Some months ago I was looking for some very cheap fountain pens for my young daughter to use in school. I was working on the assumption she would loose her pens and therefore I wanted a few very cheap pens. I did my daughter a major injustice; she looks after her pens and uses a Lamy Safari and Kaweco Sport. However, she has lent two of the Pirre Paul pens to class friends and like her they like them.
It is well constructed, and has stood up to a few months school use without any ill effects.
The body and cap are made from sturdy translucent plastic with no flex when pressed. At the base of the barrel is a metal lug which allows the cap to be firmly posted. I assume the lug is actually plastic covered with a thin layer of metal. The cap has a strong metal clip
The section is metal but a little short for me but OK for my daughter.
On his site FPN member His Nibs notes R Pirre Paul was Established in 1993 as a pen brand of Eastrong Co. Ltd and they are made in Taiwan. Overall the pen feels sturdy and does not look as cheap as the pen really is. Many Chinese pens are heavy and blingy but this one is neither.
The best part of the pen is the steel medium nib. Most of the nibs in the Chinese pens that I have are nails but his one does have a little flex. It is also very smooth. The ink flow is just right, neither too wet nor too dry. It does not skip.
Length capped 135mm, posted 158mm, width 11mm. Therefore it is a very similar size to the Preppy except the Preppy is 1mm or 2mm wider. Posted it is comfortable to use for extended periods but a little thin for me. My daughter uses it unposted.
It takes international cartridges
These cost about £2.50 each delivered and for that I was not expecting much. However, it has stood up to hard school use. It has not leaked. It starts first time even after being left a few days, is sturdy and looks OK. My daughter thinks the pen looks very good. I mentioned the Preppy because the Pirre Paul costs about the same as the Preppy. I think the advantage the Pirre Paul has over the Preppy is it takes international cartridges and is not covered with printed labels. I also think the nib is as good. The Preppy is slightly wider with a longer section and I find that slightly more comfortable.
I have only seen Pirre Paul pens sold by one eBay seller based in Hong Kong and he has a range of styles, but all of them cheap.
So do I recommend the pen? If you are looking for a very cheap pen I think you can do worse than the Pirre Paul. I think it also makes a good school pen.
Edited by vans4444, 01 December 2010 - 07:49.