Appearance & Design: 9
I love the design of this pen. Not surprising, I would think, since the Lamy 2000 is one of my all time favourite designs and this reminds me of it a LOT. Even the feel is similar with the brushed finish. There are 2 reasons it does not get a 10:
- I'm not a fan of big steps between the barrel and the section
- Depending on which one of the 4 threads connect the cap first, it does not line up 100% when the cap is tight.
The big step is not uncomfortable at all. I've written a 5 page A4 letter in one session with no issues. The alignment issue is really minor. I would say it misaligns by about1/2 a millimeter. So yes, I am nit picking. But at $1500 I'm allowed to
Construction & Quality: 9.5
The construction and quality is SUPURB! I can see no manufacturing flaws at all. The pen feels solid enough for every day use, but It will have to live on my desk at home. The 1/2 point is deducted for the alignment issue already mentioned.
Weight & Dimension: 9.5
This pen is not small, but it is not overly big either. The slender lines make it fit very nicely in my hand. I never cap any of my pens (except the small vintage pens like Watermans 52V, small Pelikans etc.) so I can't give an opinion on W & D capped.
Here it is between a MB 149 and Pelikan 1000:
This pen is surprisingly light. I am used to a heavier pen, and that is where the one point goes. This is purely personal preference, and I'm sure most people will be quite happy with the weight.
Nib & Performance: 10
I took a fine nib since that suit my smaller cursive handwriting. This is by far the best performing nib out of the box that I have ever used. Like all Japanese fine nibs, there is a tendency towards toothyness, but I place almost no pressure on my nibs and this nib just keeps on delivering. At the slightest movement on the page, it delivers a nice, medium wet line, exactly as I ordered it. I will most likely get a flex or italic nib if I ever order a Nakaya again, but only because I would love to see what they can do with those nibs, not because I dislike the fine.
Filling System & Maintenance: 8
Its a CC system. 'nough said.
Cost & Value: 9
This is a very subjective rating to give. Let's be honest, I could buy a lovely pen for $200-300, send it to a nibmeister who would make it do the tango, a waltz and the foxtrot, all on the same line. So realistically I could fund 5 odd pens for the price of this one. Does that matter? To me, No. To someone else, possibly. My feeling is: If you have to ask if it is worth it, then it probably wont be for you.
I love this pen. It delivered as promised and then some. This will be a daily home user. I bought it for exactly that purpose, that's why it is a clip-less desk pen (you can order it with a clip too). I'm pretty sure that in a 100 years time someone in my family will post a review on FPN about the wonderful Nakaya pen they inherited from some distant relative