, January 18, 2014
For drawing/sketching very fine lines/details, this pen would be great. As many
reviewers have indicated, the nib can be quite scratchy -- especially if you're
not holding the pen at a particular angle. I suspect that the scratchiness might
go away with use over time.
For everyday writing, I would NOT recommend this pen. I grew up writing with
fountain pens -- all either Japanese or Chinese made -- and have always
preferred a fine/extra fine nib on my fountain pens. The Pilot Penmanship has a
needle-point thinness. As some other reviewers, I've never come across a nib
this fine. Being that fine, writing with it is challenging as it is very
scratchy unless one writes slowly. I prefer a wetter -- and especially, smoother
-- line that what I've seen so far with this pen. As for smoothness, the Fine
Nib Platinum Preppy is far smoother. (To produce a finer line, I write with the
nib upside down). The other advantage of the Preppy is that you can vary the
thickness of the line as well by rotating the barrel slightly.
One last thing, I also did not find the triangular grip on the Penmanship very
helpful. I've always gripped pens the way one's supposed to. But I find the
indented grip of the Penmanship makes the grip diameter too small for comfort.
I hope that helps someone trying to research for a suitable pen -- like I have
:). Good luck with your search!