Parker Urban - brown, "grid" patterns, silver colored trims - fine point nib
In the states, I knew this pen as a somewhat inexpensive starter FP. When it was gifted to me, I was quite pleasantly surprised by the fancy packaging. A little paper gift bag, a cardboard sleeve, and a presentation box with papers all in a nice shade of light metallic brown. Upon opening the box, the shiny yet subdued brown and silver pen almost smiled at me with its small, curvy body.
The chocolate brown pen in silver trims and an hour-glass curvy shape makes this pen look very sexy. The finish is flawless with excellent attention to small fit details. Nothing jiggles around at all or feels cheap and the cap posts securely. The metal body adds a tiny bit of weight to the small pen. I have to say, this attractive little pen is built like one a couple times its price.
The curve in the middle that falls into the web of the hand makes the pen ergronomic; however, the section becomes thinner towards the nib end thus making it slightly uncomfortable to use for longer fingers such as mine.
The pen was slightly scratchy and a dry writer out of the box. After a couple flushes and a tine adjustment, it became a moderate writer on the dry side, even with the free-flowing Waterman Blue. The stainless steel fine nib is moderately smooth and is featured on a couple of Parker's lower-end series - for example the I.M. and Vector. There is no skipping at all and the flow is very even.
The nib has a "Lamy" feel to it for some reason. Like a Lamy standard steel nib, the Urban nib is on the dry side, moderately smooth in all directions, nail-stiff. The Urban nib is slightly less noisy than the Lamy but feels just as smooth (if not smoother on the side strokes). If you have a Lamy pen with an SS nib (e.g. Safari, Studio), this pen won't feel too much different.
The filling system is a straightforward cartridge/converter and comes with a Parker slide-converter. I am a fan of the slide converters because they make flushing the pen quick and easy; a simple slide motion that can be furiously repeated without fatique rather than the "Parker Deluxe Converter's" painful twisting and untwisting.
As the name of the pen implies, this is a very "urban" and modern styled pen. This pen is probably best for (and probably made for) women rather than men due to its cute, un-manly styling and its size.
This is an excellent choice for an entry-level pen for people with small hands (not my beefy ones). It is built like a tank - a small, sexy, high quality tank. The nib will probably need adjustment out of the box but as with most stiff steel nibs, it can be easily done and will write well afterwards.
Edited by jakelogan, 14 August 2012 - 13:43.