Quote from Bexley's web site: "This classic design is inspired by the "high tech" look that emerged during the 1950's. We carry on this tradition by machining our Continentals from aircraft quality aluminum. We coat them with a rich two-tone bronze finish, and matte black accents, for a smart, rugged appearance."
Pictures from Bexley's Web Site:
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This is my first Bexley. I now also have a 10th Anniversary in Orange Ebonite also, but it cost slightly more than the Continental did. This pen is a lot nicer than the price tag would indicate. It has two characteristics that will appeal to many people and two that will not appeal to many people. First the positives. The pen writes extremely well. The nib on mine is a medium and I would say it is a pretty true medium. The nib is steel, and made by Schmidt, not Brock like the more expensive Bexley's. The second attractive feature is the price.
The negatives to many people (but not everyone of course) are the pen is really thin. Not bic stick thin, but thin. It is a little thicker than a Hero 2004 and is thicker than the thin part of a Parker 25 and thinner than the thick part of a Parker 25. The second thing that some people will not like is it is made of aluminum. Personally, I like metal pens and I think it is cool that it is aircraft grade aluminum, and I really like the bronze color. You can't see it really well from the pictures, but it has a streaked two tone thing going on with the cap that is attractive.
Do I like the pen? Yeah! I like it a lot. It has an ultra modern, ultra cool look to it. Would I give up my Parker 51 or Estie J for it? NO! Would I give up every Chinese pen that I own for it? Yep! Would I give up my Cross Solo or Waterman Phileas for it? I don't know yet. Is there anything I don't like about it? Yes, it has a black plastic clip. I don't think the black color goes well with the rest of the pen, and plastic? It does nothing for me in any positive sense.
Bottom line—it is an attractive, well-made, nice writing, nice feeling pen made by a wonderful American pen company.
Edited by MYU, 25 October 2008 - 05:10.