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#1 The Scribbler

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 16:44

A few weeks ago, Levenger ran a nice sale on their pens. I'd been thinking about picking up a Golden Tortoise fountain pen for a while, so the time was right.

I'm glad I did.

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This is a really nice pen.

Size
The size is perfect in my opinion. Capped it is approximately 5 and 3/8 inches long. Uncapped it is approximately 4 and 7/8 inches long. I'm not sure how to measure the girth, but it is very comfortable for me.

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Appearance & Material
The pen is made of acrylic. I love the tortoise pattern. The blacks, golds, browns, and hints of green work well together. The cap is a screw on and the nib is removable by unscrewing it. It uses cartridges or a cartridge/converter.

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Nib
I honestly wasn't expecting much from the nib. Imagine my shock when I discovered it was one of smoothest, best flowing nibs I own. It isn't quite as good as my Richard Binder nib for my Pelikan 205, but it is certainly one of the best factory issued nibs I own. If other Levenger Nibs are this good, I'll certainly be adding to my collection.

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Overall, I think this pen is a great value, especially if you get it on sale. The design, color pattern, nib, and size make this pen one of my favorites.
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#2 watch_art

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 17:48

very pretty. thanks for sharing.

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#3 Tiffanyhenschel

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 18:51

I have one of these, too, and it is a beautiful pen. You are right about the surprising smoothness of the nib. My fine tip writes as smoothly as anything except my Homo Sapiens. I think this quality is limited to the Golden Tortoise, though. I've had several other True Writers, and none of them write as nicely. I don't use them anymore.

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#4 Joe in Seattle

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Posted 23 July 2011 - 20:06

Our 3 True Writers are all delightfully smooth wet writers. I've been thinking of adding a tortoise, nice review.
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Posted 24 July 2011 - 13:46

I picked up 2 TWs in that same sale, the sea glass and ultraviolet, both F nibs. I have some Diamine Emerald in the sea glass right now and it's been writing very well, although for some reason it hates the Kokuyo MIO notebook I'm using as a journal. It's smooth and problem-free on every other paper I have, but balky in that notebook. Surprised me because I find that the MIO paper handles pretty much all ink/pen combos like a champ.

The ultraviolet had ink flow issues that didn't clear up with repeated cleaning or trying different inks, so they had me return it for replacement. Based on how nice the other pen is, I think I probably just got a dud. Unfortunately it's backordered now until the 30th, but I've never had bad service from Levenger, so not too worried, just impatient.

If/when they have another sale I might try some of the other colors. When I like a pen, I have a bad habit of wanting it in "every" color :embarrassed_smile:

#6 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 24 July 2011 - 16:01

very nice pen :thumbup: reminds me a bit of a conway stewart 100
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#7 lovemy51

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 04:42

i have the kyoto with a B nib. very pretty pen (i mean both, yours and mine). thx for the review, The Scribbler!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 13:36

I have this pen too! What nib size did you choose?

Mine was a gift during a trip to Chicago and a visit to a Levenger store. This is the only pen I've ever been able to test before taking it home. The nib is great--a fine.

P.S. Here's the review of my pen.

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#9 The Scribbler

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Posted 27 July 2011 - 04:54

I have this pen too! What nib size did you choose?

Mine was a gift during a trip to Chicago and a visit to a Levenger store. This is the only pen I've ever been able to test before taking it home. The nib is great--a fine.

P.S. Here's the review of my pen.


I have a broad nib.
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#10 Solstice

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Posted 03 August 2011 - 12:35

I came back to this thread to report that my replacement Ultra Violet pen finally came and it's working just as nicely as its Sea Glass compatriot. I put some Pelikan Violet in it and am getting a nice, thin, wet line. Great way to start the day - hot cup of coffee, blank journal page, and new pen that starts right up :)

Overall, really happy with these pens and the "collect" urge is growing. I love look of the Verona II pen Levenger just came out with, as well as the Tortoise.






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