- Handwritten Review -
- Review Ink: Pilot Black Cartridge (included)
- Review Paper: Maruman Mnemosyne B5
- Description: A pocket fountain pen that can be converted to an eyedropper…for $4.00
- Nib: Pilot Steel, Fine
- Material: Plastic of varying colors
- Filling Mechanism: Pilot short cartridges or eyedropper conversion
- Measurements: 4.2″ closed, 5.2″ posted, .5″ diameter
- Ink Capactiy: Pilot Short Cartridge / 2ml eyedropper conversion
Handwritten Review Scans:
So this is going to be a quick one. Why? Because it’s a sub-$4.00 “disposable” pen that’s totally worth buying. This pen was sent to me by a reader of the site (thanks Faith!) and I’m glad it was. The Petit1 writes shockingly well, given its price and demeanor. If you’re in any way on the fence about it, pick one up. They’re great for throwing in a bag, or pocket, and it’s not the end of the world if it gets lost.
The Petit1 is small. It’s a pocket pen that really needs to be posted in order to comfortably write with. The nib is nothing special in the looks department, but it performs quite well. The body is made of a clear plastic, some of it completely clear, and some tonally matched to the color of ink that’s inside. I have the black model, so the plastic is clear and a smokey grey. The Petit1 is pretty much the same size as a Kaweco Sport when posted or capped, but it’s a good deal smaller when uncapped / unposted. Overall, the pen is on the shorter side of comfortable for me, but I’m okay with it.
I loaded the Petit1 with the included Pilot black cartridge that came with the pen. It appears that there is some felt or cloth material running through the feed to help the ink get to the nib quickly after putting in the cartridge. It really does work. The second I popped the cartridge in, I saw the ink run down the channel, and the pen was ready to write within seconds. This is great for the first time using it, but if you were to flush the pen out and put another ink in, I would be afraid of residual ink in there. I’ll have to try and report back when the cartridge is empty. The ink flow is good, and the nib is surprisingly smooth, especially for something that’s not meant to be around for years and years. The nib is similar to the Pilot Varsity (if not, the same – I didn’t have one handy at the time) except this one is Fine, as opposed to the Varsity’s default Medium. The Pilot Fine nib lays down a nice line that’s very smooth. Overall, it writes like a much more expensive pen.
Not too much to say here. The pen is made out of cheap plastic, and it’s very small. Size-wise, it’s about the same as the Kaweco Sport, but feels cheaper. The long cap on the Kaweco posts perfectly and there is no wiggling. The cap on the Petit1 doesn’t post quite as securely, and there is some give if you grip the pen tighter.
Once again, keep in mind that the Kaweco is $25-$30, and this pen is under $4. It feels nice in the hand, and people with smaller hands, or fans of the Kaweco Sport will really enjoy this one. The clip on the pen does not appear to be the most sturdy, so take caution when clipping it onto thicker pockets, notebooks, or bags. The plastic is a nicer than the Platinum Preppy though. I was always worried about mine cracking in my bag and I have read horror stories. The plastic on the Petit1 is less brittle, and I think it will hold up better.
- Did I mention that this was $3.80?
- Eye-dropper convertability
- It’s a tiny bit small for me
For a cheap pen that writes as well as this one, it’s super easy to justify purchase. It’s sturdy enough, comes in a variety of ink and body colors, can be made into an eyedropper…and the list goes on. It’s a great pen that everyone should try. It’s nice having something that writes this well without having to worry about losing or breaking it because of it’s low price tag. I really can’t complain about a $3.80 pen that is as fun to use as this one.
Recommendation: Just get one. Or two, or three. You won’t regret it.