I was wasting some time the other night surfing on Ebay and came across these little novelty pens and for a buck each I figured why not.
As stated above I honestly did not expect much since these little pens are obviously more of a novelty pen than any kind of writer. It is about the size of a standard cigarette but the one thing that caught my eye immediately was the fact that the cap screws onto the threads on that back of the barrel to make it a bit easier to write with which was good due to the size of the pen.
First and foremost it does look like a cigarette, especially the one with the more yellowish beige cap. It is a brass barreled pen with a overlay of resin and is a decently constructed pen with a bit of heft for it's small size. The cap threads easily threads on the bottom of the barrel for posting and fits tightly when capped. The section is chrome (I doubt it is stainless steel) and when removed exposes the bulb filler that does have a breather tube that runs about 3/4 the way up the tube.
The nib is a steel semi hooded nib with a good bit of iridium that I would not call scratchy but maybe a bit on the toothy side and lays down a nice fine line that is neither wet or dry but in between. Even after a few hours of non use it starts up well without a lot of coaxing . I have used both Waterman and PR ink without any issues.
As mentioned above the pen has a non removable bulb filling system that does have a breather tube to facilitate filling the pen. It holds a reasonable amount of ink for the small size of the pen. The only issue that I have filling the pen is I had to use a pair of rubber tipped pliers to dip the pen far enough into the ink to squeeze the bulb filler and not get ink on my fingers due to the short length of the inner assembly.
I paid a grand total of $3.98 with shipping for the two pens, one of each color. In my opinion the value was about right for the price for which I bought it. It is a fun little pen which when I have taken it places does make people look twice and it writes well enough to sign credit card receipts and the like.
It is a small pen and nothing that you would want to write with for a long period of time but if you want something a bit on the odd side that might bring a grin to someones face then it is a good choice.
Edited by Motomo, 30 June 2009 - 17:05.