Please take these notes and comments in context with the price paid for the pen, which was $0.99 + shipping.
I like big pens. This is a big pen. The chrome gleams, the black lacquer is well finished and the pen has some 'heft' to it. When you remove the cap, the silver nib (18k Gold plated) is well finished also.
Very nicely finished. The model I have is fitted with a Medium nib with Chrome clip and bands. The chrome is well finished and the black lacquer is also well finished. The thread to which the cap screws, is a little clunky, but it doesn't pose a problem when you hold the pen
The design is similar to a Montblanc Meisterstuck le Grand 149. It is perhaps a little fatter at the cap and maybe a little longer but when you put the two together they do look very similar.
It is a pretty hefty pen coming in at 50g on my postal scale. and when posted feels slightly out of balance.
I have a medium nib in this pen, and it claims to be 18k Gold Plated. It must be white gold for it is a very shiny silver. Not quite as large as the MB nib, but fitting for the pen overall.
When you put pen to paper, it performs surprisingly well. The line is wet, even and the nib didn't give any starting issues or skips during the test pages. The nib is a little noisy on the paper I am using, but you get used to that. I filled the pen with Akkermans #5 shocking blue for the first time out and it has continued to write really quite nicely with it.
Filling System (3)
The provided converter is a little shaky. When operating it for the first time, inadvertently screwing the plunger the wrong way removed the plunger, cap and plastic bits from the converter. Some careful re-assembly and a little sealant later the whole thing is fine.
Cost and Value (10)
For $0.99 it cost/value is, well, beyond compare.
Given the cost of these pens, and what you get back from them, I would suggest that anyone who likes a big pen, should at least try one of these out.
For $15 when you include the shipping, it's a very limited investment in something that looks like a much larger, more expensive pen.
Edited by tomcoombs, 01 October 2012 - 13:12.