Thursday, September 10, 2015

Review: Gama Jumbo Fountain Pen @FPRevolution

Review Gama Jumbo Fountain Pen @FPRevolution (12)

Body Material: Acrylic
Trim: Metal
Length (capped): 161.3 mm/6.35''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 147.1 mm/7.19''
Length (posted): 182.6 mm/7.19''
Barrel Diameter: 12.6 - 15.3 mm/0.49'' - 0.60''
Section Diameter: 12.5 - 14.0 mm/0.49'' - 0.55''
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 34 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 24 g
Fill type: Eyedropper
Price: $44.00USD
Where to buy: FPRevolution

No packaging, just the way I like it.

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Wow. This pen is simple in its design, but its appearance is really cool. It's like a small blimp. The pen is cigar shaped - beefy and thick, with rounded off ends. The cap is wider than the barrel, but the barrel is longer than the cap.
Review Gama Jumbo Fountain Pen @FPRevolution (5)
The finial is a clear acrylic button top of the cap ring. It looks a little funny, like a clear gumdrop. The metal clip is simple and plain, and I think it looks a little small compared to the giant size of the pen itself. The barrel has Gama engraved on it. You can see where the inside of the barrel ends because there's a clear acrylic butt at the end of the pen. This looks really neat, if you like clear pens.
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The section is quite wide, but compared to the barrel, it fits well. It tapers slightly towards the nib and it ends in a very pronounced lip before the nib. The section is clear as well, so the nib and feed are completely visible.


The large nib is a fine, two-tone #6 steel nib. It has a single slit and a breather hole. It's engraved with Iridium Point and some flourishes. Pretty simple, and it's a good size for the pen. Anything smaller would probably look funny.
Review Gama Jumbo Fountain Pen @FPRevolution (3)
The nib gave some feedback while writing, getting close to feeling scratchy, but not actually scratchy. It was certainly not a smooth writer though. if you like smooth writers, this is not the nib for you. It could use a touch of smoothing, or you could opt for a broader nib, or put in a different #6 nib entirely.

For such a fine nib, it was pretty wet. Drying times were around 30 seconds, and I did not find the feed running dry during longer writer sessions. it also did not hard start or skip while writing. With some pressure, there was some line variation possible.
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Even with the feedback, the nib was well-tuned. It wrote consistently and reliably, and overall, I enjoyed its performance. What made this pen a million times more fun was putting a #6 Knox nib on it - a 1.5 mm stub.
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Ink: Diamine Autumn Oak - review here

The clip is pretty much impossible for me to use. It's so tight, I just could not move it.

There's no doubt this is a ridiculous, girthy, huge pen. I found the section fairly uncomfortable because it's so wide, and the lip at the end is really hard and dug into my fingertips.
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Unposted, the pen was just huge. It wasn't uncomfortable heavy, but because of the length and size, I found it slightly off balance. The cap did post, although not very deeply. Posted, the pen was almost comical - top heavy, way too long, and completely unusable for me.

The huge ink capacity is great, unless you like to change inks often. It's a great way to use up those ink samples though,as it holds 6 ml. Just pour that entire vial of ink right into the barrel!
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At $44, this is not the most expensive pen. However, it's not all that inexpensive either. It's really neat, I love that it's a huge, clear eyedropper that takes #6 nibs. It's a lot of fun, but not for everyone given the size! I can't wait to put a juicy stub nib on this.

I received this pen free of charge, but was not asked to review it. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.


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