The Meister by Point Slim Liner Fountain Pen ($13.50) was a total impulse purchase a few weeks ago. With an Under-$20 price point, it was hard to resist.
The pen shipped in a blister pack which I destroyed getting the pen out of the package. Delightfully, the pen shipped with a converter. Quite generous at the $13.50 price point.
The Meister by Point Slim Liner is only available with a medium nib but at quick glance, the nib looks like it’s the same size as the nibs in the Pilot Vanishing Point and Decimo but does not have any of the hallmarks of the Pilot nib.
When compared directly with the Pilot VP/Decimo nib, it’s easy to see that the Meister nib is rounder while the Pilot nib is more flat across the front. The Meister nib, on second glance, reminds me of the mapping dip nibs which are smaller than most regular dip nibs and much more cylindrical in shape.
I think because the nib is so small, there is a little bounce and flex to it –not flex-nib flex but a little spring. I found the medium nib to be surprisingly broad and wet for the overall size of the pen. I wish there had been an option for a fine or extra fine nib, especially with how tiny the pen is. It seems ironic to need to write big with a pen that’s so small.
My biggest complaint with the pen is the short grip area and distinct step down between body and grip section. The placement created an awkward grip for me so I had to either grip higher or lower than I normally do. If you have a tendency to grip higher on the pen, then this probably won’t bother you.
When compared with other smaller, slimmer pens, it’s easy to see just how slender and petite the Meister is. From left to right in the photo above: Kaweco Special FP, the Meister, YStudio Brassing FP, Caran d’Ache 849 FP and Pilot Decimo.
With the caps removed, the Meister is also a fairly short pen. The cap does NOT post at all so that’s something to consider. Also, the pen barrel is completely cylindrical with no clip or roll stop so it will quickly roll away given half the chance.
- Length: 5″ (127mm) capped, 4.625″ uncapped
- Weight: 12gms capped, 9gms uncapped
The matte black paint on metal gives the pen a sophisticated but minimal look. The size of the pen makes the Meister by Point Slim Liner fountain pen something that only a select few people might be interested in buying but, for the price, it’s not a huge commitment.