Ink Drop Soup: The Moleskine Tradition of Quality

24 04 2012

Pretty sure "le vrai moleskine" still "n'est plus." Or maybe the legend has just always included centuries of shoddy construction and I just don't know any better.

In a world where “quality” is synonymous with “being mauled by a small bear.”

Not the first time I've had a random hole in the page in the cahier notebooks

I imagine the quality control process consists of one person carrying a box of notebooks over to the QC inspector, and then the QC inspector laughs brutally in that person’s face until they carry the box away to the shipping trucks.

I don't appreciate buying jeans pre-ripped, and I REALLY don't appreciate buying shrink-wrapped notebooks pre-ripped. Didn't care enough to stop me from drawing on them anyway.

If I hadn’t figured out how to make these notebooks for less than a dollar a notebook, I’d probably be peeved enough to write a sharply worded letter, or demand some kind of retribution. As is, I’m just shaking my head, wondering why I’m not the one making beaucoup bucks scamming consumers into paying top dollar for tripe like this.

Why I Can’t Review the Pelikan Griffix

6 07 2011

About a month ago, I came across and gleefully purchased what was, according to the packaging, a Pelikan Griffix Left Handed Kid’s Fountain Pen. The body of the fountain pen is indeed left-handed; the smiley-face is upright when held in the left hand, the grip indentations are leftward-oriented…but the nib is NOT a left-handed nib. I have a Pelikan Pelikano in both left- and right-handed models, so comparison was easy.

From Left to Right: Pelikan Pelikano Left-Handed Fountain Pen, Pelikan Griffix, Pelikan Pelikano Fine Right-Handed Fountain Pen

Do I even need to say anything? Look at the nibs. Which two look alike?

I tried emailing Pelikan as soon as I realized there was a problem, explaining the nib situation, asking if there was anything that could be done to rectify this egregious display of poor quality control, but I still haven’t heard back from them.

From Left to Right: Pelikan Pelikano Left-Handed Fountain Pen, Pelikan Griffix, Pelikan Pelikano Fine Right-Handed Fountain Pen

Do you see that nib? Not only is it the wrong handedness, but it is outrageously misaligned.

Were they even trying?

Sure, this is a low-end pen. But this is not the first time I’ve run into poor quality control in Pelikan’s basic pens (my left-handed Pelikano also had a misaligned nib). Why am I ever going to want to gamble my money on a more expensive Pelikan pen when I’ve had such poor experiences with their entry pens? There are plenty other brands whose inexpensive-end fountain pens are already pretty top notch; those are the brands that, down the line, I’m going to be willing to shell out the big bucks for.

Maybe one day, if I actually get a left-handed Pelikan Griffix fountain pen (doubtful, since I surely won’t be wasting my money on another one), then I’ll happily review it.