Pilot stated that this pen is crafted out of コムプライト（樹脂含浸カバ材), which translated to "resin impregnation birch" I think it's birch wood with a layer of waterproofing resin over it. The wood has a matte finish, and does not appear to look as if there is a layer of resin over it, nor the smell of plastic. In fact it even has a faint smell of wood on it. I think Pilot has done really well on this aspect.
As I have mentioned this pen is a small sized pen. I took some pictures of it beside a ruler but the photos turn out as if I didn't measure it correctly so I am going to state the dimensions here:
Diameter (thickest at barrel): 11mm
Feel in Hand
I have an average sized hand and could use the pen both unposted and posted. However I think that due to it's size, most people would prefer to use the pen posted. Balance is overall ok as the pen is short. However it might not be the pen for long writing sessions. The pen cap does sits well posted but not very tight, which is what I prefer.
The woodgrain pattern on the pen definitely made it look more expensive that it really cost. It is very obvious and color looks great over the other wooden Japanese pens that has the usual brownish color.
Mine is a 14k Pilot Fine nib and Pilot uses it's Size 3 nib on it. Writes perfectly without a flaw
Will take a CON-20, CON-50 or cartridge. Nothing fanciful here with the usual c/c suspects from Pilot
I would give it a 9/10 for a grade. I think that the size of the pen is subjective but for such a small pen Pilot should allow the pen to be posted more securely. Although it wasn't a great issue but I did experience once, when I felt the posted cap coming loose.
Now for the pictures:
Edited by Lehnsherr, 14 March 2010 - 06:24.