The Titanio is a handsomely designed pen. It has modern lines and proportions. The brushed metal rings around the blind cap and cap are a nice touch with the brushed gray color of the titanium nib. The clip, though, is shiny silver colored. On any other pen, it would be very nice, but it fails to match the appearance of the rings. The clip is nicely spring mounted. Even nicer, it extends to a line bisecting the top of the cap, which accentuates the modern sense of the design. The print on the cap is also well done. There is, in a dark gray to match the nibs and cap rings, the name of the manufacturer, the name of the model, the number of the pen (they are numbered, but not limited), and the country of origin—Italy.
The dimensions are manageably hefty. There’s no mistaking this for a slim pen, but it rests comfortably in the hand. The section and body are both wider than an Aurora Optima or Visconti Van Gogh. The pen is not particularly long, however. It is the same length capped as a Lamy 2000 (and longer than a Parker Duofold International).
The body is made of an unremarkable black plastic. It does not yet show any wear, but it also does not feel as hard as the plastic used in the Aurora 88, Optima, or Talentum. It has a nice feel that is not slick, but whether that means it is soft or not will be something that time or more knowledgeable contributors will judge. All threads are plastic.
The titanium nib, said to be made by Bock, is a full length, traditional wing-shouldered type nib with a round breathing hole and nice etching. It also has a nice, darkish gray color. The feed is not Ebonite.
It does not write very well. At least mine doesn’t. I have tried two separate nib/feed parts in the pen. One was a medium. It wrote haltingly and a little wide. The fine wrote far better out of the box. It was still a bit wide for a fine, but the tip had a nice shape. Unfortunately, it does not write reliably. It often does not write on an initial downstroke. Occasionally, it will not write on the second or third stroke, either. This was over an extended period of time, with comprehensive cleaning, and an ink (Omas black) that in my other pens flows well. (While the performance of the hardware was not impressive, Yafa’s customer service was.)
It is a screw-seated c/c filler.
As a matter of modern design and Italian pens, I would put the Titanio in the same group as the previous style (CA section) Omas Bologna and the Aurora Talentum. It has some nice modern features that those pens lack, notably the spring clip, brushed metal rings, and light writing on the black body. It does not actually write as well as the Bologna, however, and, whatever else it might be, a pen should write. It also does not write as well as the Talentum, nor does it have the Talentum’s build quality, including metal threading and a precise flow.
Neither the novelty nor flexibility of its titanium nib outweighs the problem with this pen’s performance. I’m going to keep it, because I have a little nest of Italian pens. But that’s the only reason.
Please pardon the phone camera quality of the images.
There's at least one other review in FPN at this time on the Titanio, and it's more positive than mine: click here.
Edited by jbn10161, 18 February 2011 - 21:56.