Overall, I am pleased. I haven't changed the nib yet as I loaded the one red cartridge to start with. I can't just get another red cartridge (everything in Michaels and Staples is blue or black) so I don't want to waste that ink. Some observations: I like the way my print looks. I am having problems writing in cursive but as I usually print grades and comments, that isn't a problem. Even writing normal, as I change the direction of the stroke, the letters get more flair. It leaves a nice heavy stroke which is great if I have plenty of room to write on the paper. I was able to do more writing today than I could with a normal pen before my wrist started hurting. The could be a coincidence as I was writing with a brace on. I have to hold the pen at a very precise angle - if I go too steep or too shallow, I get nothing. Is this due to it being an italics pen or are all FP this way. I usually write much smaller than I am currently. Yes, my letters look nice; however, in my opinion they are way too large (OK - they are about average sized looking at my students' writing). Maybe that is another reason I have less pain. I usually write fairly small. Between the medium nib and the angle restrictions, I can't write as small as I would like. When I do write small, the letters smudge together. This is why I was wanting to switch to the fine point. I am noticing that ink window is going down faster than I would like (seeing that I can't get a refill red cartridge local). I am hoping that the ink usage slows down with the fine nib. I will be on the lookout for a metal body FP soon. Looks like I will also need to get a supply of Noodlers in a non smearing, quick drying, bold crimson.