|Item Weight||0.3 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||5.7 x 3.6 x 0.7 inches|
|Item model number||AA10202|
Pen & Ink Sketch Fountain Pen Set Fine
|Price:||$8.73 & FREE Shipping on orders over $25. Details|
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- Fine point iridium nib for a smooth - enduring stroke
- Set includes three ink cartridges - ink converter - suede wrap
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Sleek in design, this fountain pen comes with an ink converter, ink cartridges and a suede pen wrap. The specially formulated ink does not bleed if washed over in a pen and ink drawing.
Top customer reviews
I wrote for a couple of minutes on a fine fingernail buffing stick, holding the pen at a few different angles, to resurface the nib. The buffing wore down the tines to a nice round ball. Now the pen writes very nicely. The nib is stiff, as one expects from a modern pen (for a soft touch you have to get a far more expensive retro-style or actual vintage nib), but the pen has the nice "buttery" feel that is so desirable for fountain pens.
The nib itself is not well anchored to the plastic feed assembly - it is possible to slide it back and forth, and this might be what misaligned the tines originally.
The grip and shape are nice, the pen is very light. The workmanship of the converter is OK but not great; I'm afraid that one day it might leak. But somehow, now that the tip is reshaped, I find myself reaching for it a lot. It could be a great pen, instead of (as delivered) an awful, scratchy wreck.
If you are looking for a gift or for a first pen, grab a Lamy Safari or an Al-Star -- they have nice grips and wonderful action right out of the box. This one isn't worth the trouble. If you want to learn to condition pens and don't want to start by busting your $200 vintage Waterman, this is a good one to try -- the price is certainly right.
Three stars for the nice writing experience when reconditioned and loaded with my favorite ink, and because it's cheap-n-cheerful. No more than that, because out-of-the-box the writing experience sucked.
As to performance, this pen does everything I want it to. I do a lot of ink-and-watercolor painting and I find this pen to be excellent for that purpose. I'm thinking of buying another extra fine point pen to carry around with me for everyday writing.
I also purchased a "Broad" Pen & Ink Sketching Pen: This pen never worked; poor ink flow, lots of skipping, difficult to start ink flow, scratches paper. Line same width as fine. Played with it and played with it - it never worked. Trashed it. Replaced it with a Rotring "Bold Lettering" Art Pen which works GREAT for sketching (nice Wide line, NO skipping). One star for P&I "Broad" point.
Amazon will not allow me to post two separate reviews, thus the combined review and rating.
As I think another reviewer has said, this pen is scratchy to start off with, until the tip wears down slightly and conforms to the way it's held when in use. Now that I'm on the third ink cartridge, it writes very well provided I hold it the same way the whole time.
I use this pen to do Zentangle in an old journal. The fine nib is also good at filling in spaces of black ink.
The flow of the ink is also excellent.