Chesterton Espresso Fountain Pen
They got it right!
Fantastic FP in size, weight, color, & most important nib feedback. I already hand this pen in fill able rollerball. Loved it so much decided to give the FP a try. Choose fine nib.
April 5, 2014
Chesterton Fountain Pen w/ Fine nib
I was hesitant to but this pen based on the reviews that discussed the pen skipping and drying out. The complaints all seemed to have one thing in common though, the ink. I rarely if ever use the ink cartridges that come with my pens so after dropping the Chesterton in my shopping bag and then abandoning it about 5 or 6 times i finally pulled the trigger.
The pen looks great, the resin has an opalescent quality and the penn shimmers when the light hits it from different angles. The gold details are nice; I had concerns that the ferrule would be too much by it actually highlights the bi-color nib nicely. The cap screws on smoothly and the pen can be used comfortably with the cap posted or off. The cap is a little weighty and when posted the pen feels slightly top heavy but i actually like that so it's not a problem.
When I received the pen I used the convertor and inked it up with Pilot's Iroshizuku Yama-Budo. I chose the Iroshizuku ink because it tends to flow a little more freely than some other inks and based on the reviews I thought it would be a good choice for the pen's trial run. I've been using the pen for a couple of weeks and found it to be a very solid performer. The fine nib lays down a nice solid line that's about 0.5mm wide with no skipping or hesitation. On Levenger Circa paper the pen writes very smoothly with only the slightest sensation of drag, and on good quality bond paper the pen performed just as well without any significant drag or hesitation. Overall the pen writes very well and I'm extremely satisfied with it and glad that I purchased it.
December 19, 2014
I am completely satisfied with this pen. I have 8 fountain pens and this is now my favorite. The fine tip nib writes clear and smooth. If I do not use it for a couple of days the tip does not dry out like some of my other fountain pens, some I have to run the tip under water for a few seconds to start the flow of ink. I actually write more now because I look forward to using this pen.
November 12, 2014
It looks awesome,but that`s all...
My brother got this pen for me and I was very excited about it.When I started writing with it,I was dissapointed.It was skipping a lot.I thought this problem would dissapear,but after 10 days,it is still skipping.I hope it`s just a manufacturing flaw and I want to replace the nib.Are there any replacement nibs available?What is the size of the nib?
November 6, 2014
Nice writer, but...
I don't know what it is about Levenger pens lately, that they all seem to have issues with them. This pen...I really want it to be an exception. I love the look of it, I love the feel of it, I LOVE the way it writes - I haven't had any of the skipping issues that others have reported, and I haven't noticed the ink drying out, even though I had it filled for two days before I used it.
What it does do, is leak. Just like all the other fountain pens I've ordered lately. Who used to manufacture your TrueWriter pens about fifteen years ago? I have two pens from that era, and both have always performed outstandingly. Indeed, the only reason I've ordered pens lately is that I wanted to be able to switch pens, and inks, in between cleanings - I like to use purple ink with my purple pen, and green ink with my green pen (and with the Chesterton). But doggone it, the pen has to *retain* the ink in order for it to write, and when I took the cap off, I could see right away that I'd have inky fingers in my near future. And I did, despite using a tissue to wipe the nib down - ink in the cap, ink in the barrel, and yes, ink on my fingers.
Anyway, whoever was making pens for you fifteen years ago - you need to get that manufacturer back on board, 'cause that's the only one who knew how to seal a gasket.
August 8, 2014
Fundamental design flaw
I had the same problem that other reported regarding the drying in the nib over a short period of time. I believe the problem is the air-gap where the clip enters the cap. Basically, when capped the air entering around the clip/cap dries out the ink in the nib. As an experiment I tried capping the pen with a small plastic pill bag and rubber band--it worked perfectly the following day.
Using the cap, as designed is basically leaving the pen uncapped.
Hope that Levenger offers a replacement (working) cap soon. I truly love the color and design of the pen.
June 11, 2014
Ever since owning my replace Chesterton FP there have been issues with skipping. On almost every initial downstroke of a letter (W, L, P, T, N, etc) I get no ink. I have to go back and repeat that downstroke to get ink to flow. Then I can write the rest of the word with full ink flow. But then the first downstroke of the next word the same thing happens. Based on my writing style -- sort of a hybrid between printing and cursive -- I write lots of letters with initial downstrokes, so have LOTS of skips. This basically has made the pen unusable. I am only adding this review to see if any other users, or someone at Levenger, has a though on what might be done to remedy this. I used to use the pump to hold ink but it ran out of ink so quickly that I switched to Waterman long cartridges. I use the same cartridges in another fountain pen that NEVER skips, so I don't think the ink is the problem. I think it's the medium nib. Would appreciate any advice on how to make this pen usable.
April 17, 2014
What a difference 6 years make
I now have two Levenger True Writer fountain pens. My first, from 2008, is a sapphire Metalist.
APPEARANCE: When I received the Chesterton I was pretty pleased with the looks of the pen overall. I had expected more depth in the colors of the barrel, but I did find them reminiscent of coffee. The nib is especially beautiful.
PERFORMANCE: Though writing quite smoothly at first, it was long before I saw it drying up, even after less than a day's hiatus (I leave my fountain pens well capped, nib pointing up.) Indeed, both with Levenger ink cartridges and with the ink converter, the pen continued to have problems with flow. At first I thought it might be the Fine nib. But after returning the pen in for an exchange*, the second Chesterton had the same flow problems. (Nothing drives me more crazy than having to go back over my writing because no ink came out, or worse, because random dots and dashes now litter my page.) But when it isn't behaving badly, it writes quite pleasantly.
* Even after cleaning the nib, the original pen just worsened. Levenger's staff was very pleasant and helpful to work with through the exchange.
FEEL: I am not fond of the resin barrels. The Metalist feels (and looks, and writes) so much better. This is a matter of taste, no doubt. I find resin barels too light, and not particularly balanced. Its not bad, but it doesn't have any personality. I wish Levenger would get some weighty metal back in their lineup.
This baby is a looker, that's for sure. It would be wonderful if it would live up to its promise.
Hope this helps!
March 22, 2014
Bought the pen without checking the reviews. Not a good idea as it turned out. The first pen had a faulty nib. I returned it and got a second one. Fabulous looking, however, I had the same writing issues that other reviewers noted. I thought perhaps it needed a new cartridge so I unscrewed the nib and the cartridge got stuck in the barrel. I tried to pry the cartridge out to no avail. As a result, I have ink all over my hands and on the mouse pad with the photo of my husband and I on a Rhine River cruise. Very upsetting. So number two is being replaced. Hopefully number 3 will be okay. And I'm taking the advise of the reviewer who bought cartridges elsewhere!
February 8, 2014
Never judge a book (or fountain pen) by its cover
Fantastic beauty and it's fabulous with the perfect weight. The only issue is when you put pen to paper. The nib is something that dries out not over ours but over seconds. It has a very difficult feeling upon writing. There's no flow to the words. You consistently have to hold it down for more than just a moment to get the ink to start the flow. Although beautiful I would pass, then again it might be the Levenger cartridge as I noticed it has been a more pronounced issue since I replaced the ink. I want to love this pen, but again it is the beauty and not function.
December 14, 2013