I've used all of the pens from this company. They are great for what they are.
Some of the reviews are just plain ignorant.
At this price point, you are going to have to know something about using fountain pens, or look at this as a great opportunity to get your hands dirty and do some learning.
For instance, some inks run, some inks stain, some inks don't work with some pens. The paper you use matters. You need to know how to do an initially set up, flush the pen, check the tines, etc. So many factors.This should be done with the fanciest of pens. If you are looking for plug and play maybe fountain pens aren't right for you.
Or you need to be realistic about what you get for your money. You can pay for a fountain pen that will be easier for you, but people find plenty to complain about them as well at any price.
Some companies do sell crap pens across the board. This is not one of them.
Yes you have to fiddle and finesse, but that's part of the fountain pen game, it's an outlet for those who find value and fun in the romantic nature of things that require some amount of knowledge and attention to get the best performance out of something.
And you'd better believe if it really is a problem that comes from the manufacturing or you got something defective, these guys will replace it asap with an apology and words of advice.
I'm 35 and some of these people are making feel like an old man yelling off of his porch.
it's 2 piston filling pens for 24 dollars that work just fine if you care enough to invest yourself in the process.
Oh, and they smell. It's because of the material they are made of. Every single review mentions they smell, how are people surprised? You should know they smell. You should know something about fountain pens in general before you try and use them. This is an old technology that was replaced because something that was way easier to use was invented. People get that right? This is a niche market because something more convenient was created..... Unless you are ordering them from a time when the internet doesn't exist, you really can't complain. Seriously. I feel for you that the thing you ordered to be cool along with your pipe to smoke in front of your dorm didn't work out, move on.
Phew. But really, it's the same thing every time.
And not directed toward people with genuine complaints, these are not perfect pens. There are some things people are willing to overlook and for me at this price these pens deserve some overlooking of the negative aspects, but I get that for some people that is not the case. We've all got what we like. But there are pens at a much higher price point - twisbi -kaweco, et al, that you've got to tweak as well, so for me, these are great.
I'm going to go over to the hobby community now. I know absolutely nothing about spinners or tops or whatever, but I'd really love to buy one and b*tch about how it performs.