FIRST IMPRESSION - Better than expected!
Of course the Stipula Box is a nice beginning; but I was expecting, and the box suggested 'Blue/Black' ebonite, and the pen definitely looks green to me (my preference anyway) and I LOVE the silver accoutrements!
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN - Well, this was what potentially attracted met to this pen in the first place - and I wasn't disappointed! Again, the silver of the crescent, clip and bands look even better that I was expecting, the ebonite is warm to the touch and of a colour I am very happy with (but hard to capture in pictures).
WEIGHT AND DIMENSION - This is a lightish pen (ebonite tends to be light), but beautifully balanced when posted (yes, I'm a poster) and also comfortable unposted - although a little short for me as I tend to hold a pen just above the barrel near the section where the cap screws on.
This one is the closest I can get to the colour
NIB AND PERFORMANCE - Here is where I have leapt into the unexplored (the great unknown?). The nib here is 0.9 mm stub. I haven't written with a stubb before and, although I'm taking a little time to get the hang of it - it's fun! Ink flow is a little drier that I expected (but that could be the ink choice - Sheaffer Skrip); but overall? A definite tick!
FILLING SYSTEM - Well, this is what this pen is all about; and the crescent filler, crescent fills! A quick couple of squeezes of the crescent, a quick turn of the metal/silver ring to lock the crescent (and stop it from involuntarily squirting out) and you're away! I have the Voyager Millenium Arc (which is a crescent filler too) and I'd have to say that this is the better overall pen (although it's hard to go past the Visconti nib.) This system is very similar to the Parker 51s, just with a more antique feel (and on the outside not under the barrel).
COST AND VALUE - Bought from an FPNer, I have no complaints here: a good deal!
CONCLUSION - My Stipula clan is growing exponentially and I'm starting to understand Dierdre's obsession (and developing my own!). A beautiful pen.
Edited by youstruckgold, 30 November 2009 - 13:51.