On first impression, I would have to give it a 8/10. I admit I may be a bit biased, since this is my first flat-top. The body of the pen has a nice striped green celluloid pattern and all the metal fixtures are shiny and free of corrosion. The clip is a bit crooked, but still firmly attached and there are traces of what may have been a cap band, but it is no longer present. It's to be expected on a pen of this make and vintage.
Sorry if the picture is blurry, it was the best I could do with the camera I have.
On size and general construction, I give a 9/10 out of personal preferences. Like many vintage flat-tops, it seems quite large. It is 5.25 in length when capped, 6.75 inches in length when posted. The barrel is .5 inches in diameter, the cap is about 11/16 of an inch wide. The only negative mark I give is for a loose fit between the barrel and section, but this may be due to age. The pic below is this pen next to what I think is an early Sheaffer Sentinel, for size comparison.
For nib and writing characteristics, I can't really give it a fair score since until recently, nearly all of my FP's have been 3rd tier. The nib is marked 14k GOLD PLATE. It is a "spoon" nib where, instead of an iridium or built up tip, the metal at the tip is curved downward then up much like a spoon as the name implies. As a result, it is rather scratchy, and if not held at the right angle, it can catch on the paper. It does seem to have some flex, but I cant see much variation in my random writing sample below. The ink used is Private Reserve Tropical Blue.
Over all, I would say it is a typical example of many 3rd tier pens that are available, but for a total cost of $17.00 for a nearly fully refurbished flat top pen, the low cost makes up for any shortcomings in the design
Edited by br549, 09 December 2010 - 08:04.