This pen review is brought to you by the very kind Ron from Pen Chalet.
Design and Quality
I think this is one of the most unique looking fountain pens I have ever owned! The cap and nib section are a solid colour, barrel is clear (demonstrator) and at the bottom there is a chrome knob which is used to control the piston filler mechanism.
With regards to the cap there is a chrome top, clip and band towards to bottom (slightly off the bottom). The clip has a little bit of spring and at the end of the clip there is a chrome ball which means that these two things combined, it is easy to clip the pen into a shirt pocket/pen case but you are confident it will stay there. The cap is screwed into place and posted over the chrome knob. It actually makes a strangely satisfying ‘click’ sound when posted….
The nib section is a smooth material if not a little too smooth. I found that over long uses, my grip felt a tad bit loose. Nothing so bad that I couldn’t use this pen but enough that it did become more noticeable over time.
Weight and Dimensions
It is pretty well balanced if not a tad bit heavy towards the back but at no stage did it ever become uncomfortable to hold when using for long periods of time. I found that for the most comfortable writing experience for me, I had to post the cap. When the cap is not posted, the Stipula is just a tad bit to small to be comfortable on its own.
- Closed it comes in at 12.7cm in length.
- Posted it comes in at 13.9cm in length.
Its uses a piston filler system which is a smart move given the demonstrator barrel. It has created something of a challenge for me as now I must find a ink to match the cap colour! Closest match so far has been ‘Sailor Jentle Ink Oku-Yama’.
Nib and Performance
Based on the looks of this pen alone, they couldn’t have just went for any old/standard nib…. which they haven’t. What you get with the Stipula Splash is a stainless steel flexible nib. This pretty much means you can lay down various line widths. I found this to be the case and I was able to achieve a fairly good range of various line widths. Like any flex nib there is a point were it will rail-road (Its way of saying you have pushed it too far).
I did find that if the Stipula wasn’t used for a few days, it did suffer from skipping. Priming the feed sorted this out very quickly and once it got going, it didn’t skip a beat.
The Cost and is it worth it?