Having finally secured a 149 with a nib to my liking (well delighted jubilation more like,) I felt inspired to search the classifieds on FPN again for a companion to this magnificently kindly handling behemoth.
I'd bought the 149, with OB nib from Daniele who offered what turned out to be an excellent pen with exquisite service. Despite DHL struggling to find my address, all ended happily a week later.
I'd noticed the silver with gold trim instrument nearby and out of curiosity went to search for it again. Going a few pages back, past a block of expired sales notices, I found it. As with the 149, the pictures were crisp, clear and enticing...
long story short; the pen was worth it but it now carries the responsibility to end all new pen purchases for the rest of the year - and the decade.
Meanwhile; the nib is fine and smooth with the nice blend of polite feedback without scruffiness, just sublimely informative. I've barely dipped the nib but look forward to fulfilling its first barrel-full in due course. The balance is exceptional, even with all the silver/metal coating. I don't post this pen.
Being new old stock from about the late eighties/early nineties, I was confident in buying a piece of unused, uninked history with a nib that has a decent level of gold plating and no brutal cost cutting measures with nib layering that I hear of today.
Usage: since this pen feels like any of my good pens to write with, the main attraction for this pen is its sheer classy timeless good looks. I liken it to an artifact from Dune, a pen perhaps the Padashar Emperor Shadam IV would use to jot down notes about spice production and navigator demands.
It's easily the showiest - and most expensive pen in my collection; its attention seeking attractiveness is
Other pens have been sacrificed to make way for this imperial arrival; the 1911 and VP are now gone while other peripheral scribblers have vaporised into pennies to feed this pen's cost. I say cost, yet, like a Rolls Royce, the quality is remembered long after the price has been forgotten. Well, I won't be forgetting the latter in a hurry or adding to the collection. If a gilded snowflake can't put the full stop in my collection's sentence, what can?!
This must be the end.
Edited by ballboy, 25 September 2011 - 14:56.