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Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Review

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

The Pilot Grance is a relatively new addition to Pilot's North American lineup, and I'm really glad they decided to bring it here. When you look at fountain pens as a whole, there's an overwhelming majority of pens that use a screw on cap versus a friction fit slip or snap cap. While that's not a bad thing, I've always wondered why that's the case. The Grance is an elegant, slim-bodied pen that packs in a fantastic nib and comfortable feel that looks great in any setting.

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen

In my mind, the Grance is the more refined and elegant version of the Metropolitan. The Metropolitan is affordable, accessible, and a great deal. The Grance builds on top of that with more premium materials, but also nails the writing experience. From what I can tell, the interior of the Grance is made of brass, with a thick metal covering that features a metallic, pearlescent finish that glimmers in the light. There are also black resin accents that are offset with yellow gold pieces. When I first saw this pen, the gold hardware put me off until I picked the pen up and started writing with it. While I wish there were other options (they're all gold, baby!), I quickly got over my aesthetic issues with the yellow gold. It might not be my number one preference, but this pen is a champ that has become my daily writer despite our color differences.

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen vs Custom 74

The Grance is also a fairly small lineup, sporting only three color options: Pearl White, Pearl Pink, and Pearl Blue. Again, the options aren't plentiful, but I can only imagine that Pilot have plans to expand this line if it does well.

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Section

The grip section is a black resin that picks up fingerprints easily, but feels great when in use. There's a small taper toward the tip of the pen, but there's also a small ring of gold around the end of the grip that provides a nice place to rest your fingers when writing. In my experience, the grip does not get slippery when writing despite the lack of texture. And the slim body makes longer writing sessions comfortable as well.

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Cap

The cap design for the Grance is a snap cap that works very well in practice. In some instances, the snap cap can be too tight, requiring too much effort to open and close. In these cases, it can be an annoyance, but it can also cause you to sling ink if you're not careful. Luckily, the Grance does not suffer from these issues. It's just the right amount of snug to keep the cap on securely. It also posts nicely using the same snap mechanism.

The clip on the Grance is much stronger than I expected it to be. It easily keeps the pen secure on almost any material it can fit over. Even when my bag has been thrown around a bit, the Grance stays put where I clipped it.

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Cartridge

In terms of ink options, you have plenty. The Grance fits standard Pilot cartridges, but you can also use a Pilot CON-40 converter to use any ink you like.

Now, let's move on to what really makes this pen sparkle for me: the writing experience. The best part about this pen, and the part that also brings the price point into the low-premium arena is the nib. It's a 14k gold nib that feels smooth, bounces a bit while writing, and flows well. I've always really enjoyed Pilot gold nibs, and this one is no exception. In the unit I have, I'm using the FM nib, which is somewhere between fine and medium. It's also one of my favorite nibs due to the size.

When writing with this pen, there's a slight (but noticeable) spring in the nib due to the soft gold material. It doesn't provide much in the way of line variation, but it does give the pen a soft feel when writing, added to the premium experience.

Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Clip

I've been using this pen as my daily driver for several weeks, and I've never once had any issues with skipping, hard starts, or excessive ink flow. It's a work horse - it's simply ready to write the instant you pick it up and uncap it. Even leaving it uncapped for a couple of minutes doesn't faze it. It's incredibly reliable, and I love it for that.

This is true of most Pilot pens I've used, and the Grance is no exception: this nib is incredibly smooth on paper. Writing is pure joy and this pen can keep up with most everything you decide to use it for. It's reliable, pleasing, and delightful.

Overall, I was reluctant to use this pen when I first saw it. It's slim, it uses gold accents, and the color options are few. Despite all this, I've fallen in love with it over the past few weeks. I didn't expect this, but the nib is what caused this. It's an excellent nib, the pen is comfortable to use, and it's incredibly reliable. When that's the case, the exterior aesthetics can sometimes take a backseat.

The Pilot Grance is available in three colors and four nib sizes (EF, F, FM, M). It's in the lower premium price range at $140, but that price is about as low as you can go with a gold nib. If this pen fits your style, then you'll love using it.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Pilot Grance Fountain Pen Writing
Posted on August 22, 2018 and filed under Pilot, Pen Reviews, Grance, Fountain Pens.

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 4-Color Multi Pen Review

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 4-Color Multi Pen Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

As this pen hobby continues to grow and transform, I seem to have an endless fascination with multi pens. This goes back to my early school days where the BIC 4-color pen was the envy of every student. What makes it so enjoyable these days is the superb quality of the refills available to us.

Speaking of school days, the Dr. Grip exploded on my radar during my middle school years. It was so unique and intentionally different from every other pen available at the big box retailers. Even though it was over the ten dollar mark, it was still a pen I had to have.

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 4-Color Multi Pen

With the Dr. Grip 4+1 multi pen, you have the best of both worlds. The grip section shares the same excellent grip from the original Dr. Grip, which lends itself nicely to the larger barrels that multi pens require. The grip isn't as "squishy" as the regular Dr. Grip pens, but it still has a great feel.

As for the rest of the body, you might assume it's a variant of the Acroball multi pen line, which is fair. The grip and Dr. Grip branding on the barrel are the only unique features that distinguish this multi pen from the Acroball line. Luckily, the 0.7mm refills provided with the pen are the same found in the Acroball multi pens. And, if you prefer, you can also use Uni Style Fit gel refills in this body. The Style Fit refills are a personal favorite, so the options are a nice perk.

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 4-Color Multi Pen Colors

The colors provided with the pen are black, blue, green, and red, as well as a 0.5mm mechanical pencil module. Like the Acroball line, the colors are vibrant, bold, and clean. I especially love the red because of its near fluorescent glow.

Like a lot of multi pens, there are slim tab buttons at the top of the pen that you depress to extend the color you want. To retract, just half press any other button. The mechanical pencil shares its button with the clip, which works great. The clip also manages to be quite strong, which is helpful in securing the pen to pockets, clothes, and other items.

Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 4-Color Multi Pen Eraser

To extend the lead, simply press a bit harder on the clip/pencil selector. There's also a small eraser hidden under a small cap at the top of the pen. I worry that I'll either lose the cap or that it will fall off in my bag at some point, but this hasn't happened yet after a few weeks of jostling around. It's a pretty firm fit, and given the smooth surface of the cap, it would take a lot of effort at the right angle to accidentally knock it off. To add more lead to the pencil, just remove the cap and the small eraser to uncover the lead tube.

In use, this pen has been really enjoyable. It reminds me of my old Dr. Grip from the late 90s, but updates it with much, much better refills and more color options.

At the $14 mark, it's a bit pricier than the Acroball counterpart, but the Dr. Grip branding and grip are worth the premium. Plus, the Acroball version doesn't include a pencil module. Overall, it's a great value and joy to use. There are several body colors to choose from, as well as options between 0.5mm and 0.7mm refills.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Pilot Dr. Grip 4+1 4-Color Multi Pen Writing sample
Posted on June 13, 2018 and filed under Pilot, Dr. Grip, Multi Pen, Pen Reviews.

Pilot Tatemo Pen Case Review

Pilot Tatemo Pen Case Review

(Jeff Abbott is a regular contributor at The Pen Addict. You can find more from Jeff online at Draft Evolution and Twitter.)

When collecting pens is a hobby, pen cases are a necessity. Luckily, there's not shortage of options in the pen case markets. Like the pens and pencils we love, pen cases can have incredibly focused and singular use cases. With the Pilot Tatemo, one of the major perks is being able to stand the case up to act as a sort of portable pen cup.

Where some pen cases endeavor to provide a cozy pocket for each individual pen, the Tatemo is more alike the pouch format. There's one large pocket for pens, pencils, and other large items, and there's also a small pouch on the lid for small items like cartridges, lead, erasers, and other like-sized items.

Pilot Tatemo Pen Case

The function of the case is simple: the case is secured with a single zip, and the lid flap folds down to the rest of the body so that it stays out of your way. My favorite feature of this case is the hidden magnet in the lid that attaches to the body when folded open. Instead of a lid hanging loosely, the magnet secures the lid to the case when open. This allows you to easily access the pens and pencils you've stored in the case.

Pilot Tatemo Pen Case Open

In storage and transportation, the case does exactly what you expect. It keeps everything contained inside the large pouch or the smaller mesh pocket, but everything inside the case is touching. It's not ideal for more expensive pens or pens that might scratch or damage other items in the pouch. But, for storing a bunch of different writing instruments in an easily accessible pouch, it's perfect.

This case really shines once you sit down to start working. Simply unzip and open the case and decide whether you want to stand the case up like a pen cup or lay it flat like a pen tray. It's spacious enough on the inside to allow a clear view into the different tools you have stored, and reaching over to grab what you need is easy thanks to the magnet that keeps the lid secure.

Pilot Tatemo Pen Case Standing

When using the case as a pen cup (standing up), it's pretty stable. Obviously, the stability of the case in this orientation depends on what you've loaded into it, but it's been solid in my experience. The material is thick enough to make the structure sturdy and dependable.

When it's time to pack up and go, simply zip up the case and throw it in your bag. Easy!

Pilot Tatemo Pen Case Desk

The Tatemo case is available in a variety of fun colors. The orange pictured here is an excellent choice, but you can also choose from black, red, pink, navy, and light blue. And, at just under $20, it's a pretty good deal. The quality and function of the product is on par with the pricing, and the nifty magnet closure in the lid is an added bonus. If it looks fun and useful, I really recommend trying one out. I've enjoyed using it over the past few weeks, both at home and other locations.

(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)


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Pilot Tatemo Pen Case Full
Posted on May 9, 2018 and filed under Pilot, Pen Case.