As always - it’s been a delight purchasing this fountain pen from Frank at Fontoplumo - a most professional and friendly service.
I love this new line from Leonardo - as a fan of the Momento Zero range, I am hugely impressed with the Grande. Slightly larger than the standard Momento Zero it still fits comfortably in the hand and is a pleasure to write with - even on long writing sessions.
The addition of the piston filler and the large ink capacity combined with the absolutely beautiful Sand resin, with its sophisticated shades and lines, all make for a perfect combination. The steel nibs on the Momento Zero range - my preference is for a fine nib - are perfectly tuned.
I hope Leonardo continue with the Grande range - I already have my eye on the dark Hawaii
Some forty years ago I didn’t care much for fountain pens, but I saw green Kaweco Sport on the table in College and it got pressed in my memory. I really don’t know exactly why, I guess it happens few times in life.
A lot has been said about Kaweco Sport; good design, small, ergonomic, nice overall.
So I choose classic bordeaux gold trim (deliberately, I usually prefer silver). Everything about the pen is good enough for the price, F nib writes smooth and just wet enough. Fine and even molding line perpendicular to the cap doesn’t bother me at all. Yes, fine marks (scratches) from screwing the cap on the body appeared very soon, I guess it is the nature of plastic.
I strangely wish that Kaweco made this pen from ebonite again (hard rubber used for pipe stems and Kaweco pens in the past), it is more “serious” material, slightly heavier than plastic, needs some maintenance, but it is more pleasant. Well, maybe I'm getting old-fashioned.
5* for Price/Performance & History
KWZ Aztec Gold is a light brown ink which shades well with traces of grey gold and greenish tints. It dries very quickly with very little show through. This proves ideal with a 1.5 gold plated Bock nib, which I hoped to use for headings. I had tried Herbin’s Lie de Thé which is an ink I enjoy, but in this case the nib put down too much ink. Aztec Gold is better behaved with this broad italic nib, and as it is gold plated, I presume the weak IG content of this ink shouldn’t damage it (after a few months, I see no staining or clogging of the nib). As a further bonus, when it shades, its varying brown to gold tints correspond well with the mottled brown colour of my ebonite pen.
My first review for this pen was contentious, since I had plenty of start up issues.
Frank immediately stepped in(super attentive) and suggested I try a different ink to see if my startup issues were resolved>
I followed his advise with a wet pilot ink and voila, I haven't put this beautiful pen down ever since! (about 8 days and counting......)
The Leonardo steel nib is a such a smooth joy to write with, I can only imagine the gold nib.....
Having owned a few vintage pens, including Omas - This is the new Gold standard!
(A request: Dear Leonardo can we have some music / zoom nibs on these beautiful pens?)
and finally a huge "Thank you" to Frank!
Hello, have you tried using a different ink? Contact us if the issue stays so we can solve it.
I really wanted to like this pen, but even though FontoPlumo gave it a quick test, as I began using it I had constant skips and hard starts. I’ve cleaned it several times and used different kinds of ink. Folks at FontoPlumo have been on vacation and I’m waiting for a response. I hope they can remedy the situation!
Update: Customer Service from Frank was great and he shipped me a replacement nib/feed unit. Much better results although not perfect. Still some skipping at times, but at least it’s usable now. I’ll continue to try different inks and see what works best and may eventually need to send to a nibmeister. Based on my sample of two I’d say that the Leonardo nib/feeds aren’t of the same quality as the rest of the pen, which are gorgeous, feel good in the hand, and when they’re getting enough ink, write smoothly.
We will get back to your question you send per email in the next days and solve the issue
It was a birthday gift for my wife and she loved it. A very smooth writer and beautiful material (acrylic),that looks even better in person. It's chatoyance catches the light perfectly. Thanks Franck for the nice packaging and fast delivery. I will definitely come back for more pens