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The OHTO Tasche

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Jan. 12th, 2010 | 05:50 pm

Tasche and space pen
Set of pictures on Flickr

So yes, I received the Tasche today. You can see some rather bad iPhone pictures of it in the gallery above.

Ignore the poor lighting and colour - this is a nice looking pen. I got the black and silver one on the basis that you can't really go wrong with black and silver, but it does come in a variety of colours should you prefer; I think taking any one of them out would result in people saying "ooh that's a nice pen", and if they don't, you can ostentatiously open it and slide the pen half into the barrel. (Unfortunately it does not make much noise when opened, only a bit of a pop, but it does click very satisfyingly when closed again.) It's slim and light but not (apparently) flimsy. I think it might have been better slightly heavier but it feels fine in the hand.

The nib is hard, with a fine point, and is slightly italic. It says "Iridium Point Germany" on it.

As for writing: I find it a little hard to say at the moment because I am so used to the Space Pen. Writing with a Space Pen is like writing with an Ideal Biro - it doesn't feel radically different to any other biro, but you realise after a while that it never clogs, the line is exactly the same on the same paper with the same pressure, it's a completely predictable experience, to the degree that when it starts to run out (which takes a very long time) it's hugely jarring.

Fountain pens are generally not completely predictable, particularly when you just start with them, and the Tasche is not an exception. I'm not used to the first pen-stroke I make after uncapping often not appearing unless I press harder, or shake the pen first. Also there is the basic issue that fountain pens require far less pressure to produce ink, which has both pros and cons but does affect one's physical writing style, not only for the writing itself but also the environments in which one can write. I notice for instance that I have to be much more careful with a fountain pen in the pocket Moleskine, since writing in a notebook you're holding in your hand often means that the paper is not absolutely flat, so pops up and brushes the pen point sometimes - irrelevant to the Space Pen, but likely to make an unwanted mark with a fountain pen.

None of that really tells you anything about this pen, though, does it? My having forgotten what fountain pens are like aside, it still seems nice enough to write with. I'm more used to the sort of fat nibs that are generally on Parker pens and it's a pleasant change to write with a finer one. I'm not sure whether it will replace my Space Pen as general purpose pocket device - the Space Pen has huge mechanical advantages for that role of course - but I'll carry it around with me for a while and see what happens.

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funny name

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 13th, 2010 12:27 pm (UTC)
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Do you know that "Tasche" means "bag" in German? So you're writing with a bag now... ;-)

Some people report ink flow problems: http://www.jetpens.com/product_info.php/products_id/635. Your pen is fine?

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fridgemagnet

Re: funny name

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 13th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
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It's not the "wettest" of pens by any means, but it certainly writes consistently - I was using it for quite a long time last night and didn't have any trouble. (Of course, I've only had it for a short time.)

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Pens

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 13th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Now you need the ink to go with it. Amazon does a great deal with a set of brown, purple and brilliant blue inks. I once got a job because I applied in brown ink on blue paper - they thought it showed the individuality they were seeking!

You have spurred me on to clean up my old Waterman fountain pen and start using it again (with brown ink).

OP

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fridgemagnet

Re: Pens

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 13th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
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I got a mixed pack of Diamine cartridges when I ordered it; this is supposed to be good ink apparently. Four each of Jet Black, Prussian Blue, Blue/Black, Umber and Dark Brown. They have quite a wide variety of colours, though I'm not sure what size the Waterman takes.

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Re: Pens

from: anonymous
date: Jan. 13th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
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forgot yours is cartridge - mine is vacuum fill from a REAL bottle!
OP

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Be your own hammerbeam angels of the air

IMNSHO

from: just_the_ash
date: Jan. 13th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
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I find German nibs not made by Pelikan rather irritating much of the time, in that they're extremely durable -- you could probably puncture someone's tire with a Rotring, if you were angry enough and otherwise unarmed -- but they're nil in the flexion department, thus terrible at adapting to individual handwriting nuances. Give me a Pelikan anytime -- a vintage one, for preference.

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fridgemagnet

Re: IMNSHO

from: fridgemagnet
date: Jan. 14th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't say in general but I think on balance I would prefer this to be slightly bendier. Though it does contribute to the impression that this would be a suitable tool for an anti-hero in some ultraviolent Japanese film; uncapped quietly and deliberately, then used to impale some unsuspecting piece of soft tissue.

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