Firstly, I must tell you that this line of pens has been discontinued by Cleo-Skribent and has been replaced by a newer line called the Classic. But as far as I could make out from the photos from this online seller
http://www.fuellhalt...php?list=KAT187, the new Classic line is the same as the old Chiffre line. I came across this particular pen when browsing through the catalogue of the online seller I mentioned. They had announced an end-of-line sale of the Chiffre line and were offering these pens for 45 Euros. I just couldn't let this opportunity pass.
Okay now with the review.
1. Apperance and Design:
I ordered my pen from Ludwig Blankenhorn (http://www.fuellhalter.de) and they delivered it within a week. The good thing about ordering with this particular company is that shipments within Germany are free. The pen was packaged in a box covered with what looked like black synthetic leather with the Cleo-Skribent logo on the bottom right hand corner. The pen was made of black plastic fitted with chrome accents. The pen is slim, quite light and without any obvious manufacturing flaws.
From left to right: Lamy Studio, Lamy Safari, Pelikan M 215 and the Cleo-Skribent Chiffre 05.
From top to bottom: Cleo-Skirbent Chiffre 05, Pelikan M 215, Lamy Safari, Lamy Studio.
The Cleo-Skribent Chiffre 05 fountain pen.
Weight and Dimensions:
Length (with cap screwed on): 14.5 cm.
Length of pen (without cap): 13.5 cm.
Length (with cap posted): 16.5 cm.
The pen has about the same girth as the Lamy Studio or the Pelikan 215 but is lighter than both of them. Overall it's a medium-sized light-weight pen.
Construction and Quality:
The pen is solidly built and looks quite classy. The pen has a screw-on cap, a steel nib and an ebonite feed. The cap can be posted and is very well-balanced.
Nib and Performance:
The nib is broad and made of steel. On paper, the nib feels very stiff but smooth, almost glass-like. Having used this pen for a few weeks, I found that it can be quite dry if you don't use the right inks. With Lamy Black, the pen tends to dry out even when uncapped for a minute. But with Pelikan Royal Blue 4001 (spiked with a drop of dishwash), this pen comes alive. Overall, you have to use wet inks with this one.
This pen is available as both a cartridge/converter and as a piston filler. I ordered the C/C partly because I didn't know much about this company and partly because the close-out offer was for the C/C type pens only. The converter supplied with this pen looked longer than the usual converters (Lamy, for instance) and has to be screwed in, a feature I like very much. The slide-in converters in other pens feel so unsafe!
Cost: I paid Euro 45 for this pen and I consider this a bargain. I'm just ruing the fact that I didn't order a piston-filler that is available for Euro 58. But I'll definitely get the piston-filler sometime.
Conclusion: Overall I'm very happy with this pen. It's a little quirky in its taste for ink but otherwise it a good solid everyday workhorse. I highly recommend this pen.
Edited by somnath1077, 03 April 2010 - 10:32.