Nussbaum Jon Ross - Overall: 6.2/10
Pictures at the end of the review (sorry for the bad quality. I'm moving this week, and my camera--and lamps--are in boxes).
I purchased this new from isellpens.com--$45 plus shipping. My reasons were: 1) It’s the first white-based pen I’ve seen that I liked, 2) I’ve not tried anything from the Nussbaum line.
The pen looks nice, although nothing remarkable. The lines are pleasant enough, except for the clip and cap top, which just look plain and out of place. The company’s name engraved on the cap band is particularly nice. This version is billed as ivory/blue. To my eyes the ivory looks more like the white-green color of glow-in-the-dark plastic. But the blue ribbon is beautiful.
Extras: The page for this pen talks about not wanting to waste materials on a box, that you’ll just throw away, so it comes with a leather single-pen sleeve, and a generic brown box that has been used before. I don’t consider this reduction and reuse of materials a negative—rather, the reverse. However, I would have preferred if the box used had been 0.5-1.0” longer, as the pen sleeve had to have its ends crimped to fit. The pen sleeve is now resting under the edge of my bookcase so it will lie flat.
The pen body, and “two resins” used to make this pen are solid, but unremarkable. It feels good in the hand, and the size is well described as a small-full-sized pen, or a large small-sized pen. But the clip doesn’t do it for me. When I first got my pen the cap was bent to one side. I was able to move it back to the center and realized that the clip is riveted to the metal bridge that goes into the cap. And this bridge is flimsy enough, that you can warp it from one side to the other. While I don’t think this is damaging the clip or the bridge, I get the feeling that this clip could get broken off more easily than most.
It’s a cartridge converter, so nothing spectacular, but the converter has a nice capacity. The threads are right down to the end of the section so it’s easy to get ink into the threads, and hard to get it out with just a paper towel..
The nib is of average quality. It’s stamped Iridium Point Germany M. Mine is smooth-ish, most of the time, but level strokes from left to right are scratchy to very scratchy (a quick L to R line will even dig fibers out of the paper). I’d be upset with the nib, except that, since it only comes in M, I had already decided that I’d be buying an aftermarket #5 nib and replacing it.
Test Drive: 6/10
The pen feels nice, but the nib brings this way down. Some skips, not smooth enough.
This pens biggest flaw can be remedied by purchasing a better nib, but then there are hundreds of other pens you can say that about. I’m happy, with it, in that I didn’t have unrealistic expectations for a pen under $50.
L -> R: Pelikan M215, Nussbaum Jon Ross, Visconti Van Gogh, Delta Scrigno
Same Pens, different perspective
Edited by dcroe05, 24 July 2013 - 13:30.