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Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:22
I first noticed this pen, called the Pilot Penmanship, on Jetpens. It was sold out, so I googled it like crazy. I couldn’t find it anywhere else, including Pilot’s (U.S.) website. I got a few when they were back in stock.
Here’s the wrapper:
Design/Appearance: This pen comes in two colors: clear & black. It’s long and slender with a tapered barrel. From the tip of the nib to the end of the barrel, it measures 5 & 5/8 inches. That’s about 3/4” longer than an uncapped Preppy. The section is shaped very much like that of the Lamy Safari, with a rounded triangular grip. The small cap screws on tightly. It can be posted, but looks a little silly. The “ears” on the cap keep it from rolling around.
This image from Jetpens site of the black version really shows the shaped grip:
Construction: This pen feels much more substantial than my Preppy pens. I have had one or two Preppy barrels crack. Currently, I only use one as an eyedropper (I usually refill their cartridges with a syringe). On the Pilot, the threads that hold the two parts of the pen together are very tight. The parts screw together without any wiggling. There aren’t any air holes at the end of the barrel. To convert to an eyedropper, simply cover the threads with silicone, screw the pen together, and wipe off the excess. No O-ring necessary.
Nib: These pens are only available in extra fine. The printing on the nib says, “Pilot/ Super Quality/ Japan/ EF” I wouldn’t say it’s buttery, but it writes extremely well. I was taking notes with this pen and I had very few problems with it starting up after leaving it unused & uncapped for 15 minutes or so. I have filled my two pens with Noodler’s Eel inks, so that may have added to the smoothness.
Here’s a writing sample:
Filling system: The pen comes with one cartridge of blue ink that is unlike any others I have seen. Jetpens does not sell any separate cartridges for this pen. I have not tried using the included cartridge yet. Who needs a cartridge when you can fill the whole pen with ink? I have no idea if a converter would work in this pen.
Cost/Value: For 7.50 USD, I think this pen is a great bargain for people who want to try an extra fine nib and/or an eyedropper. For me, the main drawback is the teeny, invisible cap that easily disappears on a cluttered desk (guilty). Luckily, it seems to work well when left uncapped for a little while. For others, drawbacks may include its filling system & limited availability.
I have really enjoyed reading all of the ink & pen reviews here since joining FPN about seven months ago. I hope you enjoyed my small contribution!
Posted 06 July 2009 - 12:42
Thanks for the review, I might have bought one of these if I had heard about them before I ran out of budget...
Posted 06 July 2009 - 15:12
I have one of these: The gripping section is about the same as the Plumix-- different nib, though-- but the cap and body are different.
I hadn't considered using this as an eyedropper. I had a Plumix with a hole in the body and things didn't work out so well. However, different body, clear pen...
Posted 06 July 2009 - 15:50
Posted 06 July 2009 - 16:33
Posted 27 July 2009 - 18:03
Edited by johnnyies, 27 July 2009 - 18:42.
Posted 28 July 2009 - 15:39
Posted 28 July 2009 - 18:08
The con-20 does not form a good seal no matter how hard I push it in. It sits too loosely in the section. The con-50 worked fine though. I had it in the pen for two weeks and no leaks or problems--other than the pen's scratchy nib, which had nothing to do with the converter.
Posted 29 July 2009 - 01:48
Anyway, it's in the mail. Fingers crossed it isn't too scratchy...
Posted 30 July 2009 - 20:00
I might do the eyedropper conversion for my plumix because of the transparent body and the lack of holes.
This looked like another pen that I would buy because I love the plumix so much but once I read all the scratchy nib comments that idea went out the window.
Posted 10 August 2009 - 11:08
Anyone know where I can get a Pilot Penmanship in the UK?
Getting it from JetPens USA doubles the price!
Hmm... arrange a trade with a US member ... for a Pilot Pluminix?
Posted 22 August 2009 - 19:23
I'd be up for doing an over-the-pond trade with this pen (I'd send a new one, 'course ) ... those ASDA notebooks look intriguing!
Posted 07 September 2009 - 21:56
Please use only my FPN name "Gran" in your posts. Thanks very much!
Posted 07 September 2009 - 22:04
Also, should I go for the black or the clear?
Posted 08 September 2009 - 13:39
Posted 08 September 2009 - 15:50
Today such a thought seems almost absurd....Until you enter the realm of Montblanc's master craftsmen.
Montblanc - Soul makers for over 100 years
Posted 08 September 2009 - 18:54
ah do you know why for I am curious
Posted 08 September 2009 - 20:59
I'm just guessing, but it has a really low melting point and can probably creep into all the parts of your pen you don't want it in. Maybe even clog the nib or feed.