This really is a pen Iíve had my eye on for a long time, but Iíd always hesitated to take the plunge. When it comes to fountain pens, Iím generally of the opinion that wetter/broader is better. Having recently tinkered with many of my own nibs, I was lacking pens that would play well with crappy paper. In other words, I needed a more narrow, drier nib, but I didnít want to sacrifice a smooth ride. Luckily for me, the Pilot Prera delivers.
This is a nice pen. Itís small and light, but it doesnít feel totally cheap. If a TWSBI 540 were a tank, this would be Toyota of some sort, but that doesnít mean it canít hold its own. It feels cheaper or less sturdy than other pens of the same price point (around $55 US), but feels well made enough that I donít think it needs special care. The lid snaps shut with a very satisfying click, and the clip seems solid. The supplied converter (hooray for that!!!) looks to have a miniscule capacity, so I just refilled an empty cart I had for my Pilot Plumix.
Itís a ďMediumĒ by Japanese/Asian standards, which means itís more like a Western ďFineĒÖ Itís also darn smooth for such a fine nib. It doesnít disappoint, and Iím so very glad. Itís wet enough to let shading inks do their thing, but not so much that I would call it a ďfirehose.Ē I think that this pens manages to successfully walk the tight rope between (bleep)-paper friendly and smooth-nib approved. Of course, we all know much of that depends on other factors, like the ink.
Itís small, but not to the point of being impractical. Think of the typical ďoh itís so cute and littleĒ appeal, but without losing function. Itís very lightweight, and I think it would make a good purse pen, or planner pen. I like that this is not a thin pen, which one often finds with smaller offerings. Kudos to Pilot for keeping a practical circumference.
Verdict and final words:
If this pen serves me well in the long run, Iíd really like to get some of the solid color models, which I actually prefer the look of. If you want a cute, narrow nibbed but nice pen, consider this one.
This pen came from Amazon (via Marketfair Stationery, aka Goldspot Pens). The shipping was slow due to an ďinventory discrepancyĒÖ but in the end it got here, so I canít whinge too much.
Lastly, the procurement of this pen was due to a birthday gift card, from a very special friend. Gratitude and thanks to her, I totally love it!!!
Edited by shaylenwilliams, 12 July 2012 - 21:01.