I asked Tom Westerich if he could possibly add an ink window to the design, and the solution was to make the whole section out of transparent acrylic. It works quite well.
Tom provided me with an EF nib with a touch of flex. (flex sample).
Comparison shots (capped, uncapped, section) with: Parker 51, Gate City New Postal Senior, Goldfink Wonderfuller, Conway Stewart Churchill, and Montblanc 149.
Construction & Quality
Everything feels solid, and seams are impossible to find by touch. Threads are smooth, knurling is crisp, pen is nice and shiny in all the spots it should be. The cap posts securely on the back where there is a screw for it, though I personally find it too long like that and use it unposted. Tom makes each pen to order, so you have many options for coloration. Other examples are shown at http://www.penboard....st/GOFI/GOWU/1.
Weight & Dimensions
Inked, capped: 30g
Inked, uncapped: 20g
The center of gravity falls right between nib and blind end.
The girth definitely qualifies the pen as oversized. Best pens to compare it to: Montblanc 149, Pelikan M1000, and Delta Dolcevita Piston. I've been using it as my main writer for the past week, and I like the way it feels. If I were to get another, I'd probably request that the section not go in so much at the narrowest bit - I'd ask if it could be cylindrical like a MB 149.
Nib & Performance
Nib and feed are both oversized, matching the pen nicely. The nib is semiflex, giving variation from EF to about B. Thanks to Tom for doing a custom grind for me. I've had no starting, skipping, or blobbing issues at all.
Filling System & Maintenance
The Wonderfuller is something like a button filler, but rather than a button, you just turn the knurled bit at the blind end. That works a mechanism inside that compresses the sac for you. It's much handier than a button filler, because there's no blind cap to misplace, and nicer than a lever because there's no metal to stab under your fingernails.
Cost & Value
Current export price is 760 Euro.
Buying from Tom was a pleasure, and I am happy with the results.
Edited by opus7600, 24 April 2011 - 14:30.