I bought this in conjunction with an Ohto Dude fountain pen and RIGHT out of the
box it worked perfectly.
This is the very first converter I've used in a fountain pen and I found it to
be very easy to use. I had absolutely no issues with filling it and I have come
across no problems after using it so far for several days.
Highly recommended for specific Ohto products!
(Several other Ohto pens will not accept converters, so some research is in
order if you are looking to buy!)
I have to say that this box of "pens" is a great deal. Since you can basically
get 2 for 1 at the current sale price, I didn't feel guilty throwing 2 boxes
into my shopping cart.
I was interested in these pens due to the overwhelming request to have them
restocked by JetPens. When they came back in, I decided to give them a whirl.
While they are a bit different than I expected (Are they pens? Are they
markers?) I was happy to give them out to coworkers because they are affordable
(at the time I write this).
Clearly there is a theme here - I would, as a US shopper, consider these
markers, not pens. The tip is very wide compared to other sign pens I've
purchased, and the ink is similar to something seen in say, a Crayola marker.
As the box says, these are water based, and I know that if I spilled anything on
the ink, that it would run like crazy.
The black ink is not black-black, and I suppose that is due to the formulation
of the water based ink and the fairly wide "felty" tip. Despite the box's
insisting that that there are "vivid and various ink colors", I did not find the
ink to be very vivid. Although, I'm not quite sure HOW vivid black ink can
Regardless, there are clearly some fans of this pen. It may not have been up my
alley, in the end, but I know that I won't run out of them anytime soon as I now
have 22 of them easily within my grasp.
For my first foray into using a fountain pen converter I chose this ink as I
felt it would be functional for work and yet different enough in shade that I
would have some fun with it as well. I basically did not want to buy a fuchsia
pink color that would only be suitable in specific circumstances.
I have not been disappointed with this ink at all. It is my initial run through
with ink however, so I am not sure if that is just a newbie's opinion.
This shade is slightly different than the eyedropper swatch available. I
thought that the swatch showed a bit of shading and that the ink was a bit more
blue. There is almost no shading and the color is what I am thinking is a
grey-blue, perhaps even gunmetal blue.
I do really like it and I am glad I chose this shade for my first go around! I
am having a lot of fun with it so far.
After taking baby steps in the fountain pen realm (Preppy, Petit1, Sailor Ink
Bar, etc.) I decided to go after a more substantial model that I could try out a
converter with. I went with the Dude over a Lamy because I liked that this pen
was metal and looked a bit more fancy than a Lamy.
I have not been disappointed at all! To demonstrate my new pen and converter to
my coworker, I filled it lickety-split right at my desk with no issues (it was
my first time EVER using a converter) and the pen wrote beautifully right away.
I have likewise been drawing and writing with it for several days and have had
absolutely zero problems with ink flow. Since I am using a converter, I am also
not worried about using up my ink reserves in cartridges because I know I have a
whole bottle of ink at my disposal that I can fill whenever I want! (I am using
Diamine ink for my initial converter go around.)
The metal body is definitely more weighty than any of the other plastic fountain
pens I own and have tried, but I LIKE that. The pen feels solid and even
better, it feels and looks way more expensive than it is.
As the other reviewer noticed, the cap IS very difficult at first to pull off.
I have however, gotten a bit used to it and feel comforted by the effort it
takes. I know that the cap won't pop off in my bag or pen case.
For the first reviewer of this pen - I suspect that you have not actually
engaged your cartridge with the nib. You have to physically push the cartridge
onto the mechanism to get the ink to flow. Take one of the cartridges and PUSH
it into the feed and you will feel it puncture. Twist it slightly to be sure
it's attached firmly and you should soon be able to write.
Most pens that use a short cartridge do so to enable you to carry an extra
cartridge inside the body of your pen in case the one you are using runs out.
That's why they are both rattling about inside your pen: neither of them is
actually in use.
I absolutely the black Marvy LePen and so I decided to branch out to a few
different colors. I order the Amethyst, Teal, and this, Oriental Blue. All of
them are equally good in regards to performance but this COLOR is by far my
favorite. I haven't really experienced other blues this shade, so I was
intrigued enough to buy it.
It's almost a dark teal shade which is beautiful for writing or drawing (as I
Straight off - I have 2 of these because I love them so much!
I really wish that there were more color options available because I'd probably
buy them too!
This is an adorable little case - has room to fit TONS of pens/pencils, etc.
I use the bottom pocket to carry fountain pen refills, knock eraser refills, and
a Midori Memorandum Card.
This would also suffice as a cute little purse - although I wouldn't know what
to do with all of my pens if I used it for that purpose.
I had been carrying it about for several weeks inside another bag of mine and I
had found that the wine colored fabric had started to pill a little bit. I
trimmed the pilling down and have taken better care of it. So far and haven't
seen the pilling problem pop up again. I definitely expect this to show a bit
of wear and tear for how much I use it, but I didn't want it to start looking
"used" so quickly!
So cute! If you are thinking about buying one, I suggest you do it as it
appears I am likely to buy another if I give myself the chance.