Background: So when I joined this amazing forum some one messaged me about this pen. I said "Hey it's free, and if you're willing to give it to me... Great!" So thank you so much for giving this amazing pen to me!!!
Appearance and Design (7/10)
Granted not the flashiest pen in the world, it is amazing to look at. It is very minimalistic and the nib... Oh the nib!!!! The cap along with the sleek dark green body is heavenly. The only problem is, it's TOO minimalistic... It doesn't say, "Write with me, I'm amazing" it's more of a "When you're fed up with the flashy pens, come to me. Trust me" It doesn't scream AMAZING, which isn't bad for anything... But the design I think.
Construction and Quality (5/10)
Very solid, feels like it can withstand a lot, which it can. The only problem is the threads... And it's a BIG problem. Since the pen is at least 60 years old the threads don't work really well, sometimes when trying to take the cap off I accidentally take the body off from the tip... Another thing, is it doesn't screw in all the way, it has a clicking system that keeps unscrewing/clicking when you turn it in, preventing you from twisting it so hard it gets stuck. Which is fine, but annoying to me.
Weight and Dimensions (8/10)
Very... I don't know how to describe it! It's heavy enough so that you know it's actually there, but it leaves something to be desired. The dimensions are very good, especially me with short stubby fingers Very easy to write with, very fun to just hold. Not too long and not too short... Just right
(Uncapped with a bottle of Noodler's 'Borealis Black' If you read the title of the essay it's called 'Eternal Ink' and near the bottom it mentions a Parker 51 circa 1945... That was totally unplanned!!!)
Nib and Performance (9/10)
Amazing... Very wet, as in the ink comes out in good quantities, but dry enough to feel the scratch of the paper underneath. The previous owner said it was a Broad nib, but it write more like a Fine or Extra-Fine, which is even better! You can't see the nib itself because of the thingy-mabobber whatever it's called. Which is fine, I like it A LOT! Makes it seem more protected.
Filling system (8/10)
Aeromatic filler. Nuff' said! No... It's really good though, usually pens this old they fillers just sort of... Fall apart, this is great! No leaks fills up fully, very VERY satisfying to fill. You squeeze it so it creates a vacuum then slowly release the pressure and you can feel the ink shooting up. It's an amazing feeling. Something you don't get with any other type of filler. Only problem is I can't carry a bottle of ink everywhere I go.
It was free!!! What else can I say? Even if it isn't free, you can find these with very good prices.
Although it doesn't score a high score, apart from my Lamy Studio, it is the best pen I own. It's good in all categories, only quality is bad, because it's 60+ years old. But in my opinion, this is a must for anyone that collects pens or just writes with them. Very glad I got this. Thank you
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Edited by MassTahDohn, 01 November 2010 - 01:47.