The (#5) nib is, also, a size smaller than the normal size (#6) nib, which makes it easy to view your script as it is created. I've noticed that the nib performs best when held directly vertical (straight-in) to the paper surface at a reasonable 45 degree angle. The Prera produces a finer line than the Namiki Vanishing Point Fine nib, but it is clearly discernable. I believe this is due to the steel nib in the Prera Fine nib and being less flexible than the Namiki Vanishing Point Fine 14k nib. I would not classify this as a smooth nib with some of the lighter less wet inks. The Private Reserve Midnight Blue provides the nib with enough line and weight to provide a very close smooth nib. This ink which is usually classified as wet when applied with the Prera Fine nib dries quickly on Moleskine and Rhodia papers. The nib performs well with wet or dry ink.
I recommend cleaning this pen about every 3 to 5 days with an ear squeezer (Mabis/DMI First Aid Bulb Syringe Aspirator). The Con 50 converter which is included with the pen is useless without a syringe to fill it. When loading the pen, ink will appear in the 'see-through' grip area. The ink you're seeing in the pen's grip section is normal. The ink pools up there around the feed to act as a reservoir to regulate the ink flow as you write faster and slower, to give a consistent line of ink as you change speeds. All pens do this, you just normally don't see it, unless you are using a 'demonstrator'.
The selection of ink for the Prera Fine nib will depend on paper smoothness, density, and the humidity in which you write. Wider nibs and heavier pens are less noticeable in variances to writing conditions. I find myself holding the Prera fountain pen in the grip area above the nib, since it is a shorter pen than most. This provides more control for my small style of writing, and/also, the quickness to be able to get it into action without the distraction of the size of a large pen and nib. For the moderate price of this pen, it might be worth the purchase of an additional Prera in a medium or broad size to offer a difference and backup to your writing demands.
After purchasing the pen, I accidentally let it nose dive, uncapped, 12 inches to a tile floor. Miraculously, it still works great without a skip. If you damage this moderately priced pen, it is probably not worth sending it to the nib Meister for repairs. Its a great day pen for 'out on the town' and holds a reasonable amount of ink. I prefer using pen cartridges for long writing sessions or when I'm out traveling, and not able to get to a converter and bottle of ink.
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The following Ink Description by coffeetoofull of the Prera Pilot ink cartridges might be helpful in your assessment.
Ink: Pilot Mixable Colour Parallel Pen Sepia Cartridge, six cartridges per box, Dark "reddish brown"; a lead shot in the cartridge encourages the ink flow, but it makes a slight noise which can be distracting.
Pen & Nib: Prera Namiki Pilot Orange Demonstrator, Fine Steel Nib
Paper: Moleskine Journal, 60g, cream colored
Dry Time: 5 to 10 seconds, medium
To Clean: Easy
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Capped 4.75 inches, Cap Posted 5.3 inches
Body Material: Clear resin demonstrator, orange accents, crystal and colour acrylic
Nib Material: Steel, alloy
Nib Size: Fine
Cap Type: Snap-cap, postable
Filling Mechanism: Cartridge/converter. Uses Pilot CON-50 converter (included) or Pilot cartridges.
Overall Weight: 15g (0.53oz)
Cap Weight: 8g (0.28oz)
Body Weight:7g (0.25oz)
Overall Length (capped): 121mm (4.76in)
Overall Length (posted): 135mm (5.31in)
Body Length: 107mm (4.21in)
Cap Length: 54mm (2.13in)
Cap Diameter (no clip): 13.5mm (0.53in)
Cap Diameter (with clip): 16.4mm (0.65in)
Body Diameter: 12mm (0.47in)
Nib Length: 18mm (0.71in)
Best Of Writings,
Edited by coffeetoofull, 14 August 2012 - 21:34.