I’m back with my latest review, and just for a change it’s a double, a fountain and ballpoint pen set.
It’s always lovely when you are asked to review something, and in no time pops through your door, I do love happy mail.
These pens are from http://www.mrpen.co.uk/ Although I have heard of the maufacturer, I’ve not actually looked.
Its always nice to find out more about a company, and first impressions are good.
The Italix Deacon’s Doodle looks great, I was impressed by the look of both pens, they certainly don’t look like what you would imagine given the price of these two pens when purchased separately, The fountain pen is just £14:99 and the Ballpoint pen retails at £12:95. The set can be purchased for £27:95 including the gift box.
Now we all know that the weight of a pen doesn’t equate to quality, some very expensive pens are lightweight and others are very heavy.
But the Italix is a nice weight, especially posted, it’s got a nice balance to it, same as the ball point, weighing in at 30g and 13.6cms long.
The fountain pen has a steel nib, which is pretty nice especially considering the price tag.
It comes in medium, medium cursive, medium italic and medium oblique, left foot, so plenty of options for everyone, but I found the nib finer than a medium from say Parker,so that is something to bare in mind when considering your nib choice?
It has a click cap, something that could cause an issue for anyone carrying the fountain pen in bags, I personally prefer the screw caps, just incase the lid comes off, but I think if you were to use a pen case, you will be fine, as the cap clicks on well. but something to consider.
The Ballpoint pen is also a lovely weight around the same weight as the fountain pen, but slightly shorter at 13.3 cms long
The refills for the Ballpoint are the G2 Parker type, so easily purchased, even if you are doing your weekly shop, so it is a bonus that this company has made both types of refills accessable, other than only being able to purchase over the internet or pen store, so they really have thought about lots of things.
This pen set is available in steel, like this one, but also is available in black, which does look quite striking, and also both are availble personalised as Mr Pen do offer and engraving service using 3 different fonts, great if you are sending this as a gift to someone.
Both pens write really well, which is the most important factor for me, I don’t care for pens that I have to fight with, or play up when you are writing, it drives me crazy, I just want to write !
Now would I buy this set, I think I would, a few niggles about the push cap rather than a scew cap, and I personally would prefer a finer nib, but I think that is more personal preference, and no way a complaint.
But for a budget price pen, the quality is great, and the writing experience is a good one,
I do think that a more well known brand would be charging so much more for just the fountain pen, so its almost like you are getting a ballpoint pen for free in that respect.
I do think that I will have to investigate further in the Mr Pen website and branding, if this pen set is anything to go by, then I would really like to know what the rest of the pens are capable of.
Thank you to United Inkdom http://unitedinkdom.uk/ as always for the opportuniy to review another great pen.
Bye for Now