Wow. For 1/5th the price, the Anello Wood matched every aspect of the PotY except the size. The presentation case is very nicely finished, and has room for two siblings!
I can't believe this is a <$1,000 pen. The tactile richness of the ebony wood plus the flawless finish of the sterling and nib add up to a much more impressive presence that I've seen in other similar-cost pens.
10/10. Double wow. My photography skills aren't up to the challenge, but let me say that this is smoother than any F nib in our collection, which includes David Oscarson, several Vistonti LE. a vintage MB 146, and many other stupendous writers. This nib is the equal to, or superior to any pen in our collection. It is glass-smooth under light pressure, and retains its composure under medium and high pressure (unlike the Parker, MB, Jinhao, Duke, Sailor, or Namik pens in our collection).
7/10. Yawn. A completely generic converter. It works flawlessly, but most definitely is not a distinctive part of this pen.
Cost and Value
9/10. Yes, it is an expensive pen, but compared to other <$500 pens it is a standout value.
Size comparison. Next to MB 146, capped:
Next to MB 146, posted:
MB 146 end cap comparison:
Edited by pmrogers, 03 August 2009 - 04:10.