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#21 Maja

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Posted 28 April 2007 - 23:42

Got my Ivory Prera fountain pen in the mail a few days; shipping from Japan to my doorstep only took 4 and a half days! The pen is very well made and has a very smooth M nib (which is more like a Western F nib---no big shock to me). It's a tad smaller than my M200, but it is nicely balanced pen when posted, and it is not too short for my hands (when posted). I'd call it a vest pen, if I wore vests smile.gif
Thank you again for the review, KCat and thank you Taki for telling us about this great fountain pen value!
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 00:24

QUOTE(Maja @ Apr 28 2007, 06:42 PM) View Post
Got my Ivory Prera fountain pen in the mail a few days; shipping from Japan to my doorstep only took 4 and a half days! The pen is very well made and has a very smooth M nib (which is more like a Western F nib---no big shock to me). It's a tad smaller than my M200, but it is nicely balanced pen when posted, and it is not too short for my hands (when posted). I'd call it a vest pen, if I wore vests smile.gif
Thank you again for the review, KCat and thank you Taki for telling us about this great fountain pen value!

Congrats, Maja! I am thinking about getting an Ivory one eventually, too biggrin.gif

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 13:36

Yesterday I finally got my Pilot Prera - Ivory, fine nib.

At first I thought, so what? Another smooth writing budget Pilot.

But then I began to notice how nice it felt in my hand, how it has a solid but not heavy feel, how the cap clicks securely closed, how the resin seems as classy as my Sapporo. Writing also seemed to get even smoother as I wrote.

I put my Ivory Prera and Black/Rhodium Sapporo side by side, and boy do they make a handsome pair! They're similar in size and are both classic colors. These are now my two favorite modern pens to look at. happycloud9.gif

I'd like to take pictures but husband took my camera to the Canary Islands (Astrophysics Conference).

Thank you KCat & Taki for calling my attention to this little jewel smile.gif

Edited by artaddict, 17 June 2007 - 13:36.

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 15:59

I bought 2 for my girls (pink and blue) and they both love them...one prefers cartridges, which is easy, but I was struggling try to fill the other one via the squeeze converter it comes with (I don't know what it is about me and squeeze converters--despite reading instructions and attempting to follow them faithfully, I can't seem to fill pens very well via that method). Then I re-read this thread and saw Taki's comment that any standard pilot/namiki convertor should fit, which is great news! I'm off to buy several, including a Prera for yours truly.
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 16:26

To double check I just put one of my twist converters for VP (Pilot CON-50 or Namiki 69899) into a Prera, and it does fit smile.gif

Edited by Taki, 17 June 2007 - 16:33.


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Posted 17 June 2007 - 20:33

I got an old squeeze converter that's longer than the one in the 78G, and it didn't quite fit in the Prera. So I just switched with the 78G.
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Posted 17 June 2007 - 20:41

Hope Pilot will ship the Prera to Europe. I like the way the Prera looks and, seen the review, the quality of the nib must be very good. But is the Prera also suitable and usable for left handed people? Does it also tolerate all kinds and brands of fountain pen ink when used with a converter?

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 21:03

QUOTE(mr T. @ Jun 17 2007, 10:41 PM) View Post
Hope Pilot will ship the Prera to Europe. I like the way the Prera looks and, seen the review, the quality of the nib must be very good. ...


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http://www.cyberpens...-Pen_ABT8S.aspx

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 22:16

QUOTE(saintsimon @ Jun 17 2007, 09:03 PM) View Post
QUOTE(mr T. @ Jun 17 2007, 10:41 PM) View Post
Hope Pilot will ship the Prera to Europe. I like the way the Prera looks and, seen the review, the quality of the nib must be very good. ...


Here you go: happyberet.gif
http://www.cyberpens...-Pen_ABT8S.aspx


Thank you Saintsimon. Indeed good to see that Prera's are coming to Europe. Looked at the website and saw however that these Prera's were without a converter. Thats essential when there is not a supplier of Pilot fountain pen products (where one can buy cartridges) around. About the problems with the Pilot range in Europe see this topic.

Edited by mr T., 17 June 2007 - 22:17.


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Posted 17 June 2007 - 23:18

mr T., I'm sorry to hear that Pilot products are not e asily available near where you live. However, Preras are not available from B&M stores or Pilot dealer in the U.S., either. I think most of the people got Prera from online resources (cyberpens.com, Ujuku in Japan, jpens.com or eBay). Also in Japan Prera does not come with a converter. If someone got it and came with a converter that's the seller's courtesy.

Edited by Taki, 17 June 2007 - 23:21.


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Posted 28 June 2007 - 14:23

Here's a picture of the Prera (ivory) beside the Sapporo (black):

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Posted 28 June 2007 - 14:56

Thanks all for the great pictures! Having these posted on FPN is even better than getting the pen catalogues. I wish I could see every pen out there is such detail and with a writing sample of different nib sizes. Seriously, thanks.

I know people have said this before, but it is really frustrating to find pens like this that are very inexpensive and have wonderful nibs that are better than the nibs on some of the more expensive pens. I would buy one of these, but it would be too small for me to use comfortably.

I had a Lucina that was an amazingly smooth Fine nib that wrote like an XF. I got it on sale at Worldlux for very little. It was too light weight and the line was too thin for me, so I gave it to a student who had been complaining that many of the XF nibs he had tried were scratchy. He loved the pen.

Why oh why if these inexpensive nibs can be so smooth can't every expensive pen coming out of the factory be as smooth? Maybe gold is softer and so there is more opportunity for it to bend and get the tines out of whack??

Anywho, thanks again.

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 12:07

QUOTE(saintsimon @ Jun 17 2007, 10:03 PM) View Post
QUOTE(mr T. @ Jun 17 2007, 10:41 PM) View Post
Hope Pilot will ship the Prera to Europe. I like the way the Prera looks and, seen the review, the quality of the nib must be very good. ...


Here you go: happyberet.gif
http://www.cyberpens...-Pen_ABT8S.aspx


Except it looks like the Pilot pens have been pulled altogether from this site (that link gives page not found, and Pilot no longer is in the index).
B*gger, I was just waiting till pay day before ordering one as well. Is there now no European source at all?

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 13:38

QUOTE(garyc @ Jul 4 2007, 07:07 AM) View Post
QUOTE(saintsimon @ Jun 17 2007, 10:03 PM) View Post
QUOTE(mr T. @ Jun 17 2007, 10:41 PM) View Post
Hope Pilot will ship the Prera to Europe. I like the way the Prera looks and, seen the review, the quality of the nib must be very good. ...


Here you go: happyberet.gif
http://www.cyberpens...-Pen_ABT8S.aspx


Except it looks like the Pilot pens have been pulled altogether from this site (that link gives page not found, and Pilot no longer is in the index).
B*gger, I was just waiting till pay day before ordering one as well. Is there now no European source at all?

While not actually European, www.waimar.com has a variety of Asian pens, and has been quite responsive to email enquiries (to waimar@yahoo.com) from me. They are actually located in Kowloon (Hong Kong), but their primary target market is US, thence USD pricing. They also have an eBay presence, with some prices quoted in Australian Dollars, so I conclude that they are pretty flexible.

I emailed them about the Prera, and when they make their next trip to Japan, they are going to look into that, and some notebooks I saw on another thread here at FPN. I anticipate an email in the next month, and a possible update to their website, if they are successful with the addition of the stuff about which I queried them.

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Posted 04 July 2007 - 15:07

I have been drooling over these lovely pics and I finally got my Ivory Prera after a customs delay. It is beautiful to look at, hold and use. The fine nib is very smooth and the pen has a solid but light feel to it. I love the way the cap snaps into place. It is excellent value for money and does not disappoint in any way. So glad I got it. smile.gif

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:10



Here are my photos of the Prera. It's a beautiful pen, and a great writer.

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:13

Penache, Congrats on getting your ivory Prera -it will look good beside your Sapporo!

Churl - nice photos!
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 03:38

Hi everyone!

I'm a newbie, both to the forum and to fountain pens. I just got a Prera--it looked so pretty in the pictures!--and it is even more wonderful in the hand than I had imagined. What a great nib!

But, as I said, I'm a newbie, and I can't seem to figure out the Pilot converter CON-20. (My other pens are the twistie kind of cartridge converter.) I can successfully get ink into the pen, but then as I'm writing ink eventually starts seeping out of the connection between the barrel and the nib. It's like the converter goes flying around inside the pen when I pick up the pen or put it down, and eventually ink makes its way down the threads and out onto my hand. Basically, my pen is involuntarily being transformed into an eyedropper pen, and it can't handle it!

What am I missing? Is there a way to fasten the converter near the nib? I must be doing something wrong.

Any help is much appreciated!

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Posted 06 July 2007 - 04:29

QUOTE(Macrina @ Jul 5 2007, 11:38 PM) View Post
Hi everyone!



What am I missing? Is there a way to fasten the converter near the nib? I must be doing something wrong.

Any help is much appreciated!

Macrina


Hi Macrina,
I don't have the converter you have so I'm just guessing - have you pushed it in enough?
Or perhaps you've overfilled it?
Yes, I'm totally guessing.
Maybe someone else can help.
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Posted 06 July 2007 - 15:08

QUOTE(artaddict @ Jul 6 2007, 03:13 AM) View Post
Penache, Congrats on getting your ivory Prera -it will look good beside your Sapporo!

Churl - nice photos!


The Sapporo and Prera look so excellent together. The perfect pair.

Ditto on the photos, Churl. smile.gif

Macrina, hope you figure it out. Most likely the converter isn't completely in.
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