This pen is cheap, in 20-30 EUR range, so the materials are cheap too. First impression when you look at it is that it's well done. First impression when you touch it it's cheap. I'd made this because all others reviews didn't mention and show its use as a calligraphy instrument but a writer's one.
1. Appearance & Design (8) - Classic model
Dark blue color (may seem violet or black depending the light). Clip and ring golded. The engraves in the rig are properly done. Good looking. A classic design.
2. Construction & Quality (6) - Cheap but resistent
It's cheap. It's been in my hand just for 3 hours and the golded parts are still golded (my perspiration is acid) so it has some quality.
3. Weight & Dimensions (6) - Small and lightweight
It weights nothing. Seriously, it seems if you left window open it could fly away. Scary.
4. Nib & Performance (9) - Dry and smooth, difficult to write with it
The nib is golden (not "gold") and says "Sailor F-2". It's a strange nib as it's a Sailor's pen after all. It's dry and smooth. The stroke width is controlled changin' the pen angle respect to the paper, and that's the hard part. To be useful you have to use it as if it were a brush but without applying too much preassure (it's a fountain pen, remember?)
5. Filling System & Maintenance (8) - Proprietary Sailor cartridge/converter
It's the propietary and standard Sailor cartdrige/converter. I've used a standard Sailor converter directly in it.
6. Cost & Value (8) - No alternatives
A calligraphy pen for 20-30 EUR wich works like a brush? Nice deal if you want to do calligraphy. If you want to write with it as if it were another fountain pen... then, this pen is not for you.
7. Conclusion (Final score: 7.5) - A nice calligraphy pen
I think it's a good pen, for calligraphy, of course. I would buy it again if needed.
- Paper 60 g/m^2 (ink did NOT cross to the other paper side even at the broader strokes)
- "Geronimo Gil" font (FP and ink info) created by my (shameless self-promotion XD)