So, with all that said, I bought the pen fully aware of all that, with this feeling inside me that regardless, it would be an awesome pen. I was right.
I was almost taken by the champagne colored pen, but this black rubberized finish was too tempting. When I said that I generally like flighters, that's excepting materials that are just too cool to pass up, and since my sense of style is very modern/industrial/utilitarian, things like Makrolon and... well... rubbery stuff appeal to me greatly. The rubber provides a very nice matte finish, much nicer looking IMO than the high gloss of black lacquer. It is also very pleasant to the touch, which is doubly nice as the sections of these pens match the barrel material. The polished white metal trim provides a nice touch of contrast with the matte black. The (Iridium Point Germany) nib, although large by my standards, matches the trim well and doesn't stand out much. Nib looks much nicer with the pen than I imagined.
It's big and heavy. I have terribly small hands and the pen is just about at my size limit. I kind of gasped when I opened the box, the pen was a bit thicker than I had imagined. I feel like a VP is on the fat side, and this is a bit fatter than that. Yet it's still comfortable to use. It is heavy, which some people don't like, but I do. I like to let the pen get momentum and finish my strokes for me. It also feels solid, which is good. I like knowing that I can throw it at one of my friends and cause them more harm than the pen.
I filled it up with Slovenian Skrip Brown, and it writes a bit on the dry side... or something... It lays down a good amount of ink, but it has kind of a drag to it, different from toothiness... Feels like I'm writing without any ink to lubricate it, if that makes sense. But it still puts down the ink like nobody's business. Gave a bit of shading with the brown Skrip, which isn't really my thing, but I know I'm not in the majority there. Attached is a writing sample in an attempt to show the shading... didn't turn out the best, however, because my scanner doesn't seem to like these things as much as it does photos.
Also, there are size comparisons to the right with the broadest thing I had available, an F VP w/ Slovenian Skrip Black.
So would I recommend the pen? Yes! It really can't be beat for the price... Build quality, aesthetics, nib... all I would rate higher than I would expect at the price point. Got me through a midterm today too, brown ink and all! Thanks Kevin! (Here is where I clarify that I have no ties aside from being the satisfied customer...)
(edited 'cause I attached the wrong file..)
Edited by brh, 29 October 2006 - 06:22.