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  • The fact that the Preppy is refillable (cartridges are replaceable and cartridges can be carefully refilled) while the Pilot Varsity is not eliminates the Varsity's usefulness as a bargain fountain pen, as there are definitely cheaper choices
  • This pen is completely sealed and airtight, and the entire interior is dedicated to ink storage due to the fact that cartridges are not an issue
  • In fact, you can even consider the Varsity to be simply a ballpoint pen that uses water-based ink

    • by Paul Yang
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      I ordered a few of these with the intent of using them simply as non-messy, cheaper fountain pens that can easily be pocketed and taken anywhere. The particular pen here is the blue ink medium pen, which functions exactly the same as any other varsity pen as they are more or less built the same way. As far as cheap fountain pens go, Preppy is generally the de facto brand and is known for being extremely low priced with reliability easily exceeding that of many ballpoint pens. Compared to this standard, the Pilot

      Varsity can be considered an equivalent in many areas.

      Depending on the retailer, the Pilot Varsity costs about $3.00, which is about $.50-$1.00 more than the Preppy. The fact that the Preppy is refillable (cartridges are replaceable and cartridges can be carefully refilled) while the Pilot Varsity is not eliminates the Varsity’s usefulness as a bargain fountain pen, as there are definitely cheaper choices. The Pilot varsity does make up for this in overall performance. The ink flow is relatively generous, with the line width matching that of the end of the nib at almost every angle. It was clearly designed to be easily used by people accustomed to using ballpoint pens. Consequently, the ink easily bleeds through most types of paper. On the plus side, people who prefer to write large may benefit from the greater line width. This pen is completely sealed and airtight, and the entire interior is dedicated to ink storage due to the fact that cartridges are not an issue. This makes the pen lighter and possibly longer lasting than a Preppy using one cartridge. One overall flaw in terms of the ...


      • Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen
      Varsity’s design is the relatively small ink viewing window. The Preppy is entirely transparent, so one only needs to glance at the cartridge to see the ink levels. The Varsity has only a 2cm window on one side, which doesn’t allow much light through and accounts for just about a third of the actual ink storage area. The Varsity’s nib is folded at the edges and generally more sturdy than that of the Preppy, but this doesn’t matter very much because it’s disposable.

      The Pilot Varsity pen is a good choice for people

      who usually use ballpoint pens and want non-messy fountain pens to use for fun. In terms of pricing and ink economy, it falls short of the standard Preppy pens. In fact, you can even consider the Varsity to be simply a ballpoint pen that uses water-based ink. The nib is designed in such a way that it emulates the ballpoint pen, and it’s sealed so that ink evaporation is insignificant, just like a ballpoint pen. If you frequently use fountain pens and don’t prefer the ballpoint pen style, there are many better choices out there.




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