The Pentel Tradio is a fountain pen that completes the set of Tradio pens which includes a rollerball and “Pulaman” which Pentel calls a fountain pen but is actually more of a felt-tipped marker. The Tradio fountain pen uses a short, steel nib and a large plastic feed. It’s a good looking pen but it’s entirely plastic.
The Tradio is a fine fountain pen but at $15 it finds itself in a highly competitive price category and alongside great fountain pens like the Pilot Metropolitan and Lamy Safari. Like all the other pens in this class, outside of Chinese fountain pens, it’s a cartridge converter with a snap-on cap and a steel nib.
Pentel’s steel nib is rather interesting. It’s short and stocky with an unusual look to it. The nib has a clear sweet spot and writes well in that spot but struggles otherwise. The Medium is quite wet, more like a Japanese broad and puts down a thick stream of ink. Pentel’s ink is vibrantly colors, but rather slow to dry.
One major perk of this pen — likely a result of Pentel not being a major fountain pen brand — is that the Tradio FP uses a standard international cartridge. It will accept both international short and long cartridges from any manufacturer.
Pentel Tradio Fountain Pen Information
|Street Price||Check Price|
|Pen Type||Fountain Pen | Cartridge/Converter|
|Barrel Color||Yellow, Red, Light Blue, Light Green, Black, White|
|Body Diameter (mm)||14.0 mm|
|Grip Diameter (mm)||10.6 mm|
|Country of Origin||Japan|
|Capped? Retractable?||Capped - Snap On|
|Length Capped / Retracted (cm)||14.2|
|Length Posted (cm)||15.8 cm|
|Length Uncapped (cm)||12.9 cm|
|Weight (g)||14 grams|
|Ink Color Shipped||Blue|
|Nib Sizes||Medium Nib|