Packaging The pen arrived in a modest parcel, inside which was a cardboard outer box with a burr wood inner box lined with velvet containing the certificate of authenticity
outer-box by mcevedy, on Flickr
In addition, there was some literature, a pen cloth and a couple of small international cartridges, a converter being placed in the pen itself. I feel the box is about right for what is an expensive pen but not over the top.
literature by mcevedy, on Flickr
Appearance Well I didn't pick this pen to be retiring, and it is certainly not!! Bold red pearlescent stripes are interspersed with black acrylic stripes with a thin white pinstripe separating the two. There are four red and 4 black stripes. The cap matches the body and when screwed up, the stripes align. The cap screws on with 3 and a half full turns, which is one full turn more than my wife's Onoto Cambridge. The cap will post and pushes on and stays firmly positioned. The three bands and clip are sterling silver, with the hallmark appearing on the centre band. The button on the end of the body is plain silver with the top of the cap showing the company logo , again in silver. The section is plain black acrylic with a raised rim before reaching the nib. The pen weighs 25g and without the cap is about 15g. The size is identical to my other Magna.
pen-in-box by mcevedy, on Flickr
Nib The standard nib is a two tone gold plated steel nib, but I ordered the optional 18ct gold nib with a custom broad stub. This is, as expected, very smooth and firm, though with slightly less variation in line than I would have liked. I dare say I will grow to love it though!
nib by mcevedy, on Flickr
Filling This is the standard cartridge converter, and has a good quality converter provided as well as two small international size cartridges. Convenient and easy to clean, if a bit less exciting than the plunger system! A quick sample of doctor's writing!!
Edited by PeterBeoworld, 12 April 2012 - 19:15.