LTech Fountain Pen
Good pen --- and takes TWSBI nibs
I bought this at the local Levenger store --- in fine point. I like the weight of the pen, its length, balance (unposted), and the cool feel of the metal barrel. However I prefer a narrower line. It turns out that this pen uses the same nib and feed manufacturer as the TWSBI 580 --- just take the chromed collar off the TWSBI nib/feed assembly and it screws right into your L-Tech. So I bought a TWSBI EF nib online and it's perfect! Both the original nib, and the replacement were smooth and without problems.
I was fortunate to get the pen at a substantial discount --- Levenger was discounting them and the store was running an extra 20% off. So I paid about 60% of the usual price --- hence 5 stars for value!
March 6, 2014
I purchased the silver L-Tech fountain pen a few weeks ago and have been using it regularly. Bottom line is it feels good and writes nicely. It is solid and heavy in your hand, although maybe the knurled grip could use a little more "bite". I use this pen un-posted as the cap is rather heavy. The nib is smooth and I have not had any problems with skips or hard starts while using a Levenger cartridge. I like that a converter cartridge was included. Now I need to get the black Stealth model!
March 1, 2014
It's a little bigger than I pictured it, but it's nice. The writing is good. I use Waterman ink and absorbent paper. It's not delicate, but I could crank on the cap and break the plastic threads inside the cap, but it's easy to avoid breaking it. I have a high quality pen I bought at an art-show from a guy who carves them out of reindeer antler, for about the same price, and it a lot more durable. The dropper is made of cheap plastic and not compatible with my Waterman converts (droppers). For the price I would have appreciated all metal threads, but it's a pretty pen, affordable writes good, feels good. It might take a little getting used to, but it's worth the price. I wanted more, but I've happy with what I got.
February 10, 2014
great pen - cap comes off :(
I loved my L-Tech pen. Not only it writes very well and is well-balanced (without the cap, for my small hands) but it looks terrific. I absolutely love the industrial look and the matte-silver color.
But. But after a couple of years of use, the threading that is used to close the cap has worn off. Now the cap will not stay on. So I cannot put the pen in my shirt pocket. Or in any pocket... I can only keep it upright in my pen-holder.
Too bad, because I really love this pen. Now I have second thoughts about buying another Levenger pen...
January 29, 2014
Classy Solid Pens
II own both the silver and stealth models. These pens are super sturdy (both body and nib) as well as having simply classic tech designs. They are worthy successors to the old Rotring models. IF I did not keep losing them, I'd still be writing with the first one I bought more than a decade ago. I highly recommend these items (silver and black stealth).
September 7, 2013
Great Fountain Pen for the money!
After many years of use, I recently lost my Rotring 600 Black fountain pen. Not wanting to spend $300+ on eBay to replace it, I was happy to discover the L-Tech fountain pen.
While the reviews on this pen were mixed, I found many of the complaints to be unfounded. The cap is very secure (better than my Rotring), the weight and feel is very similar to my old Rotring and the medium tip really suits my handwriting style.
My only complaint is I wish the pen came in black as well as silver.
Bottom line; this is a well made pen at a reasonable price. I love it!
July 7, 2013
A Rotring 600 Substitute??? Nah!
If you're buying this pen thinking, oh, I'm luck to replace my Rotring 600 series FP, then think again; this is not as good as the Rotring at all.
Let's be clear, it has a great built quality but the nib (which is the most important feature) lacks the Gold and Gold plated Rotring 600 Series, not to mention that it's not as smooth either.
For the price, I don't think it'll break your budget but I could've bought two TWSBI 540 since they write much smoother.
February 22, 2013
I love this pen
I have not had the problems with this pen that a few reviewers identified. It appears Levenger has worked through the issues identified and I would recommend this pen to anyone who want a solid instrument that make a very definite statement.
The pen's weight is substantial in a very comforting way. The pen writes beautifully and I find myself doodling with it simply because I enjoy the way it writes and feeling of it in my hand.
December 2, 2012
Disappointing in the end
When I first received this pen, a couple of months ago, I was very pleased. The appearance and weight were excellent, and the writing was good (not great, the included tip is very fine for a medium, but good).
However, as many other reviewers have noted, the cap is seriously flawed, and it has ruined my enjoyment of this item now.
It doesn't screw on well, and just a bit of movement makes it come lose in the pocket, so when you go to use it, you get the cap and the pen falls either in your pocket, ruining a shirt, or on the floor, which happened to me, bending the nib.
As I wanted a new nib in any case, after checking I discovered that to ship me a new nib is $10 more than the already quite high price of the nib itself, and almost half of the pen in total.
Also, the same problem now means that putting the cap on the end of the pen while you're writing no longer works well (it slips off at the least motion), making the whole writing experience frustrating and no longer enjoyable.
I would have to say I do not recommend this pen until or unless the cap problem is fixed, and I suggest Levenger offer a USPS (e.g. regular mail) shipping service for replacement parts to make them attainable.
October 24, 2012
Quite heavy (though as an object, beautiful)
This L-tech Fountain pen is beautiful . . . to look at. The problem is two-fold: The only choice for pen nib is medium (I very much prefer a fine, or extra-fine nib), and more importantly, the pen is VERY heavy. It is much larger than I anticipated (the pictures appeared otherwise), and at least for me, the beveled sides left a groove on my fingers after only a few minutes. I am a writer who uses a pen for long periods of time. What a disappointment. Though this is, indeed, Levenger quality, it doesn't suit my needs, and it may not yours. It is nice "masculine" pen, but for this woman, a bit too heavy and large. Sigh.
May 5, 2012