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Pilot V-pen vs. Noodler's "free" Platinum ED fill.
Posted 12 February 2008 - 14:12
Loaded up these pens along with two Pilot V-pens I had emptied and modified for refilling.
The V-pens have Medium nibs and have been smoothed significantly from their stock condition. With the original ink they were fairly smooth, wet writers.
With the Noodler's Polar black, Polar blue they write as wet, but less smoothly in feel. With Noodler's Heart of Darkness they write smoother than the Polar inks but still not as smoothly as with the original ink. The HOD ink feels slicker than the Polar inks. The polar blue is the worst of the three for feel. Feeling almost like plain water instead of ink.
The Platinums are both fine nibs, I have done no smoothing of their tips and with a loup they look even and smooth. Again the same relative feel of the inks is there. But the Platinums actually feel smoother on paper than the V-pens even though they are fine and lay a significantly finer line than the Pilots.
Overall I'm more pleased with the Platinums. Enough so that I would consider using them exclusively, even if it means ordering them and paying for shipping, rather than picking up a my local corner store.
Pens:Sailor Mini, Pelikan Grand Place, Stipula Ventidue with Ti Stub nib, Pelikan M605 with Binder Cursive Italic, Stipula Ventidue with Ti M nib, Vintage Pilot Semi-flex, Lamy Vista, Pilot Prera
Saving for: Edison Pearl
In my dreams: Nakaya Piccolo, custom colour/pattern
Posted 14 September 2013 - 19:58
Interesting stuff... I'm considering a "disposable" fountain pen for my new work location. Thanks for the info, I'll get a batch of both I think to compare for myself.