Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pen - Clear Demonstrator, Fine is rated
Rated 4 out of 5
Elegant demonstrator for a very reasonable price...with an incredible nib!
(Apologies up-front for the giant block of text as I've discovered Goulet's 3rd party product review host eliminates paragraph breaks upon submission.) I'm thrilled to see Goulet will be offering Nemosine products, as I would have bought my Nemosines from Goulet if I could have! I recently purchased two Singularity demonstrators, one Clear and one Onyx, both with F nibs. I also purchased additional EF, M, and 0.6 nibs and cartridge converters, which I will review separately. OVERALL QUALITY is on par with price: a bit lower than Lamy Safari or TWSBI Eco, though better than Noodler's Ahab in my opinion. The chrome clip, center band, and trim rings are very nicely executed, and I like the NEMOSINE logo on the center band. That logo appears to be etched (like TWSBI's logo on the Eco center band), so should be very durable. I've seen video reviewers who dislike the fact that the Singularity cap screws onto the barrel rather than the section, but this has never been an issue for me. I simply thread the barrel onto the section just a *little* snugly, whereas I thread the cap onto the barrel only until it stops -- not snug, but not loose either. The advantage of threading the cap onto the barrel rather than the section is that the section and barrel are about the same diameter. This makes the Singularity more pleasant to hold than, say, a Monteverde Intima whose barrel is larger diameter than its section. I write un-posted and I find the Singularity to be a very comfortable and pleasant writing instrument as the gently contoured section keeps one's fingers in place on the pen. The absence of a CAP INSERT/LINER can cause starting challenges with dry or hard-starting inks, so this pen is definitely not a wise choice for Noodler's 54th Massachusetts...but it works just fine with wetter inks like Diamine or De Atramentis. I've experienced several instances of ink splattering or leaking a little inside the cap, but this may have been caused by too much jostling or by not fully inserting the feed into the section after cleaning. Ink in the cap isn't so common that I would blame the pen at this point, but be cautioned that the Singularity may be less resilient than other pens to jostling or being stored nib down. INK: The Singularity comes with six standard international ink cartridges, although I cannot comment on the quality of the ink because I use the included converter with bottled ink. Nemosine's converter contains a small plastic agitator ball and works fine, although it's not as high quality as Goulet's very nice MV31065 Standard International Cartridge Converter. As a note, the MV31065 converter does not fit inside the Singularity...at least mine didn't. MAINTENANCE: One of my favorite features of the Singularity is its ease of cleaning. The nib and feed are easily removed from the section so you can rinse, dunk, or whatever -- without the bulb syringe hassle of flushing a Lamy Safari's feed, for example. :*) Of course, you certainly can use a bulb syringe to flush the Singularity if you want to! The Singularity's feed and nib are indexed inside the section, and both seat all the way into the section, making reassembly virtually error-proof. If you have any experience with trying to align the nib and feed in a Noodler's pen, only to discover you just pushed one or both of them too far into the section, you know what I'm talking about here... NIB: I saved the best feature for last, as Nemosine provides a truly delightful #6 Fine nib! I prefer smooth-writing nibs, and Nemosine's Fine is very noticeably smoother than my Lamy Safar F nibs -- being on par with or even a bit smoother than my M nib TWSBI Eco. I'm not a huge fan of ornate nib designs, and Nemosine's #6 nibs have a subtle yet artistic design that looks a bit like a butterfly -- stylish without being obnoxious. And did I mention how wonderfully smooth it writes?!? Overall, the Nemosine Singularity is an elegant and very decent pen for the price and it's wonderful to see it offered by the best fountain pen e-tailer on the planet!
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5
Terrific Design and Performance for a Value Pen
I bought this pen after watching the Goulet overview video of the Nemosine Singularity series. It piqued my interest, and I read a couple of additional online reviews. For the price of a couple of grande lattes, I got a pen that looks great and writes well. I bought one initially, as there hasn't been much feedback on nib sizes or critical issues. Now I'm going to buy a couple more of these pens to toss in my briefcase and use on an everyday basis. I haven't had any problems with the issue that was raised in a couple of reviews about the threading on the grip. I don't even notice the threading, though I do place my forefinger on that portion of the grip. Also, I have not had a single problem with the body being separated from the pen when unscrewing the cap. I have the body threaded fairly tightly, and I use a firm, but not overly tight, threading of the cap. At first I thought the fine nib was a bit too fine, but upon reflection, I like the line of the flow as I read my writing. I'll buy a
Date published: 2016-10-21