With the hexagonal
bodies on my plastic Classic Sports, it isn't really needed to keep them from
rolling off a table, either. With some care, the clip probably will stay on the
pen, but it's too bad that Kaweco makes these an after market accessory, rather
than a permanent part of their pens.
It's interesting that this device is getting so many good reviews. I bought two
of them for my two Kaweco Sports, and found that they both work very poorly,
taking in a negligible amount of ink. I have plenty of experience using other
squeeze converters, and it hardly requires great skill to use them anyway.
These simply don't function very well.
If you were going to fill them with a syringe, as at least one reviewer
recommends, then it would be simpler just to refill a used cartridge instead.
The plastic versions of the Sport are also suitable for eyedropper filling.
Smooth, high quality paper, good with all my fountain pens. I've been using
these as travel journals, and am quite happy with them. It would be nice if
these came in a blank paper version with more sheets per book, but the line
spacing on this version is okay, and the price is good.
After some experience carrying around Fisher bullet Space Pens, I wouldn't
really trust these clips completely for shirt pocket carry. Unless you check
the snugness of the clip regularly, it will slowly work its way loose, and fail
when you least expect it. On the other hand, it's great for keeping your pen
from rolling off a table.
As another reviewer notes, the fabric of the inner pocket does not come up high
enough for me to clip my pens to, for my fountain pens, that is. I think the
designer probably had click type ballpoints and rollerballs in mind, as the ones
I have are the right size for this.
However, I'm using this with mostly fountain pens anyway; when it's closed and
tied up with the cord they aren't going to fall out. It holds 6 pens without
any crowding, would probably hold more, and the fabric is really attractive.
This is a darkish, subdued, rather flat green. I like it a lot, as it's
suitable for general writing and easy on the eyes when reading. As with the
other Sailor Jentle inks I've tried, this web page says that it has no water
resistance. In fact, I find that the water resistance is very good. A test
page took a soaking without running at all, and the color just lightening a bit.
Maybe this deserves a fourth star for what it actually is, but this is not the
color I thought I was getting. From the way the color swatch looks on the web
page, and from the other reviewers comments, I thought this would be a dark but
unmistakable red. Instead, it is much closer to a brown, with only the faintest
red undertones. That's using it with a fine nibbed Vanishing Point on several
different papers, including some fountain pen friendly journals and some cheaper
everyday papers. When I test the water resistance, it does fairly well, leaving
the letters plainly legible in black while most of the color washes away. The
part that washes away looks purple.
This really is a pretty nice color, and I will use it, but it's not the red that