(I'm not actually sure what this pen was called or exactly when it came out)
This fantastic specimen of pendome was nestled among a bunch of random pens I ordered as a lot. Upon seeing its rare and lovely visage I decided it needed to be flushed and inked. It's just such a gorgeous pen... beautiful chrome-dipped plastic appointments with futuristic green 'holographic' foil over black plastic for the body. Interestingly, it does have a german nib... I mentioned elsewhere that this is currently my least favorite pen *ever*, so I knew it needed a review.
Now on to the chrome dipped tacks:
- Fit and Finish: 4/10 The pen actually fits together pretty well. All the threads are snug and firm. The green "hi-tec hologram' foil is failing however... and it appears that it was never all that carefully applied.
- Style: 3/10 I'm trying to decide if I've ever seen an uglier pen. The chrome dipped caps are awful. The clip is not just pure black plastic, but it's even poorly shaped. The worst worst part, however, is the grip! It's like a checkerboard pattern and it's not only hideous but uncomfortable. Why not 3/10? Oh, because the nib is just classic!
- C/C Design / filling: 9/10 I don't know how to rate this. It's a pure cartridge pen. International cartridges fit in it fine and don't leak. That was a shocker -- no leaking! Seems firm enough, not like the cartridge will just fall out. It *does* leak around the nib though... so, were I going to daily carry it *cough* I'd worry about it leaking in to the cap.
- Nib: 2/10 Huge huge huge disappointment. The real reason I inked it up was to see how the nib would be. SCCRAAAATTCCHHHY. I was pretty surprised. No flex, of course, but it really didn't rival ANY modern pen, disposable or otherwise. Says "Rhodium Point W. Germany" (the basis for my date guess).
- Price: N/A I don't know how much it cost when it came out and it was essentially free for me.
Here's the nib:
Here are some comparable nibs:
This is something I wrote with it... managed to keep the paper from ripping this time. It is really such a battle to write with:
And here are some comparables:
(this is a frankenSheaffer I talked about before, which actually has quite a delightful feather-touch 5 nib for a $12 pen!)
After searching and searching I finally found a place to keep this pen: