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#1 SpecTP

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Posted 09 August 2018 - 21:05

 

This is my first formal fountain pen review. Today's subject is the Venvstas D'art. https://www.venvstas.com/dart
 
This is a custom plastic lacquered fountain pen in an irregular geometric form. From the website, the description is;
Hexagonal irregular section 12mm/15mm - 5mm ink feed, length 155mm closed, 143mm open. Cap do not post.
Weight 15g loaded.

 

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The nib is a bit of a nail and feels a lot like using a ballpoint pen. You don't have to adjust the pressure too much so this makes it a very suitable beginner's fountain pen.

I grip the pen normally and the irregular shapes aligns with my finger placement. I didn't have to contort or hold it any different. The pen was comfortable for long writing sessions.

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The nib and feed keeps the pen wet for fast writing without any issue. The ink also doesn't dry up for extended 4-5 days sitting idle in the pen cap.

Overall, a solid fountain pen and a bit of a conversational starter with its unique shape.

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edit: trying to upload pictures, but it keeps failing will save this post as a place marker for now


Edited by SpecTP, 10 August 2018 - 21:03.


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#2 gerigo

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 16:19

Thanks for the very brief review. Could you please tell us more about the built quality and also the sourcing of the nib?

 

For the price, I am not expecting any outstanding performance from the nib, except to write. However, I have immense reservations with the pen, particularly with the build quality. While I usually an very drawn to pens with very unique and forward thinking designs, I cannot to this point ascertain the pen is built beyond the quality of 3D printed plastics. Unfortunately the photography on Venustas website not clear enough, and from your photos, it would seem like its exactly what I fear it would be.



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Posted 10 August 2018 - 18:18

I have one, and it appears to be molded. I believe he is now producing them in Germany (I could be wrong), but it is a unique design, and my biggest reservation was that I would not be able to use it due to the shape (I have some trouble with Vanishing Points and Omas 360's).

 

This one doesn't bother me at all.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 20:50

Looks like they cleaned up the production a lot, yours doesn't have any of the machining residue mine had.

 

Glad to hear you like it. I really disliked mine, the machining residue, it dried out badly, the converter did not fit well, but it was one of the VERY first in the production run, and Lucio took good care of me and is replacing it with the carbon T for me.


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#5 SpecTP

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 21:20

Thanks for the very brief review. Could you please tell us more about the built quality and also the sourcing of the nib?

 

For the price, I am not expecting any outstanding performance from the nib, except to write. However, I have immense reservations with the pen, particularly with the build quality. While I usually an very drawn to pens with very unique and forward thinking designs, I cannot to this point ascertain the pen is built beyond the quality of 3D printed plastics. Unfortunately the photography on Venustas website not clear enough, and from your photos, it would seem like its exactly what I fear it would be.

 

The nib is stainless steel. I'm thinking it is Jowo arrow style #5. As I mentioned, it writes quite well for a nail.

 

As for the body, the pen is lacquered plastic. I'm not sure if it is ABS plastic. It seems likely. It certainly feels durable in my hands. I can't bend it easily or with modicum of effort. The finish is well done and I don't see any overt flaws. I soaked it for a day in warm water and dawn when I received it to clean it out. I would compare the pen in similar durability as a Lamy Safari.


Edited by SpecTP, 11 August 2018 - 05:09.


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Posted 10 August 2018 - 21:51

What exactly is lacquered plastic? It just looks like a plastic with rough surface and I didn't quite see where's the lacquer


Edited by woleizihan, 10 August 2018 - 21:52.


#7 SpecTP

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 22:24

What exactly is lacquered plastic? It just looks like a plastic with rough surface and I didn't quite see where's the lacquer

 

I'm not sure. But my guess is that there is a lacquer coating on the plastic to make it more durable. It certainly isn't porous like ABS plastics that I see on 3d printed parts.







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