Cut to the chase: Cult classic cuick click!
C'mon YetAnotherCuridasPenReview (YACPR ) on some glorified pushy Preppy!
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Yes, yes but this is indeed YACPR of this polarizing fugly VP wannabe because you're Curidas curious staying at home crunching on chips. What else you're gonna do, fiddle with your fountain pens?
During these hunker down times, I've gotten some intimacy with the curious Curidas.
States delivery hit retail right during Covid and that memory will be forever tied to the pen. It's here and it's good, not FP underground elite subculture skewed good, but bridge to mainstream good.
I almost broke it after unboxing, getting the fiddy bits locked up and trap door stuck. But after RTFM, all was right as rain. Then I dropped it, twice. It's tough, like a toy. That's a good thing.
Kudos to Platinum for breaking out of shell and putting something unexpected and modern. It seems like a gamble. The long knock, candy childish demo launch colors, price discount grumblings, do not make for a smooth worldwide debut. Over and over, I kept wondering, why. Why does this exist? Why are you reading this stupid review? What was the marketing team thinking?
We already have daily retractions... Pilot Capless rulez...?
The Chinese have the candy plastic, hommage-copy-cough-cough lower end. And there's Lamy - Safari, just pick a color.
And all manner of assorted flotsam and jetsam that spits ink decently.
What does Curidas bring to the table? Click, click, click...start of the modern fountain?
At the cost of a Pilot VP refill nib, my guess is this is a smart but calculated bridge to the mainstream, not fountain pen freaks.
Think Traveler Notebookin, BuJo, Hobonichy, Muji, ROTERFADEN TASCHENBEGLEITER (let's say that again ROTERFADEN TASCHENBEGLEITER), scrapbooking, IG portfolio spreadin koolkids fanbase.
What's like a pen but not a 'fountain pen'?
- Easy to use, and just does the job.
- A daily workhorse that works straight out of the box, doesn't lose a cap, pretty sturdy for the rigors of EDC...
Curidas is just like those cheap ballpoints but its not.
It's one of those pens that grows on you; the more I try, the more I like.
- I like the weight and the balance, surprisingly as girth and length do detract report the threads.
- Quick positive resounding satisfying ADHD deployment, not as mushy like VP
- I can drop it and not cry
- Converters, cartridges, 3776, Nakaya, oh my! Good standardization, interoperability
It's a pen! that happens to be a fountain pen!
Room for improvement:
- Deployment single handed is cumbersome because you guessed it, the knock pusher is so long, the ops are knock with thumb then grippy idle hand down to grip. Unlike the VP where it seems like the right length.
- Front business end plastic is so thin, running your finger over it is like nails on a chalkboard. It feels like a nose dive would crack it for sure. Black nib holder is kinda fragile and it was hard to mate with converter
- Undernub, just say no to undernub - you can't choke up the grip but must ride along side the clip so as not to chafe the middle finger. But Curidas can go for long sessions, untiringly, just like Pilot Capless
The skeuomorphic steampunky reminiscent design would salute H. R. Giger if they had came out in smooth glossy black. I'm waiting.
I think if the launch goes well despite the economic pandemic downturn, Platinum can iterate like it's 1965 again, OK!