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Reform Classico, F
Posted 24 March 2008 - 18:44
Build Quality: 6/10
You can tell this is a cheap pen, with the cheap feel to the plastic, clumsy and slightly flimsy-feeling clip, and general lack of attention to detail. The plastic around the ink windows scratches easily, and the plating around the cap band is a little uneven. Still, given that, the build quality is not bad, even not considering the price. It is a perfectly functional pen.
Grip, balance, and feel: 7/10
The grip is very thin on this pen, which makes it less comfortable than it could be. The threads are a good distance back, so they don’t make uncomfortable imprints on your fingers like the Pelikan 200 does. The pen also posts well, and is well-balanced. But most importantly, this pen is very lightweight. It’s made of all plastic parts, so you won’t notice the weight when you write with it. Despite the cheap feel it gives the pen, it does make it comfortable to use, and that’s all I could ask for in a budget pen like this.
Filling system: 8/10
It’s a plastic piston, so it doesn’t have a very high-quality feel to it like the brass piston on the Pelikan m800 and m1000 have. I found it to be extremely stiff, but then realized that this was because of the age of the pen, and applied some silicone oil. Now, I see that this pen has an extremely smooth piston that doesn’t leak; it appears that the plunger is made of a rubbery material. This is more than I would expect on a pen in this price range, and it certainly sets the pen apart from its c/c counterparts like the Lamy Safari and Waterman Kultur (and even the piston Wality’s, since their pistons cannot compare to this one in functionality). The ink windows are little slots, much like the ones seen on the Montblanc 149 and 146. They work well enough, but for some reason, the ink seems to stick to the plastic on the inside, which negatively affects the readability. Overall, a very functional filling mechanism.
This pen features a 2-tone plated stainless steel nib, unadorned except for the company name. It writes fairly well, with some noticeable tooth, but not scratchiness. It lays down a thin, fine line with good consistency. The fins on the underside are thin and can hold excess ink. Surprisingly, the nib unscrews from the body, a feature not expected on a pen in this price range.
I got this pen for $24 shipped, a good price for a fountain pen. Considering the piston filling, unscrewable nib, threaded cap, sophisticated appearance (it doesn’t have the intentionally cheap look that a lot of “school pens” have), and functionality, I would consider it a very good value. It fulfills all the basic requirements for a fountain pen at a good price. I would consider it my favorite cheap fountain pen, above the Waterman Kultur, Wality 69, Hero 100, or pretty much any c/c IPG nib pen out there.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 19:29
I cannot figure out what the problem could be. It seems that the ink does not flow to the nib correctly to the pen. Speerbob ended up refunding me and even though the pen is bad, the experience I had dealing with Speerbob was pleasant and I would deal with him again.
It's just such a shame about this pen. It would have been a great budget pen. Lightweight, piston filler, screw cap, doesn't look cheap or pretentious, nice grip, nice F line (in between the skipping). And mine doesn't have tooth, both nibs I tried are smooth.
Too bad I had to get the one pen out of hundreds that has a problem.
BTW, a small question, if you fill the pen and then swap nibs, would the ink start flowing through the swapped nib even if you didn't fill the pen through that nib? This is also a question to all Pelikan owners. Because it doesn't for me with this pen, not even after a few days with the nib placed down. Which gives me the feeling that there's something wrong with the pen body, and not the nib.
Sorry to hijack your thread
Posted 24 March 2008 - 19:35
Easy to do, no waiting.
I also was pleased to see the review. I've been thinking about this pen, but uncertain if I want one.
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 24 March 2008 - 20:09
I tried the priming, there just seems something wrong with the pen itself.
Posted 24 March 2008 - 20:09
Posted 24 March 2008 - 21:03
I've tried several different papers, non brand paper but all paper that works with FPs. And Waterman Florida Blue, Diamine Deep Magenta (I'll do a review later if I have the time if anyone wants since there isn't one yet) and Parker Washable Blue. All free flowing inks. I hold my pen like I hold all my other pens about 45 -50 degrees in a very traditional almost tripod grip. Never had problems with FPs due to my grip. I do write fast though.
I've become a bit superstitious. This pen make my feedback score on ebay to 13 and I counted and this is my 13th pen as in different type of pens. (have a few Kulturs and Frontiers and Pelikanos)
Posted 25 March 2008 - 13:53
Posted 01 April 2008 - 02:21
They are a heck of a deal and iI still have some in my SPEERBOB eBay store. They have a 100% money back guarantee like everything I sell.
Tsujigiri, thanks for doing the review! Cheers, BOB
Check out my website at www.Speerbob.com
Posted 02 April 2008 - 17:57
Posted 09 April 2008 - 07:33