Customer ReviewsWrite a review
I already own other Moonman pens, and those have been fine for me. This one is no exception. I got the Green Raden, because the purple always seems to be out of stock, LOL! (The green is also fine as a color. The shiny sparkles make me smile.)
I'll agree that the pen IS a bit of a dry writer. I used Robert Oster River of Fire in mine. On Clairefontaine paper, it writes fine for me. It doesn't lay down a lot of ink, but mine isn't scratchy and doesn't skip. Writing with this pen/ink combo on Tomoe River paper shows off the ink a little better, but hey, Tomoe River paper, amirite? Makes most everything look better.
If you want a wet fine nib, this probably isn't the pen for you. But if you don't mind a dryish pen, it's fine. though probably not the best for the fancy sheening/shimmer inks.
4 stars as is but 5 stars after I replaced the nib with a Goulet Pens Broad nib.
Extremely nice steel nib pen for the price
I'm hard on products that I review because I've been reviewing products since 1980, and people want to know whether something is worth buying to use as-is out of the box... not after the spend more money to fix it until it's useable.
I purchased the Purple Raden because of the free giveaway promotion that led me to look at the Moonman pens.
The Purple Raden is definitely gorgeous.
However, there was no amount of pressure that would make the nib write reliably.
It was as scratchier than 60-grit sandpaper on plastic!
And it doled out ink like Ebenezer Scrooge BEFORE his change of heart!!!!
While my recently received MonteVerde Prima Tiger Eye and Stipula Adagio Light Blue fountain pens were obviously more expensive and thus possibly sported superior nibs and feed systems, I ALSO tested the Moonman against a comparably priced TWSBI 580AL Rose Special Edition.
Granted, the TWSBI is $60 to the Moonman's $34.95, but the difference is so drastic that I barely rated the TWSBI #3 behind the MonteVerde and the Stipula, and only because it's a little broader stroke, which is to be expected since I ordered it with a 1.1 Stub nib... but was comparing on the basis of everyday writing versus any kind of calligraphy.
Spend the extra money on a TWSBI or the MonteVerde and you'll be glad you did!
Since I'm new to the modern world of fountain pens, I'm not sure if I can replace the nib with just any brand of nib, but if so, then the rest of the pen is DEFINITELY worth owning!!!!
The only reason for the 4 star is the nib. Although I'm probably being too hard on the pen because after all, it's only $34.95. I love the pen. It is an attention getter because of the shimmer. I got the Green Raden. I like the screw cap which you don't have to keep turning to close it and the finish and fit are really nice. The nib is very acceptable although I wish it had come in something else besides a fine. This is a keeper and a pen you want to use.