True Writer Fountain Pen
The black one shimmers with pearlescent charcoal and gray. I like medium nibs and this seems just right. It's a special everyday fountainpen.
January 11, 2014
Quoth the raven, nev m r
After owning a Classic True Writer in blue bought 15 or so years ago that was a pain, I refrained from buying for a long time. I couldn't resist the Kyoto when it came out and had great luck with it as well as silver seas. It seemed that the problems were a thing of the past.
So I took a chance on another classic in Raven (the earlier one is in blue) figuring that my experience would be like the Kyoto, perfect and fuss-free. And so it seemed to be initially. But not very long into writing with the raven, the ink flow would completely stop. Like others, I found many air bubbles accumulating in the converter and thought that this was the source of the problem. So I tried the usual cures for such things, an intensive cleaning of the internals using a dilute dish soap solution followed by blasting clean water through the feed.
Problem solved...or not. So far as I can tell, this pen suffers the same problem as the blue one, a flaw in the feed that causes the pen to "starve" of ink from time to time. Flooding the feed manually fixes the issue, but it's still annoying. My Pelikans and Lamys never need such treatment, even the cheapest of the lot, the $35 Safari. I'll keep the pen because it is pretty and writes well enough, but True Writers are simply not built to the same exacting standards as their German competitors.
For the same price point, you can buy a Lamy Studio (a safari dressed up to look more professional). Head to head, the True Writer is prettier, but much less reliable. Levenger ought to do better than this.
October 29, 2014
Problems with skipping
When I first started to use the True Writer Classic it wrote (using the converter) beautifully. After a short time, however, the pen started to skip - usually on the down stroke - on a regular basis. No matter how often I refill the pen, using the instructions that came with it, after awhile it starts skipping again. I tried storing the pen with the nib down rather than up and that was no help. Looking at the converter, I can often see small air bubbles in the ink. I don't know if that is causing the problem, but after I get rid of them, the problem of skipping appears again.
I like the pen and the feel of it when writing, but the constant skipping is irritating.
July 26, 2014