I bought this pen about three months ago and have used it on and off with increasing satisfaction.
Appearance & Design: 8/10
Elegant classic design with a 'twist': screw on/off cap on fine metal threads. Intriguingly stepped band between section and barrel. The nib is hugely spade like, jutting out from narrow section; a big contrast to my Cross Apogee. The cap is impressively styled with a nice etched CdA logo on the slanted top. the clip is simple yet bold.
Construction & Quality: 10/10
Absolutely solid sturdy reliable Swiss kraftwerk. All the components seem built like a Swiss bank vault. The standards for this pen seem way beyond anything in my collection. The screw on cap takes barely a turn to come off. The cap is heavy and solidly constructed with a what seems to be a clip made out in one solid piece: no evidence of folded steel plate, like my Sheaffer Valor. The spring for the clip is buried securely near the top of the cap which itself has a nice inner plastic sheath to protect the barrel for secure posting.
Weight & Dimensions: 7/10
Dimensions: 13.2d x 138mm capped x 160mm posted x 47g (PenFountain.com.) Comfortably weighty feel complements the solid construction of this behemoth. Posted; very acceptable, despite cap weight; un-posted: light and flowing for longer written work if cap proves tiresome. I always post my pens and this is as comfortable as my Carene and others.
Nib & Performance: 8/10
Medium nib gives an almost broad stub-like line: mostly smooth with no starting or skipping issues. The nib was obviously well tested during production. I'm glad the line width feels broader than my other pens' mediums, for a pen of this weight and presence. Diamine ink allows free flowing expression.
Filling System & Maintenance: 8/10
Standard international short and long cartridges and converter. I'm always satisfied with this flexible and serviceable arrangement even if the pen looks like it would make a suitable piston filler. Easy to change inks, try new ones with my Diamine colour cartridge assortment or sip from a bottle with the converter.
Cost & Value: 10/10
MRP: £400. However, at just under half that for an ex demonstrator in perfect dipped only condition in a smaller model's box, I had it in a Pen Shop bag from testing in under quarter of an hour. It was also the colour I'd wanted should I get the opportunity to try one.
Conclusion: final score 60/6 = 10
Gorgeous design, reeking of class and quality with an acceptable filling system, a dream like nib and at a great B&M store price. Serendipity hit me good!
As I might expect from a pen made in the suburbs of Geneve at the foothills of the Alps: I'm in
Edited by ballboy, 14 July 2010 - 21:46.