LTech Stealth Fountain Pen
L-tech Stealth is excellent
Back in college (20+ years ago), I always used a fountain pen. The Parker 25 is the one I directly recall. Then for some odd reason, I stopped using one in grad school.
This year (2013), I decided to do more handwriting instead of doing everything on the computer and then printing. So I have been searching for the right fountain pen and ink. I've went through several Lamys and Pilots. Although great pens, they didn't quite do it for me.
I was about ready to try a TWSBI 580 when sbrebrown reviewed the L-tech Stealth. When I saw the pen and writing sample, I was convinced this was the pen I've been looking for at the right price point.
I have been writing with this pen for about a week with Iroshizuku kon-peki ink, and the pen is fabulous! It's a heavy solid pen so writing unposted gives it perfect balance for me. The M nib is super smooth and virtually silent. It has a whisper of audible feedback which I like. The ink flow is thick and continuous. On Doane paper, the ink soaks through the page. On Rhodia, the ink line is finer. I like the effect on both paper types.
The seven-sided design looks super sharp. The clip has the right amount of spring and holds the heavy pen well. The knurled grip and diameter are perfect and very comfortable. The converter works well and doesn't get ink-locked, so I have not had to prime the pen by using the piston--very nice.
But I really want to open up the cap and see a gold nib!
Great pen, and my year long search looks over!
December 28, 2013
An Excellent Value
This weighty pen, 50g capped, is a fun fountain pen to use. The 7 sided fountain pen has a screw on cap that is well balanced uncapped when writing. I like the smooth medium nib that lays down about a 0.7mm - 0.8mm wide juicy line.
The high clip allows me to wear the pen in my shirt pocket almost flush with the pocket top. I find the knurled nib section comfortable to hold, allowing me to write with this pen all day.
In conclusion, I find writing with this L-Tech Stealth pen quite enjoyable!
December 21, 2013
Don't get me wrong, the thing is gorgeous and really, really well weighted, but I've had nothing but issues with it since I got it. It doesn't like to write no matter what I try. I feel like the nib wasn't 100% calibrated when it left the factory.
Short of filing or bending the nib myself, I've tried everything and still have issues.
December 10, 2013
Levenger customer service is amazing!
I had an old True Writer pen that I received as a gift 12 years ago. It had been put away for several years, and when I came back to it, the sleeve that holds the nib was falling apart. I got in touch with customer service, and they simply had me send back the pen and they gave me credit for it. 12 years! That's a pretty amazing warranty.
Anyway, I bought the L-Tech Stealth with the credit. While I read some good reviews, I was still apprehensive about the non-traditional design.
I do not like gaudy, or overly-pretentious anythings. I look like enough of a snob when I say, "I like to write with fountain pens." I do not then need the pen itself to look like I spent the mortgage on it! Maybe, then, I am a utilitarian snob. Form follows function, that sort of thing.
I love the design of the L-Tech Stealth. I like to hold it in my hand, I like to run my fingers over it. I like it when it catches in the corner of my eye- I just have to divert to it.
The weight is fantastic. Again, not overly pretentious, more like "solid."
I do like that you can post the cap, and that when you do post it you can line it up with the ridges of the barrel. That said though, it can be uncomfortable to do that for short jots. It becomes top-heavy. It is actually fine to post, or not, for long writing as I hold my hand differently (apparently) for long versus short.
I have one item that I have not decided about. The cap takes slightly more turning than expected to remove. This also means that to put it fully on, it needs about 1 full turn. Obviously I do not want to keep the nib exposed when I put the pen down as it will dry out, so I would normally cap it. I have been experimenting with putting the cap on and giving a very slight twist. So far, it seems that this is sufficient to prevent drying out for a temporary break (I have done this up to 20 minutes, with no drying out). So while I originally thought it was inconvenient, I am now leaning more towards it being a feature. Namely, the cap is very secure, and will not come off in my pocket by accident, and that you do not need to screw it down all the way to take a break.
On to writing. I bought it with a fine nib. I have heard two main things regarding Levenger nibs- A) they are often hard starters and/or do not write smoothly, and B) a fine is more like a medium. I wholeheartedly disagree with A. It writes very smoothly. I am currently using J Herbin Violette Pensee ink. Incredibly smooth, very beautiful. Does not write particularly wet, but certainly not dry either, very happy medium. I do agree with B. This is by most accounts a medium line. For me, not an issue, as I wanted a medium line, and got what I was expecting. If this is a bother to you, you can get a nib ground to whatever size you want after-market, or you can purchase an interchangeable nib elsewhere (I do not want to be too blasphemous and suggest on this site), but a little creative searching will yield great results. I feel that I do not need to tune it at all at this time.
Really great pen, 'nuff said.
November 1, 2013
Inexpensive but a great pen nonetheless
I wanted an inexpensive fountain pen to use when I did not want to take one of my more expensive ones outside of my home. I bought this one since it was under $100 and I have not been dissappointed. Feels nice to write with in your hand, and writes smoothly on the paper. I love it.
October 26, 2013
As I type this, I have used the L-Tech Stealth Fountain Pen for a little over two months now. I purchased it with the fine-sized nib. The pen arrived quickly, within a week.
First off, the weight of this pen is great. Without the cap attached to the back, the pen is heavy enough to feel sturdy in your hands, but not so heavy that it impedes writing. Once you attach the cap though, the pen feels unbalanced. The cap feels almost as heavy as the pen itself!
The nib writes very well, and simply glides across paper. One point to make is that even though I chose the fine-size, the width of the writing looks almost like a medium. It is much thicker than I expected.
Besides that, I like how the barrel allows for an extra cartridge to be stored. This is incredibly convenient.
Other than that, the pen looks fantastic and receives compliments whenever I use it.
September 17, 2013
I have a couple of Lamy fountain pens so I decided to spend a little more and try one of these out. I absolutely love it!
The weight of this pen is extremely satisfying while writing, and to me is it's most distinctive feature - not too heavy that it is burdensome to write with. The all black design looks clean and simple.
I got the fine nib based on reviews of the thickness and found it to be quite similar to my Lamy F nibs, not very thin. It writes perfectly first time every time with no scratching or jumping.
My only *small* issue with the pen is the cardboard box it comes in, although sturdy and elegant, feels a little cheap.
Overall I am extremely satisfied with this pen and I'll be buying the silver/grey version in the future.
July 15, 2013
Great Fountain Pen
Fountain pens have a way of becoming an extension of mind and body. The L-Tech does this in its own way. Writing with it offers a different level of physicality. Maybe it’s the weight and muted masculinity of the seven sided brass barrel. As a writing tool the L-Tech provides a raw earthy experience as ink and words flow across the page. From jeans to journal the L-Tech makes a bold statement. It's my new Every Day Carry.
July 6, 2013
The weight and flow of the pen is outstanding. I can see why it has received such high praises. Very happy with the purchase. I still need to get used to writing with it as it is my first incursion into the world of fountain pens. And, this has been the best introduction to it!
July 6, 2013
Favorite daily use pen
I own several fountain pens, but this one is my favorite. It writes perfectly every time with no splotches. It's easy to fill, feels very comfortable, and is solidly constructed. I also love the looks of this pen and get a lot of comments about it.
So far, I've used several types of ink in the pen -- specifically Parker Quink and Diamine -- and the nib handles them perfectly.
June 27, 2013