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OHTO Pocket Fountain Pens (2-Pack)

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Today my Tasche pens arrived. In a word: tiny.
Once posted this pen is a nice size and feels quite good in the hand. The nib is fine, which is my preference, and it feels good to write with. Will update post in the next few weeks if my outlook changes.
Very fast delivery to Australia. Thanks MD.
Add to my previous discussion posting: the more I use these pens, the more I like them, and for 10 bucks apiece, you just can’t go wrong. Look, if you want to spend a bit more for a really top-shelf pocket pen, go for the Kaweco Ice Sport—looks cool, and writes well. Of, if you’re budget will handle it, the Cult Pens Mini, a truly classy pen in the same size category. But again, $10 is a real bargain. Nice fine nib, don’t press hard on it.
Posche writes very smoothly, and is light and simple to carry. No skipping. the problem I have is that the pen is not very functional if the lid is not posted, being about the length of a golf pencil without the cap. But the material on the inside of the cap that secures the cap to the barrel when posting seems to be very cheap plastic or rubber. After posting a couple of dozen times, the material stretched, and the cap wobbles when posted. Makes writing very uncomfortable.
Got my Tache and Rook. I like the Tache, it's a little bit heavy with the ink, but usable. Love having it in my pocket without noticing it's there. As for the Rook - nightmare! I opened it up and the inside of the cap (cheap nasty steel ring/tube) fell out. It looks like it's meant to be permanently fixed in place, but mine is in pieces. Fortunately Customer Services are onto it, but I am very disappointed at the quality and materials used.
Got the Rook and Pache. The nibs aren't amazing. Aside from that, I quite like the size and form factor. Has anyone found a good converter for these. Given their size, I was looking at small ones like this. https://www.ebay.com/itm/MINI-INK-CONVERTER-FOR-SMALL-FOUNTAIN-PENS/162149680096?hash=item25c0dfc3e0:g:78EAAOSwI-BWMTGS Thoughts?
I'd ordered the Rook and the Tasche (blue). The Tasche has a nice flow to the ink. I love the compact size. And my favorite part: there's an O-ring on the backend that gives a great feel when posting the cap. However, I'm really disappointed in the Rook. It was the main reason for joining the drop, but I find that it writes very poorly. The nib is scratchy and it's miserly with the ink. I have to either slow way down or press too hard to get enough ink to flow. Anyone else find this? Is it possible I got a defective one?
These pens are not much.....the nibs are way different from one another. I consider them "cheap".
Received mine today. I am really underwhelmed I must say. On one the nib is kind of loose and on the other the plastic insert that holds the nib and feed in place is loose an rotates inside the body. Both nibs were really scratchy from the start so I had to smooth them to be able to write with them. On a positive side I really like the design and feel of them in hand. They are still usable but not what i expected.
Will these take standard sized cartridges?
I participated in an earlier drop and don’t regret it one bit. In addition to carrying several higher quality pens, I always carry a pocket sized pen in my pants pocket, and these form part of the rotation. $20 for two pens? You can’t go wrong, especially when they write as well as these do. It’s a funny kind of pen—the cap is as long as the barrel, and when posted, you have a full-length pen, albeit a bit on the slender side. As for the way it writes–absolutely nothing to complain about, and I’ve almost always got a Pelikan or equivalent in my pocket.
Rook seems to have some character. Some mixed written reviews and one video review (in English). Does anyone know if the nib is proprietary to OHTO? I can hope it is a #5 or, preferably, #6 nib.
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I have a lot of "cheap" pens using both nib brands. IPG nibs occasionally need minor work (such as smoothing) and inexpensive pens are the best for practicing nib tuning. If you're willing to give that a go these pens would be a fine place to start. Schmidt nibs usually write thicker than their designation because they're wetter than average, and in my experience they always have feedback. It feels like writing with a pencil, really. I've never had to adjust one, but I'm okay with feedback so your mileage my vary.
Seaborgium
Edison Pen Co. has a good article on what IGP (Iridium Point Germany) really means. http://edisonpen.com/ipgnibs2
no one seems to be discussing this particular product.....
so you get 2 fountain pens and 2 cartridges????? for $20???? are they even good quality? or what since most of the fountain pens sold here are like hundreds of dollars..... im deciding if i should get this
Paul123
I quite like my ohto pens. They aren't the best out there, but I've owned a lot of sub-20 dollar pens and these are very high on my list. I like how compact they are and they are smooth writers. I do have a slight problem with hard starts if the pen sits for too long but that's pretty common.
They're pretty commonly available on the Amazons but this seems like a reasonably good deal and it's good variety here.
I received my pens about a week ago. I ordered the Tasche in Blue and the Poche in Leopard. Although the drop description said the pens would both come with a fine point The Poche laus down a heavier line than the Tasche. I prefer the finer line Of the Tasche. Both pens feel good in my hand and write very smoothly. I look forward to trying them with different color inks. I purchased some short Internal cartridges form Goulet Pens that should be here shortly. You can also find them on Amazon.
Has anyone used these before? I got them on my daughter's recommendation, but it's been a long time since I've used fountain pens. They seem nice, so I'm hoping they're as good as she says they are.
Magickman
They are nice, steady pens. I've owned two. The point is pretty fine without being scratchy. I have had the occasional problem with hard starts (no ink in the nib so it has to be coaxed) if the pen sits too long; you can usually resolve this with running tissue along the top of the nib or wetting the nib. Other than that I like mine and I rate them quite high in the sub-20 pens I own (and I have dozens.)
Dvana
Thanks. I've enjoyed writing with these very much. Smooth, clean, only quirk I've noticed is that the pin itself rolls. In my hand, causing a hiccup in the ink flow. However, I think that's on me, and not the pen.
These will be my first fountain pens. Got a Rook and a Tasche in blue. Hopefully I like them and am able to actually write well with them (well, as well as I am able to).
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They have cartridges that will fit these pens?
smccloud
Noodler's doesn't do cartridges. (Well, they have the 308 reusable cartridge designed for the Noodler's Ahab and sometimes the Noodler's Neponset, but that's a different beast.) Instead, once you use up one of the included cartridges, you can use a syringe with a blunt tip needle to refill the cartridge with whatever fountain pen ink you want. Goulet Pens sells a 2-pack of syringes for $5. You can reuse cartridges a few times before the mouth cracks or wears out too much.
what is the nib size of these pens?
These OHTOs are my Every Day Carry now--sadly I purchased one before this drop, but I may join drop and give them as presents. My OHTO is a very wet writer--meaning it lays down a dark, rich line. And it uses international cartridges, which means the options for ink and color are huge. When the cap is posted, your are writing with a normal sized pen, not one of the behemouths. Some of us like to use thin pens sometimes. And I have no fear tossing this sturdy little guy in my purse or book bag. It is a great travel pen because between the pen and a couple of refills, you are set to go for days.
Why this drop order hasn't been placed yet?
I received my pens a few weeks ago, and to my happy dismay, I have tapped into yet another fanatic passion. I love the fact that this drop came with options. I picked the Poche - Leopard and Tasche - Pink. The Poche for myself and the Tasche for my wife. I have dabbled in Calligraphy a bit, but these are my first fountain pens for the purpose of general writing. The rest of this post relates to my impressions of the Poche. At first sight, like most people have commented, these pens are alarmingly small. My first impression was that there is absolutely no way I could ever hope to write well with such a short pen. However, once posted, the pen is just about the perfect length. The width of the pen was my next concern, however in comparison, it is no more narrow than a typical ball point bic. In fact it is a few millimeters wider. Nevertheless, the smooth portion above the nib caused me to instinctively grip the pen tighter than necessary to prevent if from slipping. Once I came to terms with the fact that this pen needs virtually no pressure on the nib in order to write on the paper, and thus I don't need to lock down on the pen to keep it from slipping , my writing experience became much more enjoyable. I was immediately impressed with the ink that came with these pens. I was prepared for the black ink to be watery with little saturation. To my surprise, the ink was very dark and saturated once dry. I was a bit surprised that I was only able to write one fairly small letter along with my initial doodles before the first cartridge was out of ink. Needless to say these pens are not designed for penning your next dissertation. I purchased a box of Waterman ink cartridges as replacements, and did notice a difference with the performance of that ink in this pen. With the Waterman ink, my initial line of writing was usually nicely saturated, but by the second line the ink seemed to be a bit thinner. My guess is that the flow of Waterman ink is not quite as good with this nib as the ink these pens come with (does anyone know what ink that is?). The feedback the nib gives on typical everyday legal paper is moderately noticeable. It is more than what you would get from any ballpoint pen, which took some getting use to. I imagine other inks would probably make a difference with the level of feedback. I purchased a Pilot Metropolitan fine tip during this time as well, and the feedback of that pen is significantly less. Probably not a fair comparison, but it may be of use to someone. All in all I am very pleased with this pen. It's beautiful to look at (my wife wanted to swap the pink one I got her for the leopard pattern I got for myself.) For jotting down anything from quick notes to a small letter, this pen works well. I personally have decided to keep green (or some other unique color) ink in this pen and use it whenever I want to make a note stand out. If you're planning on doing much more with this pen, you may want to consider something a bit larger, with a better grip. I'm not sure I like the Waterman ink's behavior in this pen, and will definitely be looking out for some alternatives (any ideas?). If this drop comes around again, and you have even a small curiosity in fountain pens, I would definitely recommend these pens. For the money, there is little chance you will get a better looking pen, and two of them at that. What they do, they do well. They are not top notch writing instruments, but they are a great introduction to fountain pens, and are great for small tasks, and they look pretty amazing!
Slurry
Thanks for the great write up, @Slurry, we appreciate your feedback!
Slurry
If you are looking for ink, I would recommend any Noodler's inks: they have a variety of lubricated inks, if flow seems to be an issue in the pen, they are well saturated on most any paper, and there is a huge variety of color. If you are looking for shading or lightweight inks, I recommend Diamine, Pilot Iroshizuku, or J. Herbin inks. Welcome to the hobby!
By any chance can you ship this to SriLanka?
Quality control is next to non existent. Nibs arent always cut quite right on an X Y or Z axis leading me to try bending times where they shouldnt work but somehow work best.
I also lost a Tasche that my friend put a metropolitan nib in.. so, keep in mind you can change the nib out for your choice of metropolitan​.
I hate to be a spoilsport. Jet Pens has the Rook and the Tache for $13.50 each. Am I missing something here?
ravkesef
MD offer is for a 2-pack deal. Double check the JetPen pricing to see if it is for one or two and that may explain the difference.
dssl86
My mistake. I misread it as $19.99 each, rather than a 2-pack.
So here we are a few weeks later, and I have been using the pens to great satisfaction. They are not my primary writing pen, nor do I think they would stand up to that sort of use, but they are fun to use, and elicit many comments from observers. It is true that they post to normal length, but they are a bit on the thin side. Now, I'm just thinking of a reason to order another two pens.
Always a little tentative when buying an 'affordable' fountain pen, but since that's all I can afford, this OHTO drop was worth a shot.
I got the Poche in diamond with a fine nib and a Tasche in blue with a fine nib.
The first impression you'll get when opening this package is that these pens are tiny! You might think these are too short or too small in girth. Once you post the cap on either of them, you'll see that they are not too short. As for their diameter, that's more subjective. My fingers are on the short and stubby side, but I can handle these quite well.
You will need to rinse them out first with either plain water or slightly soapy water. I always try the included cartridges before doing anything to see if they're a fast starter or not. Not a fast starter. But once you rinse them out, they're pretty good.
The nibs on these two are a touch scratchy. Barely, though. Just a bit of feedback. Not as much static as I found with some Nemosines.
The width of line is appropriate, in my eye, for a fine nib. It's a bit finer than the fine nib on the Faber-Castel Loom. Line variation is pretty good for the type and fineness of the nib. A bit more so than the Loom. A lot more so than my Nemosines.
The ink that comes with them is faint and watery. That might just be due to the rinsing, but there was a good amount of drying and testing and they never seemed to get much darker.
The Tasche is a pen that I'm likely to keep in my laptop bag as a backup, or drop in my pocket when I have to run from my desk. The blue and silver colours and no-nonsense lines says engineer to me. I'm good with that.
The Poche is, well, posh. The domed ends and almost Art Deco design sense makes it eye-catching. The crystal on the cap dome makes it look more expensive than it is. It's tasteful, not garish at all. This is one that I'm likely to put in the inside pocket of a suit or blazer for social events, where I might need to jot down a name or number.
I'll work the pens longer and see if I can reduce the scratchiness of the nibs. It'll probably just take some time.
I'm happy with the pens that I got, especially for the price. Happy enough that I will try some other OHTO pens in the future.
@Dronak Thanks for the review. I have the Rook and Tasche, and agree with your observations on the nibs. The rook is a little smoother and does allow for a little line variation ( as you stated, it is NOT a flex nib ) The Tasche is not as smooth, but writes well. As you mentioned, both pens need to be posted if you want to use it as a "full sized" pen. The Tasche posts much more securely the the Rook. With the Rook, the cap easily pops off when I was writing. This doesn't happen with the Tasche. If you look at the images, the cap of the Tasche seats/posts snugly all the way down to the chrome ring. Oddly, there are no images of the Rook with the cap off, the end of the Rook is tapered, so the cap has less area to post. ( JetPens has images of the Rook with the cap on ) Also, I just can't maintain a grip on the Rook for writing for any length of time. So I never used the pen short of trying it out. I have no problems gripping and writing with the Tasche even though the penitself seems thinner. I am tempted to try the Poche, but kind of "iffy" - Is the nib like the Tasche or smoother like the Rook, and does the cap post securely ?
Does anyone know whether any converters, likely only the small one, will work?
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wasn't able to find one. If you do, please let me know
Slim_Artist
Here are two that MIGHT work: https://www.jetpens.com/Kaweco-Mini-Fountain-Pen-Converter/pd/15443 https://www.jetpens.com/Monteverde-Mini-Fountain-Pen-Converter/pd/10186
If you're in the SF Bay Area... http://www.sfpenshow.com August 25-27 (What used to be the Sofitel in Redwood Shores) and you can find and try all sorts of converters (and pens)
I ordered this as a Bazaar deal yesterday. When can I expect to receive my order?
I received my order today, which was much sooner than the drop's original estimate of a 7/15 ship date. Since no extra cartridges were available from here, I had to buy more elsewhere; I'm not a big fan of black ink, which is almost always what pens include (and did here), so I bought a few brands of blue ink. My order here was for one Rook and one Tasche so that I could try both. When I got them, I opened them up (note: there's no real packaging to speak of, the pens are just inside plastic sleeves), put different cartridges in each, and gave them both a quick try.
My first impression is that the Rook writes better than the Tasche, though I've read that a little tweaking can improve the Tasche's performance. I haven't seen much if anything suggesting that that's needed with the Rook, which matches my brief testing. On better quality paper, both seem to write fairly well for me. On lower quality paper, the Rook seemed to perform better than the Tasche. Also, the Rook's nib seems to have a little bit of flexibility; more so than the Tasche's. That's not to say either is particularly flexible, just that I think there's a bit more give with the Rook so you get a little bit more variation in line width with it. Both pens are quite small when closed, the Tasche being a little longer, but post their caps and you've got basically full-sized pens to write with. Given the uncapped size, I'd say they're basically unusable without posting the cap, but that seems to be the point of pocket pens. They're also light, and the Tasche seems a little slimmer, perhaps due to its straight body shape (the Rook is more curved). Unfortunately, the Tasche seems like it's prone to leaking -- I stood the closed pen nib-down for a little while to help get the ink started, and there was ink in the cap after I did so.
So from my admittedly brief testing, I'd say the Rook is the better pen. However, if this drop is run again, I'd suggest that buyers get one of each pen so that they can try them out for themselves and see which one they like better. There's no guarantee that my experience and preferences will match yours, but I hope this min-review is of some help to potential buyers of either pen.
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