Appearance & Design – These pens are actually very appealing to look at. They have an aluminum barrel and cap and the finish of the metallic paint on the aluminum is tops. I dont know how long the pain will last though. The cap is a snap-on and fits snug with a very re-assuring click! On removing the cap, the most striking feature is, of course, the construction of the nib and feed. I checked each pen for axial trueness of the nib and I did not notice any great variance from the axis which might make it feel a little unbalanced as you write.
Construction & Quality – Quality wise, I think this pen is of lower quality than my Hero 330, 329 or a recently acquired 9075. The Aerometric filler sleeve is of poor quality metal, and there are some sharp edges. The plastic retainer ring that holds the nib and feed assembly in place has a significant amount of fles. Having siad that, it is strong though, and I would not hesitate using the pen to fill out a multi-part carbon form.
Weight & Dimensions – The section on the pen has a recessed grip. The section itself is chrome plated, very shiny and smooth. The pen is a slim pen, and the recessed grip makes it slimmer in that area. I prefer pens with grips which are medium sized, such as the 329, and do not like very thick pens. This pen however, was narrow even for my hands, and writing with it is more tiring on my wrist and fingers than with other pens.
Nib & Performance – The nib is supposedly a 360 degree writer, but there are areas on the nib which simply cannot be used. I found it best to hold the pen so the feed black plastic is horizontal to the paper. This provides 2 writing areas, and each one is quite different than the other. ALl in all, the nib is scratchy, and there is some resistance in sliding on the paper. One of the pens made a very squeaky sound as it wrote. The feel is certainly not that of a fountain pen. I used Waterman Serenity Blue in testing the writing ability of the pen.
Filling System & Maintenance - The pen has an Aerometric system, but the quality of the metal sleeve is not very good. It is functional however and is easily used. It just looks flimsy in construction.
Conclusion - This pen is a novelty. I would not use this pen on an extended basis. The level of faigue is about the same as I have with a rollerball, and a rollerball is less finicky about how I hold it. This is not a 360 degree writer, but more a writer at each 90 degrees of the nib where the tines gap are on the nib.
h360-3-1 by zahir_adil, on Flickr
h360-1-1 by zahir_adil, on Flickr
Edited by watch_art, 16 September 2012 - 23:19.