1. Design and construction- 8/10. I believe this an early 1990s model, with a straight body, simple clip, and a unmarked nib. The shape reminds me of that of the montblanc noblesse. Although it doesn`t seem to be a high-end model, it has a gold, linear pattern that is very interesting(see the pictures below), with a nice texture, similar to satin.
Construction wise, it`s decent. Body and cap are made from metal, and the cap clicks on securely. Still, i am a little hesitant as to how the satin-like finish will hold in time, and the section tends to unscrew by itself from the barrel of the pen. The biggest drawback however, is that it seems i can`t post the cap, it simply slips off.
2. Weight and dimensions- 8.5/10. This pen has a medium weight and measures 13.5 cm capped, having a diameter of about 0.8 cm, making it a slim model. Balance without posting the cap is ok.
3. Nib and performance- 9,5/10. This is actually the part where this rotring really surpassed my expectations. The nib itself has a plain design, nothing special here, and lays down a semi-wet medium line. It is quite smooth, rigid and wrote without hesitation when i first filled it up. No skipping issues, which is always a good thing. Also, it`s quite tolerant when changing the angle of writing. I`m quite impressed, considering the price i paid for it.
4. Filling system and value for money- 9/10. This pen is a cartridge filler, and came with a standard twist-type converter. I believe it takes standard-size cartridges. I personally prefer this type of pens, no need to dipping the pen in ink in order to fill it up, and it is simple to perform maintenance on it.
I paid about 8 usd for this pen, and i`m quite happy with that, considering it was unused when i got it. It came with a plane black plastic box, that can be opened by sliding the top side. All-in-all, a very decent pen, with an interesting finish and good writing capabilities.
Edited by rochester21, 31 July 2012 - 11:21.