-=- Appearance and Design -=- 10/10
As you most likely know already this is a demonstrator pen (i.e. clear and you can see all the internals). Its big. And its very very nice to look at. It looks like a properly good, no nonsense FP. The Presentation is bar non. Its unpretentious and very well thought out. Someone spent some time on this.. It doesn't have some faux-silk lining, nor does it come in a huge box. You can store you pen in this when not in use and not have to worry about taking up so much room.
-=- Construction and Quality -=- 9/10
The pen, with the exception of my Lamy Studio (to which it is equal), feels the most "solid" in my hand. Its pretty heavy and I would say pretty comparable to the size and weight of the aforementioned Studio. It really does feel excellent. They use some neat tricks like a rubber ring where the cap screws on to give a smooth and consistent feel when you are taking the cap on and off. It gives you a very confident end point when you have screwed the cap completely on as well. You don't feel like you have to worry about it coming off and feels very securely on. It has a much nicer in feel that even my Pelikan m405, but keep in mind that it will take an extra turn to get the cap on and off.
-=- Weight and Dimensions -=- 9/10
Its about the size and weight of a Lamy Studio. Unlike the Studio, most of its weight is in the cap. Un-posted and you will be surprised how lighter the pen feels. Posted kind of screws up the balance (I almost never write posted except my M405 which is a VERY light pen) unless you enjoy a post heavy pen.
-=- Filling System and Maintenance -=- 9/10
Its a Piston pen and holds about 30% more ink than the previous 530 design. The piston motion is confident and solid. I put Waterman Florida Blue and it works perfectly**
** I did fill the pen and it would not write no matter what I did. I decided it would use a bath so i fill it with water and just did the usually back and forth on the piston. Empty the pen of water and refilled with the ink and it flowed perfectly after this.
-=- Nib Performance -=- 8/10
The nib does not skip or anything. Flow is excellent and requires no pressure to write. Its not the smoothest writer I have but its nothing unpleasant or anything. The nib has some nice customization with some engraving. I like it.
-=- Cost and Value -=- 10/10
I got this from Amazon for 55 dollars shipped. For the price, I don't there is a demonstrator piston pen that comes close to what you get
-=- Conclusion -=- 55 out of 60
Recommended to anyone looking for a solid and inexpensive demonstrator. I will be using this pen but I doubt it will replace my 2000 and M405 has my more primary pens. Thats mostly because of weight though.. its a big heavier than what I typically like. Note this is my first non-deutscher pen.
Some More Photos
Compared to a M405
Edited by Penryn87, 26 August 2011 - 21:37.