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Posted 20 July 2012 - 17:27
Construction and quality (10/10) This pen is built like a tank. The fact that it is made of metal contributes to the feeling of sturdiness it gives. When you close the cap, it yells "hey, I'm closed like a bank vault!!" (ok, no, it doesn't, but it lets out a loud and comforting click ) By now, you will have probably noticed the bent clip. It is not a production flaw, my not-so-little brother borrowed the pen and decided to leave his mark on it .
Weight and dimensions (8/10) Wow, I am starting to sound a little biased, don't I? But the pen is that good (remember that it is not a high-end fp!) It measures 13,7 cm capped, 12.6 cm uncapped and 16 cm posted. As you can see in the pictures, it is about the same size as a Lamy Safari. However, it is heavier, and feels more...substantial (I don't know if that's the word). I can comfortably use it either capped or uncapped. The plastic section is 3 cm long and a bit slippery, being this one of the only problems I see with this pen. I solved it by wrapping a bit of transparent tape around it (Hey, it's not classy, but it works). The pen is very slightly top-heavy when uncapped (and capping it obviously does not solve the problem!), but it is not annoying at all, at least for me.
Nib and performance [7(9)/10] I have included two califications in this section. The first one (7) refers to the nib as it came from the factory and the second one (9), to the nib after adjustment. I picked a 23kt gold plated steel fine nib, and it was not bad out of the box, it didn't grab the paper when writing and the flow was fine, but it had too much feedback for my taste (although not enough to call it scratchy). I increased the ink flow a bit by separating the tines with my fingers and then I used a 12000 grit micromesh pad to smooth out the tip, so now I get a very smooth writing experience with this nib, also when I flip it to write finer lines. (Also, it's a very firm nib, so don't expect much line variation)
Filling system and maintenance (5/10) Nothing fancy. This pen carries standard international Waterman cartridges/converters, that hold a decent amount of ink and does not need special maintenance. The barrel is easily unscrewed, which allows to access the converter (pressure fit), but the nib can not be removed without risking damage to the section.
Cost and value(8/10) I purchased this pen four years ago for around $50, and it was a good buy. I have used it extensively, and there are no scratches or chipping on the barrel or the trimmings, and that proves its good construction. I think this pen represents very high value for the money!
Conclusion: Before nib adjustment: 46/60 = 7'6/10| After nib adjustment: 48/60 = 8/10 If you are looking for a nearly inexpensive pen that will last for a lifetime, this is what you want. I think it would make a great gift as a first fountain pen.
Posted 21 July 2012 - 01:27
And the review - very nice - and VERY nice handwriting. Thanks!
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