I was always fond of the Parker Jotter ballpoint pen. For long time this pen has been my daily writer at school, but also at work I use it a lot. Lately I discovered that besides the ballpoint pen, there is also a Jotter fountain pen. So I went straight ahead, bought it and here’s my review.
In February 2020, I bought the Parker Jotter fountain pen in a nearby shop (Supra Bazar in Lievegem) for € 11,99. The pen just comes by itself with a large Parker ink cartridge included.
The pen is a very lightweight pen, the figures speak for itself: 6 gr. without cap and 12 gr. with cap included. Don’t have to mention here the pen is mainly made out of plastic, be it a very glossy plastic.
I bought the pen in the same orange colour of the ballpoint Jotter I have, just to match them together. I like the colour of the fountain pen. It has a more modern setting, and even looks in some way stylish.
I used an empty large Parker cartridge and filled it up with Cross bottle ink by using a syringe. The ink colour is Cross black blue, a colour that I really like. It gives a good contrast on the paper without being to black.
The nib is a stainless steel nib, only available in medium seize. Perhaps a drawback because I know a lot of people like to write with a fine nib.
What about the writing performance of the nib? The nibs writes really smooth, not scratchy at all. The wetness of the writing is just good. Regarding the inflow I had some issues. It happened more than once no ink was coming out of the nib. I had to rewrite the letter again sometimes by pushing harder or after shaking with the pen. I also thought it could be a problem with the quality of the paper, but it also occurred on Rhodia high quality paper. For me personally, the inkflow happened too much. I don’t think the nib is the reason, but perhaps the problem is caused by the feeder passing the ink.
Another problem I came across was a little crack on the barrel at the place where it connects to the grip section (screw part). The crack was mainly on the outside. Now, I’m afraid when using this pen a lot, the crack will grow and by this, you could have problems fixing the barrel on the grip section.
The cap of the pen is made out of stainless steel. The cap has the typical Parker clip with 3 chevrons. When you take a good look at the cap, you notice a small hole beneath the clip. I suppose this is for letting air out when posting the cap (…I hope my physics don’t let me down here).
I hope I don’t have the same issue as with some of my Jotter ballpoint pens that the clip breakes off the cap. So cross my fingers…
Using the pen in a posted way gives more balance to the pen and adds more weight. The cap posts very well. Just be carefull not to cause scratches on the back of the barrel by posting the cap, but I’m afraid this will be unavoidable.
I already mentionned the weight of the pen, but what about the size? Yes it is a small pen. Take a look at the picture below where I compared it with some of its friends:
The grip section of the Jotter has no ergonomical shape, but for me this was not an issue. The black glossy plastic of the grip, due to its size, could be a problem for people with big (and sweaty) hands. Between the nib and the section there’s a stainless steel trim that has no specific function, but perhaps more as an interest from an esthetic point of view.
I also noticed there is a sharp edge between the barrel and the grip section, but this didn’t bother me.
As a final conclusion I have to mention that Parker did a good thing to create a Jotter fountain pen as a first step into using fountain pens. For sure it has some issues, especially regarding inkflow. I think this pen could be ideally used as a school pen with a nice look. And it suits well in a pen case together with a jotter ballpoint 🙂
The good and the bad:
+ looks nice
+ ideal school pen due to its size and weight
– nib only available in medium
- sometimes inkflow can be disturbing
– a little crack in the barrel at the point where it screws on the grip section
Some technical info:
- 13,1 cm closed
- 11,85 cm without cap
- 14,35 cm posted
- 12 gr. complete (ready to write)
- 6 gr. without cap
- 1,5 cm barrel
- 0,8 cm grip
- 1,15 cm cap
- 1,3 cm cap with clip included
The stainless-steel cap and colorful barrels in a range of vibrant colors bring a retro touch to your writing.