Maybe it was a trend or something in the early seventies but there was this wave of interest in calligraphy and fountain pens. I might have begged my mom for a fountain pen to which she obliged, one with cartridges. Once those cartridges ran out, I was done with my fountain pen fascination and moved on to whatever fickle elementary school girls were into.
Having been writing non-stop and talking about pens just as much the last few years, I wanted something different. The memory of that fountain pen came to mind, so I started looking for a disposable set. The first set I found was the Zebra Fuente Fountain Pen set, assorted colors of course.
These pens could not have come in more disappointing packaging. A plastic baggie, really? This is not the packaging I saw in the photos when I ordered so I knew that these pens were going to janky but much to my surprise, they were not.
The barrel, cap and clip are made of translucent plastic reminiscent of gelatin. The pens are short and chunky much like the writer. The length of the pen however, is not a hinderance to writing.
On one side of the barrel is an ink level indicator, which could be handy or not. For those who plan ahead, an ink indicator could be useful for determining when to reorder. For others the indicator is for aesthetic purposes only.
The grip is a clear plastic so the ink flow to the nib is visible. The plastic grip for this pen works because it is, again, a thicker pen, so slippage is not a problem.
I thought that writing with the pen would be a scratchy affair but the experience was quite the opposite. The look of a fountain nib for me, adds to the visual experience of seeing words, symbols, or drawings on paper. The tip of the Zebra fountain rolls as smooth as any rollerball. The ink, at least so far has not come flying out in a blob-filled mess.
The Zebra Fuente Fountain Pen is a solid entry point for use as a daily writing instrument. Since it is disposable and relatively inexpensive, if you hate it, you can just pass it on to somebody who won’t. ✍🏾✍🏾✍🏾.5