Scrikss 419 fountain pen

WHAT IT IS
Scrikss 419 is a first pen for me from the Turkish company Scrikks. The fountain pen is a piston filler pen that slightly reminds me of the Pelikan M200 in form. Now, reminds, is a very generous word here since the style and the placement of certain details makes it look like the Scrikss 419 may have looked at the Pelikan pen for inspiration, but not taken the entire step. Also, remind yourself that this pen is a pen for around 25€, so this is really in the China pen price range, but made in Turkey.
Truth to tell, I had a small “shock” when I got it. A very nice box, opens up to display a rather controversial sight; on a bed of smooth material rests something that looks like a cheap plastic copy of red LEGO plastic rejects. A pen that is washed out red and just looks off. It looks cheap, OK? So cheap – and unscrewing the cap, a small gold plated nib looks at me. Can this pen truly write? I wonder if this was just my curiosity once again getting the better of my wallet. Let’s see.

LOOKS
So, first of all, mine is the cheap LEGO-pirated-red finish. It is of course named something else, but that’s what it looks like for me. It has a Christmas decoration yellowish gold plated metal trims and clip. A slim pen with rounded conical ends. The end of the barrel tapers as from a small ledge is actually the knob for filling the piston. The pen has a #5 nib. The grip section has threads just before an ink window. The cap has a classic clip with a small shield with an S on the top of the clip and the cap has a small ring in the end of the cap with SCRIKSS in the band.
Overall, I won’t lie, it looks cheap. I mean, I have bought pens online that I know was copies and most likely printed from a 3D printer that looks worse, but this looks hand made and fan made. But, the design and overall look is slightly deceptive. There is nothing crooked, no misalignment and the only true flaw is that the ink-window shows glue residue. Perhaps we should move from cheap, to basic? Yeah, that sounds a bit nicer at least.

 

WRITING
So, with some scepsism I inked it with Pelikan 4001 Königs Blau and started to write. No – first I had to rinse and wash the pen from a rather sticky oil that was over the nib. Once that was done, the pen got inked.
So, Rhodia paper meet Scrikks,
Badlydrawnwolf looks surprised.
The pen is actually really smooth.
And I mean smooth as this is at least on par with a good Kaweco pen kind of smooth. It works, it does the job. I find myself writing pretty easily and the pen glides effortlessly over the paper. The pen is small, the nib is smooth but there is a bad thing though, there is a sweet spot. A baby’s bottom or just a rather small sweet spot. Looking at it in a loupe, there is a small baby’s bottom going on here. It feels and looks like old Kaweco Sport nibs. The pen is despite this – quite nice to write with. Too slim for me. There is something with it that just lacks the feel I’m looking for, but I would venture that someone with small hands looking for a light pen would love this pen. Baby’s bottom and sweet spot is something a lot of people can simply learn to work around without too much effort.
There is nothing truly bad in the feel, the plastic offers a decent grip, the threads aren’t too sharp or too big and placed relatively sensibly and not too much in an inconvenient way. It just manages to rub me in the wrong way somehow and I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Despite what I do throw at it, Rhodia, Claire Fontaine, Pappersbruk, copic laser printer cheap paper, Leuchtturm 1917 – it performs very well.

Scrikss 419, very Lego red color...
Scrikss 419, very Lego red color…

VALUE
So, we’re already here. A pen that came in a very luxurious box, when I would have opted to have put that money into the pen material instead. A slightly “stronger” plastic with some more mass to it might have lifted it to an exceptional height?
Now, 25€ isn’t bad for a piston filler. Sure, you can find Moonman pens, but if you are in Sweden like me, you have to pay VAT and import costs. The Scrikks was 25€ from a European vendor. For the money, the pen is OK. I mean I have paid less and more for worse. I don’t have many pens for 25€ as a total cost that rivals it, except the Faber-Castell Grip which came with an exceptionally good nib.Still, I would say that for 25€ – you looking for a smallish pen, this is worth to try it for. For the price, You have TWSBI Go, which is a more “weird” looking pen that looks like something made of recycled cheap plastic made with nice tech into a weird looking pen that behaves somewhere in between the realm of good, quality and weird, cheap fun. Personally, I don’t really enjoy either and I won’t see any as my go to pen. The Scrikks might very well end up a pen I throw into the bag for work though. Partly because I have no idea how to disassemble it to clean it properly and only 4001 Königsblau screams office pen to me;)

THE GOOD
Piston filler that doesn’t leak from everyday use
Smooth, albeit baby’s bottom nib
Does the job of what a dictionary says of “pen”

THE BAD
Looks cheap
Feels a bit cheap
Very slim, to me this is a problem, but I realize that for some this will actually be a positive.

THE END
So, this pen has in some ways won me over. It is a very nice pen to write with and on the nib and writing experience alone, it kicks well above its price range IMHO. I can’t do much about it being too slim for me. It just don’t sit that well with me. Still, I reach for it and write with it and take quick notes etc. It writes all the time, as long as you are mindful about the sweet spot, never a hick up and have so far not sploshed out ink even once.
I wanted to give you a hint into my rollercoaster experience here. I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised and that to me is a good thing. Far too often it’s the other way around; you see something nice and shiny that turns out to be a polished turd. This is something of an old beaten car, but when you start it up you see that it has been handled with care and love to run like a dream and you just like it despite its flaws.

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