I was doing a periodic scan of pens on Amazon when I came across pen by the name of "Nemosine Singularity". It was priced at $14.95 and was available in a few colors and as a clear demonstrator on Amazon Prime, which gives free shipping. What intrigued me was that it did not look like the typical $15 Chinese pen less bling, for a start! I searched on the pen and found very little except that the only seller seemed to be Amazon. Other sellers apparently came up, but they all led to Amazon when clicking on "buy". It claimed a "German Nib", but so do most of the Chinese pens with Chinese nibs. I decided to get one as the worst I would do is lose $15
Appearance - 5 / 5
Two days later the pen arrived (Amazon Prime standard shipping). It was in a simple black display case with spring loaded lid and Satin interior unusual luxury for a $15 pen.On the lid was a large label stating, among other specifications, that the nib was made in Germany and the Pen in Taiwan. Maybe this was a real German nib? It also stated that the pen was inspected and packaged in Pittsburgh and had a hand-written notification that it was a fine nib and the signature of the person who installed the nib!
The mystery of who was behind it was somewhat revealed by a small folded card in the case with filling instructions that was labeled Xfountainpens.The pen itself was, to my eyes, attractive with chrome clip and cap and body rings. The red cap and body is nicely set off by a black section that contains a huge chrome colored nib marked "Iridium Point Germany" the terminology I have seen on so many Chinese nibs. The wide chrome ring near the cap lip has "Nemosine" marked on it in mat gold colored letters. All in all, a nice design that reminds me of far more expensive pens and that doesn't try to compensate with excessive silver and gold areas.
Construction and Quality - 5 / 5
The pen is made of red and black plastic. The cap screws in place again, nice in a low cost pen and it also posts very securely if desired (I much prefer to write with a posted pen I don't misplace the cap!). The clip is fairly substantial and spring loaded. The nib, as I have stated, is of substantial size and appears to be well formed with nicely rounded and smooth tipping. All in all, it reminds me of the sort of construction I have seen in another Taiwanese pen the much more expensive Taccia.
Weight and Dimensions 5 / 5
The pen is 5.4 inches long capped, 5.9 inches posted, barrel diameter 0.47 inches and it weighs in at 0.6 ounces. It is a light-weight pen and I find it comfortable to hold and use.
Nib Performance - 5 / 5
It doesn't matter how cheap a pen is or how good it looks, if it is a poor writer, it is not a bargain. I was extremely surprised to find that the Nemosine's performance was up there with that of my best pens a glass smooth writer. To say that I would put its performance in line with that of my best pens, including my recently acquired Edison limited edition, is praise indeed. It put down a moderately wide line for a fine nib and was very smooth with no sign of catching. It is, of course, a very smooth nail with no signs of flex not a problem with me as I cannot seem to get the skill to use a flex to advantage.
I was so impressed that I decided to order a second, brown pen to see if I had obtained a fluke. Two days later, the second pen arrived and confirmed my judgment with pretty much identical performance.
I show a writing sample, although my penmanship was determined by a 1950s English school and is not particularly good, I'm afraid.
I should add that all this was done by dipping, so I cannot yet comment on flow, capped drying out characteristics, etc. when filled.
Filling System and Maintenance 4 / 5
The pen is a cartridge/converter filler with a full sized converter. I much prefer a piston filler, and they are available on low price pens, so I give this a 4 out of 5.
Value 5 / 5
What can I say? A nice looking pen, an impeccable performer, and a price below that of many school pens. As they say, what's not to like?
Conclusion and Overall Rating - 4.8 / 5
I am glad that I checked Amazon under fountain pens. I only do this every 6 months or so, and thus have no idea how long they have been selling this or how long they will continue to offer it. I generally only write reviews on pens that I have found to be good, but they are seldom this inexpensive. If anyone has one or has seen them anywhere else, I would be interested to hear opinions.
Edited by Osmaroid, 09 May 2012 - 02:37.