I’m prone to speaking ad nauseam about my favourite subjects when it comes to fountain pens. Its natural I guess. Foremost among these subjects is the belief that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a pleasurable writing experience (obviously you can if you want…). So when the opportunity comes along to review a budget pen that gives an excellent writing experience I’m there. So I’ve decided to follow my principles and do just that and round off my Japan week not with a Pilot Falcon, Platinum 3776, or Sailor Professional Gear, but rather with the pocket-sized and pocket-conscious Ohto Tasche.
A strange choice I hear you say, well perhaps, but it serves to illustrate my point so here goes.
Description: The Tasche comes in three colours, brushed silver, blue, and black. The grip section for each of these colours is brushed silver which provide a nice contrast with the blue and the black. The clip runs to approximately half the length of the cap and is adequate but otherwise uninteresting. The barrel section of these pens is very short, being only 22mm long and essentially functions as a base cap. The barrel also has a chrome plated section which again adds a nice contrast.
Dimensions: This is a tiny pen when capped being only 98mm long.The pen though,transforms when posted into a sleek 146mm long pen that is easily used in the hand. The cap has a diameter of 10mm and the barrel 9mm. The one fits almost entirely into the other.
On Test: The Ohto Tasche, in my opinion, is a killer pocket fountain pen. The steel nib writes smoothly and although it is described as a medium, being Japanese, writes more like a European fine. that is a delight with which to write. In terms of its weight it is mid range. The posting process is easy and secure with a rubber ‘O’ ring in the barrel making this a smooth and tactile transition.
The pen uses short international cartridges and these fit securely into the pen. The barrel seems to take and age to unscrew from the grip section the screw-thread being much too long in my view.
Summary: Retailing around the £10-£15 mark ($15-20) This is a super little pen that is both portable and a pleasure to use. So you don’t have to pay out a lot to get a go0d writing experience. Point proved… what do you think?