LTech Stealth Plus Fountain Pen with Stylus
Good pen, lousy finish
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.
June 1, 2014
Great Pen, Wears Quickly
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.
April 7, 2014
Very good fountain pen...
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.
March 1, 2014
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.
January 18, 2014
Is it the ink??
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.
January 11, 2014
Quality Pen, Great Stroke, bit big for me
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.
November 16, 2013
Nice Pen, Sizable
This is a very nice pen, good quality and well constructed. However, it is important to mention that the pen is rather big and weighs a substantial amount. Best suited for medium to large hands. Unlike most fountain pens I do not write with the cap on the back of this one, it makes the center of balance too far to the back of the pen.
The writing and nib quality is fantastic, very smooth writing.
November 10, 2013
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.
October 20, 2013
An Acquired Taste, Perhaps, but Delicious
I may not be your best source of help with a buying decision. Not only am I a fountain pen fanatic, I am very partial to rOtring, to which the Stealth and its ilk are successors. Moreover, I spend lots of time using a social-media drawing app called Draw Something 2 on the iPad, which begs for a decent stylus because it offers a lot of fine-tipped tools. Thus is the stage set for a near-perfect storm of TMI (too much information.)
My Stealth is a replacement for an L-Tech Plus in silver. The silver predecessor’s cap repeatedly unscrewed in my pocket. The stylus tip was coming loose all the time. The section would spontaneously unscrew from the barrel. On several occasions the converter came loose from the section. But it was one blue-stained shirt too many that forced me to ask for a replacement. You would not have waited that long. And that is why a pen fanatic is not always the best source, no matter how knowledgeable he or she may be.
But, you say, surely you were playing rugby with your pen in your pocket. At 69 years of age, I know better to keep my pen in my pocket when I play rugby. I know better than to play rugby. I don’t know how to play rugby. Nor am I so active, other than the regular brisk walk, that the first pen should have come apart so easily. It just did.
Its successor, the Stealth, does not. Nor does it skip. Nor does it leak. Even the little rubber stylus nib stays put. The parts fit with such precision that I find it hard to believe it is not one of my beloved rOtrings. It is too heavy for some people, although I believe that at least a few of those people would be wise to try it anyway. There is an art to letting the pen’s weight help you write. It can be kinder to the wrist than the light ones.
As for the nib, well, I have my nibs custom ground to a cursive italic. It makes my handwriting look approximately 5 times better than when I use a non-custom ground nib. And approximately infinitely better than when I write with a ball-point. The reviewer who did not find the fine to be fine enough did not say what he meant by note-taking, but I can surmise that it is the kind one does between the lines of a book, or in the margins. There are fountain pens that you might use for that. You might even have a nib custom ground to an ultrafine. You might change inks to get a less generous flow. You might squeeze the tines together a bit to stem the tide. But if you are trying to annotate a Bible or a textbook with pages that just can’t wait to distribute your ink throughout its very fibers, you will be disappointed with this pen. If you are trying to keep a journal that is fountain-pen friendly, you may become the next Thoreau. Or Hemingway.
The stylus is good. I use it a lot, sometimes to draw very elaborate contributions to the Draw Something 2 online community. Being rubber, it has some drawbacks as compared to fabric or to a Jot. Steve Leveen, if you should happen to read this, you simply have got to cut a deal with the Adona Jot people to provide the tips. Or else get a nice electroconductive fabric that is not stymied by the schmutz that we all have on our screens. Still, using a stylus on a pen of the heft of the Stealth is a great experience, and well worth the weight.
August 31, 2013
L Tech Plus Stealth Pen
Much to big in size. I ordered a fine point pen, but even the fine point is to large for note taking. Very unhappy with this pen.
August 25, 2013