TW Select Fountain Pen
Levenger True Writer Select Fountain Pen Review
I recently bought this pen (in Stormy Weather) on sale, and I would first like to point out that the first one I got had a defective nib, so I had to return it.
The second one I got, with my initials on the box and pen, was certainly lovely to look at (both the box and the pen), but the plain laser engraving on the box, with no contrast, is very difficult to see against the dark wood of the box unless you view it under a strong light. Similarly, the silver engraving against the gray-and-white swirled finish of the pen is equally difficult to see, although I would disagree with the review who felt it "cheapens" its appearance--on the contrary, I find it rather attractive (when I can see it). In fact, when I received my monogrammed pen and box, I thought they hadn't been monogrammed at all--that's how hard to see the engraving is, especially in dim lighting conditions.
The pen itself is large, as several other reviewers have commented, but it's f comparatively light (to me, at least), and as such, I have no problem writing with it for long stretches (and I have small to medium-sized hands). To me, it is comparable to my Pelikan M800 in size and weight, and which I enjoy writing very much.
Actually writing with the pen: While I am pleased that the fine nib on my True Writer Select is much more of a "true" fine than, say, the "fine" nibs on the regular True Writers (and their replacement "fine" True Writer nibs!), the pen's grip section does show an unfortunate tendency to unscrew itself while I'm writing, so that I have to stop every so often and screw it back into place. I find this unacceptable in a pen at this price point (or even the sale price at which I got it), especially when there are pens that cost less than a quarter as much that are better-constructed. Combine this with the defective nib I got the first time, and it's obvious that once again, Levenger has some QC issues with these pens, as with several of its other products (for example, most of the Levenger pens I've bought have had to be returned at least once before I got one that worked properly).
In conclusion: While this pen is lovely, and comes beautifully packaged, and its "fine" nib really *is* a FINE nib, I would NOT recommend it, especially at its regular price, and I'm afraid I cannot recommend it even at the substantially-reduced prices Levenger had been selling it during several of its sales.
January 20, 2015
Like another recent reviewer, I am not happy with this pen. The pen does not write fluidly so that I have to press extra hard for a fluid line, which defeats the purpose of writing with a fountain pen. I had the pen engraved, and the engraving actually cheapens the look of the pen (I bought the Stormy Weather, perhaps it looks OK on other colors). I also bought a True Writer ballpoint pen for a much lower price and love that pen. I would recommend that over this rather pricy pen.
December 12, 2014
Not Happy At All
I love fountain pens, but not this one. The barrel is too fat for my liking and it's heavy. The medium nib writes a fine line. The nib also skips, does not write a smooth line. I would send it back, but alas, I had my pen initialed.
December 6, 2014
Big, great pen!
I collect fountain pens and have many. This pen is on par with some that are much more expensive. I ordered the Mediterranean Blue and the color is beautiful. It writes well with not skipping. The only caution I would give is this is a large pen. Having said that, it is well balanced, it just takes a little getting use to. Simply put, it is a great pen at a great price.
November 27, 2014
This pen is a great pen and has become my favorite pen out of my collection. I got the Mediterranean blue and the color is absolutely beautiful. I have received many compliments so far. The functionality of the pen is smooth and consistent. You won't find better quality for the price.
August 28, 2014
Well Crafted Writing Instrument
Superior pen with a masculine appearance. The larger than average barrel is perfectly weighted for elegant pen strokes. The fine point delivers a steady flow of ink which supports detailed notes while being more than adequate for a bold signature impression.on documents. The attention to detail on the Select rivals pens more than twice the price.
August 14, 2014
Beautiful Writing Tool
I've always wanted a fountain pen and my husband bought this for me in Stormy Weather as a gift. Beautiful design, balanced and great function. I have small hands but can still write with this instrument comfortably, though I have to get used to how to hold it for writing.
July 3, 2014
I've purchased several fountain pens from Levenger. The Select is by far the best.
It's has a beefy feeling in my hand and may be a bit heavy, so it may not be appropriate for people with smaller hands.
The writing experience with this pen, however, is simply fantastic. It's smooth and effortless. It's way better than my other fountain pens, including Waterford Kilbarry and Sailor 1911, two pens in the same price range sold by Levenger. Nowadays this is the only writing instrument that I use.
July 3, 2014
This pen is just plan beautiful. I love the way it looks and feels. Of course, it writes well too. I expected the blue color to be a bit darker than what I received, but it is a wonderful pen none the less.
May 29, 2014
A Gem of a Pen
I have been collecting Fountain Pens for del over 25 years now and have accumulated quite a collection. I enjoy writing with each and every one of them on a regular basis to keep the Art of Writing flourishing. This True Writer select joins a group of other Levenger Fountain pens and stands out to catch the eye of many associates and friends. It is exceptionally functional and has a very comfortable heft and girth thus not leading to joint or extremity discomfort
It is indeed a pleasure to write with and a joy to look at
May 28, 2014