3 things that are different
1) All the markings have been removed from the pen along with the cartridge that is normally in the preppy.
2) Silicon grease has been added to the threads for seal and to keep them from cracking under preasure
3) A rubber washer has been added just above the threads on the piece with the nib. Tightening the barrel down onto this keeps the barrel from unscrewing in your pocket.
The effect of these last two is that the pen does not leak in your pocket. You do have to make sure you really tighten down the barrel because it can come unscrewed easily. To check, just snap on the cap which fits very snuggly, and turn it on the pen. If the barrel moves it's too loose and you may have a pocket full of ink.
Speaking of full of ink, the barrel of this pen easily 4 or 5 times as much ink as cartridge! I have been using it for the past week, and it really holds alot of ink. I think could even be used as a device for carrying ink in a pinch.
Nib and writing:
The nib on this pen is a very smooth writer and quite flexible when compared to a safari nib. I actually really like the way it feels. However, it is a very, very wet nib (too wet perhaps) and lays down a fine to medium line.
Compared to a a Safari EF nib, the line width is very similar, however the wetness is apparent in the feathering that is quite visible on the Moleskine paper. Also you can note how rich and dark the Heart of Darkness Ink is compared to Pelikan Brilliant Black (which is the one in the middle).
As I said before the writing for this pen is incredibly smooth, and is actually quite fun as the nib just flows over the page. The flexibility and wetness really combine for a nice writing experience. Writing several pages at a sitting was no trouble at all; however, when I stopped to read something for a minute or two, I ran into the only real issue I have with this pen -- it dries out incredibly fast.
I think somewhere between 30 seconds and a minute of being cap-less and not writing, it begins to slow down on the ink flow. After 3-5 minutes it is completely dry, and is quite difficult to restart. Sometimes I have had to resort to putting the cap back on and allowing it to revive in that closed environment. (It generally does write very well immediately after the cap has been removed.) I will try other inks in the future, but given how wet this pen is when it is writing, I think a wetter nib would just be a problem.
Weight and handling:
This pen is incredibly light as I think has been said before. It writes well posted or not and as the cap is so light it makes little difference. The barrel is a decent width but I found it very slippery and hard to grasp, so I made a few small etches with a key to allow me to grip it more loosely. I am partial to light pens, and this one is great.
Carrying it around:
Overall this pen is great for carrying around. The ink has stayed in the pen about as well as it does in my safari (i.e. drop it off the desk and expect some splashes inside the cap). I have had it in my pocket all week without any stains and enjoy having it.
In conclusion: This is a really cheap pen ($4.00 after modifications) that has some potential as an eyedropper pen. It writes well, seems durable so far, and is comfortable. However, you must remember to cap it if you set it down for a moment. If you can get over that hurdle, it is a fun pen, one that you won't mind losing, and could look very cool with the right ink in it.
Edited by walkingagh, 21 January 2008 - 20:11.