While browsing on eBay I found this pen that looked very good on pictures.As the price was not so high I took the chance and ordered it.
The pen comes in a cardboard box that contains a more solid box, black in color with white stitches.
Inside the box is the pen with an instructions booklet.
On the outer box there is a label written in Chinese and what it seems the model number (PS-917) and serial number. There is also an hologram.
First Impressions 5/5
Gorgeous! The finishing of the pen is awesome. The black body is shiny and smooth and it is no marked by fingerprints. The silver parts are also of extremely good quality.
Appearance & Design 9/10
The pen is slim, On the cap top there is engraved the word “Picasso” as well as on the metal band at the end of the cap right below the clip and also in another metal band towards the end of the body.
The nib is semi hooded and with a silver finishing.
The cap clicks solidly in place.
The gripping section has some texture and, most important to me, the finish is also a glossy black that goes very well with the body. I really hate those pens that have the gripping section of a completely different color and finish than the body and make it look rather cheap.
In short, a very sober and elegant design.
Construction & Quality 9/10
The build quality is very very good. Even on the piston converter there is the brand logo engraved on a metal band.
The pen is heavy but very well balanced.
Nib & Performance 9/10
The nib is very smooth. Smoother than both my Lamy F and Pelikan M215 F nibs. The pen just glides over the paper. This Fine nib writes more like a Medium.
Following my recent experiences I rinsed the pen several times with liquid soap and then water before loading ink.
Filling system & Maintenance 8/10
The filling system is a piston converter.
Cost & Value 9/10
I bought it from 'no_9527' on ebay for US$18.50 plus US$10.00 shipping to Mexico in April 2010. It took three weeks to arrive.
I love this pen. It looks way more expensive and the quality has nothing to envy from Pelikan M215. All I can say is that it is my favorite pen now!
Edited by hecya, 01 May 2010 - 01:19.