LTech Plus Fountain Pen with Stylus
"Fine" tip is not Fine
CON: The "Fine" tip is more Broad than Fine.
PRO: Great weight and feel.
I've used fountain pens for the past 16 years. I've used a Lamy Fine Point since 2006 and been very happy with it's performance. The L-Tech Plus Fountain Pen looked great and I had the chance to try one in the Tyson Corner store while on a trip in the area. The pen felt nice in my hand and had great balance. I held off ordering because the store only had broad tipped pens available. I ordered the L-Tech Fountain Pen with a "Fine" tip. However, I've been very disappointed with the performance since it writes more like a Broad tip.
The pen would get 5 stars across the board if it was really Fine tipped.
I would NOT recommend the pen to someone looking for a true Fine tip. However, if you are not concerned about the width of the pen mark then this is a good pen.
April 5, 2014
Remember, it's a fountain pen
This is a good pen, but as with any fountain pen, one can shake ink into the cap with rough handling. The stylus feature and the weight of the instrument can make you forget that - as with any fountain pen - rough handling will move ink from the reservoir and leave you with a messy grip, nib, and inner cap.
April 5, 2014
Stylus with an analog twist
This is a genuine blend of old and new school. Anyone can make a ballpoint or roller-ball with a touch-screen stylus but Levenger is one of the few to attempt this with a fountain pen. The only drawback (for me) is that I typically prefer a solid gold nib and in fact, this was my only struggle with this pen. In my experience, Stainless Steel just doesn't lay down the ink.. or so I thought ... I did have some problems keeping the nib from drying out but it must have been the ink I was using with the converter that was supplied as switching to ink cartridges seemed to remedy the problem. Combining a highly functional (replaceable) conductive-rubber stylus with the traditional fountain pen, you can now take notes with real ink and paper while making notes and entries on your touch-screen device. I have an iPad and iPhone and an HP Touchmart computer. The stylus has just the right amount of firmness to lay a clean and accurate electronic ink line even through screen protectors... by-the-way, also try it on your touch-screen laptop or desktop; very nice indeed. The conductive-rubber stylus end unscrews from the derby end of the cap and can be replaced with parts available for this purpose from Levenger in sets of two.
The Stainless nib is made in Germany with the Levenger logo and can actually completely detach from the pen for cleaning and or replacement... I suppose going to a different type of nib is also possible though I haven't seen this option made available. It takes both standard and international (larger) refills or you can carry a spare standard refill in the barrel in lieu of using the supplied converter.
The entire unit has a pleasing heft and balance that larger hands will appreciate regardless of which end you are operating. The cap stays firmly in place when mounted on the barrel. This allows you to use both ends simultaneously with confidence.
One thing I would like to see is a non-stylus top provided that would allow you to convert this pen back to a more traditional fountain pen when the technology again shifts from conductive rubber to something else or beyond the need for a stylus. This would improve the value by extending the style of the pen beyond the limits of evolving technology. I think Levenger and others that make affordable fountain pens available have proven that this technology will likely continue for many generations as it has been appreciated in the past...certainly beyond the touch-screen generation we are now part of.
Lastly, I'd like to add that I've always been impressed with Levenger; their products are high quality and provide great value for the price. They are supported by the highest caliber of customer care. I always feel welcome and valued when I call to buy, exchange or return something. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and responsive. You may pay a bit more for their quality but you will never regret your purchase.
March 22, 2014
A great idea that works
I've had this for about a week now and it's become my standard "carry" pen. It writes really well and the stylus works great. I got this because I only use fountain pens, and it's bee so cold in Chicago I needed a stylus. It does the job.
The only issue is that it was a bit "sticky" at first. Make sure and do a really thorough rinse before filling the pen or inserting the cartridge.
February 26, 2014
I personnaly like the extra length and weight of the L-tech fountain pen. The extra length gives just the right balance to a firm pen. I am a regular fountain pen user and this is one that will I keep in easy reach. I chose the med. nib and like the smooth even flow of ink and the consistant width of the letters, no scratching the paper.
January 13, 2014
I amazed at the quality of this pen, especially at the price. First steel-nib pen I've had that writes so well.. Good ink flow.
My only quibble is the weight; the pen is so massive, it feels unwieldy. But that can be overcome by leaving off the cap.
January 11, 2014
L Tech Plus Fountain Pen w/Stylus
Excellent value with good heft. My only criticism is the fine nib is more like a broad nib.
January 11, 2014
But Will TSA Let Me Take It On Board?
Obviously inspired by industrial design, the best description of the pen is massive. I personally find it feels better to write without the cap posted. But that is purely personal as the pen's balance is quite good with or without the cap. The writing tip is good and the knurled grip is a stroke of genius.
Of course the real attraction of the pen was a stylus coupled to a writing technology I seemingly cannot do without, despite owning a "smart" phone. Amazingly, both work ends very well. The stylus is a great relief from my fat fingered mistyping.
Now if only TSA doesn't decide it's a weapon the first time I try to board a plane, I'll be happy.
January 4, 2014
This pen is worth giving it a chance...
After reading the reviews of this pen, I hesitated when going to purchase it. However, considering the sale price and the fact that I needed a pen (preferably fountain) with a stylus, I decided to give it a chance. I really like this pen. I have a hands that are on the large side with long fingers and I really appreciate the weight and design. I can see where it might not be a pen for someone with delicate/smaller hands. I like the barrel shape a lot; it does not roll off my laptop table or desk and the high-tech look has gotten fine comments from those venturing into my office. I have not had the writing inconsistencies referenced in other reviews. I have written with fountain pens for over 30 years, and I really enjoy having this dual function pen on my desk. It's a pen worth a chance.
January 4, 2014
Maybe I just received a bad example of this product. Will not write consistently, very difficult to load ink. Spotty performance at best. This is not my first fountain pen, but it by far the poorest example of any that I have. I am considering returning it if I cannot get it to work properly. It is a cool design though, but that doesn't make up for the shortcomings I have encountered so far. Just my opinion.
December 31, 2013