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Posted 31 December 2009 - 21:00
The nib feeds from a captive converter. I’ve posted on captive converters before; I’m not a big fan but this one is fine. The blind cap hides a grooved knob that is much easier to grip and use than the one on my Krone Moderne, which is smooth metal. Ink capacity seems a little larger than most converters but not as much as true piston fillers would provide.
The material this pen is made from is quite strange. It is acrylic resin and appears turned from a solid block. Nevertheless, in some light the pattern looks merely printed on, but dismantling the pen clearly shows that it goes clear through material. The alternating block pattern is bright whereas the mottled parts are somewhat drab. The fusion of these certainly does lead to visual dissonance as suggested by the name of this model. The pattern on the blind cap very nearly lines up with the pattern on the barrel falling about 1 to 2 mm short. Alignment of the cap and body is somewhat worse at about 4 mm off but is not disturbing.
Weight and balance is best with the pen unposted, which is actually a non-issue because the cap does not post securely at all. Since I rarely post this is no big deal, but it is a little strange in a quality pen. The clip is a large piece of silver that may or may not be sterling. I think it is, but it is not marked as such, at least not visibly. It is a nice and functional clip but its weight is somewhat disproportionately large. Altogether it is a very comfortable pen to hold and write with and is also interesting to look at.
The nib, as is typical of Krone, is a soft attractive two-tone job that is well finished. Too bad the pen wrote quite dry. Annoyingly dry as a matter of fact. So, I removed the nib and feed and made some modifications. I altered the feed to increase air return to the captive converter and also widened the distance between the tines of the nib just a little bit right at the tip. Reassembled, the pen now wrote very nicely indeed. I guess the major effect came from working the nib rather than the feed but I can’t say for sure. A wetish writer, the nib now rides on a little bead of ink and there are no dry starts or thin down strokes. Some pressure gives nice feedback without altering ink flow. Even after days of disuse, two cross-country flights, and sitting out in the car during sub-freezing temperatures the pen writes immediately. Pressure can also give some amount of line width variation and differences in line weight with the appropriate ink.
I really like Krone pens. They have interesting designs and nice, largely interchangeable nibs. If possible though trying before buying is recommended.
Posted 31 December 2009 - 21:03
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Posted 01 January 2010 - 10:43
Edited by georges zaslavsky, 01 January 2010 - 10:44.
Posted 01 January 2010 - 18:09