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I'm wondering if ink is suppose to come out like this.
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Now that I've received my bundle, I wanted to leave a note here about a couple of things that aren't mentioned on the drop page. First, the pen actually comes in a small protective display case. Second, inside that display case is a Pilot Namiki cartridge with black ink, so you end up with 13 of them in this bundle. Here's a shot of the case with the pen and included cartridge:
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So what's up Massdrop? It's time for an update on this one.
Amafan
We just got word that the Rhodia notebooks have shipped to us, and should be at our warehouse within a day or two. There was a miscommunication on availability with these, so they were shipped from France. The Pilot items are ready and waiting at our warehouse. Sorry for the delay with this, but these should get shipped out by next week.
I realize there's a bit of a timeline getting all this stuff together, but I'm looking at nearly a month after this drop completed and I haven't heard a single thing. I like the concept of massdrop, but this minimum wait time of a month for every single order is getting out of hand.
Kazhrei
The status has been sitting at "order placed with the vendor" for a while but given how the estimated shipping date is in 4 days, here's hoping something changes (for the better) soon.
Kazhrei
I'm guessing you've never ordered anything from the mech keys group... this wait is nothing
Since it isn't pictured, does the CON-50 in this bundle have the agitator or will it be the older version?
Props to Liz / MD for reworking this bundle. I joined to support the thoughtfulness showed here.
When offering a notebook, please include a photograph of the paper so we know what to expect. The written description doesn't say it quite like a picture does, especially for beginners.
For those reading this discussion thread, here's what the notebook looks like on the inside.
Paper:
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Pocket on inside of back cover:
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This kit is an excellent low-cost, high-quality package for a new user of fountain pens. The fine-nib Metropolitan is a sturdy, smooth writer that will be useful to anyone. Broader nibs can show off an ink's color, but my chicken-scratch handwriting is more legible with a fine point. This fine-nib Metropolitan was my first fountain pen a little over a year ago. Now I have more than a dozen fountain pens, but this Metropolitan happened to be the pen I reached for today when I wanted to do some serious writing. I got my mother and my daughter into fountain pens this year, and they both started with Metropolitans too.
The Pilot Namiki cartridges have smooth-flowing basic-black ink. The bundled cartridge converter will let you use other colors of ink, and even discover different shades of black, whether from big ink bottles or from the smaller sample vials sold by some retailers. Trying different inks is one of the pleasures of using fountain pens.
With the pen, nib, and ink, the last requirement for writing is the paper. Cheap porous paper is an adequate surface for the ink-paste in ball point pens, but it can soak up fountain pen ink like a sponge and blur the writing. This "feathering" of the written line is usually not bad with a nib as fine as this Metropolitan's, but even its writing will look better on smooth non-porous paper. I haven't used a Webnotebook yet, but the other Rhodia paper I've used has been smooth and pleasant to write on. The Webnotebook looks useful as a journal, a planner, or even a catalog of writing samples with various pens and inks.
The bundle seems thoughtfully assembled so that its cost will not intimidate someone who wants to try writing with a fountain pen, yet the bundle's quality will ensure that he enjoys the experience. Good work, Massdrop.
Is this worth it?
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This includes the Pilot CON-50 converter, as stated in Specs. You also get the usual aerometric converter that ever Metropolitan fountain pen comes with, but in this bundle you also get the much better CON-50.
Liz
Thanks for clarifying. I was confused since it wasn't shown in the picture. That makes this a pretty good deal then IMO.
Hi @zsk5 and @writerstephen, Thank you for the call outs. We are going to rework the writing bundle drop based on your feedback and have pulled this one down.
I'd think if you are new to fountain pens, go buy a lamy or kawecko for 30 bucks, why drop 100+ on this random bundle?
This is a weird drop. I'm interested in the pen, but why only fine nibs available? Also, why does every color option have a surcharge? Why not build the lowest surcharge into the price, and then have a surcharge on the three more expensive options? Don't mean to pick nits, but it's a somewhat pricey drop.
writerstephen
Thanks for flagging the pricing issue - this has been corrected.