It performs excellently...
, December 30, 2013
It performs excellently when you first buy it; the lines are finer, the writing
crispier, and writing in general gives a much better control in comparison to
Ball pens and speed in comparison to traditional Fountain pens.
But as the weeks pass by, its quality starts falling. The writing ink becomes
inconsistent; for example, if you have to write "following", it will write
"foll" well, then skip "ow" and again write "ing", and this problem happens a
lot. Secondly there is this problem with the ball at the tip; I have bought two
Pilot pens till date, in both cases, the ball just disappeared one day! And
since there is no refill that you can change, basically your whole pen becomes
useless because of the ball falling off (or going inside, because sometimes if
you keep the pen lying useless for a year or so, the ball comes back in place).
Thirdly, the pen is just not the same as time goes on. I mean, by the time the
ink runs out and you have to do a refilling, the tip becomes quite blunt, so the
crisp writing is no more and it starts feeling like a ball pen. Add to that the
inconsistency, and you have a quite frustrating experience. Finally, I made the
mistake of washing the pen couple of days ago, since the ink dried up after not
using it for so long. Now the pen doesn't write a single word. Fill it up with
as much ink as you want. It will start leaking from that small hole, but still
it won't write.
Overall, the idea behind this pen was creative and innovative. But it gets old
way too quickly, and the problems are serious and common. I will give it a 2/5