I am a writer. Therefore, it should be expected that I will post about various writing devices here from time to time. Today is one of those times and it happens to be about a recent fascination of mine: Fountain pens.
Today I want to share a straight-from-the-package impression/review of the Gullor Elegant Baoer 79 Classic Ciger Calligraphy Fountain Pen. I have not had a long time to look at and evaluate the pen from all angles, so this is a first impression from a self-proclaimed pen snob.
From reviews I saw after buying the pen, it is apparently a copy of the Skywalker pen from Mont Blanc. Having never seen that pen, the comparison is meaningless to me. This is an attractive pen with a good price.
Straight from the packaging, it was apparent the pouch the pen arrived in had a hole in the bottom, making it unusable for me. If I were any good with a needle and thread, I could fix it, but I’m not. And let’s face it, this pen will have a new home in the pen loop on my bullet journal, so the unusable pouch is no big loss for me.
Some of my favorite features so far are:
- Fine nib.
- No bleed-through.
- Minimal ghosting even on regular notebook paper.
- Smooth writing.
- Starts easily.
- Screw cap posts on the end (and screws on there too) for better weight and size.
There is one thing I noticed. The product description claims the nib is 18k gold-plated stainless steel. However, there is no 18k plating anywhere on the nib.
It also says the pen takes international standard ink cartridges and includes a removable piston-operated iink converter. I was not able to remove the converter. For today, this was fine because I have a sample of Lamy purple/dark lilac ink I wanted to use. This might be a problem when I want to use a black ink cartridge, though.
When taking notes during a meeting this evening, I noticed a few skips. However, I am attributing this to operator error because I was writing quickly.
If you are interested in a starter pen at a good price, this is a nice option. At the time I purchased it, it was $5.50USD on Amazon. It ships from China, so I expected a long wait. It arrived a week and a half before the expected delivery date provided by the seller.
Even with such limited use of this pen so far, I would buy another one.