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Is this worth it?
Based on street price of the 4 items, yes.
My nit is about the choice of a pen whose ink cartridges only fit a limited set of pens available, and only a F nib is presented. What if the beginner doesn't like a fine nib? He would then have to go buy another Pilot or compatible pen in order to continue using the cartridges.. Whereas had you offered an international cartridge fit, even if he has to replace a pen, he can still reuse the cartridges with many more choices. Just a more beginner-friendly option, that's all.
Addressing the specific question of value asked by Avey2017, yes, the price is better (by $5 to $10) than you could get if you bought the items separately from an online discount retailer.
General US pricing of these items in 2017 is approximately as follows (based on typical prices I found during an online search):
- $16 for the pen (Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen, fine nib)
- $6 for the cartridges (12-pack, Pilot Namiki cartridges, black ink)
- $6 for the converter (Pilot CON-50)
- $18 for the notebook (Rhodia A5 Webnotebook, lined, black)
This adds up to $46, although you can bring that down by a few dollars through price hunting. At $30 with free US shipping, Massdrop is offering a good deal, if you actually want everything included in this drop.
If you purchase these items separately, you could choose different colors for the pen body, ink, and notebook cover. Other options not included here are a medium nib for the Pilot pen and either blank or dot grid paper for the Rhodia notebook.
I think this math is wrong because the description seems wrong. The converter that comes with this pen is not a CON-50. The CON-50 is a much better converter, and it isn't shown in the pictures. The $10 Metro you get online comes with a converter that works fine (not a CON-50) and is probably what is in the drop. I'd suggest people get a $10 Metro (it can easily be found for less than $16) and an $18 Rhodia for a total of $28. Then buy a 30ml bottle of Diamine ink on amazon for $7. Total $35 and you get a lot more and better ink without messing with cartridges. Some great colors are Oxblood and Ancient Copper.
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.
Thanks for clarifying. I was confused since it wasn't shown in the picture. That makes this a pretty good deal then IMO.
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