Hello again everyone, I’m back doing a review for  United Inkdom, http://unitedinkdom.uk/ woohoo, it’s been a little while, but here I am.

This review is in conjunction with a fantastic pen shop, owned by John Hall, so I was tickled pink to be asked to review a product from somewhere I already knew about, but I promise that even though this shop is fabulous, I won’t let it cloud my judgement for reviewing this pen, if I hate it, I will just go to the shop in disguise, ha ha.

The shop is “Write Here” is Shrewsbury based, https://www.writeherekitenow.co.uk/ and here is a link to the pen…https://www.writeherekitenow.co.uk/cleo-skribent-classic-palladium-cartridge-convertor-steel-nib-fountain-pen.html .

I didn’t purchase this pen, it was sent to me to try, then return, but I was asked to write an honest and open review,  as many of you know I am a little bit of a pen and ink junky, but I will do my best to review this pen honestly.

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The Cleo Skribent Classic Palladium with a steel nib takes either a convertor, which is supplied in the pen, or takes standard catridges, so you won’t have any issues finding lots of fantastic colours to use. You get a choice of 3 nib sizes, Fine, Medium and Broad, but I will be testing the medium for this review.

This pen retails at £75.00 inclusive of VAT, so not overly expensive, a great Birthday present maybe? Or your everyday writer.

The Cleo is stylish, as you can see my tester is white, which I really like, I have other white pens, it’s becoming a little bit of my thing…. But the pen is metal but covered in precious resin, Very posh, it sounds great. The cap is a screw on and the little silver accents are palladium coated.

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Right, let’s get this pen out of the box.

First and foremost, I like the look of the pen, I think the silver against the white lends itself well to it being called the Classic, it is, very classy looking, in fact I prefer the Palladium to the gold, sometimes the gold is too colourful, and can then look like a plating rather than a gold, but that’s just my opinion of course.

It’s not a heavy pen, much lighter than my TWSBI 580 AL, and has a nice balance when posted, it’s comfortable to hold, which is necessary with any pen usage.

I liked the fact that the converter is screwed in rather than a push in, those can have devastating consequences if you rush and you haven’t pushed it in correctly……. Ink…… everywhere….

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The nib is pretty too, the engraving is perfect, not overly fussy, but I don’t tend to concentrate on nib design when I’m writing usually, although I have googled over nibs in the past, obviously not while I’m writing with it.23548296_10155795387168433_58646473_n

For this review, I didn’t want to write with it for a few days before writing a review, because there would be an attachment and I’d not give and out of the box opinion, a little like watching a tv show, you aren’t planning on watching it, but you become invested after the first few minutes ha ha.

The nib is firm with little bounce, you wouldn’t say this is a soft nib in any way, soft nibs bounce quite a lot, this doesn’t and I find that is great for everyday writing, so what I’m trying to say, you won’t get any shading from the nib, just nice flowing ink.

I like the fact you can feel a little feedback from nib to paper, it not buttery smooth, but again, I’m not a fan of writing on a cloud, I like to feel like I’m writing, so you can feel the nib on the paper, another tick from me there.

I could tell it is a brand new nib, but after a few lines I could feel the nib wanted to be written with, and started to adapt to my writing style, the more you write, the nicer it feels, it’s not a wet nib either, it’s quite dry when writing, but that’s a plus for me, I’m not fond of wet nibs, unless it’s a very dry ink of course, then it’s more acceptable. I also noticed that for a medium nib, it was quite fine, more like say a Sailor or Pilot medium nib in width on paper, but not as medium as a Parker or TWSBI, so that is something to bear in mind, if you want to experience a Cleo Skribent for yourself.

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You can probably guess from my review I like this fountain pen very much, from its classic looks to a great writing experience, it ticks all the boxes. It’s not going to break the bank, although it’s not a cheap and cheerful price, but I have pens similar price and more that I’ve used for many, many years, so it works out as pennies per usage, well that’s what I tell myself, or I just can’t resist a beautiful pen.

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I guess the unanswered question is, would I buy this pen?

Yes I would, it writes well, looks great and doesn’t require a remortgage to buy it.

Many thanks to John “Write Here ” and to United Inkdom for a wonderful opportunity to review this pen, I had a blast.

Until next time.

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