Posted 02 December 2010 - 06:37
I have one of these 1930s Japanese Safety-fillers, made by Well. As Ethernautrix, and even her brother, can attest, it's an amazing pen. Watch Art's review did include writing samples, but he didn't push the pen to its limits of flexibility. Like other Japanese pens of this era, the nib can write with fine detail as well as lots of springy flex. Unlike other flexible nibs of either USA or British manufacture, it has lots of backbone without compromising its flexibility.
The main flaw in this design is that the "blind cap" (actually, turning nob) end of the pen has a cork seal that prevents ink from leaking out through the stem-hole. When the cork gets old it decomposes, causing the pen to leak badly out the back end. This can be repaired. However, it took me seven months, and several restoration 'specialists' (some very well known to most members here) to figure out how to do it.
I had difficulty understanding what purpose the Japanese had in shutting off ink to the nib when simply placing the pen in the pocket could cause the pen to leak.