I've been wanting to try Pilot fountain pens for a long time, and in the space of a fortnight I've gone from 0 Pilot fp's to 2! I don't know why I didn't try them sooner as they're both so delightful but today I will be talking about the Pilot Knight.
A big thank you to Pen Chalet for sending me this sample to try out and share with you.
First, the basics. This is a fairly plain pen in design, a matte finish metal barrel and matching cap. As basic as it is, it had a very classic look to it. Clean and simple lines, very cool. Although I wasn't to interested from a design point of view to begin with, as I started using it on a regular basis it really grew on me. This pen came supplied with a Pilot squeeze converter which is quite nice to see, most fountain pens normally come with a cartridge or two. I'm not the biggest fan of squeeze converters but it's a good addition to the already great value. This also fits all Pilot cartridges as standard.
Measuring 13.6 cm capped, 11.6 cm uncapped & 14.6 cm posted this is a fairly regular sized pen. I found it to fit in my hand perfectly either posted or not.
This brings me to my next point. Simply put, I can't write with this pen posted. I don't have a problem with heavy pens, as a matter of fact I prefer a pen with some weight to it. Only if that weight is even throughout the pen. The cap on the knight is a little heaver in comparison to the body and for me felt a little unbalanced and top heavy. It's not a huge issue, I just used the pen unposted and it made for an enjoyable writing experience.
One other feature of the Knight I enjoyed is the clip. Unlike most pen clips that rely on flexibility of the clips material to attach to things, the Knight has a hinged clip. It really is a tiny addition that makes for a nice difference.
This Knight came supplied with a M nib. I've been on a real F/EF kick lately and this really brought me back in love with a slightly broader nib. The nib is made of stainless steel, which makes for some incredibly smooth writing. Has some amounts of flexibility but not so much that heavy-handed people would find this difficult to use. Really just a dream, I could comfortably write for hours using this!
If you're interested in seeing some writing examples using the Pilot Knight then head over to this post. I recently did my first ink review of the Yard-O-Led ink range and it was all done using this Knight.
The price is probably one of the best things about this pen, the quality is amazing considering how much it is. It has a RRP of $48 (~£28) but Pen Chalet currently have the Knight for half price making it only $24 (~£14). An amazing deal which makes this pen perfect as a gift for first timers or for anyone wanting to give fountain pens a try!
My friend Mike Dudek has also written a great review of the Pilot Knight over on ClickyPost so click here to head over there if you haven't read it already. (If you also fancy an extra 10% off at Pen Chalet I highly suggest reading his review until the end!)
Thanks again Pen Chalet, and thank you for reading!