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Levenger Aero-D Carbon Fountain Pen

Levenger Aero-D Carbon Fountain Pen

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I have two different Levenger pens and both developed "baby's bottom" nib so it gives me some trepidation to grab another one. It took a few weeks for Levenger to send a replacement for each. The nibs when working are gratuitous gushers, in my experience. If you like some cleanliness and "forgiveness" on your nibs, I'd stay away from Levenger and grab a TWISBI or Kaweco instead.
I ordered this one in the January 2018 drop, and on that drop, the price went down to 59.99, and the shipping (to Israel) was only 8.75, so I was very happy with the total price, and also quite satisfied with the pen once it arrived. The nib definitely writes like a full Medium nib, certainly not like any Fine I have ever used. I love the look of the pen , and the weight and balance in my hand. I also enjoy the fact that this nib does not dry out, even when I have it sitting for a few weeks without writing. On the other hand, the Tech 3.0 I got last year seems to constantly have drying out problems and the nib does not write nearly as smoothly or freely as this Aero-D does.
Oh, BTW: I assume the nib is a #5. Does anybody know it the whole nib unit is compatible/swappable with some other easily available units? Like goulet pens, Edison etc. Really want to equip this with a black #6 nib... Thanks!
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larbjo
If it works similar to to the Levenger Tech 3.0, most standard international feeder, like Faber Castell, Edison nib and feed unit worked for me.
comes with a good nib though
I missed out an earlier massdrop for this one, and went over to the Levenger site to buy. Even if the price was roughly the same, Levenger wanted a rediculous 60 USD for the shipping. Needless to say I cancelled. Then came the last drop before this, and I jumped the opportunity. After a little wait it arrived. Even if the finish was nice, I was a bit underwhelmed by the nib size. So, It had to rest in the drawer for some weeks for me to get ready.
Then I decided to bring it along as a travel/jounal pen on a recent trip, and WHOW! I really like it! The fine Nib still a bit tiny, but very smooth, nice and springy, and just the right flow (for me at least). Went to feed it with a std. cartridge, and it started right up. Only thing I notice is a litte squeaking in the cap/threads, but I assume a little silicone grease will fix that. Look forward to use it with a converter as soon as I get home again. All in all I am very satisfied, and very glad I made the drop!
The one of these that I bought about a year ago had the cap break, and it was never replaced. Also, the finish on the nib chips off.
Does anyone know how the fine nib on this pen compares to the fine nib on a Pilot Metropolitan? I find the Medium nib on the metro a bit too thick of a line for my sloppy hand-writing, so I went with fine on this one. But aside from eyeing this pen for a bit, I don't know much about their nibs at all.
EDIT: Ah, you almost got me on impulse, Massdrop. Levenger is selling this for a few bucks cheaper, which wouldn't matter to me. However, they're also offering free ground shipping from when you place your order so no waiting. Plus, with their site-wide deal at the moment I might just snag the L Tech 3.0 Stealth for $69 instead. I mean, come on MD, I want to buy from you guys but at least give me an incentive.
GaleForce
All Levenger fountain pens use a European tip which are a lot larger than Japanese (Pilot). Even their fine tips are closer to a med-large Pilot. I have the tech 3.0 in fine and was dissapointed in how big it wrote.
Jahseph
That's good to know, thanks. I still really like the 3.0 so I'm wondering if I'd be willing to get used to it.
What is the difference between commit me or join drop
Gilbertgarcia
Commit at $59.99 means that when there is the minimum purchases met (in this case 10 purchases at original price $79.99) the drop will go for $59.99. You will be charged only $59.99 when the drop goes live for $59.99, till that time your reserving a spot for the drop till it hits that price.
This is now available for 66 USD on their site when you add it to the shopping cart... https://www.levenger.com/PENS---REFILLS-8/SHOP-BY-BRAND-34/LEVENGER-275/Aero-D-Carbon-Fountain-Pen-13842.aspx
talkaplan4474
Nice, but for people overseas this is not a cheap option. Just shipping this pen would cost me extra 30 bucks just to have it in Colombia. The real gain comes from the low shipping rates they offer here.
It's a pretty pen but I have two Monteverde Invicia pens which are very similar in style and that I really like. Having read Juvenall's experience with the pen and the nib, I think I'll pass on this one and wait for another. (I did just go in on the Lilliput so that's definitely a different styling.) I wouldn't mind if they were able to get the Diplomat Aero pen. Been interested in that one.
Some thoughts from a current owner -
1) The fine is a European Fine so it's going to be a lot thicker than you may expect. If you normally go with a medium or a broad, you may want to consider stopping down a notch or two here depending on your taste. Just don't go in thinking it's going to write like your fine/extra fine Pilot Metropolitan and you'll be good to go.
2) This is a #5 nib, not a #6 as I've seen floated around before. In theory, you should be able to replace it with your nib of choice, but I had issues getting the cap to close when I did. Replacement nibs can be had for $15 a pop from the Levenger site and they're the same units used in the Levenger TrueWriters.
3) It writes well and with a good nib it's as smooth as I'd expect for a fine, but is very wet. If you're like me and you're cool with that, you already know how important paper choice is going to be here. If not, or you're not sure, you'll want to be open to trying different inks and paper combos to get it where you want.
4) Speaking of the nib, there are a few concerns. Quality issues has been my personal experience with my first unit having issues with hard starts and skipping. Replacing it solved the problem, but also exposed what others have said about it: the black is a coating and it will chip on you. Within a few weeks of regular use, it was showing on both the bad nib and the replacement (current) nib.
5) This goes into how I know about the cost of the replacement nibs. When I tired to report issues, it basically came down to "Sorry, but you didn't buy this from us directly, so take it up with your seller." Which, if I'm being honest, is understandable. So I returned it, got one from them directly, and it had the same problem. This is where I screwed up and tried to fix the nib myself, bent it, and had to buy my own. :P
6) The grip isn't as slick as I expected (since it's metal), but I find my fingers travel quite a bit over longer writing sessions.
7) After a few months of ownership, I do notice that the trim on the cap where it says "Levenger" is starting to wear down. It looks like the gunmetal color, like the black parts of the nib, is just a coating.
8) I really do like the weight of this thing. It's not so heavy to be a distraction, but I do feel like I'm holding a hefty chunk of metal in my hand (Unlike the Tombow Zoom 101 which feels super cheap for a carbon fiber fountain pen). The body feels like quality in the hand.
9) Here's a poorly lit photo of my poorly done handwriting on Code&Quill's Origin notebook (100gsm).
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Juvenall
Thanks for your comment. I was wondering if I should jump in on this one.
Theryon
Despite the troubles I've had, I don't regret buying mine at all. It really does feel solid and it works well as an everyday carry.
i got the pen but the converter is too long and doesn't fit. Does anyone else have this problem? If so, how do you resolve this?
Just got mine yesterday, feels nice to write with but the fine nib I received seems to write much broader than it should. Certainly larger than any of my other fine nibs, and also larger than all of my medium nibs. Keep that in mind if you prefer fine nibs.
I'm also reading some people mentioning the coating coming off the nib, it hasn't happened to me yet but I've only had it for a day... we'll see.
Aubreal
How has it held up? Is the nib coating coming off?
ncmp
Nothing noticeable, really. I just now inspected it closer before replying and upon close inspection I'm seeing a tiny bit of silver at the tip of the nib, the part that contacts the paper when writing. But it's a tiny spot, not noticeable unless you turn the pen over and place it inches from your face. The large flat part of the nib that you see when writing is still in as-new condition. I would say that I, personally, have not noticed a defect. That being said, it's only been a couple of months, it's not my main pen, and by the nature of my job I don't use my pens a whole lot. Mine is just a sample, I won't claim that there is or isn't a systematic problem based on my situation, but you may extrapolate what you want out of my description.
Hope this helps.
Is there an obvious seam where the carbon fiber wraps around the barrel of this pen? It's kind of hard to tell with reflections in the photos. Edit: fixed spelling
mornite
Just received mine yesterday (from a previous drop) and the seams aren't any more noticeable in person than on the pictures.
I would say no, no noticeable seams.
Aubreal
Thanks for the info. I lost my carbon fiber wrapped 5280 Aspire a year or so ago :( . I think the Aero-D is going to make a great replacement.
Just got mine: (Broad tip) writes well. Using the supplied cartridge it's smooth with hard no starts. Even flow and texture. Feels weighty in the grip but with good balance. The broad tip is a bit more than I anticipated ... (just my opinion) Depending on your preference, either fine/med would excel at journaling, note taking, and letter writing. Broad lends itself well to large format memo writing.
How difficult is it to replace the nib? Anyone?
LeadingEdge
Not that hard. I've done it on other levengers, not in this one, but it should be the same. One YouTube instruction video and you're good to go..
I'd really like one of these, but I'm not sure with the nib issue and the warranty, if this is a good idea. People seem to say it writes well, but what if I get a faulty one? Does massdrop have any warranty?
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well I ca get a nib from a Stipula Passaporto in there, it does not fit perfectly, but with some squeezing, it works. The Passaporto has a nr5 nib to my knowledge.
itrausch
I say that cause i believe the FC nibs are a number 5 but with a narrower sholder. They arent cheap and are hard to source.
In my experience you have to air on the side of caution with squeezing a nib with wider sholder into a nib unit. I squeezed a noodlers number six nib into a jinhao unit in the past on two different ones, and both times it caused a tiny crack in the nib collar.
While you wouldnt normally think its that big of deal it allows the ink to get very near your finger tips.
Reading people complain about nibs peeling and the manufacturer not honoring warranty, I'd recommend to anyone attracted to this because of the Carbon Fiber design, to look at the Tombow Zoom 101. Outstanding fountain pen (there is a roller also, I have both).
http://tombowusa.com/zoom-101-fountain-pen-medium-668.html
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Yeah also check out La Couronne du Comte. Last i checked a couple months ago Aziza from the blog Gourmet Pens has a coupon code for LCDC. Gourmet10 for 10% off. While i have no affiliation with either of the companies, the exchange rate on the euro and the coupon code made it possible for me to get things at a hell of a price. Like i paid $3.75 for a bottle of R&K ink or like $22 for the Lamy Al Star pacific. With prices like that im a sucker for more ink. Although ive noticed the Pilot iroshizuku is more expensive than on amazon, but its possible to get a bottle of Pelikan Edelstein ink for $11.60.
Also all they prices on there show VAT included but if you make an account and sign in with your country being outside the EU it shows you prices minus VAT. And then they have free international shipping over €150. Which if youre going for a pricey pen or getting multiple things its easy to do. All in all a hard deal to pass up and one not very many people on this side of the pond know about.
Also thats the only place ive managed to find the elusive Faber-Castell nib units that they supposedly dont make according to the nice lady i talked to when i called the company directly.
Ps sorry about the long winded rant/advertisment, i just like spreading the word to my fellow fountain pen enthusiasts.
jsolar
Thank you for the information. I do appreciate it. Getting a break on ink prices sounds nice.
Just as a future warning to anyone who buys this pen. Levenger will not honor any warranty unless the item is purchased through their website.
The black nib is not ion coated so it will peel on you. Ink gets trapped in the nib housing very easily, and removing it can be a pain.
What's the keyboard seen in the picture?
roshinichi
Asking the real questions here.
Anyone have any problems with the ink drying up in the pen during non use? Similar to the Parker IM?
Also, anyone use shimmertastic inks in this guy yet?
ZeypherUndellus
No issues here. I have it filled with J. Herbin 1670 and no problems there either. I had the pen put away for a couple weeks and when I grabbed it to write, not even a skip. Nice wet line. No flaking or peeling with the nib either.
The matte black paint on the nib peels off. Very disappointed
Shinjangel
I thought it was the ink I was using!
Can a representative from Levenger help me? I got levenger L-tech in a previous drop. I got a broad Nib. I want to get a medium and a fine nib. Can anybody tell me how to order extra nibs and how to change them?
Majid
You should be about to replace it with a standard number five or six nib. You can buy the levenger brand for a premium or just look it up online
I have a bunch of Pelikan pens -- most if not all of which are piston- or converter-fill. Most are relatively heavy. None have ink-related issues. I think Levenger is a great company, and I have no qualms about the brass/carbon fiber combo. For me personally, the carbon fiber present in this design is a visual thing, not weight-related. Is it possible they went with CF to minimize the weight down the road vs the brass? Maybe.
I like the CF design and would happily pull the trigger on this pen but I'm very concerned about the nib exhibiting ink issues. I use Noodler's and Shin Kai and the main reason why I don't have problems with my pens is because I stick with Pelikan, MB and other relatively high-end pens and relatively high-end ink. I'm leery about this particular model. Once this is inked I figure it's mine, so if anyone else has any personal experience with this model and can share same, please do so. Based on what I've seen on Levenger's and Amazon's review sites, inking and flow are serious concerns in connection with this model, and a product whose sole purpose is to transfer ink to paper having inking problems is, in short, a problem.
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 11/14.
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Looks very stealthy.
I have to say this is probably Levenger's best design to date, aesthetically. However, I found the best-handling pens are the ones where the center of mass resides in the grip section or close to it. Also, while I like how they look, I'm done with lacquered nibs. I have four, and that they all exhibit the same quirk* is a hard to dismiss as coincidence.
*quirk in question: hesitant at first, then too wet, clogged by next use.
Theroc
That's my biggest complaint with this pen. The lacquered black nib on my L-Tech stealth chipped off during the first cleaning.
Theroc
I haven't had that problem with my L-Tech, or other lacquered nibs; I use Koh-I-Nor Rapidoeze. They just are not dependable. They happen to be all of them Bock nibs, but unlike the other stainless steel Bock nibs, they hesitate and are prone to clogging. I think the lacquer is not conducive to wicking and constricts ink flow too. And if you tune them to widen the slit they become too wet and then clog anyway. At least, that has been my experience with them.
uh... carbon fiber and "solid brass" ? the whole point of carbon fiber is to be lightweight... brass is literally the heaviest material used in pen bodies... Somebody didn't think this idea through.
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"Aero" has nothing to do with weight so I don't know what you're getting at here. It's short for AEROdynamic and is also commonly used to describe a sleek design aesthetic. Also, of course the CF is purely for aesthetics. Are you implying that the only time products should be using Cf is for being light weight?
JerC
"Aero" can be "short" for a number of things, but it is also used on it's own (not as an abbreviation) and it's commonly used to describe something that is lightweight. Examples: Aero Chocolate are aerated making it light and fluffy rather than dense and heavy like a normal chocolate "While lightweight and plastic, the XDJ-Aero is well constructed." (lightweight and uses wifi for portable DJ) Gigabyte Aero series laptops are "slim and lightweight" RS-Aero sailboat "is ultra-light weight and easy to handle." Delsey Luggage Helium Aero Expandable Spinner Trolley (ultra lightweight luggage) Macbook AIR... has air in the name because it is ultra lightweight... Aerolacrosse makes the "lightest handles on earth" carbon fiber lacrosse sticks.
I could go on.... Air, Aero, Aerospace, Aeronautics, etc... are all generally associated with things that are lightweight, and or very rigid/strong. Even "aerodynamic" things are commonly known to require the same features... Making something aerodynamic then intentionally making it as heavy as possible obviously doesn't make sense considering that the point of good aeros' is to make the thing faster or more efficient.
Again as I said, if you want a CF pen... then get a real CF pen. I named two other pens that use REAL CF and are also heavy for people who think heavy = quality... My points were very clear, this Levenger is not a quality product. By all means, buy it if you want poor to mediocre performance and imitation materials.
You can also head over to Etsy and find some hand made pens with CF barrels for around the same price that come with schmidt nibs.
I can't afford this at the moment but I can say that is one attractive looking fountain pen.
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