FIRST IMPRESSION 8/10
What a beautiful pen! On this LE there is a lovely marriage of red/black ebonite with a beautiful Rose Gold nib, clip and bands. The Rose Gold wonderfully sets off the polished ebonite and makes this a beautiful ensemble.
The Novocento pens are of simple and effective (should have said elegant) design - nothing new here - only the pleasant marriage of colours. The size is good - although I must admit that I prefer the weight and balance when it's posted (yes, I'm sorry, but there you have it!) If you like a lighter pen, then unposted is for you.
NIB DESIGN & PERFORMANCE 7/10
Surprisingly, the Rose Gold LE is a 14K not 18K nib that you would expect. Nevertheless, this M nib wrote perfectly from the box - even so that my normal tendency to a F or XF hasn't been ignited. The nib is fairly rigid, with a good ink flow and minimal flex or variation.
FILLING SYSTEM 6/10
(boo-hoo) Cartridge/Converter - again a surprise and a bit of a disappointment for an LE (especially when my Etrurria and Vedo demonstrate that Stipula is quite capable of a good piston filler). But still serviceable and effective.
A warm, beautiful italian that evokes writing in another era. A definite keeper! (a few improvements: piston, 18k nib with a bit of flex and mama mia!)
Edited by MYU, 06 December 2009 - 16:53.