First Impressions (10/10) - I was really excited to get this pen, so that probably skews it a little. It was smaller than I had imagined but heavier. The color is very complex due to the aging process of the celluloid...I think it was the doubennet red at some point but it has a beautiful very dark red/brown color now (which is hard to photograph properly). Very sturdy feeling in hand, even for the small size. I have a little soft spot in my heart for vintage things from the 20s to 50s and this pen makes me very happy.
Appearance & Design (7/10) - It's 40s style modern...to the point of over the top vintage "modern" style. It's a great look but definitely a statement.
Weight & Dimensions (8/10) - The body of the pen is celluloid so it's sturdy feeling but light. However the cap is metal and definitely adds weight if you post it (which I do). It's balanced and comfortable. I have medium sized woman's hands and this is a good size for me.
Nib & Performance (10/10) - It's a 14K tear drop style eversharp nib and suprise! it's semi flex ! I was really hoping that it might have a bit. There's no size indicated but it writes a smidge smaller than my lamy M nib at neutral pressure. The nib was actually the main reason I bought this pen. Modern 14K nibs (especially flexy ones) are WAAAAY out of my price range right now. It's a very smooth responsive fun writer. I can't stop playing with it.
well it's probably really a smidge less than semi flex...it takes conscious pressure to get large amounts of line variation. With normal writing pressure variations, it acts more like a stub.
Filling System (8/10) - Lever. The pen was recently reconditioned so it works great.
Cost & Value (10/10) - I bought this from an ebay seller and feel like I got a steal. A recently reconditioned piece of history with a 14K nib and flex? All for less than 40 bucks (with shipping)? Great value. From what I understand, these pens stand the test of time well and are inexpensive as far as vintage pens go.
Conclusion(Final score: 54/60) - Great pen. Great price. It didn't mention it in the listing, but the pen is engraved "TW 12-25-43" and I'm really excited that I get to use the same pen that probably wrote letters to servicemen in WWII, inked thank you cards and journal entries and who knows what else for the last 60+ years.
Edited by gemnah, 21 April 2009 - 00:24.