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Good pen, lousy finish
from Buffalo, NY
Having sold my heavy rOtring fountain pen a number of years ago, I found myself once again looking for a pen with some heft to it. Coupled with the fact that I manage most of my workflow with an iPad, the L-Tech Plus Stealth seemed like an ideal tool.The pen's weight helps it to lay down a nice, wet line of ink. Levenger fountain pen veterans know that the nibs run a bit broad and live with it, grind the nibs to a finer point (or send them out for adjustment), and/or use a "drier" ink.This pen is not one that invites posting the cap, as the change in balance makes the pen nearly unusable. I have never liked posting the cap, so this is not a problem for me. (Also, I can have the iPad and a piece of paper side-by-side and write with the pen while poking around the iPad with the stylus tip on the cap.)The stylus tip itself is the usual rubber "pillow" type. One nice feature is that it screws out, permitting a "blown-out" stylus tip to be replaced. The replacements are available in two-packs elsewhere on the Levenger site. In my experience, the rubber can be a little bit grippy and less-smooth than I might like. I've also noted that this depends a lot on the screen's and the stylus's cleanliness.I have two chief complaints about the pen:1) The stylus tip does tend to wiggle loose from time to time, requiring me to give it the occasional twist to ensure that it doesn't go AWOL.2) My more significant complaint is that despite having lived exclusively in my hand or in a lined pen case, the stealth black finish has begun to rub off at the corners and on one side, exposing the underlying brass. I am not hard on my pens, so this was both surprising and disappointing.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Finish worn off on one side
Merchant response: Thank you for taking the time to review our L-Tech Plus Fountain Pen with Stylus. Your observations regarding the finish rubbing off have been forwarded to our product and development team for review. We apologize that it was not what you expected. It’s important to us that our customers are satisfied with every purchase. We offer a 100% guarantee and would be happy to arrange a replacement or return for you. Please contact our customer service center at 1-800-545-0242 to discuss a resolution.
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Great Pen, Wears Quickly
from Monterey, CA
I bought the version of this pen that does not havea stylus in December (that one seem to have vanished from the site, or I'd write this there),and I loved it right away. This is my first fountain pen, and everythng good I'd been told about writing with one has proven to be true.My only concern, is the way the pain wears on this. If you are the kind of person who wants to carry your pen around with you and use it throughout the day, and you also want it to keep looking perfect, I wouldn't go with the black one. Within days of buying the pen, the pain on the end of the cap began to flake off, and now that entire end is a soft pewter color. Less immediately, but still pretty quickly, the ridges around the barrel began to show through with brass. I'm not too teribly botherd about this, as I tend to think that wear gives tools character, but honestly, this pen looks like it's been used for a year for every month that I've actually had it.If you want a pen that not only writes great (which this does), and feels great in your hand (which this does), but will also look great for a while under fairly normal useage, I'd recommend that you try the gray version of the pen.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Very good fountain pen...
from Temple TX
I like the way this pen writes and the weight is good. I have had some difficulty keeping a steady flow of ink at times initially but am hoping that this improves greatly with use.
Very Pleased overall with this pen. The pen writes very smooth and I utilize the fine nib. I truly enjoy the modern look with a fountain pen as it connects too very distinct generations.The only negative points that I can find is with the stylus tip. First It has a mild drag when using on an iPad. The stylus tip has the tendency to vibrate lose while wearing in my shirt pocket through out the day. Lastly, I find that with the stylus tip, the seal is not as complete as with other pens and I find that it will dry out fairly quick when not actively writing.All this being said, I will continue purchasing from Levenger as I find their products superior to all others currently available.
Is it the ink??
from Portland, OR
After nearly 20 years with a Fujiyama Voyager (med nib) I sprung for a Levenger L-Tech Stealth. I love the heft of the Stealth, although it could be too massive for some. The fundamental quality of the pen barrel, cap, threads etc is terrific. I took one quality star off for the soft stylus.After reading other reviews, I bought the L-Tech with a Fine nib, hoping to avoid the excess ink flow issue noted by others. Yet, I'm disappointed in the ink bleed-out, even using Levenger's ink (Skies of Blue).Interestingly, I've used the same ink with the Fujiyama and had the same problem. I'd hoped using Levenger ink in a Levenger pen would avoid the ink bleed.I've also tried various papers. Thinking it might be the coating or lack of a coating, I tested the L-Tech on Levenger's notecards. Yet still the ink bled out into the card stock fibers. Then I used the L-Tech to sign a thermal paper credit card receipt - NO BLEED!! (Thermal paper is coated...)I then tested the L-Tech with its ink, side-by-side with the Fujiyama using Cross ink. The Fuji has a scratchier feel to its writing, but on the same piece of paper it produces a line half the width of the L-Tech, despite the Fuji's medium nib. The L-Tech with Levenger ink is definitely smoother, with virtually no scratch to its writing. But there's so much flow to the ink that it bleeds into the paper's fibers and gives a very wide, sloppy line with ragged edges where the ink bleeds into the fibers.At this point, I'll be trying other brands of ink in the L-Tech until I find one that gives an acceptable feel and a reasonable width to its line. There must be a satisfactory combination out there as I otherwise love the design & function of the well engineered L-Tech.Lastly, the stylus tip. I'd expected a firm, solid tip, similar to an old Palm Pilot stylus. The Levenger stylus has a soft dome of silicone rubber over a hard, smaller tip. You have to compress it about 1/16th of an inch for it to work. This works fine for tapping on an iPhone, but drags and skips when signing/writing on a digital pad.NOTE to Levenger: Please look into your ink formulation! I cannot imagine that you would find the "performance" I've experienced using your ink, pen and cardstock acceptable.
Quality Pen, Great Stroke, bit big for me
from Eagle River, Alaska
This is not a criticism just a note. The photo in the advert is of the ballpoint. The girth of the fountain pen is quite a big larger. It was surprising, but the pen writes wonderful. It's sturdy and a bit hefty, but I think I'll keep it. Love, love, love the stylus for fixing my fat fingered mistakes on my iPad, so overall....yes, I like it. Wish it was more svelte and a bit lighter, but have a feeling you could run over it with a tank and it wouldn't hurt it.
Good writer and stylus
This is a good purchase. The pen looks good, and although the nib is marked as a fine, it writes much more like a medium or even a broad. The stylus works well too, but can be a bit squeaky on my iPhone's protective screen.
I Really Want To Like This Pen
from Anaheim, CA
I always wanted to try a fountain pen. I always use cheap plastic pens from Staples. I was excited when I got this pen (with my name engraved) because it had such high ratings. I have been using this pen for a few weeks and I don't think I'll never use another fountain pen again.This pen skips all the time. I rinsed and cleaned the bit just as the instructions stated and most times when I draw a vertical line from the top to bottom it skips. I can make multiple vertical lines and no ink shows up at all. Sometimes if I write a "C", the top part will skip too.For a hundred dollars I had hoped that I was getting something of quality, and something that I could use as an every day carry pen. I guess not. What a waste of money.Outside of the nib not working all the time, the pen is well crafted. It is beautiful and heavy. I am not sure if I like the extra weight, but it isn't a major issue.The ink bleeds through paper easily. I got the medium nib and I don't know if that factors into it at all.
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