Which Expert Version Is This? (And Some Advice?)
Posted 19 November 2011 - 20:02
Also, I currently use both a Lamy Safari (F) and a Waterman Phileas (F) on a daily basis, but would like to get an upgrade, while at the same time trying both a M nib and heavier body. I know one Phileas > Expert user here in France, and he loves his. Any thoughts on whether this would be a good upgrade from the Phileas? And is this an acceptable price? (50€)
Posted 20 November 2011 - 04:31
Posted 20 November 2011 - 15:42
I have both pens. I like the Expert II a lot; it feels more substantial than the Phileas (but is not too heavy) and writes very smoothly, but I find myself using the Phileas more often. The XF nib on the Phileas just seems to write more to my taste than the Expert II XF.
Ada - those are exactly my experiences with my Expert II and Phileas, too. The Phileas with its XF nib is an excellent pen for me. What I really like about the Expert II is the way its cap snaps in place when posted. In both cases, however, I found an M nib was not to my liking.
Edited by secrep, 20 November 2011 - 15:48.
Posted 20 November 2011 - 16:30
So it seems that the Expert II is more of a side-step from the Phileas, rather than an upgrade.
Any other alternatives in the (ideally) 50-60€ range? I'm especially wondering if there are models I should be looking at while I'm here in France that aren't available in the states...
Posted 20 November 2011 - 19:42
Edited by secrep, 20 November 2011 - 19:44.
Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:09
If a pen writes well and suits you, I'm not sure about "side-steps" and "upgrades" except in terms of cost. Buy and use the ones that please you.
I think Secrep is right; a pen is only an upgrade if you like it better than another pen.