The pen is made by the Gate City Pen company, and can be purchased via Richard Binder's site.
More pics can be seen here: http://www.richardspens.com/
This model is the Senior in amber and black. It looks remarkably like a Bexley, who I believe were very active in the production of the pen. It has the flat top, the twirly gold bead (for want of a better description) on the end of the clip, and IMHO, it screams Bexley. That may be great for many here on FPN but I'm not a Bexley fan (except for the torpedo shaped Submariner) The thing that I like least about this design is the fact that the pen cap is so oversized. Side-by-side, it is longer than either the blind cap or the ink window. Because it takes up more than a third of the overall look, it looks top heavy. Add to that the fact that there's almost an inch of black space above the top of the clip and you have a clumsy, unappealing, top-heavy looking pen.
The pen is huge. Although it is not as wide as a MB 149, (13 mm to 15.2mm) it is longer: 6mm longer when capped, 8mm longer uncapped, and a whopping 17mm longer posted! Actually, it is not easy to post it, the cap kind of perches on the end, very unsecurely.
The nib size is big but it fits in well, considering how big the pen is. But it is steel, which I think is sad. For the price (full price $245) it should have come with a gold nib. The medium nib in this pen has been professionally ground to a fairly crispish, cursive italic. Its got a fair bit of feedback. I'm not sure if that is the way the pen's owner wanted it, or if the nib's feedback is part of it's design, but I can't say I'm that keen. I would like to try a standard nib for comparison.
The filling system is via a rubber bulb hidden under a blind cap at the top. It took a little getting used to, but once I did, I found it fun. With each sucessive squeeze, you see the ink level go up, until it's about 3/4 full. And that, my friends, is a lot of ink! And that brings me to the ink window. I love it. It encompasses around half the body of the pen. Its a great feature, and it's such fun to watch the ink slosh around as you write.
So, in conclusion:
I like the enormous ink window, and the filling system is simple and efficient, making the pen a joy to fill and to wash out, too. It holds an enormous amount of ink: over 3 ml according to Richard's website.
The writing experience was OK but I'd like to try a standard nib for comparison.
The design, particularly in the top heavy cap, and the overtly Bexley clip, leaves a lot to be desired.
edited for typos...
Edited by tawanda, 11 November 2010 - 19:55.