Sometimes it’s beneficial to have a writing instrument that flies under the radar. A pen that’s compact, understated, and yet surprisingly fun to use is a great find. The Pilot E95S Fountain Pen is exactly that. It also happens to be the next mention in the series of “throwback” pens. The E95 was originally released in 1962, and re-released in 2014. Therefore even the re-release isn’t new anymore. Yet it seems to be a very undervalued pen that you don’t hear as much about in the pen community.
One of the first things that blew me away is how it’s a fountain pen with a 14k gold nib, and is under $200! The value there alone is incredible. The nib is an inlaid nib (not my favorite style), and is available in extra fine, fine or medium point. Also, keep in mind that it’s an Asian extra fine, fine or medium, so that means it’ll be like a European extra extra fine, extra fine or fine point (respectively).
As a compact pen, you might immediately question how it fills. Surely, a pen this small could only use cartridges, right? Well, you’d be pleasantly surprised to learn that it also uses a converter. This way you can still use your favorite inks no matter what.
Speaking of colors, there are two color versions of the Pilot E95S fountain pen. One is all black with gold plated appointments. The other is a burgundy barrel with a matte chrome looking cap (they call it a white or ivory color cap). Again, nothing flashy or showy about these finishes, which is great for a utilitarian pen like this.
Interestingly, the cap is almost as long as the barrel. This enables the cap to slide over a majority of this fountain pen with ease, gently staying in place. It also slides easily onto the back of the barrel when you’re ready to write. In general, there’s such a unique and pleasant feel of the cap sliding on either end of the pen. It stays attached easily, which is great because that’s how the E95S becomes a full size fountain pen.
What do you think? Do you have yours yet? You can check it out here.
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