A review on the Parker Sonnet Chisled Tartan GT Fountain Pen
Hi guys, this is my first review - enjoy!
I got this pen without a presentation box or papers. It was snuggly packaged in a bubble wrap and a newspaper-stuffed USPS box. Opening in it up, it looked like a cheap gimmicky gaudy pen.
Appearance & Design: 7/10
At first glance, it seems to be a rebranded fancy kid's toy. To close inspection, it is actually quite beautiful and detailed in its chisled silver pattern and gold trim. The black lacquer cap jewel has spaces around the circumfrence - not sure why this was put in. I sealed it with soy candle wax so it smells good and prevents it from drying out at the same time. Back to the point, it is actually gorgeous - the nib, the three blended colors of gold, silver, and black, everything. But it isn't a pen to bring to public areas. People will ask you "how much did you pay for it? why would you pay so much for an ink stick?"
Construction & Quality: 8/10
Great construction and quality, overall most likely a long lasting pen. Not much to say here, since its standard Parker quality goodness.
Weight & Dimensions: 9/10
The pen is well balanced in weight, and the dimensions are perfect for my hand. Comfy on a three-finger pinch. The cap should be posted so that it is slightly back heavy for a lighter touch on the nib.
Nib & Performance: 5/10
Normally for a pen to be used in my rotation, the nib must write well, better than it looks. Unluckily, this nib is sub-par with its beautiful finish. The 18k-750 duo tone criss-cross lattice nib is an pretty thing to look at but it has such a narrow sweet spot and my hand cannot stay in the exact same position very long. I have to check my nib position every couple of sentences to find the sweet spot - outside of the sweet spot, it has a significant "bite." It is stiffer, drier, and toothier than my favorite gold plated stainless steel Sonnet nib. Overall a terrible nib for the MSRP price and will not go into my rotation.
Filling system & Maintainence: 7.5/10
Standard modern Parker converter/cartridge filling system, but the screw in nib is easily swapped.
Cost & Value: 6/10
At the MSRP of between $140 to $200, the pen is not very good value. It may look nice but it doesn't write nearly as well as it looks. For what I got it for its more than a bargain, but at current prices it's a no no.
Conclusion: (Not an average) 6/10
The most important part of a pen is how it writes. Too bad this pen doesn't write nearly as well as my cheap & ugly: $15 Parker Frontier, my favorite: $60 Parker Sonnet (BL GT SS nib) or the glorious: Lamy 2000. I might keep it for a while, but not for long before it goes to the FS subforum or fleabay. I wouldn't buy this again unless it would be for a friend.