Recently there was discussion about the Scripto in Fountain Pen Geeks (an estimable forum). My husband remembers the Scripto from the sixties. It was sold in Woolworths and was, he said, the scrapings from the bottom of the fountain pen barrel, a poorer pen than the Platignum (and that’s saying something!). I worked on one or two myself and those were not good pens, either aesthetically or as writers. My comment in the discussion was somewhat disparaging. A couple of other people came in to defend the pen.
Digging through the pile of pens I have yet to restore I came upon (you’ve guessed it!) a Scripto. Unlike other Scriptos I’ve had this is a cartridge filler. It has a bright metal cap and a hooded nib. The hood has a metal insert which mimics the Parker 61. The cap fits well.
The cartridge is unlike anything current. I flushed it and refilled it with a syringe. It wrote perfectly well with no hard starting or skipping. I had to eat humble pie and returned to the discussion in FPG to report that I had changed my mind about the Scripto.
Well, I’ve changed my mind to some extent. Like the Platignum, a pen in the same price range, it depends which Scripto you have. The two lever-fillers I repaired were just bad pens with poor ink delivery except for the purpose of leaking. They were not worth the effort I had put into them and were ultimately consigned to the landfill. This cartridge pen is very much better and would make a decent everyday writer though it is evidently a cheap pen.
I suppose this goes to show that it doesn’t do to rush to condemn.