This is the best D1 refill! I had to paint the end with a coat of nail polish to
get it to work in my Yard-O-Led Esprit but, so far, so good. I have since
switched most of my D1 pens (Kaweco AL Sport ballpoint and Lamy Spirit) with
this refill. I haven't had a chance to assess how long it lasts, however.
I love the brass versions of the Liliput. They have some weight to them, which
makes them feel more comfortable than the aluminum variety of the Liliput (I
liked those so much that I purchased two of them in the raw aluminum, EF). Clean
the nib unit prior to use. I used J.B.s Perfect Flush and a Q-tip, because I was
so impatient. I also used a syringe bulb...the kind that come with newborn
babies, to flush the nib unit with water. I let it air dry and then installed my
ink cartridge. I have Montblanc Leonardo DaVinci Chalk Red in this pen and I
have to say that the combination is perfect. These pens are uncoated brass, so
they take on a patina with use. I think it makes them more original.
Just received this pen and I really like it. I am mostly not a fan of ballpoints
but, I do like the needlepoints from Ohto. They are great for tiny handwriting.
I am always striking through mistakes in my laboratory notebook and documents
that are archived and the needlepoints allow me to write very small and insert
these comments in a limited space. Gel rollers are my choice, especially the Uni
Ball Signos, which are chemically resistant but, I find this pen to be a plus
because of the 0.5 pencil for processes where I must repeat steps. The compact
size is great for pockets. I am quite happy with this pen.
This eraser is GREAT, provided you use it with certain paper types. I notice
that using an excellent eraser like the Pilot Foam or the Pentel Ain (which
someone sent me as an extra gift with an order...I wish I could recall who, so I
could order from them more often) they do not work well on Rite-In-The-Rain or
the Field Notes Expedition paper but, this eraser works wonders. It is also a
GREAT way to clean suede shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is one of those things where
you have to have the right tool for the right job. For multipurpose paper, I
would use the Pilot Foam. For glossier-type, all-weather paper, try the Seed. It
is made from natural rubber, so it's not hell on the planet, as well.
I love this ink! The shading is incredible. It initially looks bright red but,
when it dries, it has a golden color as an overtone. I currently have it inked
in a TWSBI VAC700, 1.1 and a TWSBI Diamond 530, EF. It looks great with both
sizes of points. I wonder how it would work with the Monteverde One Touch Engage
but, mine is filled with another color presently.
I just filled up my TWSBI mini with a 1.1mm stub nib using this ink. It has
subtle shading and is a golden-green shade, rather less red than the packaging
led me to believe. The quality of the ink is consistent with the other shades of
Iroshizuku ink that I have. I would recommend it for its uniqueness and quality.