Yeah, that thing costs too much. It's a limited edition. Etc etc.
But when I saw a pen that was a one of a kind, I didn't even pretend to entertain thoughts of owning it.
FPNer Hari317 had made a custom Deccan eyedropper that can take a Pelikan M1000 nib unit. I think there's a few of em out there now, but still, I never
pretended I'd ever get my hands on one.
No hope. No chance. Don't even bother.
About a month ago I got an email from one of my FPN buddies, literally out of nowhere, asking me if I'd like to borrow and write a review of this magnificent beast.
WHAT?? Of course! How could I turn such an offer down? I couldn't of course.
So within a few weeks I had this thing in my hands. I was writing and drawing with it. And I hated it.
It's not mine and I know there's no point in warming up to it because I'll never have it. Then he tells me he's planning on selling it, and that the review was going to help.
Cool. I love to help folks out. So then the little wheels in my head started grinding and turning about. (They really need to be oiled)
So I offer him something for trade. No way. But I did receive a TWSBI from him for an old painting I did in college. I hope he likes it. My wife wanted a clear pen, and now she has one. She loves it, too.
But he still doesn't want to make any kind of trade of pens or art or combinations for this Deccan.
So he says "Why don't you just sell the pen you're offering to me as trade? That'll cover it." DUH! Why didn't I think of that? Done and sold and now this baby is MINE!
So now that it is mine, I can give it the love and affection it needs (I know, I'm being silly).
And a review...
There was no fancy box. Just a clear plastic tube and this amazing pen stuffed inside. I've got a couple of pens that are bigger, but this thing is still quite imposing.
It's not so big that it's hard to hold or uncomfortable to use, but it is better suited for use at the desk or table. Working with this thing in bed is just awkward. I like to write and doodle at night before I turn out the lights, and I don't bring this one with me to bed at all.
QUALITY AND CONSTRUCTION
I'd say that this thing is really well made. You can see the hand of the person who made it in the stray scratches here and there on the polished portions of the ebonite. It's a heavy and sturdy pen and feels very solid in the hand. The only place where it looses points is with the cap. It takes 8 full turns to thread the thing on and off. Yikes. Not something you'll pull out for quick notes here and there. The clip is nice and sturdy, too. It's not just decorative at all.
APPEARANCE AND DESIGN
I really like the looks of it. I love the contrast created with the polished and textured areas. This pen with this big honkin nib is just gorgeous.
Eyedropper!! Woot woot!! I think this is one of my favorite types of filler ever.
Here's where it really shines. This Pel nib is fantastic. It is just a big silky smooth SOFT and springy M nib. And I love it. I love to write with this thing. And it's REALLY flexible. Too bad it's not an XF though.
Edited by watch_art, 18 September 2011 - 23:15.