Friday, 17 April 2015

OHTO Dude fountain pen review

OHTO Dude fountain pen (purple)

1. Damage

I bought it for SGD22 from Straits pens . Mr. Sunny superficially smoothed the nib for me too for free. The pen also comes with two puny cartridges only and after a bargaining for discount Mr. Sunny included a standard international converter for free too. The pen comes in four different colors  i.e silver, champagne, blue and purple and I chose the purple version as I don't have any pens in this color. I also bought the waterman violet ink at the promotional bundled price of SGD10 to complement the pen's color.  Overall considering the value and the quality of the product at this price I give it 5/5 for value for money

2. Looks,  Aesthetics and Presentation
The pen with its  hexagonal design tapered at both ends looks very modern if not space age. My pen comes in Purple finish  and there are two silver colored ends in the pen (finales) that too complement the design. The clip is in silver color too, a very sleek and one of the slickest I have seen. I am not sure this clip will take the abuse of a thick denim trouser. There is a silver band on top of the barrel and this adds to the aesthetics of the pen. The names OHTO, Made in Japan and Dude are inscribed on the right side of the cap and unlike the other OHTO aluminum pens like Tache where the imprint is erased within few days this imprint is more of an embossed one and does not fade or erase quickly. The color on the pen is more pleasing to the aye as the coating is of good quality.  For presentation it only comes a plastic sleeve like a Chinese Hero pen and for a Japanese pen of this quality I look at least for a cardboard or a plastic box.  Therefore for looks aesthetics and presentation I give 3.5/5

3. Build Quality, Construction and Ergonomics

The pen is mostly made out of metal ( I understand Copper) with the body barrel and cap out of metal and the grip section made out of ABS quality plastic. The pen is sleek yet feels solid on the hands due to its metal construction.  The metal itself is not filmsy and feels chunky in the hand. Unlike the Aluminum bodies of some of the other OHTO pens this feels more solid. The grip section is very ergonomic to hold and it can be very easily used for extended writing sections as the pen feels solid but not very heavy. All the proportions of the pen are very much fits into any hand big or small. The pen is postable and you can post it if you have very large hands. The pen is an ideal size pen not too small or not too big.  For build quality, construction and ergonomics I give 4/5

4. Writing
Writing is where this pen really excels and the Japanese quality is felt through out the writing experience. My pen came with a stock medium nib and it is a bit on the finer side. The pen is a juicy writer though not a gusher. The nib is very smooth and Mr. Sunny is glad to adjust the nib briefly to make it more smoother. The pen does not skip or does not have any hard starting issues even after being capped for a few days. Definitely it writes much better than many cheap Chinese pens like Hero. For writing I give 4/5
5. Conclusion
If you are looking for a quality inexpensive Japanese fountain pen on a very tight budget I would strongly recommend this pen for you. You will not be surely disappointed. For overall experience I give 4.3/5

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