First off, I want to thank Knight’s Writing Company for providing this pen for review and my very first giveaway! More on the giveaway at the end of the post. If you haven’t heard of or check out Knight’s Writing Co’s online store, you should definitely do it now (or when you are done reading my review)! Their selection isn’t the largest out there, but there are some pretty decent brands to choose from. They even have KWZ inks!! Do you know what the best part about Knight’s Writing Co is? They are Canadian!!
Pilot is one of the better fountain pen brands on the market in my opinion. I have had the pleasure of using multiple Metropolitans, a Vanishing Point, and a Custom 74, all of which have been great for me (with the exception of the Custom 74 at first, but it is all good now…. and for sale!). The Pilot Prera uses the same nib as the Metro, so you know it’s just going to write.
Body Design & Finish
I got to choose which colour of pen, so I went with brown! I am pretty sure it’s no secret that I like brown pens, so I am hoping all of you don’t mind it if you happen to win! Anyways, I find the brown to be really classy. It is super dark, almost to the point where it looks like a black pen, but I really enjoy the colour anyways.
The thing I like most about this pen is the portability of it. It is a pocket sized pen when capped, it is lightweight, the cap snaps closed with a very satisfying click, and it posts very securely. Out of the pens that I already own, it would be most comparable to the TWSBI Mini. It is roughly the same size, lightweight, and has a similar grip diameter to the Prera. The major differences are the fact that the TWSBI is a piston filler, and that it is a screw to cap/screw to post. If I were to rate these two features for my own personal use, I would give the piston filler a (+) and the screw cap/post a (-). Okay that’s not really a rating, but a plus and minus is good enough… right?
I wasn’t meaning to make this post a Prera vs Mini faceoff. I just wanted to point out those differences so I can talk about the feature that may make me lean towards the Prera over the Mini if I was ever given the choice. In my opinion, you should be able to whip out your pocket pen to take a quick note, and then put it away quickly when finished. I have had the TWSBI for nearly 2 years now and the fact that you have to unscrew the cap and then screw it on the back still annoys me. Sure the cap probably won’t fall off in your pocket or bag, but to me, it defeats the purpose of being a pocket pen. If it was a push to post like the Prera or Kaweco Sport, I would have a different opinion, but for what I was hoping to use it for, it is not the perfect pen.
I obviously have a few feelings toward the TWSBI Mini, so I should probably just write a separate review on it later. Now enough of the Mini, let’s get back to the star of this show, the Pilot Prera!
The point I was trying to make is that I can put the Prera in my pocket, be confident that the lid will be secure, and quickly take the cap off, post it, and begin writing. I know not everyone likes posting pens, but it is almost a requirement for pocket pen unless you are fine with writing with a pen that barely fits in your hands.
The last thing I want to mention here is the little sticker they put on the barrel telling you which size the nib is. It is 100% removable and I usually do just that, but since I am giving it away, I will leave it on just in case someone likes the look of it.
Now on to the good stuff, how the pen writes. If you have ever used a Pilot Metropolitan, you know exactly how it’s going to perform. It just works, and works well! This particular Prera has a steel fine nib. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pilot nibs, they are Japanese, which means they run much finer than their Western counterparts. This is no exception. It writes sooo fine, but yet the ink still flows nice and wet and is very smooth. My experience so far has been exactly the same for all other Pilot steel nibs that I’ve used.
I usually use a pen with multiple inks before writing a review on it. In this case, I know how this nib with perform with most inks, so I thought one was good enough so I could get this pen in one of your lucky hands sooner! I decided to put Diamine Sherwood Green in it because 1) I thought it was a good match with the brown pen because of the earthy tones, and 2) Diamine has been reliable, performs well, and is consistent across most of the colours.
Another part of the writing experience that can be just as important as the nib is the section. I mentioned earlier that it is roughly the same diameter as the TWSBI Mini and is made of resin (plastic). I was using it at work and noticed that is start getting a touch slick when my hands were a little sweaty. It is nowhere near as bad as a smooth metal section, but definitely noticeable since the plastic is quite smooth.
You could probably tell that my review was mostly positive. That is because this pen does everything I need it to. It writes well, is extremely portable (read lightweight, pocketable, easy and secure posting), and just looks good.
The only hang up I have with this pen is the price. It will run you about $78 CAD at Knight’s Writing Co. You do have to keep in mind that the Canadian dollar isn’t the strongest right now, so that really impacts the prices that Canadian companies have to charge. However, it isn’t Knight’s Writing Co’s price, but rather the price of the Prera in general. I can pick up a Pilot Metropolitan for about $20-25 CAD which has the same nib, and a metal body. If I were new to fountain pens or new to the Pilot brand and seen these pens side by side, I would assume the Prera would be cheaper than the Metro. Where is all of that additional value?
I wouldn’t recommend this pen to everyone solely because of the price, but if you are looking for a nice pocket pen, you should definitely check this out if you are willing to spend a little more. It checks all of the boxes competes with the other pocket pens on the market, mainly the TWSBI Mini.
Welcome readers who skipped down to the giveaway! I hit 1000 followers on Instagram the other day, so this is my way of saying thanks to everyone, with the help of Knight’s Writing Co of course. I was going to limit this giveaway to Instagram, but since I physically received the pen to do a review, I thought I would give everyone the opportunity to win! Now that you all know more about the Pilot Prera, I will now tell you how you can win one. This is my first ever giveaway, so hopefully I am being fair to everyone. Here are my rules:
- This giveaway to open world wide! I don’t want to leave anyone out for my first giveaway.
- The giveaway runs until noon on Sunday the August 21st.
- I will give the winner one week to claim their prize.
- You must answer the question in your comment.
- Good luck!