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Pilot Varsity (Disposable) Fountain Pens


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#1 davidspitzer

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 21:45

Surprisingly Smooth nib, Nice wet very medium to heavy line. Comes in packs of three for $8 Blue, Black and Purple. The pilot starts writing about 1/3 of the way down the page after the word resale

Edited by MYU, 05 December 2008 - 04:03.

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#2 jbb

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 21:52

Those are wonderful pens. I carry a few in my purse and have given some away to people showing an interest in fountain pens. They write for a very long time on the ink they come with.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 22:07

I have one of those, got it free with an order a little while ago from http://www.coloradopen.com/ I was surprised how nicely it wrote for a cheap disposable pen, and it is partially what peaked my interest in FPs in general.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 22:22



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Posted 03 December 2008 - 22:25

These are the best pens to use for Fountain Pen Evangelism. You can give them to someone who is skeptical, and once they learn how to properly use one, will be convinced that fountain pens aren't just a silly indulgence. They write well above their price. My local pen shop also sells them as singles for about $3.25, which is great because I don't usually use the black one that comes in the 3-pack.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 22:30

this just proves how deep my sickness is - i forgot my fountain pen at home "current selection from my group being a Wahl Eversharp from the 30's" and I could not bring myslef to muck up my notebook with a ballpoint so i stopped by staples on the way to work
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 23:10

QUOTE (davidspitzer @ Dec 3 2008, 05:30 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
this just proves how deep my sickness is - i forgot my fountain pen at home "current selection from my group being a Wahl Eversharp from the 30's" and I could not bring myslef to muck up my notebook with a ballpoint so i stopped by staples on the way to work
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 23:54

I used these though college and loved them. They are real work horses.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 01:54

Their nibs are not fine enough for me. I don't like them sad.gif That's unfortunate because I would like to carry a disposable fountain pen in my pen case in addition to my regular fountain pens. But alas, not this particular model. I've tried it and disliked it.

Or...I could send it in to have Richard Binder grind it to an XF......DOH. NOT! ;-)
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 03:07

Varsitys are my standard travel pens because they don't leak and they tolerate writing on airplanes and at altitudes from the Blue Ridge to the Rockies. I'm currently kicking myself for leaving a multicolored 5-pack in a distant state after a Thanksgiving visit.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 05:36

QUOTE (thibaulthalpern @ Dec 3 2008, 08:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Their nibs are not fine enough for me. I don't like them sad.gif That's unfortunate because I would like to carry a disposable fountain pen in my pen case in addition to my regular fountain pens. But alas, not this particular model. I've tried it and disliked it.


I've been having the same difficulty. Fortunately when I ordered my varsities off Jetpens I also ordered a few of their finer Japanese sibling, the pilot Vpen. The Varsity nibs are marked with an "M" and the Vpens are marked with an "F", which explains the difference. I'm very pleased with the Vpens so far...but don't take my word for it, I'm new to fountain pens.

It seems as though they're out of stock for most Vpen colors right now, aside from the green one, which is even finer than the other Vpen colors I purchased. Here's the Jetpen's link.

Edited by J0rdan, 04 December 2008 - 05:40.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 09:06

When I bought my first V-pen, I didn't know that it was non-refillable. I even bough a pack of cartridges with it. When I got home I tried to unscrew the barrel. I was shocked and disappointed. In my native language Finnish, fountain pens are called refillable pens or "täytekynä". So I would never have imagined that such a horror would ever be possible to exist. Yes, the nib was smooth but the concept of non-refillable fountain pens is absolute waste of time and environment.

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 10:41

QUOTE (LapsangS @ Dec 4 2008, 01:06 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When I bought my first V-pen, I didn't know that it was non-refillable. I even bough a pack of cartridges with it. When I got home I tried to unscrew the barrel. I was shocked and disappointed. In my native language Finnish, fountain pens are called refillable pens or "täytekynä". So I would never have imagined that such a horror would ever be possible to exist. Yes, the nib was smooth but the concept of non-refillable fountain pens is absolute waste of time and environment.

I have never tried but, apparently, if you pull hard enough, the nib comes out and then you can refill the pen with a syringe.

Or, if you really like the nib, the Petit1 uses the same nib as the Vpen fine nibs.
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#14 davidspitzer

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 16:37

OK I had to share this

I gave one to each of my girls with a nice journal. This morning My older girl, (15) wrote in her journal. She showed me...

"Hello, this is my first fountain pen it's simply lovely. I feel like a vampire when I write with it!"
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 17:17

QUOTE (davidspitzer @ Dec 4 2008, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK I had to share this

I gave one to each of my girls with a nice journal. This morning My older girl, (15) wrote in her journal. She showed me...

"Hello, this is my first fountain pen it's simply lovely. I feel like a vampire when I write with it!"

Okay, I'm trying to wrap my brain around that. Is that because a fountain pen is old fashioned?


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Posted 04 December 2008 - 17:23

I honestly don't like the pilot Vpen, as it is known around here, it doesn't feel like a fountain pen at all to me...
It's hard to explain, but I don't enjoy writing with them...
It doesn't feel like the nib is touching the paper, it's almost too smooth... if this is possible.
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#17 davidspitzer

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 19:56

QUOTE (jbb @ Dec 4 2008, 10:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (davidspitzer @ Dec 4 2008, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK I had to share this

I gave one to each of my girls with a nice journal. This morning My older girl, (15) wrote in her journal. She showed me...

"Hello, this is my first fountain pen it's simply lovely. I feel like a vampire when I write with it!"

Okay, I'm trying to wrap my brain around that. Is that because a fountain pen is old fashioned?



yes my daughter is eclectic here is the math on it

fountain pen = old = medieval or perhaps Gothic = vampire

this is the same girl that use to ask waitresses "if you were a mushroom what kind of mushroom would you be?"
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Posted 04 December 2008 - 19:59

You should get her one with red ink. smile.gif

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 20:03

QUOTE (davidspitzer @ Dec 4 2008, 11:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yes my daughter is eclectic here is the math on it

fountain pen = old = medieval or perhaps Gothic = vampire

this is the same girl that use to ask waitresses "if you were a mushroom what kind of mushroom would you be?"

I gave a young friend a dip pen and some onionskin paper during her Harry Potter phase and that went over big too. Your daughter sounds like a lot of fun. New, young fountain pen writers often enjoy calligraphy pens -- also inexpensive and readily available at office supply stores.

Edited by jbb, 04 December 2008 - 20:05.


#20 davidspitzer

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Posted 04 December 2008 - 20:13

QUOTE (jbb @ Dec 4 2008, 01:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (davidspitzer @ Dec 4 2008, 11:56 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
yes my daughter is eclectic here is the math on it

fountain pen = old = medieval or perhaps Gothic = vampire

this is the same girl that use to ask waitresses "if you were a mushroom what kind of mushroom would you be?"

I gave a young friend a dip pen and some onionskin paper during her Harry Potter phase and that went over big too. Your daughter sounds like a lot of fun. New, young fountain pen writers often enjoy calligraphy pens -- also inexpensive and readily available at office supply stores.


She is a female Dennis the menace, so i fear projectile India ink all over my kitchen or even worse her carpet in her room. I like your idea, but I think I will move her in stages, so I am not scrubbing the floor with acetone wink.gif
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