December 6, 2015 1 Comment
The Schneider company makes all sorts of writing instruments and has a range of inexpensive fountain pens. This one is the Base, probably indicating that it’s the cheapest one, but none of them cost very much. Its full description is the Schneider Glam Boy Cog Wheel, M, Anthracite-Metallic with Motif. This pen is sometimes compared with the Lamy Safari, but that doesn’t work for me. I can’t use the Safari – it doesn’t suit my hand, whereas I find the Schneider very comfortable. That being the case, we’ll ignore the comparison and just deal with the pen as it is.
It’s quite a big pen at 14.8 cm capped. The girth is quite good as well – take note, arthritis sufferers – and, of course, it has the ergonomic grip. It has a large and splendid chrome plated clip which ends in a curl of metal. When new it has a strip of plastic on the clip which also bears the website address. Top and bottom are finished with sloping plugs.
These pens come in a variety of colours and patterns. This one is rather splendidly decorated with a pattern of cogs and male heads. The barrel even has additional sparkles. Doubtless aimed at the school student market, I expect it’s rather successful. It might not be to all adult tastes but I quite like it. The cap presses into place with a satisfying click. The nib is quite broad – I don’t mean the tip, which in this case is fine/medium – but the nib itself. It is engraved with a pattern of curving lines and it’s a good writer. After being closed for quite a while the pen starts immediately and delivers a consistent line. It’s very reliable.
This falls into the category of cheap pens; the very cheapest Base is around £12 and this rather more decorative one is a few pounds more. In terms of performance, however, it’s up there with the best of them. Comparably priced Chinese pens often need a little nib work before they work well but this pen delivered right out of the box (not that it had a box!). Time will tell how robust it is but handling it there’s every reason to believe it will last well. If you want an economy pen for general use, this would be a very good choice.