Nicely presented in an interestingly designed box (love the thin, black cartridge box). The internal box is a cute little box that, when you undo the black rubber strap, pivots or swings on a silver point to reveal the Via Veneto - my first Delta - a stylish and serious pen with a touch of the anti-establishment - but just a touch - in the raised, twisting curls of the bright sterling silver cap.
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN 9
I have to admit that I'm a silver and black man; and the Via Veneto delivers. The pen is predominantly black with stylish and subtle touches of silver in contrasting rings at the base of the barrel and base of the section. The nib is also silver in look (actually platinum plated gold), and sits nobly on the end of the black section. The cap is sterling silver, topped with a rounded ivory casein section (and a similar strip at its base). Both cap and body have a special hand engraved guilloch twisting its way across the pen making it almost multi-dimensional and giving it a freedom to play with the light and wink at the writer. The very base (which teases by almost suggesting it's a piston) has "Via Veneto" subtly engraved on it. The tip of the cap, also has a silver delta logo.
WEIGHT AND DIMENSION 7
Posted, the weight is good - although I like a slightly heavier pen. Unposted, it's a lighter, shorter pen, and loses a little appeal - but all-up, I'm a posting man; so happy with the result.
Capped it's 13.5cm long x 1cm wide (width is good).
Posted it grows to 15.5cm long
Unposted it shrinks to 12cm from base to tip of nib.
NIB AND PERFORMANCE 8
I've tried a few Deltas before (Dolce Vita) and hadn't been that impressed with the nib. Well I am this time! As I mentioned, this pen boasts a gold nib, platinum plated in Medium. Straight out of the box this nib wrote smoothly in my standard first time pen ink (Waterman Florida Blue). Unfortunately, no flex here; but easy to write with. This pen will clearly stand a minor missive or two.
FILLING SYSTEM 8
Cartridge and converter (quite a large one) NOT a piston . Nevertheless, adequate enough - you can't really do anything too wrong with a c/c - it's just not a piston!
COST AND VALUE 9
THis pen I don't think is made any more. Retail new it was about US$320. I bought it from Fahrney's for about $250 (and then saw one on ebay for about US$170 - but it may have been used). Notwithstanding, for between $170-260 this is a really good deal!
The Delta Via Veneto (Doue or Elegance model), is a high quality, attractive pen that looks elegant (well named), writes beautifully and comes at a good price. Another keeper.
0-50 = to be avoided at all costs
51-60 = if it's cheap and you don't really care….
61-70 = a nice pen with the makings of something better (just don't spend too much)
71-80 = A better than average pen with just a few flaws that stop it from being really good
81-90 = A good pen, a keeper only a few minor places off being great
91-95 = Now THIS is a pen! If you can get it: keep it, love it, cherish it, and keep it away from the dog
96-100 = Grail
Edited by youstruckgold, 08 January 2010 - 14:37.