No surprises; looks just like the pic in catalog! But it is very pretty.
Construction and Artwork: 8/10
It is not as large as my full-size Sailor 1911, but is somewhat heavier. It is about the same length as my Sailor 1911. There is no design on the cap, only the barrel. Clip and band is gold-plated. The artwork is raised and has the feel they were painted on (but it is not; the design is silk-screened). There is more color to the design than portrayed in its store description. But a little design on the cap would be nice.
Fill: 10/10 works properly
Converter comes with the pen even though I ordered one separately because it did not state a converter came with the pen.
It was recommended by the seller (as if one did not come with it.)
I ordered a fine, but it is a bit too fine. A little scratchy, but after some tweaking of the tynes, the ink flow is much better, but still a bit scratchy. My preppy, made by platinum, has a fine nib which writes thicker, not scratchy, and better ink flow than the platinum 18k nib supplied with this Makie pen.
$144 U.S., a bit steep but hey, it's not $360, or $620, or $3500. I've already received compliments on it at work. I am going to give it a chance.
Edited by empyrean, 27 March 2011 - 04:33.