Friday, June 15, 2012
A new addition at JetPens is this Ohto Dude Fountain Pen, which looks amazing. It's a full-sized fountain pen with a hexagonal shape, and the coated brass body gives it some heft. I love the deep purple color and metallic sheen of this pen. The six-sided barrel doesn't feel strange when you're holding it as the edges are slightly rounded so it doesn't jab your palm.
The black plastic section is hard and adds a nice contrast to the silver and purple colors. The pen cap and barrel end have silver tassies encasing small silver rounds, a smooth, modern design but very reminiscent of the jewels you find on a vintage pen.
The cap clicks onto the body securely, and the bevelled silver rounds give the pen a "nipped waist" look. There's a very solid rectangular metal clip that echoes the straight line of the barrel side, giving it a spare look. A fussy clip would look out of place on such a modern-looking pen.
The Ohto Dude takes short international cartridges or you can add a converter to your cart and use bottled ink, which is what I did.
How does it write? The fine nib is more of a Western than Japanese fine and the line looks to be about a 0.4mm or 0.5mm width, about a medium in gel ink pens. While the nib started off as hard as a nail, with some use it wasn't quite so stiff. Definitely nowhere near a flex nib, but I found there was great ink flow and no skipping or dry start.
This is a great-looking pen with four color choices, including blue, black, and silver. It's very affordable, so if you're looking for a new fountain pen take a look.