1. Reform Silver/Gold Plated Ballpoint/Rollerball pen set
This set costs $6.99 at isellpens.com. According to the website these are NOS or MINT in original gift box. The pens are quite as beautiful as they are in the photo (which I borrowed from Todd's website.) They are solidly built and the cap rather heavy as it is plated. The rollerball's cap is screw-on and both caps have engraving plates. Ballpoint is naturally heavier than the rollerball because of its refill. The included refills are rather dry, maybe because they are originals and have been sitting in a store unused for a long time, so I am going to buy some new refills at my local bookshop. This kind of set normally costs more than 20 euros here in Finland. Very nice pens to have around when asked to lend a pen and the person asking doesn't know how/want to use a FP.
2. Reform Bremen FP (gold plated steel medium nib)
This $3.99 fountain pen is a very simple German cartridge/converter-filled student pen. It is very light in weight when compared to the heavier BP/RB set. However, it is rather fat and very well suited for a big hand. The "gold" plating in the cap and shaft is rather poorly finished as there are some cracks in the plating. However, the nib is very well plated, beautiful and approximately as big as in Philéas. The pen's cap has nice click when snapped on and it fits well on both ends. I have an extra international converter somewhere so I didn't bother to buy it, but it seems that this is just the kind of pen that is at its best with cartridges. I snapped in a black no-name cartridge that I bought (10 pcs/$1) from Todd and it started writing instantly with a nice, wet line, ultra smooth, no skipping at all. Here is a sample of my handwriting (Reform Bremen FP):
The aforementioned BP/RB set is a heavy, solid and quite impressive set of pens in a nice gift box. The Bremen FP is more like an inexpensive student pen, light in weight but surprisingly fat. The nib is excellently finished, shaft/cap is less brilliant. RB/BP set needs new refills and the writing quality is solely dependent on them.
DISCLAIMER: The photos of the pens are linked from www.isellpens.com. The scan of handwriting is my own.
Edited by LapsangS, 04 July 2006 - 17:02.