This has been my dream pen for a while. When I finally found the opportunity to buy it, I took it.
The pen became a Christmas present to myself and after a long trip with many stops along the way, it finally found its' way home.
Since the beginning I wanted to have the piston fill variation but didn't know quite what to expect in terms of size (since I've never had written with such a thick pen) and writing experience.
The price was a bit over US$400, in my case I consider this to be on the expensive side. So I can say it my first “high end” pen, and probably the last one I will buy for so much... or won't it?
I was worried with some reports about debris or liquid silicone bringing problem to the ink flow so I asked to seller (Bryant Greer) to kindly test it for me.
I hope you don't think I'm exaggerating but there is no way to describe the beauty of this pen. I couldn't find any pictures (even my own) that are able to show the real color and texture of the orange barrel. Even those who don't like orange pens might change their minds in this case.
The balance between the black and orange gives this pen a sort of classic elegance. It attracts a lot of attention in the office and just looking at it, you can guess it's Italian...
As you can see in the pictures the set comes in an orange carton box. It's nice, but for some reason I cant explain, I expected something nicer. Maybe its just the quality of the print.
Opening this box you discover a black case (sort of a jewelry case) and a bottle of black Delta Ink. Also included is a Dolcevita booklet/catalog, certificate, a nice letter from the seller (some of you might recognize...) and a little paper stating “14kt/585‰ solid gold nib”.
Design – size - weigh
As I've already said, this baby is a beauty. And has elegance all over. One thing you notice is the attention to details: serial, Delta logo on the cap, the small wheel at the end of the clip and of course, the engraving of the ring inspired on the patterns found in Pompey.
I must add I went with the silver model and I'm glad I did. In my opinion the golden vermeil would be a bit too much and would steal away some of the pen's elegance. But this is a very subjective mater it would depend on your taste.
It's also interesting to notice the shape of the cap (as well as the shape of the pen itself). The cap starts slightly thinner on the top and grows fatter towards the ring. The barrel itself starts thin next to the nib an gets thicker at the junction to the blind cap that hides the piston knob.
Contrary to some other reviewers, I loved the looks of the ink window. I think it goes very well with the rest of the pen. I cant find the right words to explain but the “walls” of the ink window are think so the ink forms a “column” within the window which brings an interesting effect. I guess it's easier to understand with the pictures.
(piston in motion):
For comparison, I took a shot of the Dolcevita next to my Pelicans (M215 and M205). When the pen arrived, I didn't have my Pelicans around, so I started to play with it and didn't notice how larger the Dolcevita was. Only latter, when I put them side by side I noticed the difference. No that I got used to writing with the Dolcevita, these Pelicans seem to disappear in my hands.
The pen is heavier at the end, probably because of the metal Piston knob. It's ok, but if you like to write with you fingers closer to the nib, I feel you would have to use more pressure to write correctly. If you post the pen, the whole set gets heavier which eliminates the problem, but then it's like writing with a cigar...it just gets huge !!!
Nib and writing:
So far, I have only used the black Delta Ink that came with the pen. In general, writing with this pen is very nice and effortless. The balance issue I've just mention is not enough to jeopardize the experience.
One problem I feel is that the nib tends to skip at the beginning of the sentence, specially at the beginning of letters such as “c,g..”. this is quite annoying and I hope it gets better with time. It's still only the second time I filled the pen so I hope it will adapt to my hand (or the other way around).
Also, I feel the it doesn't write as smooth and wet as my Pelican M215. I use Montblanc ink on the Pelicans, so I don't know if that's the reason for the difference or if it's the nib itself. The nib has what I believe is called feedback. It doesn't scratch, but as I got used to the smoothness of Pelicans, I kind of miss it.
This pen has a medium nib that looks very classy.
Although I might sound a little rough along this review, I really love this pen. It has become my daily writer and suddenly, during some boring meeting, I find myself lost and admiring the fine design and details of the pen.
Writing is a pleasure but the skipping is a bit annoying and I wish it wrote a bit smoother.
The size is perfect, even for my small hand
It was a high investment for me but I don't regret it at all
If anyone as questions, I'll be glad to help
Edited by rfranca, 21 February 2010 - 00:38.