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   A few months ago,..., July 22, 2013
By aw8...
A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to give fountain pens a try. So, I spent quite a bit of time reading reviews. I was looking for a fountain pen that would have a fine enough tip so that I could write a lot of information in a small space. I was also looking for a pen with a lower price point so that if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be out much money.
The Sailor HighAce Neo Beginner's fountain pen worked out perfectly. The first time I wrote with it, I couldn't believe how smooth it wrote and how fine the nib was. It was exactly what I was looking for. I also bought a pilot petit1, and it is equally great. The Pilot Petit1 fine nib is a bit bolder than the sailor fine nib, and the ink flows a bit faster from pilot petit1 making it a bit smoother to write with, but still the Sailor HighAce Neo writes really smoothly. If you're looking for a fountain pen with a truly fine nib for a fairly low price, I highly recommend the Sailor HighAce Neo.
With regard to the ink drying quickly. I haven't experienced that. I bought the sailor nano ink cartridges, 12 catridges for $10. Not too bad. I write quite a bit everyday, and I seem to go through a cartridge every 4-7 days. They are easy to load, and keep maintenance for the pen low. I run some water through the feeder and nib every time I change the cartridge, and that's about it.
One thing to watch out for is that when you buy the pen, there is no ink cartridge with it; so, you need to buy ink separately when you buy the pen. Otherwise, you'll have a pen that you can't write with.
If you've never used a fountain pen and you're thinking about buying one, you should. Buy a Sailor HighAce Neo and a Pilot Petit1 to start out. You'll be amazed at how great these pens write compared to ballpoints, gel pens, and rollerballs. When I first started writing with mine, it made me regret not giving them a try earlier. I had bought into the idea that they are messy and difficult to maintain. There's only a small amount of truth to that, and any trouble is greatly outweighed by how much better the writing experience with a fountain pen.
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