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#1 eslemexe

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 01:05

First Impression: I was looking around in Office Depot and I see this pen, it was really cheap so I brought it. It looks like a science fiction pen and its kind of small, that is a problem for my big hands but this is just an experiment for the cheapest fountain pen I know. It came in a blister package like all the Bic pens around, not to much information just very very basics. In first view I think this pen is going to be very comfortable, but more on that later.

1. Appearance & Design (9) - I love the look of the pen, its very futuristic, although I love the classic "cigar look" pens this is a beautiful exception, its a good companion for my Safaris. The body is Aluminium and the grip is kind of rubber, it's very comfortable and good "touch sensation".

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2. Construction & Quality (8) - I make some "hard" test and this pen is very strength, some falls, scratches and nothing, is pure hardness and durability, if we talk about the body and inkless. I loosen two inches and this happen.

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3. Weight & Dimensions (2) - Although is a very light pen one of my complains is the size. 13.3 cm posted, 11.6 unposted and 12.6 cm caped. It is just to small, maybe is because my big hands I don't feel it right, maybe if you have a "normal size" hands it would be perfect for you. In a good reference, the Xpen posted is more or less the same size of the Safari unposted.

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4. Nib & Performance (2) - It's a very very very wet nib, it use too much ink, seriously too much. In my copy paper brand X I never had problems of bleed through with any ink or pen but this combination of Herbin and Bic nib was a disaster. In Rhodia paper works fine, but still use too much ink, is not a good college partner, at least with bottled ink not. The hilarious thing is the Bic logo in the nib, I don't know why but I like it.

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5. Filling System & Maintenance (7) - C/C or standard International cartridges. It came with a Short Cartridge but i didn't taste it, I use a Pelikan converter and started to taste it with J. Herbin Vert Reseda. I can't talk about others types of filling system because all my pens are C/C (sad isn't?). The good thing is I can brought short international cartridges here in Mexico, the Lamy, Sheaffer and Pilot ones are very hard to find, at least in my city.

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6. Cost & Value (8) - Well, this pen cost normally $96.00MXN is more or less $7.50US but I buy this in offer for $60.00MXN like $4.80US. This pen worth the money I pay for it, maybe in a real price its going be a little deception because is NOT a good pen, even so still being a really cheap pen.

7. Conclusion (6) - I'm thinking in keeping this pen but only for black cartridges, I don't have any black bottled ink and sometimes I need it for documents or works and I wanted a excuse for buy a Herbin cartridges package. This pen didn't meet my expectations; I'm kind of disappointed with Bic I thought a brand like this should make a good quality pen. But what can I ask for $7.50 right?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 06:28

Where did you buy this pen? Is it still in production?
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 13:26

Nice review and as you say what can I ask for $7.50, I suppose to a degree you get what you pay for.
And how can this be, because he is the Kwisatz Haderach.


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Posted 03 May 2010 - 17:42

Also known as a Stypen, and found branded as such here in the US.

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#5 eslemexe

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 19:13

Where did you buy this pen? Is it still in production?


I but this one in Office Depot, and yes, Bic page show it's still available.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 19:57

I've got an Xpen myself, which I actually also bought at an Office Depot in Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, to be exact). Good to hear the Pelikan converter fits - I'll have to pick one up.

IIRC, I paid about $70.00MXN for mine, back in December 2008.
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Posted 04 May 2010 - 20:53

Also known as a Stypen, and found branded as such here in the US.


The Stypen I have has a snap on cap, but a retractable section that screws in/out of the body.






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