"Oh my!," my husband heard as I unwrapped this pen. "Is that a 'good oh my', or a 'bad oh my'?", he said. "Good," I replied, "Very good ... actually, most excellent."
I received this pen only 3 days ago - since I've had it such a short time, it's too soon for a complete review, but I wanted to share my first impressions.
Frankly, I am over the moon about this pen! I first saw it on Richard Binder's site when he announced he's become an Onoto dealer -- upon seeing it there, I knew I had to have it. I sent Barbara a few questions, but didn't even wait for a reply before ordering. I wanted a Fine nib, and Barbara wrote back that they were awaiting delivery of an assortment of non-Medium nibs. She said the nibs run on the thin side, so I was quite sure I'd be happy with the Fine.
Luckily for me, the Binders got the nibs and were able to get my pen in the mail before they left for the DC Pen Show. I received it quickly and tore into the package. My first surprise was the lovely presentation box inside the outer box -- the pen rests inside a highly-lacquered burl wood box (faux or real - I can't tell) that is impressive in its own right. It's a fitting repository for this stunning pen.
Upon opening the wooden box, I was blown away by the overlay. This is a Henry Simpole overlay in an Art Nouveau style - the elegance and artistry is exquisite! The pen itself is slender and long, and surprisingly light for the amount of hallmarked silver. Details about size can be had on Richard's website.
Now, the cap is friction fit, not threaded. That creates a distinct and different sensation upon uncapping the pen - takes some getting used to. It posts the same way, but I never post. The filling system is c/c, and I suppose it could be converted to ED (I like c/c, so will use it as such). Also, it's clipless, which again is preferable for me.
After much internal debate, I filled the converter with J Herbin Eclat de Saphir, a favorite blue ink. The #3, 18 carat Fine nib is a delight -- it glides over Rhodia paper without effort, and works equally well in a Moleskin journal. Richard set the nib to the exact wetness I prefer, so I'm in love with the nib's performance - smooth and effortless!!
I'll comment more after I've used this pen for a while, but so far I'm thoroughly pleased!! This is a pen I'll have and use for years ... HP
Edited by Hennypenny, 15 August 2011 - 23:39.