Fountain Pen Friday: Pilot Varsity Disposable

 

Pilot Varsity Disposable with cap off (turquoise ink)
Pilot Varsity Disposable with cap off (turquoise ink)

Are you uncertain about fountain pens? Do you have bigger hands than I do, but still want an inexpensive fountain pen? The Pilot Varsity (Jet Pens, Goulet Pens, Amazon) is a disposable fountain pen that comes pre-filled with ink (7 colors) and is a great pen.

It is pretty much comparable in size to any standard disposable pen.
It is pretty much comparable in size to any standard disposable pen. (Pictured with Pilot G-2 Gel Pen)

I like this pen. I don’t like it quite as much as the Petite due to my freakishly small hands, but it is reliable, writes well, does a pretty nice thin line, comes in great colors… there’s not much not to like about it.

Pen Test
Pen Test
Pen With Cap, in hand
Pen With Cap, in hand
Pen without cap in hand
Pen without cap in hand

I’ve had two problems with these in the past. If they leak, it makes a big mess and if you forget about them in a drawer they tend to dry out (over like… months, not super quick). Neither are really huge problems, but I seem to have a bad habit of leaving these in drawers for some reason, so I tend not to buy them often. Also, they are not refillable. When they are empty or dry out, that’s all she wrote.

The Good

  • inexpensive
  • lightweight
  • comes in good colors of ink
  • smooth grip
  • pre-filled
  • reliable

The Bad

  • single-use
  • can dry out

Overall grade: A-

Super great starter fountain pen to see if you even like fountain pens. You can toss it in a bag and not worry about it. It’s not flashy, but it’s reliable and disposable.

 

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One thought on “Fountain Pen Friday: Pilot Varsity Disposable

  1. These were my intro to FPs. Great starter pens. And you actually can refill them, at least a few times. Use (soft grip) pliers to pull out the nib/feed. Use a syringe to refill with ink. Push the nib/feed back into place. Voila! Admittedly not the easiest, but good for knockaround pens.

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