Lanier E420 Marbled Fountain Pensearch

Lanier E420 Marbled Fountain Pen

Lanier E420 Marbled Fountain Pen

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Just received my pen today, and after putting the converter in and trying to screw the pen together, I noticed that the converter caught on something inside the pen, the threads/grip on the bottom of the converter are mangled, and does not seem to fit the pen.
Hm, that seems odd. Please send our Community Support team an email through your transactions page, and we can help you out.
A fountain pen that DOES NOT POST is not only a deal breaker, it's a design flaw--it's means the manufacturer cut corners to build something quick and cheap, rather than craft a quality pen from concept to finished product . I own hundred or so fountain pens ranging from the 1920s all the way up to the present day, and there isn't one in the bunch that wasn't designed to post.

All fountain pens need a cap; it protects the nib from damage, the ink from drying up, and allows you to carry it without getting ink allover your clothing, but the other function is to provide the proper pen length and weight for a balanced feel while writing. The cap does that when it's placed on the opposite end of the pen--when it's posted! Sadly, this isn't the first time MD has offered a fountain pen that wouldn't post (I inadvertently bought one and returned it for that reason). Numerous complaints followed from other purchasers afterwards but I guess MD didn't take the hint.

Here's another point about pen design and the manufacturing process: note the Section on these pens (the narrow black portion that holds the nib); its' black plastic as opposed to the same material as the barrel, and thinner than the rest of the pen--it's created that way to allow the manufacturer to design one generic section that can be screwed on to any number of equally generic barrels. This Tinker-Toy method of building pens saves the manufacture a lot of time and money. What does that mean for you? Well it means you get pens that won't post, that's for sure, but it also means you get a pen that will have a sub par balance and feel in the hand as you write.

So, do you need to spend a bundle to get a fountain pen that was conceived and designed to function as an integral unit? Nope--I own several cheap pens and they are arguably just as nice, just as functional, and most importantly, just as pleasurable to use as the expensive ones. Amazon is full of inexpensive Chinese and Japanese pens (under $10) that are far superior to this $27 pen. If this is your first fountain pen, I'd check there first. If you've been using fountain pens for a while, well, you already knew all this!
this is one of the most sophisticated reply I have ever seen in MD.
Cheers Ray F, you should start your own pen reviews blogs, I am sure I will be a subscriber.
Appreciate the feedback Adam--I'll take your suggestion under advisement ;- )
I joined the last drop and got the blue one. Other than not posting the cap, no real complaints. And I can’t even complain about that because I already knew it wouldn’t. I’ve used this as my main pen at work since the last drop. Very impressed with it. Looking forward to changing up the color. And I’ll join the next one too and get another color.
So far so good. Mine writes well, does not leak or splatter and the nib is smooth writing. This is my first cheap fountain pen. I own a Waterman Phileas, a very expensive Waterman, and a Mont Blanc 149. Is it equivalent to my Mont Blanc? Not by a long shot!! Does it provide me with great functionality as my EDC fountan pen without concern of loosing/breaking/theft? Absolutely. If this one disappears, there will be another purchased. Thanks, Massdrop!! Other commentors are right that the sucker does dry out quickly, but that may be the ink I bought with the pen. I typically use Sailor ink, so when my new bottle arrives I will be trying that to see if it is the sucker or the ink,.
For those considering this pen the next time it is offered, the cap snaps on, and the sucker dries out fairly quickly unless you use it all the time. Not a big deal if you don't mind wiping off the nib each time you use it. I wish it did better, and I wish it would post. Oh well, live and learn...
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what a "sucker" is?
It’s all coming back to me now...
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Individual packages have started to ship! The vendor confirmed earlier that majority of the group's order has been sent out with the rest scheduled for pickup shortly. Once your package is scanned into the courier's system an email will be sent with shipping confirmation and tracking info.

Expect another update from us on 12/8 or sooner if something comes up.

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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Lanier E420 Marbled Fountain Pen and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.

As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will ship the individual orders directly to you. The current estimated ship date is 12/8.

We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 12/2.

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The samples are 2 ounce bottles. Jim
Anybody know how much ink is included in this 'sample'?
A question for anyone that has these pens and that is, are these pens prone to leaking or dripping if not in use?
Does not drip or leak - actually it tends to dry out.
I was wondering if anyone has tried this before, but could you swap the bodies of the fountain pen and roller ball pen?
Yes the bodies are interchangeable.