Posted 28 October 2011 - 06:32
Ernst, thank you very much for that review. And thanks to Colorado Pen for providing you guys with the pens so you can do the reviews.
I have to say that I was initially attracted to this pen for the very reason that it resembled a fountain pen. When I saw this pen, I initially thought it was a pencil and that the point of it was lead. I saw the YouTube video posted on Colorado Pen's website and wanted to know more about it. First place I looked was here because I love the reviews everyone gives on this forum. I agree that it seems to be masquerading as a fountain pen when it's nowhere near a fountain pen, but it's too easy to tell that it's not because of the point sticking out from the nib.
I think perhaps the company was looking to attract that part of the market that always wanted to write with a fountain pen but who can't come to terms with the maintenance that comes with owning a fountain pen along with the problems that can come with one (e.g., leaking, smearing, pressing too hard on the nib, etc.). I actually know a number of people who always wanted to get a nice fountain pen but think it's a waste of money because of how impractical they see them to be. If this pen, the Ingenuity, was selling for a much cheaper price, maybe $50, then I bet most of these people would purchase it just for the reason that it looks/writes similar to a fountain pen. I'm personally not that crazy about Parker. I hate their Jotter pens (though I own like 10 lol), I had nothing but bad experiences with their Latitude fountain pen, and my Parker Sonnet (the nib of which I've just sent in for repairs) was built poorly - the ring at the bottom of the cap falling off one day while posting my pen. I use a Vector every so often, which I feel is great quality for the price, but it looks like an awkward knife lol. But I might just think about getting this Ingenuity...I just can't come to terms with getting a pen with proprietary refills.
By the way, Ernst, did you find that the ink echoed onto the other side of the page? I tend to write notes on pretty weak loose leaf paper that doesn't go great with my roller ball or fountain pens. I can only use ballpoints and gel ink pens on these sorts of paper - I was wondering if the Ingenuity could write on weaker types of paper.
I no longer own any fountain pens... Now they own me.