Disclaimer: this pen was bought for me by a friend in exchange for the use of my Sakura inking pens for a week. I don’t know why I felt such a disclaimer was necessary, but there you have it. I guess this is an approximation of gratitude? Yes.
In terms of appearance, this pen wins ten out of ten points. The design is minimalist professional, everything streamlined and silky, sophisticated and suave. The body has a soft silver finish that I find irresistible—every time I pick this pen up to think of what to type, I just end up stroking the pen. It’s wildly inappropriate.
In terms of size, this pen is perfect for tucking into a jeans or coat pocket. Weight-wise, it has a nice heft for a pen of its size; not very surprising, considering the body is all metal.
The cap snaps into place with a sharp and satisfying click. There’s no worry of having this pen come open in any situation where you don’t want it to. It posts on the end quite snugly; no snap, but still very secure.
But it’s not all sunshine and sleek design wrapped in a bubble of stability. The metal barrel has an unrelenting tendency to come ever so slightly unscrewed from the nib and feed section—never enough to fall off, in my experience, but enough that I have to tighten the barrel back on every time I pull the pen out. So if the barrel takes seven full revolutions to come unscrewed, whenever I pull the pen out it’ll be slightly unscrewed, but never by more than a full revolution. It’s annoying, and I’m not quite sure how to fix it.
Now, how does it write? The nib’s got a little bit of tooth when writing, but overall I think it does pretty well for a broad nib pen. Oh, I’m sorry, what’s that? This is supposed to be a fine nib? In what earthly conception of the word “fine” are we talking? The opposite day definition?
Yeah, I’ve harped on this a lot, but I’ll say it again: THIS IS NOT A FINE NIB PEN. At BEST, you could call this a medium. I’m currently using a Rotring fountain pen cartridge in this pen, because the cartridge it came with was EVEN WORSE; by worse I mean wetter, took longer to dry, and just generally got in the way of a satisfactory writing process. On thirsty papers, it’s fuzzy, feathery, and bleeds through at all the spots where the pen last touched the paper. It will dry in about five seconds though. On smooth paper, it’s a left-handed nightmare; dry times of fifteen, sometimes twenty seconds. I can only write one line at a time, essentially, or I end up getting my hand in the still-drying ink as I progress down the page. Maybe if I were to write from the bottom up?
What this pen needs is a quick-drying ink. Unfortunately, the short barrel makes it difficult to put a converter in. I haven’t searched too extensively for a short converter, mind you. Maybe I could fill up an old cartridge with some quicker ink.
Hopefully I’ll get around to experimenting with other inks in this pen—the design is too fine for me to give up on it entirely. I’ll put an update on here when I have the chance to try other ink. As it is, I’m having a hard time using up the ink it’s got to get a cartridge available for testing. Thirsty paper looks bad, smooth paper takes too long to dry. Any suggestions for good paper to use?
If you’re looking for a sleek, compact fountain pen with a rich, wet line, ta-da. I have found your true love, please invite me to the wedding. If you’re looking for a sleek, compact fountain pen with a fine line, the princess is in another castle. Sorry.