I have to say right off the bat, I had no expectations of this pen except as a fun novelty. I have to admit I am pleasantly surprised that it turns out to be a pretty decent pen, someone at Schrade knew what they were doing.
It does indeed as I said before have a quality nib (Schmidt made), the one I received had I'm assuming a medium nib, it's super smooth and juicy, almost to the point where it's a broad nib. When I get home though I'll switch out it with a gold colored steel fine Schmidt nib I have, I like fine nibs better and I think the gold will go better with the copper theme.
It is a C/C pen, but only comes with cartridges, luckily I have some extra converters at home, so I'm all set there.
The clip on this pen is insane. It's well built, very tight to the body, it's probably the only thing on this pen I'd give less than an excellent review,. Overall it's a great clip, just a bit tight to get into a shirt pocket.
Size and weight wise, it's a pretty nice pen to hold, un-posted that is. With it posted it' s a very long pen. It's actually a long pen as well capped, just a smidge to long to fit nicely in a front shirt pocket. It'll be relegated to pants pocket duty I guess. The finish is anodised aluminium so we'll see how well it holds out over time. But initially it seems pretty tough.
The "business end". I guess that's what you'd call it. The end of this pen WILL do some damage. I went to a wood workbench we have at work and slammed this thing down as hard as I could and it left a sizeable dent in the wood. I don't really want to see what it would do to someone's head, but I suppose, in a "tactical" situation you would be glad it would do a bunch of damage. A bit macabre I suppose, but that's also the intention of this pen. This is NOT a pen you want to try and get past airport security with. To be honest I'm a bit weary of even pulling it out at work in meetings.
Overall, I was really surprised as said before. I found this online for around $30 bucks. Not bad for a quality pen that's going to be extremely durable and writes like a dream. Also an added benefit is they include a rollerball section along with it, so you can switch it back and forth at will. It comes in black, silver and copper.
--UPDATE - Turns out the nib is not a Schmidt nib, I tried to replace it as stated above and a Schmidt nib is just a bit too short. But what DID work was a steel JOWO nib I had, so take that for what's it worth. Either way the nib that comes on the pen is top notch in terms of smoothness and flow, so I'm guessing it's good brand of nib.
Also I found out it is a cartridge only pen. A converter it just a bit to wide to fit into the back of the barrel. I'm looking to see if maybe a squeeze converter or mini converter will work in it though.
Edited by penguinmaster, 10 May 2011 - 12:49.