Levenger L-Tech Stealth Fountain Pen
– Handwritten Review –
- Review Ink: Noodler’s Dark Matter
- Review Paper: Maruman Mnemosyne B5
- Description: An homage to Rotring fountain pens of the past, this solidly constructed metal pen is no knock-off.
- Material: Brass barrel with matte black finish and high gloss accents
- Nib: #5 Steel nib – F through B (this one’s a medium)
- Filling Mechanism: Cartridge / Converter (included)
- Weight: ~44 grams
- Measurements: 5.5″ closed
- Color Options: Silver or Black, available with or without stylus on top
Handwritten Review Scans:
Levenger got in touch a few weeks back and offered up a choice of a few pens to review. It took me no time at all to figure out which one I wanted, the L-Tech Stealth. I’ve been eyeing this pen for a while now (it feels like I say this all the time, but I do eye a whole lot of pens) and it was awesome of them to offer one up to review. The L-Tech draws some heavy inspiration from the now-discontinued Rotring 600 line. The L-Tech has a faceted barrel, lots of angles, and to top it all off, a knurled grip. Check out the L-Tech Stealth over at Levenger if it’s something you think you would be interested in!
Appearance & Packaging:
The L-Tech came in pretty standard gift box. It was nothing too crazy, but it did a nice job of keeping the pen safe in transit. Some cool blacked out steal packaging would be cool too, but it would only drive up the cost of the pen for something that most people discard or immediately put into storage. The L-Tech Stealth is a great looking pen.
The mix of matte and gloss black adds dimension and gives the pen some character. The tail section of the pen, the clip, the grip and top of the cap are all high gloss. It’s a classy looking pen that would look at home on a desk or on a production floor. The 7-sided body is like a beefed up Rotring with an extra side. It’s a bit wider and heavier than my Newton (600?) Lava.
The knurled grip on the L-Tech Stealth adds a nice tactile touch and adds to the overall industrial aesthetic of the pen. The nib is stamped with Levenger’s logo and some minimal decoration. Understated, but it matches the look and feel of the pen as a whole.
Nib Performance & Filling System:
The medium nib of the L-Tech Stealth came with a case of baby bottom. This phenomenon is when the nib of the pen curves inwards to the slit in the nib, making a flawed writing surface which gives the nib a hard time putting ink down on the page. I did some adjusting and smoothing of the nib with micromesh and it helped out quite a bit. I’m still experiencing some hard starts, especially on downstrokes.
The steel nib is pretty smooth. It’s not the best I’ve ever used, but it’s certainly not the worst. It’s a standard size (I believe a #5) so I may dig through my collection to find another nib that works. The filling system here is your standard international cartridge/converter. The included converter works like it should, bonus points for including it with the pen.
The L-Tech is a solidly constructed pen that has some real heft in hand. Coming in at around 44 grams, it’s nearly twice as heavy as a makrolon Lamy 2000. The L-Tech when posted is far too long and back heavy to write with, so removing the cap cuts down on the weight a lot.
The pen has a great weight and balance when writing with unposted. The size is also ideal for my average sized hands. I don’t see the pen being a problem for small or large hands, but if you like a light pen, do your homework before jumping in with this one.
The L-Tech is more substantial in hand than my Rotring Newton Lava. The added girth is welcomed, as the Rotring is on the thinner side. The knurled grip looks and feels great, but I prefer my knurling to have a bit more “tooth”. It’s still rough enough to add a nice amount of grip that improves control over the weighty pen.
An improvement over the Rotring is that the Levenger has a screw on cap that lines up nearly perfectly. Rotring’s caps have to be precisely lined up before being snapped into place, but that is not the case here. It’s a welcomed enhancement that makes the pen easier to use.
- $80 price point is more than fair – a discontinued Rotring pen can cost as much as 2.5 times that
- Solid contruction
- Great weight
- Knurled grips are awesome
- Nib had some issues out of the box
- Hard starts on occasion
If you do not want to hunt down (or pay an exorbitant price for) a Rotring 600, then this is your pen. Construction is solid, and it feels great in hand. The nib could be a bit more reliable, but I’m sure Levenger’s customer service would be more than happy to help you out (just look at any of the negative reviews on their site). The L-Tech pulls heavy inspiration from Rotring, but it in no way a knock-off. I prefer to think of the pen as an homage, a very well done one at that. Thanks again to Levenger for sending the pen over, I can now cross another pen off my “want” list!
Disclaimer: This pen was provided to me as a review unit, free of charge, by Levenger as part of their blogger review program. I was not compensated for this review, and this did not have any effect on my thoughts and opinions about the pen. Thank you for reading!