I received the Serwex 101 Superior with gray cap and clear body as an extra bonus or free pen from FPN. It's a wonderful writer, which I filled with Private Reserve Washington DC Blue ink. The Private Reserve inks are generally classified as a wet ink. Using the Private Reserve ink does not necessitate waxing the breathing hole on the cap. I've been writing for two weeks without any difficulties. I, also, believe that a heavier wet ink will prevent leakage.
The Fine nib, which writes with a medium western line, is the older flat style, "gold plated", and "iridium tip". I'm not sure that this is really gold plated, or a steel nib plated to look like gold. Also, with the cost of iridium, I doubt this is a real iridium tip. However, after reading one of the posts below from 'raging.dragon', I'm convinced that it is indeed a gold plated nib with an iridium tip.
" Most likely the nib is made from steel and plated with gold. Plating is only a few microns thick, so it doesn't use much gold and thus is fairly inexpensive.
Iridium is commonly used as a generic term the the small ball of hard metal welded onto the tip of the nib. Before WWII grains of natural Irdium-Osmium alloy were the most commonly used material for this. Since WWII industrially manufactured Platinium-Ruthenium alloys have been the most common tipping material. This is partly because industrially manufactured alloys are more consistent and thus easier to work with, and also because Osmium is extremely difficult to separate from Iridium and endangers the workers grinding nib tips (Osmium Oxide is very toxic so regularly inhaling even miniscule amounts of Iridium-Osmium dust is a serious occupational health and safety concern)."
Its overall a very smooth nib with a slight hint of scratch. It has some slight easing to the nib, but it's not a flex nib. This slight scratchy (light tooth) movement over paper allows me a bit of control and cadence/rhythm to my writing. It reminds me of that pleasant quality which can only b found in a fountain pen - over other types of writing instruments. I've tested this pen on Rhodia and Moleskine paper and found it to be a smooth and reliable writer. The Private Reserve ink in humid conditions appears on the verso of the Moleskine paper.
Although the black jewel on top of the cap is not positioned exactly, it does not lose anything in its professional appearance. It is not as finally finished as the machine tooled pens of the west, but that's what makes it a day choice and favourite. I use it daily and don't worry about a slight scratch, which would not easily appear. The diameter of the barrel is a size smaller (approximately .36mm) when compared to many medium bodied pens up to .51mm. It has a large ink capacity.
It's light weight plastic, and does not require a great deal of pressure for consistent smooth performance. I am a man with a medium hand size, who finds it comfortable for long writing sessions. It's a perfectly balanced pen when posted. I have found the Serwex 101 to write, as well as, the Guider Marala, and sometimes, performing more consistently, and as smoothly.
Length of barrel and nib assembly approximately 5".
Cap posted on barrel approximately 6".
Pen and cap screwed to close on barrel 5.5". Fits comfortably in shirt pocket.
Serwex, a national pen company of India, has been manufacturing in Gurgaon (the old part of Delhi), Haryana, since 2000.
GUIDER MARALA: an eyedropper, gold plated fine nib, ebonite body and cap, in black colour with gold clip and bands to cap.
Length capped: 14cm (5.5")
Length posted: 16.8cm (6.6")
Width at section: 1cm (0.4")
Ink capacity: 2.5ml
The Guider Pen Company, Rajahmundry, India, has been making hand made pens since 1946.
I'll be writing a more detailed full review on the Serwex 101 and Guider Marala pens, asap.
Best Writings To You, coffeetoofull
Edited by coffeetoofull, 27 August 2012 - 15:42.