Honestly, this is a reliable German pen. When I've got any serious writing to do, it's my go-to. On essay tests, it's all I use.
Appearance & Design (8) - A classic, but some will hate it.
If you love Bauhaus, this is the pen for you. It's black fiberglass and stainless steel. It's been taken apart, photographed, dropped, and considered ad infinitum on here, so I'll stick to my impressions.
Construction & Quality (8) - Follows the German stereotype.
Beautifully built. The piston knob disappears into the sea of fiberglass; the clip is elegant and useful.
Weight & Dimensions (8) - The perfect size
Not too big or too small. Made for writing, not for looking at. Form follows function a la Bauhaus, and that is evident in the entirety of the pen.
Nib & Performance (7) - The nib sizing is off but otherwise good
The nib is a very nice hooded number. While my medium could be considered bold, I love it and am glad I didn't go any smaller or bigger. It wasn't the smoothest pen I have owned, but after a bit of writing it loosened up and I would now consider it pleasantly smooth.
Filling System & Maintenance (9) - Piston filling marvel
It holds a bucketful of ink and is a great piston filler. This pen will ruin you for cartridge/converter. Honestly.
Cost & Value (8) - Great value for money
I got it at our local campus bookstore for about $90, which is quite a deal for this phenomenal pen. Even at the online prices of around 130, you should still go for it. For a gold nib and piston filler this is a great price.
Conclusion (Final score of 8) - Buy this pen if you like Bauhaus styling and great value for money
If you don't like the design, don't buy it. Otherwise, I see no reason to not recommend this excellent pen. It's probably the pen I'd use when writing a novel or a doctoral dissertation.
Edited by GraceThroughFaith, 11 May 2010 - 22:19.