Review of the M90
I’ve wanted this pen since I first saw it. It is strange – sometimes you buy a lot of stuff – pens – that you don’t know if you want, instead of the things you really want. It becomes even more strange when the things-you-don’t-know-if-you-want-but-buy-anyway actually are more expensive than the things you really want. I’ve bought a lot of substantially more expensive pens than this (main part of them now sold) since last year befored I finally managed to order the M90 – after I had had the opportunity to try the pen live, and realised how ridiculous it was that I hadn’t bought one. So, I ordered one – immediately.
Even if it is made in brushed stainless steel it is very sensual with an almost organic feel. Like one graceful movement – a bird diving to catch fish or an arrow on its way through the air. Divine simplicity. I believe the Japanese and Scandinavian design have a lot of elements in common – simplicity with focus on material, shape and craftsmanship – the M90 could easily be mistaken for being a Scandinavian design from the end of the 60s/beginning of the 70s. I thought it was divine when I first saw it and I still – with it in my hand, using it – think it is. I really like that this pen is Pilot’s LE to celebrate its 90th anniversary. It is rather brave, actually – considering the traditional view on LE pens.
What can I say? It came in an understated, stylish, simple box that suited the pen well and filled its purpose. The only flaw (but I actually couldn’t care less since the box only sits in a drawer) was the rather ugly grey padding. The pen was everything I had expected.
I mentioned it in the intro – this is the perfect shape incarnated. I truly and dearly (if someone did miss it) love this design. It is both beautiful and clever (see more under build and quality). It is original and manages to combine both futuristic and archaic elements. Space age and ancient history in one. This design feels very close to my values and ideas on beauty. It is a joy to look at this pen while writing. The profile is…(that word again) divine.
Weight: 27 grammes – fully loaded and with converter inserted
Lenght capped: 11.8 cm
Length uncapped: 10.4 cm
Lenght posted: 13.8 cm
The M90 fills via cartridge/converters, but doesn’t accept international cartridges or any other cartridges/converters than Pilot’s own, which I see as a drawback. The converter – Con-20 – is on the other hand excellent. Since it is a bar fill converter it has rather good ink capacity since it doesn’t need any space for a piston. It is easy and convenient to use and easy to flush. I really appreciate that Pilot has a converter that fits this compact pen – especially since the cartridges are proprietary.The filling system works flawless, so – apart from the own c/c standard – there is not much to complain about. An extra plus because it is so easy to sweep ink off the nib and feeder after filling it, and a little minus because a converter isn’t supplied by default, which is rather silly.
I bought this new for $120 (plus $10 for shipping). A converter wasn’t supplied (I think I paid about $4-5 for a converter) and I think this pen is well worth the money. Compared with other pens in this pricerange you get real good bang for the buck – both with regards to function and beauty. A first class pen – as well as a LE – for this kind of money must be considered – if not a steal – a bargain.
I’m very happy that I got this pen at last. I will not sell it. This is an absolute keeper. I love this pen. End of story.