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This is essentially a...
April 29, 2016
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This is essentially a very well made toy. If you want a small LED flashlight, this does work very well, but then, there is an enormous choice of equally good lights available for less. If you want a loupe for examining small objects very closely, the magnification on this isn't really that helpful. If you want a magnifying glass for reading small print, this will certainly do the job, but a larger lens will probably be more practical.

On the other hand, this is very solidly put together, and it can bring a smile to your face sitting on your desk when you aren't using it. It seems like it should take a lot of bending without breaking, and if you have something metal you want to attach it to, the magnets in the feet are very powerful. The "face" will keep dust off one side of the lens, if you don't want it on the other side, you'll have to put the back of its head against something else or lay it flat on its back. If you have some money to pay for a desk toy that will be occasionally useful, there are worse ways to spend it.
I've had one of these...
December 22, 2015
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I've had one of these in the Navy pattern for a while now, and decided that a second one could come in useful. I expected the fabric to be exactly the same, but this one feels slightly but noticeably heavier and stiffer. Not a problem, just a slight difference. And perhaps it will soften up with use.

Like the Navy one, it will easily hold 6 pens or pencils of varying sizes, and then probably a few more, depending on exactly what you want to put in there. With longer pens, particularly with fountain pens, it seems that the pocket clips won't come down far enough to clip on to the inside pocket of this wrap, but with the whole thing secured with the cord, it's unlikely that they would come out by accident.

The pattern of the fabric is attractive, but the effect is slightly marred by the manufacturer's tag that you can see on the outside in the pictures. Luckily, with care, it is possible to pick the threads and remove this without damaging the case. It looks much better without it.
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Seriously fine nib, although...
October 26, 2015
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Seriously fine nib, although it doesn't show an exact size. I don't have any fountain or dip pen that puts down a finer line. Given that, it's not scratchy, just more feedback than a broader nib.

It will indeed fit in the Platinum desk pen holder. I actually have a Platinum double holder meant for red and black pens; I put this one on the red side and a black Pilot desk pen on the other. They don't dry out in the holder, but of course I'm saving the caps just in case. Also, since it's nib down in a pen holder, it's good that neither pen shows any tendency to leak ink out the nib in that position.

This red pen came with a black ink cartridge, but I filled an empty Pilot cartridge with Diamine Syrah instead. I'm sure it will work fine with a converter if I want to do that later.
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I've paid more than this...
October 19, 2015
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I've paid more than this for fountain pens, but never for a ballpoint/rollerball. Apart from that, my main concern was the weight, more than 3 times heavier than any pen of any kind that I have. Got it anyway, as I wanted one really nice ballpoint. When it arrived, I put in a Pilot 1.0 mm G2 refill and took it out for a write.

It's a beautifully smooth writer, but of course Pilot gets all the credit for that. Karas Kustoms gets the credit, though, for providing such a nice holder for the Pilot refill. The click mechanism is smooth. Karas included a note to say that the mechanism should be treated gently, and that damage caused by abuse would not be covered by warranty. Fair enough, except that it would be easy enough just to say that the mechanism must have been abused. Well, I will treat it well, and time will tell how it holds up.

About that weight. Yes, it could be a bit of a problem to handle. It's not just that it's more tiring to control the pen for long periods, but it's harder to control than a lighter pen. Right now my handwriting takes a hit when I use this. It will probably get easier with practice, but I can't see using this for a long writing session.

Anyway, it takes my favorite refills and it looks nice. I look forward to seeing what kind of patina the copper develops.
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I really didn't need...
October 19, 2015
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I really didn't need this, but I have a thing for neat gadgets and multi-pens, and I was ordering something else from here, so I added this on a whim, and got a couple of the pen refills while I was at it.

Pros. The pen refill can't have much ink in it, but it writes very smoothly, and with a very fine line, which will help the ink last a little while. The pencil, well, it's a functional .5mm pencil. You pull out the pen refill to access the back where you'd put in more leads; mine had a total of three, including the one that's installed. The tiny little cap that covers the pen or pencil is also the button for the pencil mechanism. Looks as if it would be really easy to lose. How good are you at keeping track of your stuff? :)

Cons. Honestly I had figured out almost all of this ahead of time, and didn't really care, but might as well mention the obvious. Something this skinny is best for taking brief notes, which I'm sure is how most people would use it. You wouldn't want to show up for a one hour meeting or lecture and have nothing else to take notes with. Already mentioned the easy to lose cap. You'd typically store this with the cap over the pen side, so if you clipped this to your shirt pocket, the uncovered pencil lead guide is pointed down. That could poke a hole in your pocket over time. Although this seems to be solidly made, I wouldn't want to risk carrying it in a pants pocket, where it would probably get beat up too much by keys and such, and could slip through a small hole. Even though there's nothing about operating this that you can't figure out on your own, I was a little surprised that it just came loose without any instructions or manufacturer packaging.

If I use this enough to use up the pen refills I got, I don't have a second source for them if Jet Pens stops carrying them. Would have to write to Pilot and ask.

On the whole, though, this is a neat gizmo that works, and it's a practical backup for when you have nothing else. The pen on one end pencil on the other design is reminiscent of some vintage fountain pens, which were more normal sized, but used the same idea.
At this price level,...
August 19, 2015
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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...
June 20, 2015
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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 the case.
I'm a bit of a pushover...
March 3, 2015
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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...
March 3, 2015
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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...
March 3, 2015
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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.
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