Sheaffer Taranis Fountain Pen
The Sheaffer Taranis could be the first contemporary Sheaffer fountain pen I have tried personally in quite a few years. Much like the Parker 51, it is often argued that Sheaffer’s vintage water fountain pencils are plentiful (and therefore affordable) because in their day they certainly were the greatest worldwide. Take the Sheaffer Snorkel like, these pens had probably one of the most complicated filling methods which permitted the user to fill the pen without dipping the nib in ink. I know us Montblanc lovers rave concerning the telescopic completing system found in the 1950s and earlier but on engineering merits alone the Snorkel goes far and beyond. I got myself my Snorkel dirt-cheap and it does beautifully.
Sheaffer features dubbed the Taranis “groundbreaking” so let’s see how the it measures up.
The Taranis gets its name from the Celtic god of thunder so when far as appearances get I don’t see a connection. Created by architect Charles Debbas, the Taranis’ main feature could be the patent pending hold part and semi-hooded nib. The theory behind the grip usually your hands touch the resin parts, although the steel continues to be revealed so that you can observe the Sheaffer title running-down the part.
i love the style, however i've various issues with the appearances of this nib; seen from the part, you can see that nib is reallyn’t flush aided by the area which will be good if nib didn’t stick-out up to now, but it does. I believe an inlaid nib will have seemed better. The next concern We have (and maybe it is just my issue and not the pen’s) is maintaining the point in correct place from the report. I realize that i will be turning the purpose from its nice spot and at quick look it's not obvious; thus, We discover i will be investing even more mind rounds than normal trying to correct its position.
Overall i'm an admirer of the tapered black resin human body and the elongated clip using classic white dot. It's a nice clean simple and balanced design. The Taranis is available in a number of colors; the black colored resin design that Im reviewing is known as “Stormy Night”. You can observe from photos this pen is fingerprint subject. Rating: 2.5/5
The Taranis seems high-quality and $145 (retail), it surely should. The bottom of the barrel has actually an excellent brass liner as well as the limit is lined with synthetic. The resin body has no seams and seems rather good to touch. The cap clicks firmly on to the barrel and requires little energy to eliminate. The video whenever seen from part seems only a little low priced since it is hollow and thin hunting nonetheless it does feel strong and tight. I became some disappointed when I realized that the Taranis is made in Asia; i actually do perhaps not believe that this necessarily is a negative regarding quality front but i actually do believe it ought to be stated. The Taranis is on par quality-wise utilizing the majority of its competitors. Many pens inside cost range have actually gold nibs and I also will have seriously liked having seen that on the Taranis. Score: 3/5
Size and Weight:
The Taranis weighs in at roughly 35 grams which can be a comfortable body weight, though somewhat heavier than we ordinarily fancy. The pen is sensible so that it will not cause any comfort dilemmas for me personally. Being the metal lining is just in the underside of barrel the pen has actually a comparable balance capped and uncapped which is an unusual quality that I that can match. Capped the pen measures 5.5″ and uncapped about 4.75″. At its widest point the Taranis is 0.5″ thick. This will be a average-sized pen quite similar in dimensions and weight to a Pilot Vanishing Point. Rating: 4/5
The Taranis we tested has a metal medium point nib. The nib is fairly smooth to write with but it is one of several narrowest medium nibs I have tried personally. I would personally compare it towards the medium on a Platinum or Sailor; the medium nib on my Pilot Vanishing aim was visibly wider and juicier. The nib on the Taranis is definitely a nail and from the box it had no personality; as the nib smashed much more, the character enhanced but it’s definitely not a lively or enjoyable nib. I tried a few various inks in Taranis and I discovered that the flow had been a bit drier than i favor but I have had no difficulties with missing or hard starting. Rating: 2.5/5
While a cartridge/converter completing system is not the most interesting, it really is getting my personal favorite because’s the essential an easy task to cope with on a regular basis. The Taranis utilizes Sheaffer’s proprietary cartridges and converters; it is a big downside if you prefer to make use of cartridges, as you will be trapped with Sheaffer inks. Regarding the plus part the converter that is included with the Taranis is nicely made and keeps a decent amount of ink. Score: 2/5
With chrome trim the Taranis is $145 sufficient reason for gold plated trim the Taranis is $195. We cannot state that this pen is a value. For $140 you can purchase a Pilot Vanishing Point with an 18kt gold nib. The cost in my situation is way to large to be powerful. There are so many great pencils as of this cost and also by comparison the Taranis falls brief. I truly desired to love this pen but unfortunately it just performedn’t occur for me. Score: 2/5
The Taranis is a great pen with an interesting design but at this price it just doesn’t add up. Last Rating: 16/30
Please be aware: this product had been provided in my opinion free by Sheaffer for review functions.