Hello again, fellow Wanderers!

We’re back, for another Sayer Teller’s Odds & Ends where I will be reviewing miscellaneous things, and sometimes even giving them away each Wednesday.

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the Pilot Plumix, the hidden secret of the penmanship world, and I’ll tell you why further down in Sayer’s Tips & Tricks.

The winner of this week’s giveaway will receive one black Pilot Plumix with a medium nib (non-italic) custom outfitted to it, along with a couple of cartridges, a Clairefontaine pocket notebook and a handwritten letter of thanks! Winners are chosen by a random number generator, for those who comment within this post. Free shipping to anywhere in the world, as always!

This draw ends: November 1st, 2017


The Review

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Appearance: The Pilot Plumix might be taking cues from glass calligraphy pens in its unique design, though I’m not sure that it accomplished that well. To me, it’s more reminiscent of some kind of squid-like torpedo, but I’m sure some people will find the funky design to their liking. In fact, it reminds me of a squid so much, I hereby dub thee, Pilot Plumix, the Squid Pen.

Moving on, it has something of an inkviewer, though it isn’t the most clear, because you will be seeing an extra layer of plastic on account of the cartridge you need to use, as it cannot be used as an eyedropper (AKA a pen where you can inject ink directly into the barrel via an eyedropper or syringe. Pens that are not eyedroppers will leak everywhere if you try this, just as a word of caution). This pen can only take cartridges, however, it is compatible with long cartridges, so if you have extra long cartridges from you Pilot Parallel, you can swap them out willy-nilly.

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Behaviour: The pen itself is a pleasure to write with. It is ergonomically shaped where you will be holding the pen. The two grooves for the thumb and index finger allows for a comfortable grip, though it is slightly jarring for those used to writing with a cylindrical grip. I would say that this design is perhaps geared towards a younger crowd, or for those wishing to improve their handwriting with its added comfort.

If you are familiar with the Pilot Metropolitan, you can expect the same amount of fluidity in this one. It writes more on the dry side of the spectrum, but for those who write and close their notes fairly quickly, that isn’t such a bad thing as it will take less time for the ink to dry as the ink pours fairly dryly. The nibs themselves are more on the scratchy than smooth side of the spectrum as well, so be careful on thinner pieces of paper if you’re a quick writer that tends to apply a lot of pressure when writing. Most Pilot Plumix pens comes with an indicated “medium” nib, however, it is more correct to say that it is indeed a stub, or “italic” nib. This creates line variation, equal to that of a 1.0mm stub nib, making it one of, if not, the cheapest italic nib on the market.

Varieties & Pricing: The colour options are black, light blue and purple. All options are clear in design as well, so no solid colours, though there is a very similar pen on the market that comes in completely clear or solid black variations, though I don’t believe it is the Plumix. The particular one I reviewed is black and comes with a non-italic medium nib. You can typically find these in two different nib styles: medium (italic), fine or extra-fine nibs (though I hear these are incredibly hard to find in the Western world if they haven’t been outfitted with a different pen’s nib). You can find these pens for a fairly cheap price at your local stationery shop or art-suppliers. I’ve found prices to be in and around $16.00 CDN and $10.00 USD.

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Sayer’s Tips & Tricks

Many Pilot Plumix pens that are labeled as a “medium” nib, as I’ve stated, are in fact 1.0mm stub nibs. Well, there’s a secret in the fountain pen world that many aren’t aware of: you can take the nib from a Plumix and apply it to other (compatible) Pilot pens! For instance, you can apply this particular nib to a Pilot Metropolitan (which is the only one I know of that you can do this with), and have a very unique pen on your hands! That would make you the owner of a very decent quality italic nib pen, for the low combined price of a Pilot Metropolitan and a Pilot Plumix! It doesn’t get much better than that for the cost of approximately $35 CDN in total (or much cheaper). Plus, you get to keep two great pens on hand if you apply the Metropolitan’s nib to the Plumix! This has been trusty combination I’ve been using for two years now, and it has been nothing but a pleasure to use.


The Verdict: Great!

✧ These earn 4/5 Stars! ✧

(Not a bad entry level pen, and a great secondary use!)

Pros:

  • Its secret ability to create a unique Pilot Metropolitan
  • Inexpensive
  • Appealing for those wishing to increase comfortability when writing
  • Inkviewer
  • The tiny cap is postable

Cons:

  • Slightly cheap plastic design (Though some may like the look of it.)

This pen holds a special place in my heart, which is probably why it got as high of a rating as it did. It was my first experiment in the world of “frankenpens”, and it is a unique pen in its own right. Squid Pen, we salute you.


Announcement: Winner of Last Week’s Odds & Ends

Lastly, I would like to announce the lucky winner of last draw’s five participants…

scrambler27 (AKA Rich’s Rambles)!

As always, all winners of my draws are chosen by a random number generator to make it fair for all involved! Rich, you will be receiving:

  1. 3.8mm Pilot Parallel
  2. 3 Ink Cartridges

All shipping and handling will be paid for, and don’t hesitate to contact me for further questions on the subject!

See everyone next Wednesday, for Sayer Teller’s Odds & Ends!