1. Appearance & Design: 9/10 Harmony, good taste, elegance, simplicity. I do not ever get tired of admiring such a perfectly designed FP. I must say that the design and the appearance are the strong point of this FP. Just the dark wood and platinum plated.
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2. Construction & Quality: 8/10 Nothing to say. This FP is well done. Every part seems well built, polished, resistant and durable. But I put an 8 because of the plastic piece near the nib. I think they could find a better solution, as It isn't a cheap FP. Another reason: I had to change the first FP we bought because the nib didn't work correctly. Obviously, they changed it without problem, but suddenly I felt insecure with this brand.
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3. Weight & Dimensions: 8/10 Well, actually there isn't any problem with that FP. But I love big FP and this one is a bit too small for me. It is a pity that this brand don't make a bigger FP apart from the special edition of every year. Because of the sterling silver, this FP is not light althoug I feel it very comfortable in my hand, even caped as I used. It's a pleasure to hold this FP.
4. Nib & Performance: 6/10 No, there isn't any problem. My pen has a F nib and it writes very well. It does never scratch, It flows on paper very nicely, wet enough. It never fails. So...? Well, this is difficult to say, but in my opinion this nib has no soul. My Duofold EF nib is a little scratchy but has a soul, it never leaves me indifferent. This Graf von Faber-Castell nib is well done, never fails, but doesn't make me feel anything special. It's a goog worker. That's all. I know that this is a very subjective opinion, but I must be sincere.
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5. Filling System & Maintenance: 8/10 Simple: cartridge or converter. Easy to clean.
6. Cost & Value: 7/10 It is not a cheap FP, but the price might be right. If only it was a little bigger...
7. Conclusion: Final score 7/10 As for me the nib is very important, I will put a low score. Maybe it is unfair, I know.
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Edited by rogerico, 28 August 2010 - 06:46.