After spending too many inky-fingered occasions turning the air blue trying to get the ink to flow properly through my cheapo fountain pen, I decided to invest in a new one. The Vector is still cheap, but there's a world of difference. The ink flowed smoothly straight out of the box. I'm a fast writer and pens can't always keep up with me - but this one can. A pleasure to write with, and it's hard to imagine a better pen at the price.