LTech Fountain Pen
A sturdy pleasure
This is a fountain pen for people who use like to use old hand tools, as opposed to those who like to collect old hand tool. It’s not a Rotring 600, but it is a sturdy, handsome, EDC pen that is backed by fantastic service.
I had a problem with the original nib (baby’s bottom) and Levenger replaced it quickly and with no questions asked.
Later, I replaced the original nib with the stub (this is an ~ 0.7 – 0.8 stub) which really made this a distinctive writer that is simply a pleasure to carry and use.
Be forewarned that the pleasures of this pen are a matter of personal preference. The pen is metal, so the pen is HEAVY. The pen posts (fairly) securely, but you wouldn’t want to post it (again, HEAVY). The stub nib is NOT buttery smooth, but provides a pleasant feedback that tells you that you working with a particular (maybe quirky) writing tool.
Complaints – well a minor one. I use this pen with a converter and it will periodically begin to run on the dry side so that I have to give the converter a twist to prime the feed. If you are the kind of person who likes to tweak mechanisms, this won’t bother you; you may even find it somewhat satisfying. A different ink (I use mud a.k.a. Noodler’s Bad Black Moccasin), or cartridges may solve the problem. I prefer to continue tweaking the converter.
Also, and this may be a feature and not a bug, you can’t get the clip off without feeling like you will damage it. The pen would look even cooler than it does, without the clip. It would be nice if it were removable.
Finally, if you have the type of job where you have to move between the office and the floor (or field) and yet you still want to carry a fountain pen, this is one that you won’t have to worry about mashing, dinging or scratching. You may do all those things, but the pen will still write and have a little character to boot. Even if you drop it on the nib, you can replace that in a few days.
April 13, 2014
Gift for Coworker
I have several fountain pens that are high quality, and most are cutom made. One of my coworkers was jealous of my pens and always complimented me on the style. So to returb a favor I wanted to get a nice fountain pen without breaking the bank, and the pen delivered! I went with engraving which came out nice and the pen functions smoothly. Very much worth the price. Needless to say id recomend this to anyone looking to give a classy gift.
March 29, 2014
So far I love this pen. It writes VERY smoothly. It has a pretty stiff nib, that writes very consistently. The pen is a bit fatter than I expected, but I still very much like the design.
My only issue with the pen so far is that when I leave the pen in my pocket, the cap has a tendency to loosen, and sometimes the nib will do that as well. The last thing is that the barrel is very tight to fit past the top of the converter.. It fits, but only with a bit of a push, which means I have to be careful with taking the barrel off as to not pull the converter off with it.
March 10, 2014
Good pen --- and takes TWSBI nibs
I bought this at the local Levenger store --- in fine point. I like the weight of the pen, its length, balance (unposted), and the cool feel of the metal barrel. However I prefer a narrower line. It turns out that this pen uses the same nib and feed manufacturer as the TWSBI 580 --- just take the chromed collar off the TWSBI nib/feed assembly and it screws right into your L-Tech. So I bought a TWSBI EF nib online and it's perfect! Both the original nib, and the replacement were smooth and without problems.
I was fortunate to get the pen at a substantial discount --- Levenger was discounting them and the store was running an extra 20% off. So I paid about 60% of the usual price --- hence 5 stars for value!
March 6, 2014
I purchased the silver L-Tech fountain pen a few weeks ago and have been using it regularly. Bottom line is it feels good and writes nicely. It is solid and heavy in your hand, although maybe the knurled grip could use a little more "bite". I use this pen un-posted as the cap is rather heavy. The nib is smooth and I have not had any problems with skips or hard starts while using a Levenger cartridge. I like that a converter cartridge was included. Now I need to get the black Stealth model!
March 1, 2014
It's a little bigger than I pictured it, but it's nice. The writing is good. I use Waterman ink and absorbent paper. It's not delicate, but I could crank on the cap and break the plastic threads inside the cap, but it's easy to avoid breaking it. I have a high quality pen I bought at an art-show from a guy who carves them out of reindeer antler, for about the same price, and it a lot more durable. The dropper is made of cheap plastic and not compatible with my Waterman converts (droppers). For the price I would have appreciated all metal threads, but it's a pretty pen, affordable writes good, feels good. It might take a little getting used to, but it's worth the price. I wanted more, but I've happy with what I got.
February 10, 2014
great pen - cap comes off :(
I loved my L-Tech pen. Not only it writes very well and is well-balanced (without the cap, for my small hands) but it looks terrific. I absolutely love the industrial look and the matte-silver color.
But. But after a couple of years of use, the threading that is used to close the cap has worn off. Now the cap will not stay on. So I cannot put the pen in my shirt pocket. Or in any pocket... I can only keep it upright in my pen-holder.
Too bad, because I really love this pen. Now I have second thoughts about buying another Levenger pen...
January 29, 2014
Classy Solid Pens
II own both the silver and stealth models. These pens are super sturdy (both body and nib) as well as having simply classic tech designs. They are worthy successors to the old Rotring models. IF I did not keep losing them, I'd still be writing with the first one I bought more than a decade ago. I highly recommend these items (silver and black stealth).
September 7, 2013
Great Fountain Pen for the money!
After many years of use, I recently lost my Rotring 600 Black fountain pen. Not wanting to spend $300+ on eBay to replace it, I was happy to discover the L-Tech fountain pen.
While the reviews on this pen were mixed, I found many of the complaints to be unfounded. The cap is very secure (better than my Rotring), the weight and feel is very similar to my old Rotring and the medium tip really suits my handwriting style.
My only complaint is I wish the pen came in black as well as silver.
Bottom line; this is a well made pen at a reasonable price. I love it!
July 7, 2013
A Rotring 600 Substitute??? Nah!
If you're buying this pen thinking, oh, I'm luck to replace my Rotring 600 series FP, then think again; this is not as good as the Rotring at all.
Let's be clear, it has a great built quality but the nib (which is the most important feature) lacks the Gold and Gold plated Rotring 600 Series, not to mention that it's not as smooth either.
For the price, I don't think it'll break your budget but I could've bought two TWSBI 540 since they write much smoother.
February 22, 2013