I was pretty optimistic when I hit the bid button on Australian ebay. If I won it would cost less than $10 USD shipped. Can't beat that with a stick. So I won. Yay!
Got it in the mail yesterday, shipped well, small cardboard box with foamy lining. Pen wrapped in plastic. Flushed it a bit before i inked it up. The converter works as well
(or not) as any other I've used. As good as a Lamy or Pilot twisty converter, honestly. It might not look as nice, but it works just as well. It is all metal, so fairly heavy, and
therefore not really the best pen to write kinda sideways with while laying in bed. Figured that one out all by myself.
Construction and Quality: VERY nice. CLicky cap, stiff spring, and the cap ring at the bottom is just wonderful to look at. I'm REALLY impressed with this thing. Cap clicks on very tightly with a nice loud CLIK, haven't had any dry out. Piston converter fits in VERY tightly, was really impressed with this part. There's really only two things that bug me about this: the threads where the barrel and section screw together are a bit loose. It tightens up just fine, but it's sorta cheapy feeling. And where the clip fits into the cap there is a little gap. If you bought the black pen, you wouldn't notice, probably. But it sorta sticks out. Not awful though.
The grip is sort of a matte plastic, and feels really nice. No slippery grip here even with sweaty fingers.
Appearance and Design: love the color, ivory I think, and love all the s/s trim. Very classy looking. I even like the clip. The pen is cigar shaped I guess, so not the most original thing on earth, but who cares.
Nib: Very thin metal so it gives you the impression that it has some spring, but I wouldn't push my luck. Out of the box it needed tine alignment, and I pushed up a tiny bit and it stayed put. So this is one to write lightly with to save you from bending the nib all-to-hell. Sort of a dry writer, maybe a 4 outta 10, but still nice. Slow writer. Skipped in scribbles. Then I took out the breather tube and it became a brand new amazing little pen. THe line is wetter, so wider, which is good b/c the ebay description said "bold nib", which it really wasn't. Now it's close to a fat medium I'd guess. Just slightly smaller than my old Pilot Custom (the doody brown one I traded off)...
Filling: piston converter. top notch for the price. Takes a good fill, too. Not the biggest, but good for a day or two of doodles and notes. It looks like it would take international carts, so you could probably even take some carts with you. But I'd be wary of putting the converter in and out for ruining the mating surfaces.
Price: under $10 usd. Very good. Could easily be a $20 or more pen.
Overall: awesome. would definitely recommend it to others. Just know you may want to take out the breather tube, and may NEED to adjust the nib. Didn't have to do any smoothing on this one. It was great right out of the box.
first a size comparo...
on my red and black spiral bound....
sorry for the blurry pic...
Parker 51, Lamy Safari, Pilot C742, Pelikan M200
the nib and feed
and the breather tube, which i took out and chunked. feels like good quality and works quite well.
when i pulled the nib and feed out (came out VERY easily just pinching) the breather tube stayed behind in the section. i used some skinny tweezers to
twist and pull it out. the pen was fairly dry, so i chunked the breather tube and put it back together and this thing writes MARVELOUSLY! couldn't believe it.
and the piston converter. actually, it fits into the section tighter than any other piston converter i've used. one of the best...
especially for this price range.
Edited by watch_art, 21 December 2011 - 02:58.