Cheap Parker Fountain Pens
In my pursuit to get a relatively inexpensive and cost-effective water fountain pen, I've formerly looked at two options. The Pilot Vpen (a.k.a., Varsity) is very a regular looking pen with a good nib, but no chance of refilling its ink, therefore the unique appearance of Bic choose X Pen had been usually betrayed by its low priced materials together with different ergonomic factors that made my hand cramp. Final on my list could be the Parker Reflex (the purple pen on left). Can Parker pull off a good starter pen for less than $10, or will all three among these writing instruments be restricted to my junk drawer (a.k.a., the pen graveyard)?
Whereas the human body of this Vpen appears like a frequent wavy-paint dollar-store rollerball plus the X Pen appears like a retro submarine, the Parker Reflex is much more spartan with its design. Its unassuming external appearance is actually an extended and dense colored stick, its only design attributes being a glossy synthetic human anatomy, an inlaid matte black colored plastic round at either end, and a broad stainless spring video in the form of a stylized arrow (a Parker trademark). The plastic back at my candy apple red model is notably pearlescent under brilliant light, a not unpleasant effect whenever matched against the video and end pieces.
But as soon as the cap is published regarding end, the pen takes on a far more refined appearance. a metal band divides your body from black part (the "grip"), that will be inlaid with a criss-crossed firm rubberized product. The area is tapered, therefore it's not only fairly ergonomic in my situation (and I favor fat pens) as well as for folks who choose slimmer pens, just based on where hands grip the pen. In hand-writing articles of about eight pages in one sitting, We practiced minimal cramping -a rarity for me, provided my touch of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The metallic nib of Reflex is a "semi-hooded" type, more a curved triangle compared to the classic fountain pen nib form. The metallic and black colored feed tend to be minimal, but completely praise the area and band. The depth of the line is called a medium, but like a number of other fountain pencils, which is often based mostly on the absorption price for the report. Utilising the standard Parker Quink ink cartridges and different scraps of paper which range from a Moleskine to index cards to standard inkjet report, a comparison for the range thickness ranges from that a Lamy Safari fine nib to that of a Pilot G2 0.7mm. Simply speaking, very thin. Fortunately, the flow proved very steady, with very little variation or skipping, usually a concern with less expensive fine-nibbed pens. While i'dn't look at this nib to be an extremely smooth copywriter, there's absolutely no discernible scratchiness nor catching on report.
Unlike the Pilot Vpen, which flies into the face of environmental concern by pushing that discard the complete pen after it operates from ink, the Reflex takes standard Parker Quink cartridges (perhaps not worldwide cartridges, as I believed at first - see responses below). Naturally, a much better option is to utilize a standard adapter/converter combined with bottled ink that you choose.