A while back, I had to return my Cross pen, that was faulty. That was supposed to be my “pen for life”! I loved everything about it; the weight — how well balanced it felt in my hand, the width, the grip (important) and the smoothness with which it wrote … when it did write. Sadly, something was wrong in the inner workings of it, and it had to go back. I’ve ordered a new, same kind. I’m taking my chances because I loved it so much, and it’s so easy to return and get a full refund at Amazon.
In the meantime — it’s not supposed to arrive until August 2 — I decided to try two other fountain pens in the cheaper range: Lamy and Preppy. Lamy arrived and I wrote about it in the post I linked to. Had I never felt what it was like to write with the above mentioned Cross pen, I think Lamy would have been the pen for me, in spite of its plastic feel.
Yesterday, Preppy arrived, along with a pad of letter paper from Clairefontaine. Preppy is cheap — I think it was five bucks. I plugged in the cartridge that came with it, and it started to write immediately … from the first stroke. The little store in Toronto, where I’d ordered it, didn’t carry fine nib, so it’s medium. Since it’s a rather “wet” pen, medium is definitely not for me in this case. It’s smooth, though … very much so. Also, it’s a different kind of pen in the way of that you can fill up the whole thing with ink, if you want to … “eye-dropper-pen”, I believe it’s called. To do that, you’d need an extra O-ring and some silicone stuff. I’m not going to bother with that, since this won’t become my pen of choice. I have the cartridge, and I can fill that up easily with the syringe.
It’s alright in general. The grip is alright — it’s just that, to me, it has way too much of a plastic feel to it.
I won’t pester my readers with all my fountain pen endeavours (so much) 🙂. Just wanted to share my experience with Preppy, as it’s a very popular pen. With a fine nib, it could have been all different, but I have this sneaky feeling it would be scratchy.