The Pineider Avatar UR is the lowest point of entry to the Pineider line of fine writing instruments. The company has a history dating back to 1774, so I’m excited to get a glimpse of what the brand is all about through their most budget-friendly option.
Let’s take a look.
The Avatar UR Demonstrator is a resin-built, magnetic-capped pen with a steel nib and a converter filling system. The clip and accents are all polished metal, providing a nice contrast and clean finished look to the translucent amber barrel. The UR stands for “Ultra Resin,” which the manufacturer claims make this pen unbreakable. I won’t be putting that claim to the test, but luckily Brian Goulet already did the honors. In use, this special material feels just like any other resin-body pen.
The grip section is metal at its core, wrapped in a soft rubber-feeling grip to provide support and comfort over longer writing sessions. I believe newer versions of the pen are equipped with a contoured metal grip section, but those also have a higher price tag.
Using The Pen
The Avatar UR provides a pretty standard writing experience for a steel nib. Though the nib is advertised as “semi-flexible” it feels very firm when writing. The application of pressure does provide a little line variation, but it takes an almost uncomfortable amount to achieve. I was a bit concerned that the lack of a breather hole would make for dryer writing, but the nib puts down a smooth and steady flow of ink. The nib is a great writer.
The metallic accents do make the pen a bit heavy on the back end, shifting the center of gravity back during regular use. Even more so if/when the cap is posted. The clip is narrow with a flare on the end to catch pocket rims or the edge of your pen case. I admit I wasn’t a fan of the clip design at first, but once I effortlessly slipped the pen into my pocket and the clip naturally sat in place, I was sold. With the translucent cap, the internal spring is visible. It’s a simple mechanism, but well designed and wonderfully executed.
At the end of the day, I’m pretty satisfied with the Avatar UR. As my introduction to the Pineider brand, it makes a very strong first impression. Although it is the most affordable pen in the lineup, it isn’t what anyone would consider “budget friendly” coming in at just under $100. But, like with many other fine writing brands, that extra expense does get you the collected experience and know-how of generations. A pen designed thoughtfully that, if treated well, will last a lifetime.
Check out the Pineider Avatar UR at Pen Chalet
Disclaimer: This product was purchased by The Poor Penman. All opinions stated are my own.