Well, last time I am ashamed to say I got into arrears by several weeks, and I do not want you all to think I am not one for paying my dues on time, so here is this month's review: The Nakaya Briarwood in deep matte finish.
As already stated, I am not able to take pics at present, so here is a link to one if you'd like to take a peep(its the first one on the page)
I've never handled a wooden FP before so I was intrigued by the offer. I love wood as a material, so does my husband, who builds gorgeous bespoke furnature and built-in bookcases. So I was quite excited by the prospect of uniting my favourite natural material with my obsession for unique, quality writing tools. I was (almost) not disappointed.
The whole pen is incredibly smooth to the touch. I love the rounded end of the cap and the gently tapering body (not a fan of flat-tops, in general). The section is short, wasp-wasted, and disappointingly, made of shiny black plastic, although let me say here, I do understand why it has to be plastic (to avoid staining nightmares). However, I think I would have preferred it in a chocolate colour, or even in gold plated metal so that it matched the gp trim on the cap. But that is just a small and very personal gripe. What I wasn't prepared for, however, was how quickly the pen warms up in your hand. Forgive me if this appears slightly flaky, but as it almost instantly matches the temp of your hand, the pen seems to become a part of you, a seemless extension of your writing hand. Nor does it get sweaty or sticky when writing for lengthy periods, like metal sections can do. It was sublime!
Nib/Writing Experience. 7/10
The nib in this pen is 14k gold, and extra fine in width. This was, sadly, very toothy, bordering on scratchy, and as hard as a nail. It reminded me of the x/f nibs you get on Sailor 1911's, At first, it almost put me off. But because of the handling experience, I persevered. After a while it didn't seem so bad. But if it were mine, I'd definitely have the nib changed. Its sad to see such a gorgeous pen write, at best, just OK. I did not cap the pen because its not mine, but the balance was perfect without, and because it was made of wood, it is relatively light in weight. This means extended writing time without cramping, for me.
The Nakaya Briarwood is a gorgeous pen which offers an unusual writing experience, one I particularly enjoyed; it is let down only by the sub-standard nib. The version I used was in a matte finish. It is also offered in a gloss finish. I'm glad I didn't try the gloss. I can't see the feel being the same at all. I'm imagining (and, please, correct me if I'm wrong) that it would feel more akin to plastic or resin in the hand, than wood. As a side point, briarwood is the wood used for making pipes, so this pen is unlikely to spontaneously combust...
Hope you enjoyed the review. Coming soon: The William Henry Cabernet.
Edited by tawanda, 10 July 2010 - 15:50.