2. Construction & Quality (8) – The pen is well constructed but certainly not overly robust (when compared to my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage). The materials of construction of the filler tube, in particular, are of very light gauge metal. Overall construction quality is very good.
3. Weight & Dimensions (6) – The pen is quite light compared to modern day pens. It has been constructed to facilitate daily use rather than as a heavy, ornate pen for part time use. The pen's dimensions are: uncapped approx' 11.7 mm long, capped it is 13.6 mm long and posted it is 14.2 mm long. The pen is not overly large by modern standards and would be suitable for use by the majority of people. Although the cap can be posted without affecting user comfort I would avoid doing so to prevent scratching the body of the pen (the plastic does not appear to be a hard as modern plastics). The cap does not snap into place with a satisfying click like my Sheaffer Legacy Heritage or Parker 75 (this detracts somewhat from the pen).
4. Nib & Performance (9) – The nib is fabricated from 14 Kt gold and is "fine" I think. The nib is firm, performs flawlessly and produces a fine to medium wet line with just a hint of tooth on a wide variety of paper types.
5. Filling System & Maintenance (7) - The Snorkel filling system is elegantly designed and a pleasure to use. It draws up copious amounts of ink and is a pleasure to use (I am getting lots of interest and comments from my work mates). The pen is relatively easy to disassemble and repair, particularly if you have prior experience working on Sheaffer Snorkel pens.
6. Cost & Value (7) – I purchased the pen (+ accompanying pencil on Ebay) for USD $300 - not cheap but the pen is in near mint condition and comes with its original box and papers. I probably paid over the market rate but I wanted to get an excellent example of this pen.
7. Conclusion (Final score, 7.3) - This is an excellent pen, designed for everyday use. Its outstanding characteristics are the quality and performance of its nib and it matches or exceeds the performance of the nibs on my modern pens (Mont Blanc, Pelikan, Sailor etc). I do not collect for the purposes of display but, rather, for use. I have this pen in my current rotation and will, no doubt, return to it time and time again.
Edited by Gary1952, 25 May 2010 - 13:35.