I had a bad experience with noodlers in the past (Ahab) but for $20, this pen
tempted me to try it again, (especially after the numerous 5 star reviews). My
personal experience has been extremely positive. I find this pen to be a joy to
write with. For me it has been reliable without any leaking ink problems. It
starts reliably, even after being carried around in my backpack all day. If you
are looking for a flex nib pen, for $20 this writes as well if not better than
many of my pens which cost $100 or more. I highly recommend it.
I bought a couple of multi-pens for score keeping baseball games. This one is
tops by far. I can't believe how smooth the ink flow is. True, it's a tad on
the "chubby" side, but it's not a lot different than the fountain pens I use so
I like it. and for the price? Score.
When I saw that Pentel had a very affordable fountain pen I was excited.
Generally I love their roller balls and I thought this could be a good pen. So
here's the silly thing, the first thing they do is include a full size ink
cartridge (bonus!) that has two different ends.. oh. Which one am I supposed to
use? I tried the parker compatible end but could not get the pen to pierce the
opening, so I flipped it and tried the international end. That seemed to work.
However, once I got the ink flowing the pen had very nice bold lines that never
skipped. It's much more of an American medium than a Japanese one. (feels >
1.0mm). The pen is light and the clear windows in the cap let you see the nib
when the cap is on.
The reason I rated it so low however is the cap, it keeps slipping off the pen
when it's posted (placed on the back of the pen during writing). It clicks into
place just fine when closing the pen, but there's not enough friction between
the barrel and the pen cap for it to stay on and during writing. After a few
minutes it will "squirm" loose then just flop off. I personally find this
annoying. It's a shame really because otherwise it's a nice writing pen for the
For $3.30 I ordered these along with another pen. Just for kicks I thought I'd
give it a run. I was totally impressed. the ink flow was silky smooth, almost
like writing with a felt tip. The lines are broad for a Japanese pen. I plan
to order a couple more to hold colored inks.
I normally avoid fine nib pens, but this pen was so highly rated I thought I
would give it a try. I am really impressed with the Kaweco fountain pens (I
also have a medium sport classic). They are light and rather small, but the
faceted cap keeps them in place on the desk (as another reviewer pointed out)
and they are comfortable in my pocket. The only negative I've found is that
full size waterman (international) refills won't fit in the short body, but the
normal "half size" refills work great.
For a fine nib, this is about the same width as a pilot medium nib. The Kaweco
is very smooth and these Classic sports are the best pen for the price I've
seen. So far this pen has flowed smoothly across a wide range of paper types
from Moleskin to loose leaf to Steno pad. Also a big buggaboo for me is
starting. I'm left handed and a lot of high price pens fail to start flowing
when I write my A's, T's, or S's. This pen, once inked starts flawlessly every
time - something that is very important to me personally.
So I highly recommend this pen. If you've never tried, or avoided a fine tip
pen before this is a great one to start with.