And that is why I love it - in a love at first sight kind of way.
The FedEx bloke delivered mine today. Just in time for the long weekend to Easter Tuesday.
I ripped open the FedEx Express bag and groped for the contents inside. I found my prize and set it on my office desk.
The packaging will not win awards - in the way the Diamond 540 did. No. The light brown box comes in a sleeve of dark brown with a glossy "TWSBI 'inspired by writing'" printed on top. And a small white sticker on the main brown box with the name 'Micarta -F-' along with a barcode. Very minimalist.
Cracking my fingers, I then slipped the box out of its sleeve and opened it. The box top flaps are folded on top of the other. The top flap has the TWSBI logo printed on it.
I was greeted, or more like surprised immediately by the cigar-looking clip-missing pen itself (to be honest, I was expecting the 540 experience.) The pen is 'cradled' on a W shaped fold inside the box. One V holds the pen, the other V holds the included converter in a plastic bag. And nothing else.
It is a bit lighter than the 540 but is more balanced (with the 540 putting more of it weight on it's cap) - or it could be because I have the clipless one. It is also about half a centimeter shorter than the 540 capped. I do not post pens so I did not measure that.
The craftsmanship is fantastic. Brilliant! And the looks, rustic.
I turned around to grab my 540 and by the time I turned back, the Micarta was no where to be found! The pen has rolled off the table and thankfully, landed on the carpeted floor, capped. Disaster averted.
I proceeded to disassemble the pen. There is this grinding feeling uncapping the pen. Like a medium grit sandpaper on a piece of wood. Then, there it is... I am unable to ignore it. I had to get a second whiff off it's scent. It reminds me white glue and antiseptic. I might as well forget about the chances of any living organisms thriving on this thing.
The Fine Bock nib is big. Titanic. And golden. And makes the 540 nib look cute beside it. The nib is also as tough as a concrete nail. I tried the nail (pun intended) test and there is absolutely no visible amount of flex. Nada.
Disassembling the pen further to replace the converter, the twists took more turns than I am used to. All ten turns of it.
On to the writing test.
I filled the included converter to almost the brim with PR Chocolat, replaced it and twisted the converter to feed ink into the nib. I reached 3/4 empty before the pen started to write anything. What a guzzler.
And as I earlier noted. It. Is. A. Nail.
It is a smooth writer with the proper amount of subjective feedback. On the dry side but it does not skip unless I write too fast.
There you go.
Overall, I am happy with the how the pen looks. I am still getting used to the nail nib as I love my flex ones.
Edited by productred, 05 April 2012 - 05:34.