It appears to me that the metallic band on the cap had some variations. For example, the red pen in above picture has a band with cut-out patterns in it; while mine has a solid band. The inspiration for this model is derived from vintage Doric, except for the filling mechanism (cartridge converter on Bexley), the material (acrylic on Bexley) and the style/length of the facets on the body.
The color and finish are beautiful.
It looks very lively/vivid under direct light.
The feel of the facets is warm and very convenient to hold. It balances well without posting cap (I don’t post cap) and feels light.
It’s a full size pen and yet very light for its size. It’s tad taller than Montblanc 146, Pelikan M805 and Sailor 1911 large – just to give some comparative idea. The measured dimensions are:
Full Length with cap closed: 5.75 inch (14.6 cms)
Length of the barrel plus nib section: 5.4 inch (13.7 cms)
Weight with ink: 0.8 oz (23.7 gms, the whole pen); 0.5 oz (14.8 gms, barrel only).
Nib and Writing Performance:
The original nib was medium and it wrote like a western medium:
The medium nib was smooth, wet and a little springy if gripped farther though technically it can be classified more as a rigid nib I would say. It’s a dual tone 18K gold nib.
I had no complaints with the original nib, but I wanted to make it cursive italic. I sent it to Mike It Work for regrinding it to a 0.6 mm cursive italic. Michael did a fabulous job:
I am not an experienced cursive writer, so here’s a close up to show line variation (the paper is not as high quality as Rhodia, for example):
This is a beautiful, full sized pen. It’s not very expensive. The MSRP was $335 or so if I am not mistaken. But you can get it around $250 if you look around. I don’t know why Bexley discontinued it. The pen is pleasure to hold, to look at and to write with. I would say, it’s a very good candidate for custom grinds as well, like I did with mine. Georges had grip section broken later on and Bexley replaced it with a black one. I am not sure if this was common. The acrylic material does not look/feel very fragile, but I don’t have much experience with the stability of this material. As a buyer, I had that in mind before buying it. If anything like that happens on mine, I am sure Bexley will take care of it. In the meanwhile, I hope to enjoy it for a long time with positive recommendation to anyone considering this pen or any other pen in this price range.
Edited by jigesh, 01 March 2010 - 00:05.