Even with the most popular YouTube reviewers I hear time and time again how a pen that was supposedly perfect has now been sold off or how a pen that was mediocre before is now loved. As an example I was just watching reviews of the Homosapiens and Matt from the pen habit in his original review stated explicitly how much he didn't like the feel of the material and then goes on to say how much he loves the feel of the material in his more recent top pens review. Conversely Mr Brown raved about the pen in his initial review and in a later comment admitted that he sold it because the pen was having issues and he didn't like it anymore. Very few reviews are done of pens that the reviewer has truly sat with for a good period of time.
Another big issue I have seen across the board is the rather absurd case of a pen being raved about and being given perfect scores meanwhile there is the ' minor detail' that the reviewer had to take micromesh to the nib and/or realign the tines to make it write well. I'm sorry but a pen's single purpose is to write. If a pen is unable to write well out of the box then it is a bad pen. Period. There is this ridiculous notion that it should be standard practice to have to adjust a pen out of the box. But just because it is commonly needed doesn't make it any more excusable. It just means we have enabled companies to consistently give us bad products. I remember recently I reviewed a pelikan for the second time to try to be more honest about it and docked a number of points for it arriving with misaligned tines. Right on cue the fanboys and girls came out of the woodwork to complain and blame me or the vendor for the problem, a problem I should mention I have experienced on several pelikan nibs.
What is the point of reviewing pens if they are not honest or accurate?
I'm looking forward to hear your thoughts on this.
Edited by Betweenthelines, 01 December 2016 - 19:17.