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Online Vision Classic
Posted 24 April 2011 - 15:51
That pen was a red ONLINE VisiON Classic fountain pen manufactured by ONLINE Pen of Germany.
When we went to actually buy the pen, the red one was gone so she settled on the silver coloured one.
Appearance & Design: 10/10
ONLINE followed the simple packaging concept of the Lamy Safari, but took it one step higher by using a windowed black cardboard box with a magnet closure.
The box this pen came in included the pen and a white ink cartridge with what appears to be blue ink.
There were two more ink cartridges stored inside the pen.
The pen is very appealing to the eye, with it's brushed aluminum appearance.
When viewing the ONLINE Pen web site, it appears that the VisiON Classic was replaced by the VisiON Design for 2011.
The VisiON Classic most closely resembles what is now called VisiON Topline.
Construction & Quality: 9/10
This is very well made pen.
The body and cap are made out of brushed anodized aluminum, the end of the body where the section attaches to it features stainless steel threads, as does the section.
The end of the pen where you can post the cap appears to be chrome plated plastic.
When using rare earth magnets to test the pen for steel content, the posting end of the pen did pull towards the magnet, but I believe that is due to the spring that is installed in the end of the pen.
I'm not 100% sure but I believe the purpose of the spring is to simply put some pressure on the converter or a pair of cartridges to hold them in place.
The cap features a spring loaded pocket clip, which opens approximately 4 mm to allow to be clipped to fairly thick items such as a composition book.
The cap gives a nice solid snap sound when it is placed on the pen. Whether this will continue as the pen is used over time remains to be seen.
One of the really cool features of this pen is the replaceable nibs.
Yes, other pen manufacturers also have replaceable nibs, but not like this.
If you want to change the nib on this pen, remove the cartridge or converter, unscrew the nib from the section, screw in the new nib, install the converter or cartridge, and you're done.
There are a total of 6 different nibs available for this pen: Fine, Medium, Broad, 0.8 mm, 1.4mm, and 1.8mm.
My only concern with the replaceable nibs is that the threads are quite fine.
When viewed under a loupe, there are 7 or 8 fine threads on the nib.
As long as you don't put a lot of pressure on them when installing, it should be fine.
The section on this pen is made of plastic and tapers gradually towards the nib.
The 2011 version of the ONLINE VisiON features indents in the grip area, which may or may not appeal to you - really depends where you hold the pen.
Weight & Dimensions: 9/10
The pen with cap and a cartridge installed weighs in at 25 grams. The cap itself weighs 10 grams.
Capped - 137 mm
Uncapped - 126 mm
Posted - 167 mm
The weight of the pen is almost perfect.
Depending how you hold your pens, you may find the pen a bit top heavy when posted.
I hold my pens towards the top of the section and don't find it too bad, but my wife holds her pens closer to the nib and finds the pen to be a bit top heavy.
One thing I can say is that it's definitely not as top heavy as the TWSBI 530 when posted.
Nib & Performance: 10/10
As mentioned above, there are 6 different nibs available for this pen.
We have the Medium and the Broad, but have only used the Medium so far.
The steel Medium nib is very smooth on Staples bagasse (sugarcane) paper, Mead 24 pound lined loose leaf, and Rhodia pads.
Writing example using a Diamine Orange cartridge.
Filling System & Maintenance: 8/10
The ONLINE VisiON Classic is a cartridge/converter pen and takes international cartridges, which also includes the short and long Pelikan cartridges.
A converter is available from ONLINE, but it's rather cheap looking and costs several dollars more than the Pelikan C499 or Schmidt K5 converters.
We opted to order a Pelikan C499 converter for this pen.
Cost & Value: 9/10
This is a very high quality pen at a bargain price.
This pen cost $51 Canadian at a Brick & Mortar store, which is comparable to prices seen online, but costing less due to shipping costs.
Considering that the Lamy Safari is priced at $42 and the Lamy Al-Star costs $61 at the same store, the ONLINE VisiON Classic is not badly priced at all.
The ONLINE VisiON is a comfortable and great writing pen with a lot of configuration options.
It's too bad that these pens do not get a whole lot of publicity.
Posted 25 April 2011 - 09:23
Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:39
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 18:44
Posted 07 May 2011 - 13:54
Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:49
Thanks for the review, at least now I KNOW there are other nibs out there and I will keep looking.
Posted 23 January 2016 - 12:36
I do have quite the eyes for an Online Vision Calligraphy set (comes with 3 nibs) - it's also a cartridge/converter set... does anyone have any good/bad experiences with them? Thanks.
Edited by tritrek, 23 January 2016 - 12:37.
Posted 11 August 2016 - 13:14
Possibly worth noting.
Goldspot sent out an email this a.m. with the ONLINEMediterranean Sunny Beach Orange Broad Pt Fountain Pen
It is on sale for $21 (Normally $64)