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The Pilot Varsity Must Be A Joke

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#1 akustyk

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 16:13

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#2 Edwaroth

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 23:18

I think you missed it.



#3 akustyk

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 23:39

I think you missed it.

 

My post is meant as a joke :). I love the pen and cannot believe that it's so inexpensive!!!


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 00:08

It's massively overpriced for what it is. The Pilot Parallel, for instance, is the same price and is nearly twice as long. That's fantastic value!



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 00:31

Like a lot of others, I suspect, my first pens were a plastic pack of Varsities. Forget Metropolitans. Forget Safaris. Varsities are the true gateway drug:

Setting: The edge of a dark alley. An unshaved man in dark clothing with hat pulled low over his face. His fingers mottled with the many different inks he is compelled to use every day. He needs money to support his habit.

"Pssst! Hey! Ya wanna try this? It'll write so smooth you'll think you're dreaming. No maintenance. No refilling. Only 3 bucks and you're good to go. If you don't like it, you can just throw it in the trash and walk away. That's all you have to do!"

"<Snicker> And you will never throw it away. But you will spend all your time and money trying to find a pen that writes just a little bit better. You're hooked, sucker! Hooked, I say! Bwaaa ha ha ha!"

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 00:40

The Varsity is an amazing pen.  I tried a Platinum Preppy recently because I figured it would be like a Varsity that can take cartridges but boy do you get what you pay for with the platinum.  Should have bought another Varsity instead.



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 00:51

The Varsity was my first FP. I bought a pack and gave some to my 5 year old son "gasp", now he's hooked on FPs as we'll.
When you have pen and ink, every problem needs a piece of paper.

#8 Sailor Kenshin

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:14

And look what it does for your handwriting!

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 01:34

I got my wife hooked on FPs with a Varsity


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Posted 19 October 2013 - 16:50

Despite having several Lamys and a Noodler's flex pen--all of which are kept inked, I also have Pilot Varsitys in my bag and around the house.  They perform well and if I misplace one, it's not worth fretting about.  

 

Experimenting with the Varsitys led to my renewed love of fountain pens, which I loved during my teen years but then forgot about for decades until finding these Pilot disposables on Amazon.



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Posted 19 October 2013 - 21:32

A priest , a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar. The priest pulls a varsity out of his pocket, and starts to write a note. The bartender says, "What is this, some kind of a joke?"

 

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 23:04

My wife gives them away to students--third graders.



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Posted 20 October 2013 - 00:30

I always really liked the Pilot V pen fountain pens. I don't use them regularly since I have all sorts of other pens, but they are really great. If you were wondering, the inner cap of the V pen is spring loaded like the Platinum Century pens.

 

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 00:48

They really are an astonishing value. And no worries about cracking with that flexible plastic (as opposed to the Platinum Preppy). I've given away 2 already to friends, and they both love them.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 02:20

Lol, that pen is pretty decent, and their quality control is very consistent as well. I used several Hero pens when I was a kid, they sell "non disposable" fountainpens at the same price as the varsity, but the quality is "parfois bon, parfois mauvais"


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Posted 24 October 2013 - 21:20

I gave a Varsity to my mother last week along with a Waterman Expert II. I'm going to ask her which one writes better. Being

that she is new to fountain pens she will have only those two to compare to one another. 

 

Varsities are truly exceptional. I pretend they don't exist so I can continue to spend money on other pens without feeling like an idiot.


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 18:29

I gave a Varsity to my mother last week along with a Waterman Expert II. I'm going to ask her which one writes better. Being

that she is new to fountain pens she will have only those two to compare to one another. 

 

Varsities are truly exceptional. I pretend they don't exist so I can continue to spend money on other pens without feeling like an idiot.

 

well said


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#18 WirsPlm

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 19:07

I gave a Varsity to my mother last week along with a Waterman Expert II. I'm going to ask her which one writes better. Being
that she is new to fountain pens she will have only those two to compare to one another. 
 
Varsities are truly exceptional. I pretend they don't exist so I can continue to spend money on other pens without feeling like an idiot.


They do have some significant downsides (limited color selection, nibs and body shape) and those $2 do eventually add up. A $24 investment in a cheap refillable and ink of your choice will be cheaper in the long run than varsities and offer a much wider range of options. But for an introduction to FPs they really can't be beat (and I have met at least one person who uses only them - I couldn't do it, but whatever floats your boat).

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 20:59

They do have some significant downsides (limited color selection, nibs and body shape) and those $2 do eventually add up. A $24 investment in a cheap refillable and ink of your choice will be cheaper in the long run than varsities and offer a much wider range of options. But for an introduction to FPs they really can't be beat (and I have met at least one person who uses only them - I couldn't do it, but whatever floats your boat).

 

That is not totally true. If you are interested, with some effort you can quite easily refill the pen with whatever ink you want. See this post here. 


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Posted 28 October 2013 - 21:24

 
That is not totally true. If you are interested, with some effort you can quite easily refill the pen with whatever ink you want. See this post here. 


Both the methods of refilling (pull-with-pliers or using water's expansion properties) are significantly inconvenient or run the risk of damaging the pen (or fingers). They're not really refillable, they're hackable (the difference is a big gap in useability that makes refilling it impractical, unless they're the only pen you have for some reason). It's fun to tinker with, but the fact of the matter is that Varsities are not designed to be refillable, we don't recommend them for the ability to refill, and refilling them is not something a newbie should attempt without a lot of warnings and preparation.

Edited by WirsPlm, 28 October 2013 - 21:28.







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