There has been a plethora of Plumix reviews out there recently, so my addition seems superfluous. One of the motivations for this review is that I had a bad first impression of this pen, but changed after I did a simple tweak, the ink. It is an affordable option for those who want to try out a fountain pen or italic nib, and for the price, the quality is superb.
Plumix is definitely not an eye candy. The body is made of hard and durable plastic, which is about right for the price (the Baker purchased it for about $7). The screw-on cap is relatively short for a full-size pen (about 5.6 inches). The designer probably meant to make the pen to appear sleek, so the cap has two small wings on the side of the cap, which reminds me of the tail of a squid. At first I assumed that I could not post the cap, but amazingly, it stayed. There are three colors available for Plumix: clear, light blue, and purple. The cap color matches the body.
|Cap inspired by squid??|
|Clear view to how the ink travels to the nib.
|Plumix as a whole.|
Here comes my favorite part: Plumix can be taken apart, which ensure thorough cleaning and nib swapping; Plumix’s italic nib does fit a Pilot Prera.
How does it write?
|Paper: Rhodia No. 8
Ink: Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin
Just like other fountain pens, there is an adjustment period with Plumix. One element that I am still not used to is the grid. Since Plumix is made with hard plastic, there is no cushion of any type, so it can be uncomfortable when writing with it for a long time. My tight grip probably exacerbates the discomfort.
The nib is a different story. It is quite versatile, as the above writing sample shows, and it is smooth once it is broken in. A friend of mine claims that the nib of the Plumix performs a lot better than Pilot Prera. Since the two are interchangeable, she substitutes Prera’s nib with Plumix’s. One of the observations I have is that I hold the Plumix a bit differently than other fountain pens. I hold Plumix in a way that the tip of the nib was almost parallel to the surface of the paper, which is an odd angle but it writes a lot smoother than other angles.
Plumix is ideal for people who want to try out italic nib. Though it is usually sold at chained stores such as Target, it might be a bit frustrating to find the right angle and to break in the nib. Once everything is broken in, it is a fun pen.
Where can I find Plumix?
Last time I heard, Target has discontinued carrying Plumix, but you can still locate it at other fine stationery retailers, such as: