+1 Judging by the similar section, I wonder if the Explorer was meant to be just that. Even with the happy face nib, perhaps because of it in some cases, my Kakuno nib sees a lot more use than the pen it came in.
I agree. I think it was.
My discontent with the Explorer is more on the preferential side since the dimensions are indeed more "adult" and it does function well, has an inner cap, has a smooth snap cap, and can fit a con70.
For me, that 1/2 hourglass shape prevents me from holding it up higher because the angle of the slope is steeper closer to where the section meets the body and that forces my fingers into a more exaggerate pincer grip/angle I find uncomfortable. And since there is a slight shelf there, though small, it does exaggerate/increase that angling even more. The section design is what did it for me.
I prefer the straighter taper like that of the 78g+, Kakuno, Prera, and especially a taper that flares to lip.
But I was also disappointed that there's no metal clip. It did make it feel cheap and added to a "plastic-y" feel of the pen as a whole, which did have a "child-like" feel to it.
For me, the Kakuno is one of the best fitting Pilot pens I've used, especially with regards to the section, but it's also one of the most toyish, as well. I would love to see them adapt that concept further away from the younger crowd.
Would I recommend the Explorer? Sure, if it fits your preferences, and if one likes an hourglass shaped section I think the Explorer would be a lovely possibility in terms of comfort.
Edited by Mongoosey, 20 December 2018 - 06:47.