The Pilot Prera and Diamine Lilac Satin—A Guest Post

My thirteen-year-old daughter will be the first to tell you that she is not the world’s hardest working student; but about a year ago, she decided that she would put some extra effort in to improve her grades before entering high school. She came home the other night with a school report that had excellent written, quite literally, over every subject and across every page. I have always said, “If you can look me in the eye and tell me you tried your best, then I don’t care what your grades are.” But this time, she had not only done her best, but justice had been served, and she’d reaped the rewards too. It was time she had another one—or two—so this post is from  Amelia. Over to you, my Beautiful Little Kid…

On Thursday and Friday My Mum and Dad Went To Toronto

And as anybody in our family knows, that means mum was working, and dad went to the Toronto Stationery Shops. He came back with a Wonder Pens bag. There’s nothing unusual about that, he always comes back with a Wonder Pens bag. Except that this one was for me! I got a new pen to take to high school, and a bottle of AMAZING ink!!!

First the pen. This is lovely. The Preras come in black, blue, green, light blue, orange, pink, and red. They have a choice of fine or medium steel nibs. This one is the blue, with a medium nib. It’s a purpley blue, and my dad knows that purple is my favorite color, so he got that and a bottle of the best purple ink they had. He won’t tell me how much they cost, because they were a present. He thinks I can’t look them up on the web site for myself.

He has so much to learn.

This link is to the light blue Pilot Prera, which costs $72.50. I couldn’t put a link to the purpley blue one like mine, because my dad bought their last one 🙂 The ink was Diamine Shimmertastic Lilac Satin, and costs $18.00.

The box it came in is nice. It’s light, plastic, and has a cushion that surrounds the pen and protects it. I’ll probably keep the box to take my pen to school in. My dad had already filled the pen, because he said he didn’t want another stain on my white desk (some people need to just chill, and put things behind them). It doesn’t look any harder to fill than the TWSBI Eco he gave me last year. It’s just got a thing for sucking the ink up out of the bottle instead of one of those plungers like the TWSBI.

The ink looked so cool in the plastic body.

I really liked the shape of the nib, and how smooth it was when I used it. The pen was really comfortable to hold, and very light. I couldn’t wait to start writing with it.

It’s not a big pen like the TWSBI Eco, which makes it perfect for me, and I don’t even have to put the cap on the back.

The nib looks brilliant, and is so smooth when you write with it. I loved it and started copying bits from one of my books into my notebook, just to have something to write. Then dad told me I could write this review, but that’s no fun, because I had to do that on the computer. Then he told me I could use my pen, and he would copy it out on the computer, and check my spelling and everything, so I was good with that.

The pen has that purplish-blue at the end of the cap, and at the other end of the body. This makes the Lilac Satin ink look beautiful as it sloshes about. There’s a white, plastic liner inside the cap, which I don’t think I like much. The cap pushes on, which I do like instead of a screw-on cap. The cap has some patterns just above a silver band near the bottom, which I don’t think it needs really. It would look just as good without them, maybe even better, because you’d see more of whatever ink you had in there.

Dad gave me one of his writing pads to write my review in, the Clairefontaine Triomphe pad, which has white paper with lines, and is 90gsm (gsm=grams per square meter). This was me, writing my review while mom had a coffee with nan and grandad. Dad was taking pictures, which I didn’t like much.

Neither did mom.

The Pilot Prera’s medium nib writes really nicely on that paper, and the ink is very sparkly. Especially if you tear the page out, and hold it up to the light from a window. As you turn it, you can see all the sparkly bits in the ink.

Diamine Shimmertastic Lilac Satin

My dad wrote this card:

And I did this one with a cotton-bud:

It’s a nice purple in this, but the picture doesn’t show the amount of sparkle in the ink. Dad says he hasn’t got a good enough camera and lights to show the ink like that.

(I was trying to suggest to your mother that I could use a present, but she wasn’t listening—Dad.)

Size

We measured the Pilot Prera, and it was 12cm (4.7in) with the cap on; 13.4cm (5.3in) with the cap on the back (dad says that’s posted); and 10.8cm (4.3in) without the cap at all, which is perfect for people with small hands. It’s not heavy, because it weighs about 15g (0.5oz), which is much less than my TWSBI Eco.

What Is It Like To Write With?

It’s lovely. The nib is very, very smooth, and the ink keeps up no matter how fast I try to go.

Ignore the mistakes in the writing, I can’t blame the pen.

Dad says his writing is no better.

I would completely recommend this pen to anybody who likes to write with a pen that has a really smooth nib. Also if they like to see the ink in the pen.

If they have small hands and want something comfortable to write with for a long time, this would be good for them. And if they want some nice colors to match their inks. The Pilot Prera is absolutely perfect for all of these things, and I love it.

Thank You

Thank you to mom and dad for my pen and ink. Thank you to dad for letting me do this post, and checking my writing.

 

Amelia

 

 

 

 

 

22 thoughts on “The Pilot Prera and Diamine Lilac Satin—A Guest Post

  1. Amelia, I have two Preras just like yours, and I find that you have described the pen perfectly. You have the makings of an excellent writer, and I hope you will continue to apply yourself in that direction. Congratulations, Dad, you hit a home run!

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    1. That’s really kind. Thank you.

      Dad says I forgot the full stop last time. And it’s a “period” over here dad, we’ve been here almost 10 years, get up to speed.

      — Amelia

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  2. Ah, a baseball analogy, after almost ten years, I can spot those now 🙂

    jmccarty3–Thank you, my kids make parenting so easy… almost all of the time.

    You–My Little Kid–whilst amazing, intelligent, beautiful, and everything else I always say you are, are also an incurable smart er… Alec.

    And you know what happens to them when I’m helping them get in and out of the kayaks on the lake.

    Also, I’m very proud of every breath you take. Well done, and you’re going to rock high school.

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  3. I was just re-reading that post, looking for spelling, grammar and other errors–like I do with my own–and it was a couple of little differences that amused me.

    In June, my family will have been in Canada for nine years. Amelia is mostly Canadian in her speech, spelling and mannerisms, but I noticed that I still very much make a conscious effort to be North American. The moms in the post above are a dead giveaway. Throughout the piece Amelia wrote, she said and spelled mom, whereas I am still the UK mum. And at the end, where Amelia says thank you, I copied her handwritten mom, and typed it up as mum.

    My bad as they say here; I’ll edit the post and change it to what she actually wrote.

    Sorry Little Kid.

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      1. I’ve never noticed the whilst, I’ll have to look out for it, or the absence of it, or whatever. Like I said, it’s the little things that catch me out and make me smile.

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  4. Like my mother always said whenever we crossed swords, “The problem with smart kids, is that they have an answer for everything.”

    That was fine when I was the kid. Now my kids sound wayyyyy too much like me for comfort.

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  5. Loved reading this – especially the laugh out loud moments (googling the price and stain chill bit) 🙂
    I think it’s hilarious that you picked up on things like the white insert in the cap that nobody likes :))))
    Really well done! I know that this was a special entry, but I would love to read more 🙂

    Take care,

    Mishka

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  6. Well done, Amelia, for an informative and entertaining review. I glad that you are enjoying the pen and the ink. It is good to see the younger generation using fountain pens. Listen to your dad, you will learn a lot! 🙂

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  7. This was laugh out loud funny, with the comments adding to the fun. Thanks, Amelia, for taking the time to write it!

    And thank you, dad, for prompting her to do so. I almost made my little guy late for school because I got so distracted by this one.

    I’ll add to the discussion of “whilst” from a few comments up.

    I use “whilst,” and I’m American born and bred, but I’m also (some say) pretentious. I’ve been told that’s WHY I use it. I prefer to think that I know when distinctions in meaning call for it.
    https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/02/18/while-or-whilst/
    🙂

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