Sheaffer Pop Star Wars Darth Vader edition
I don’t know the reason but somehow, in my early stage of collecting fountain pens, I got a connection with the Sheaffer brand. In January 2020, I already did a review on their calligraphy pen (check review). Now, to continue with Sheaffer, I got interested in the Sheaffer Pop collection, a collection well suited for people new in fountain pens. The Sheaffer pop collection is available in many versions. For this review I tried out the Star Wars Darth Vader. So let’s meet the dark side of the power.
When buying a new fountain pen, and being restricted to budget limits, I always try to buy something special. When browsing Amazon.de, my eyes fell on the Sheaffer Pop Star Wars fountain pen, the Darth Vader version. I bought the pen for € 17,02. The Sheaffer Pop is available in 15 versions: 5 colors, and for Star Wars fans following versions: Dart Vader, R2-D2, Yoda, BB-8, Death Star, Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, Rey and Luke Skywalker. I’m not familiar with Star Wars, but at this point, I’m considering to see the movies, perhaps this puts me in the right mindset.
Anyway, my mindset now tells me this pen is an absolute beginner fountain pen, and above all, Star Wars fans will be spoiled, killing two birds with one stone.
I started with inking the pen with the included black cartridge. I asume Dart Vader will not be happy if I use any other ink then black :-). After inking, I could use the pen almost immediately, no crazy things I have to do to get the ink flowing.
For this pen, not much of a choice regarding the nib size: only medium is available. For me not really a problem, but I know there are a lot of fountain pen lovers who rather prefer a fine nib. The inkflow is good, resulting in an acceptable wetness of the writing. The nib writes smooth, not stiff at all. I noticed some reviewers mentionned the nib to be very stiff. That’s not what I experienced. It is possible to bent the nib a little bit when putting minor pressure on it. The nib is a quite big steel nib in one color. I am a big fan of dark black nibs, perhaps such one would even look better on the Darth Vader version.
For cleaning the pen, it is not possible to take out the feeder and the nib, I tried, but was afraid to awake the force too much.
Now, to upset Darth Vader a bit, I changed the ink with the Pilot Iroshizuku Tsukushi (brownish color) by using a Sheaffer converter. Again this all goes very well, I even had a feeling writing was even more smoother.
The only thing that bothered me about this pen, is the grip section. The grip is covered with a soft rubber. You can compare it with the grip section of the Faber-Castell, be it that the grip of the Sheaffer is softer. Now problem is that this rubber is not fixed on the inner side of the section and turns around. The problem occurs when you want to unscrew the barrel from the feeder to refell the ink, or to put in another cartridge. You have to use a lot of force to get grip on the section. I even had to use a piece of soft paper to get a better grip. Also for me the grip section was too short, I had to adjust my grip by taking the pen more to the nib, because on backwards side the gap between the grip section and barrel disturbed me too much.
Also, on the the edges of the grip section, there is a small line as a result of melting the grip section together (I asume). I don’t like such things, in my humble opinion it lowers quality of the finished product.
Then the barrel of the pen: completly in plastic and as such very light. I prefer the more wider barrels, and with a diameter of 1,3 cm this feels good to me. On the back of the barrel there is a chrome trim that suits just enough for posting the cap. Ater using the pen for a couple of weeks, no cracks or scarves on the outside of the pen.
To come to a final conclusion I have to say, in general, this is a good fountain pen. The weakness of this pen is the grip section, for which I had to adjust my grip somehow, and perhaps the reason for some small cramps in my hand. On the other hand, the writing performance makes it all good. I didn’t had any issues with inkflow.
By adding the Star Wars liveries, Sheaffer added a great value to the pen. Imagine you are a beginner fountain pen user and also a Star Wars fan, then this pen will give you so much joy and pleasure, and that for a price less than € 20. And perhaps, why not go for the entire Sheaffer Pop Star Wars Collection? Darth Vader, master of the fore, can be proud!
The Sheaffer Pop is also available as a rollerball and ballpoint.
The good and the bad:
+ Star Wars liveries add value
+ Outstanding writing performance
- Grip section is too short, the rubber cover turns around like crazy and lack of quality (reminders of melting the grip section parts)
Some technical info:
- 12,7 cm closed
- 12,1 cm without cap
- 16 cm posted
- 16 gr. complete (ready to write)
- 11 gr. without cap
- 1 ,3 cm barrel
- 0,9 cm grip
- 1,3 cm cap
- 1,7 cm cap with clip included
The Sheaffer Star Wars Pop is the must-have accessory for any serious Star Wars fan. Your creativity will get a boost from striking 360-degree character designs urging you on from every angle. Whether you choose a gel rollerball or fountain pen, the Sheaffer Star Wars Pop will definitely be a conversation starter wherever you take it.