After realizing that Parker Sonnet, Parker 100, and Lamy 2000 were all not for me, I decided I was going to end my searching for awhile and just enjoy writing. I wore my old Phileas nib down to a hemisphere over the past year, so I decided that I needed a new reliable pen to write my lab notes with. And being in a conservative mood, I decided to order a classic black/GT Charleston with a M nib.
So, without further ado, here's my review:
1. Appearance: 4
For me, Charleston is the essence of a 'classical' looking pen. It's simple, yet elegant... and its flowing shape is very pleasing to the eye.
The lacquer is a deep glossy black... much better than the cheap Phileas... reflective and alluring. But I can't say that it can't get better. Perhaps this is just because the lacquer on the Ivory Pearl Charleston looks so stunning in comparison.
The gold trim is well done, albeit the engravings a little geometric and shallow on the band. However, both the cap and the nib are wonderfully done.
2. Body: 4
The body is VERY solid... it almost feels like it's made of metal. It's lighter than brass though, but heavier than plastic normally feels like.
The pen feels very nice in the hand. Just heavy enough to be noticed, yet light enough for prolonged writing.
The filling mechanism is a "boring" cartridge/twist converter. However, I am a big fan of the Waterman converter. It holds about 0.75ml of ink, and is very easy to use.
3. Nib/Performance: 5
I have been spoiled by consistently reliable Waterman nibs, but this 18K beauty takes the cake. This medium nib is by far the smoothest nib of any pen that I have used, and it puts out a true medium wet line, without a hint of scratchiness.
The Charleston is an amazing pen, especially given that you can find it under $100 online. With its superb 18K nib, a classic look, and a reliable filling system, Charleston is one-fits-all instrument that any self-respecting stylophile should be proud to call his (or her) own.
Edited by Meuge, 13 December 2006 - 05:20.