This is my first review on FPN and whilst I do not see myself as qualified or with years of experience, I do have passion and a love for this pen.
I recall watching an episode of Top Gear (an English motoring show) and they were seeking the best roadster. The contestants: BMW Z4 and Porsche Boxter. After many tests, they all agreed the outright winner... Honda S2000!! What!!! This isn't prestigious enough to hold this title. It should go to a more well known brand like the Porsche or BMW, or at least give it to a Mercedes! The simple fact is the little Honda, whilst not such a sexy name (sorry Honda), it simply out performed its rivals.... and that analogy is exactly what comes to mind when I see the Leman.
This Swiss luxury goods manufacturer doesn't seem to roll off the tongue as a great pen manufacturer, however hopefully this review may go some way to demonstrating this pens greatness.
I have the Ebony black version which features silver plated and rhodium coated trims. I think this pen exudes class. It has subtle curves giving a torpedo shaped body to the barrel, that when posted, becomes a straighter pen. The cap features a 'CdA' logo over a slanted top. A deep black achieved by 8 layers of coating over brass engulfs the cap disturbed only by the rhodium coated clip and ring. The body is tipped by a stepped rhodium disc. The body, more of that delicious DEEP black. Where the barrel meets the section, a rhodium 'disc' surrounds the barrel with 'Caran d'Ache' elegantly displayed - very classy indeed.
A very well designed and made thread that only requires a 180 degree turn secures the lid very firmly in place.
This pen feels extremely well built.
The Nib can be described as a spade as it opens out very widely. It is single tone Rhodium to echo the sentiments of the pens design. I find it beautiful although some may feel it is a little plain. It writes so well. I have several FP's (including a Duofold, and Carene) which are all beautiful but each have flaws in the nib. I often pick the Leman up daring it to skip or tooth, but it just performs wonderfully every time - a bit like the Honda. There is no or very little flex however this nib is the definition of buttery.
Weight and Size
The brass construction gives it plenty of weight, considerably heavier than the Carene. The weight is well distributed and even posted is very well balanced. The Leman is a bit of a Chameleon as unposted it is quite small (just 12.7cm) but posted reaches 16cm (my own measurements) and therefore can be well suited to those who prefer small or larger pens.
I've seen this pen selling for as much as £440 however I purchased it from Pen Fountain in Surrey (UK) for a mere £285 - a bargain. I feel this pen is easily as good as a Montblanc 146 and therefore suitably priced at £440. At £285, it is daylight robbery!
As a cartridge/converter pen, some may argue that it lacks that allure offered by a piston filler. The converter screws into place very securely and does hold sufficient ink. I doubt as much as a 149 or M1000 but covers many pages of A4 sufficiently. There is a rubber seal where the barrel screws into the section - perhaps this can also be used as an eyedropper?
I am amazed at how well this Leman performs. It certainly looks and feels stunning, and at the risk of offending some purists, I think owning one demonstrates a little creating thinking and imagination outside the box..... in fact, there is no box!
Lewis - 9/11/2010
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Apologies, This Should have been titled 'Caran d'Ache Review'
Edited by lewis, 11 September 2010 - 13:52.