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Kingsley Chequer Intro I bought this pen in London. A very nice looking pen. I didn't even know this brand exists till I bought it. The Packaging This pen comes in a gift box. I bought a set of a ballpoint and a fountain pen because I got it cheaper than a single fountain pen. The Body The variant I happened to choose was the gunmetal one. I like the body of this pen. Gunmetal color with engraved grid on the barrel. It looks perfect. Clip & Pocket Looks The clip is fairly hard but it looks nice in a shirt pocket. As to the finial, there's nothing but a reflective metal as you can see in the picture. The Cap Cap is snap fit. The sound of that snap is very loud and secured. Filling Mechanism This is a cartridge converter pen with standard international cartridges. The box comes with a cartridge but without a converter. Writing Experience This pen came with an iridium point medium nib. My experience with this pen was pathetic. As you can see in the image, it feathers a lot, almost on ask the papers I tried. I have tried fixing it but couldn't fix it to my satisfaction. Posting makes this pen a little top heavy but not too much. Cost I bought a set of this pen and a ball pen for £37.50 (₹3700 approx). Strange thing is, it was available as a single product for £49.99. There must have been some promotion at that time. Because as I still check the price while writing this review, it costs you £49.99 for the fountain pen and £25 for the ball pen. General Info & Measurements Locking Mechanism: Snap fit Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter Posted: 14.2 cm Capped: 13.4 cm Uncapped: 11.8 cm Capped Weight (Uninked): 28.3g Uncapped Weight (Uninked): 16.5g My Ratings (after I worked a lot on the nib) Nib: 3/10 Looks: 7.5/10 Pocket Looks: 8/10 Writing Experience: 4/10 Wetness: 6/10 Scratchiness: 5/10 Cost: 7/10 Overall Rating: 6/10 Do let me know how you like the review. Follow my blog: https://pen5um.wordpress.com Thanks, 5umedh Disclaimer: This review is all about my personal views about a product especially the one I have used (for this review). You may come across a same model which you might find better or worse.
Intro I am using this pen for more than a month now. I borrowed this black/ chrome variant of the fountain pen from a friend of mine and will return after I complete this review. The Packaging This pen comes in an attractive box with a cardboard sleeve. The box also includes a fake leather pouch which is kind of good if you want to carry a pen or two. The Nib As all Pelikan pens, this pen is also a pleasant writer. I like metal pens, heavier the better. As you can see in the images, this is a all metal pen. Pleasant to hold and has a medium folded nib. Finial & pocket looks Top of the pen or finial has a Pelikan logo emblemed on it which looks classy in pocket. Clip The clip of the pen is very good. Nice and springy. Posting This pen can be securely posted. Posting makes it a bit top heavy though. I’m not a poster of a pen, but if you prefer posted writing, this is a good pen to have. General Aesthetics Aesthetically, the pen is amazing. I am always amazed when the chrome line (shown in above image) lines up with the nib. You don’t have to put any extra efforts to do that. The threads of the pen are designed to do so. But it is what is expected from a premium pen of this range. Filling mechanism The pen does not come with a cartridge converter which is a pity for such an expensive pen. You can buy one for USD 6-7. Cost A cartridge converter pen which is bit of a set back for a ₹9000 pen. It’s a bit (lot) on costlier side in Indian currency. You would get a good piston filler at this cost if you want. I found it for $97 on amazon.com which when converted to Indian currency comes to ₹6500 (approx.). Almost 28% cheaper. I wouldn’t buy this pen for ₹9000 but if I’m getting it for $97, I might give it a thought. 2 more colors available: General Info Locking Mechanism: Snap Cap Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter Posted: 15.5 cm Capped: 14 cm Uncapped: 12.2 cm My Ratings Nib: 6/10 Looks: 6/10 Pocket Looks: 7/10 Writing Experience: 7/10 Wetness: 4/10 Scratchyness: 5/10 Cost: 3/10 Overall Rating: 4.5/10 Do let me know how you like the review. Follow my blog: https://pen5um.wordpress.com Thanks, 5umedh
Parker Frontier Intro Now this is one of the oldest pens I have in my fountain pen collection. When you are at a initial stage of your fountain pen obsession, Parker is the brand you end up having 90% of times. The Packaging This pen comes in a regular cardboard box provided with most of the Parker pens. Nothing fancy here. But I have also seen a same product in a different tin box packaging. The Body The variant I happened to choose was the chrome one. I like the body of this pen. There is noothing going much with it. Simple yet works best. Clip & Pocket Looks When you carry a Parker in your pocket, everyone around knows what brand you are carrying (if they are into FP world). That’s because of the clip of the pen. Parker’s trademark arrow clip. Works great. Spring loaded. Looks awesome. The Cap Cap is friction fit. Not anything more with that. Filling Mechanism This is a cartridge converter pen with standard international cartridges. The box comes with a cartridge and Parker converter. Writing Experience I don’t know about the current league of Parker Frontiers, but this particular pen I have is too scratchy. I had to work a lot on this pen over last 6 years. Had to tune the nib to suit my writing style. Overall, not a very good experience. Posting Posting makes this pen too long (15.2 CM) but not top heavy indeed. I don’t find any difference in writing experience whether you post it or not. Cost This pen costs you around ₹600 in India and I saw it on Amazon US for $9. General Info Locking Mechanism: Friction fit Filling Mechanism: Cartridge Converter Posted: 15.2 cm Capped: 13.2 cm Uncapped: 12.3 cm My Ratings Nib: 4/10 Looks: 6/10 Pocket Looks: 7/10 Writing Experience: 4/10 Wetness: 3/10 Scratchiness: 1/10 Cost: 9/10 Overall Rating: 4/10 Do let me know how you like the review. Follow my blog: https://pen5um.wordpress.com Thanks, 5umedh