Monday, July 28, 2008
Filled with Noodler's Black, it writes smooth & wet. No bleeding or feathering (typical for me with Noodler's Black)
The pen is nondescript, which I like. It reminds me of a Flair felt tipped pen with the texturing on the outside. It's easy to hold, and it's perfectly balanced in my hand. I would expect no fatigue from using this pen.
If I'm at least the 3rd owner, I wonder why other people didn't like/want it.
I'm very happy. It cost me $79 with shipping, and I'll go out on a limb to say that I'd pay full retail to replace it if I had to.
So...should I even bother having those 3 Parker 51's restored? LOL We'll see. For now, I'm Very Happy.
I'm no longer using the Lamy 200 these days. I found that it had a nasty habit of slipping and spinning in my fingers, and because I'm old (almost 40!) and needing bi-focals, I can't see the orientation of the nib. And sadly, somewhere along the way, it started to get scratchy. I tried my best to clean it, but it seems to be a problem beyond my control.
I also traded two of the 51's for restoration on the 3rd. Sadly, the nub is even harder to see on the 51 than on the L2K. So my remaining 51 is about to be sold as well.
And what's my pen flavor of the week right now? That would be a Pelikan Fine Nibbed M200. A sweet little beauty in the hand and on the paper.
07/09/08 Another update! I used a succession of fine polishing cloths on the nib and I'm happy to report that it's no longer scratchy! It still may slip and spin in my hand, but at least I can use it again without getting frustrated.
07/28/08 Yet another update! I felt that the piston was too stiff and that the nib was writing thicker than an EF should. I sent it back to Lamy and they overhauled it with a new EF nib, piston & feed. I just got it back this past Saturday, and the nib seems to be needing a bit of break in time. Noodler's black and Pelikan Brilliant Black made the pen barely write - it was skipping and starting hard - almost a chore to get it to move across the paper. I flushed it again and put in my most free-flowing ink - Diamine Imperial Purple. It's writing nicer, smoother - but it's still putting out more ink on the downstroke than the side to side. I'll keep with it. My Pelikan M200 wrote really skimpy when I first got it but now that I've filled it a few times, it's the smoothest most wonderful pen I own.
03/10/09 Last update. I no longer own this pen. Once it came back from repair, I could never seem to get the ink to flow properly and I gave up. I had repeatedly flushed & refilled it with numerous inks, soapy water.... I grew frustrated and traded it away. The person who received it, LOVES it. Sometimes I'm convinced it's just me....