The 827 is 12k gold filled, and has a standard 14k gold inlaid nib, which looks very interesting. The body has the so-called “barleycorn design”, very pleasant to the touch. It`s a classy design, the short clip on the cap, fitted with with a plastic white dot, is also an interesting detail. From the online pictures the 827 looked like a beautiful pen, with a specific sheaffer design, and it actually is like that- so nothing to complain about that aspect.
Construction and quality 9/10
The 827 has a metal cap and body, but the construction quality isn`t really top notch- this shows when you take the cap off, or put it back on. The action itself isn`t very smooth, the user has to push/pull a little harder than usual. Also, I somewhat dislike the fact that the americans use 14k gold on the nibs, instead of 18k, or more. These aren`t real inconvenients, but I couldn`t help noticing them.
Size and weight 9.7/10
Initially I imagined the pen to be larger than average, but it actually is medium-sized. Which is a good thing, because I prefer smaller pens. It` a little thick around the middle, but that doesn`t bother me one bit. The weight is average, another good thing about it. I only wished it was half a centimeter longer than it actually is, although the balance with the cap posted is very good.
Nib performance 9.5/10
Sheaffer inlaid nib- had some high expectations about it. Luckily, it really performs as well as it looks. Mine has a fine nib, and writes beautifully, even though today was the first day it was ever filled with ink since it was made, 40 years ago. The ink flow is not too wet, not to dry, and the nib itself is smooth and rigid. It`s a good writer
Filling system 7/10
The pen uses sheaffer cartridges, which are impossible to find in my country- it`s a good thing I requested a few from Tery Morris, the seller- using a syringe to refill the ink cartridges has become the standard procedure for me The pen came with a converter, but I don`t like aerometric fillers, simply because they are not efficient and messy.
Because it`s a nos second(a few marks on the gold plating), I paid only 75 usd for this imperial 827. Considering the fact that it has a gold nib, I think the price is very good indeed. And because it`s a model that is no longer produced, it`s definitely worth the money.
In my opinion, the 827 is another modern classic. It looks and feels good, writes good, and the selling price was fair, in my case. For me, it seems to be the first “luxury” fountain pen that has an equal performance in terms of aspect and writing quality- it`s an all-round, balanced pen that does the job with grace. I`il have to keep this one
Edited by rochester21, 13 July 2011 - 19:07.