Posted 28 March 2012 - 20:26
I'm no FP user, this is the first time after decades. I once tried as an adolescent a petite Mont Blanc, which i still have (parental gift), but without succes, i was not up to it then. Until recently, i was quite able to write with standard and even sub-standard ballpoints, but it is more and more becoming a challenge rather than a joy.
Recently i purchased quite impulsively a waterman hemisphere rollerball, which I found luckily to be fabulous. Virtually smooth and light as an FP, no skipping, my handwriting and tired feelings in hand and wrist already have improved (!!) and then i longed for more, hoping an FP would mean the consummate in writing.
After some internet search I chose this Parson's Essential because of mrs. Reeds positive review and bargain prize. I can acknowledge her review mostly. FAST delivery (within 2 days in The Netherlands). Adequate support from the owner, but, i want say, no more than that, with some short remarks in the mail correspondence ("It is impossible with mail order to advise a customer on a pen for their specific writing style"). That may be very much so, but why then advertising with so-called personal support ? I'm not likely to phone with an abroad company about FP support, as i do not trust myself enough in english. Honesty however obliges me to say that mr. Ford responded by mail extremely fast, even during night-times in the weekend, when i wrote him for support. Chance, or regular working hours for mr. Ford ? He also advised me on the nib. But his support remains to me ... well, short. But OK, there it is, and i chose to purchase his Parson's Essential, rather than quarreling about support, that's not very polite and, after all, what are 50 euro's ?
And i must say, a fine choice indeed and i agree with all of mrs. Reeds findings. I have a few additional remarks though:
1. Being comfortably weighty as a whole pen, the weight is surprisingly found mostly in the cap ! I find this rather odd, because i expected the pen itself to be weighty, but it weighs, filled with ink, less than the cap itself. Therefore, writing with the cap tightened on the back, i find this pen oddly off-balance. Its gravitational point is much too high, located above my, not too large, even small hands (for an average male). I think i am forced to write without cap, that felt much better, but maybe it is a matter of trying before the right feel is reached. Can anyone tell me, whether this is normal ? Do i have to get used to that, or could there be something lacking in the pen's concept ?
2. Mrs. Reed and others noticed already, but the smoothness of the medium standard nib is above expectations ! Simply a joy to write with, without any skipping whatsoever, not too juicy, and even my tiny lettering remains quite readible !
3. Writing with it upside down (but slightly rotated to the right - i'm an average right-underhand writer) also produces nice lettering, also without skipping and scratching. Wholly upside produces even finer lettering, still without skipping ! albeit with a little scratching. It seems like owning a triple pen-in-one ! Compliments to the (german ?) makers and to Mr.Pen for choosing this nib.
4. I think this pen has only one serious drawback: the small inkcapacity. After trying and filling a DIN A4 one-sided, the cartridge already was 20-25% empty ! That means, there's no more writing than about 4-6 DIN A4 with an ink-cartridge. Is that normal, or is it simply meagre ?
5. The clip is absurdly stiff. That should change. The clip of my new waterman rollerball is far more flexible and still very adequate in gripping. Nice clip though, but far too stiff.
6. I had to adjust the tines manually a bit, they were not well aligned enough. That was however surprisingly easy, if done with care. So, no problem, i think.
My overall conclusion, not being an expert at all: a VERY FINE pen, which writes... well, damn well. With great looks and feel, with probably three-nibs-in-one (still amazing !), VERY prompt delivery, but perhaps also with some balance problems (that is, I think), small ink capacity and too stiff a clip.
In the end a pen which does what it was made for remarkably well, with probably few drawbacks, but hey, when i wanted a Pelikan M1000, i had to pay ten times more. I hope to enjoy this quality-bargain for years ! And when you have large hands, than my balanceproblem is probably no problem at all for you ! As mrs. Reed stated: RECOMMENDED !
Wim Kok, Haarlem, The Netherlands
PS. I dont care for packings or boxes, but it came in a nice, simple but adequate black box as mrs. Reed described. Well done.