At a table for two,
There were four of us,
Me, your big feet and you!
From your ankles up, I say you sure are sweet,
From there down, there's just too much feet!
If any pen could live up to the genius of Fats Waller, this may just be it. The design was no doubt created by Fats with technical input from Dr. Seuss.
Pens have their own personalities and while my Montblancs have always reminded me of a Mercedes cab, and my OMAS (what is the plural of OMAS, OMASs?) a pre-70's Alfa Romeo Duetto, this one certainly is Fats doing the Lindy.
This is a pen that you might find on the desk in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
It's BIG and little, the classic "Little Teapot" of the children's song; "I'm a little teapot, short and stout."
Here it is sitting between two friends, a Montblanc 149 and an OMAS Paragon.
But what is it like?
Actually, it is surprisingly comfortable to use. With the cap posted it is long enough and balances well while the fat section tapers down to one that is between the Paragon and 149 in diameter. I find it is really pretty easy to write with and very controllable.
The plated steel nib lays down a moderately wet line and gives lots of feedback. It has a broad sweet spot and is forgiving of both angle and rotation.
The snap on cap is positive and seems effective. The pen feels slightly heavier than the Paragon and a hair lighter than the 149.
Down sides are few. It holds only one short International cartridge so ink supply is limited. It does make a statement in your pocket and folk are unlikely not to notice it.
Tombow still makes a similar pen called the "Egg" but not in a fountain pen to my knowledge.
Is it a good value?
Well since I got this in a batch of pens I have no idea what it sold for but as a fun pen, it ranks way up on my list. Let the big muckymucks whip out their 149s or Paragons. When you pull out this baby all eyes will be on you.