Fountain Pen Friday #2

This week’s pen is the Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen (Jet Pens, Amazon). I got this one as a gift from my brother-in-law and his wife. (Sorry the pictures didn’t turn out better this week, we’ve had a lack of natural light and an abundance of rain.)

Pen in my hand with the cap on the back.
Pen in my hand with the cap on the back.
Pen in my hand with the cap off.
Pen in my hand with the cap off.
Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen with a correction tape dispenser, Necco Wafers, a Pilot G-2, and a Sharpie
Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen (bottom) with a correction tape dispenser, Necco Wafers, a Pilot G-2, and a Sharpie

 

This is another clear plastic fountain pen. Not too heavy, more of a standard sized pen. Screw on cap for traveling.

Pen with the cap off.

 

This pen does use a proprietary cartridge and converter. But the cartridges come in great colors and the converter means you can use any ink you want.

Various Sailor Clear Candy Cartridges in packaging, converter with box, green cartridge by itself
Various Sailor Clear Candy Cartridges in packaging, converter with box, green cartridge by itself above pen.

 

This pen is described as having a medium fine nib, and it’s about equal or slightly finer than a 07 ballpoint.

All but bottom line written with Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen Medium Fine Nib green cartridge, bottom line by Pilot G-2 07 in green.
All but bottom line written with Sailor Clear Candy Fountain Pen Medium Fine Nib green cartridge, bottom line by Pilot G-2 07 in green.

Because it does write with a relatively fine line, it can be hard to get started sometimes, and doesn’t do too well if the ink starts to dry out and thicken. Also you won’t get too much color variegation in inks that have it due to the thin line. It is however, very good at writing in pocket moleskines and other narrow writing spaces.

I love the star on the cap. I love it so much.
I love the star on the cap. I love it so much.

I have used this pen through two brown ink cartridges and I do have some ink staining on the white plastic parts but not bad.

Theres some staining on the white edge just behind the nib.
Theres some staining on the white edge just behind the nib.
some staining just on the inside ring of the cap
some staining just on the inside ring of the cap
Cap closeup. Also my nail polish is China Glaze Skyscraper in case anyone cares.
Cap closeup. Also my nail polish is China Glaze Skyscraper in case anyone cares.

The Good

  • Lightweight.
  • GOLD STAR!!!!!
  • round grip
  • cap screws on for secure traveling
  • uses bottled ink
  • writes nice fine line

The Bad

  • hard grip
  • plastic edges seem to stain
  • proprietary cartridge and converter
  • can be harder to start writing with sometimes

Overall grade: B+

I like this pen. It travels well and works particularly good for writing in small notebooks.

 

 

 

 

 

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