I've been around these parts for a little while, and thought it was time I contributed a little something. Most everything I own has been reviewed dozens of times, but I recently picked up a Nemosine Fission from xfountainpens.com and realized that there hasn't yet been a review for it around these parts, so without further ado, here is my very first pen review!
The Fission is surprisingly weighty, I would say its slightly heavier than my Sheaffer 100 which weighs in at 31 grams. I find it a bit top-heavy when posting, but its workable. Lengthwise its about the same as my Lamy Safari, or ~6 inches. The metal grip section is smaller than the barrel, so it feels quite comfortable in my small-ish hands.
Of course this is subjective, but the design of the Fission is absolutely beautiful in my opinion. I had expected it to be simply a metal version of the Singularity, but was pleasantly surprised with its actual appearance. Sleek, understated, and nicer looking than many of my more expensive pens. I especially appreciate how the cap screws completely flush with the barrel.
I picked up the Fission with a .6mm "calligraphy" nib which I can definitely recommend. It has written well from the very first inking, nice and smooth, moderately wet. It is the smallest of all my stub nibs, and definitely my favorite. When choosing your pen you have your pick of XF, F, M, .6mm, and .8mm (no bold available). Nibs are also interchangeable and can be purchased separately (also from xfountainpens) for $6.99. I have extra fines on all my Nemosine Singularity pens, and they have been excellent right out of the box.
Please excuse my horrendous handwriting! The .6mm nib compared with my other stub nibs.
At $24.99 I think this is a fantastic value. Great quality, swappable nibs, a variety of body colors all of which are quite handsome! I know the Lamy safari seems to be the most recommend beginner pen (though I've never liked mine), but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one over the Lamy.
- This pen unfortunately doesn't have broad nibs available for those who like them.
- It might be a bit weighty for some.
- Its not widely available. I believe you can only purchase it from xfountainpens.com
- The cap must be screwed on both to close and post which I am not a fan of.
Overall - I would definitely recommend this pen if you are looking for an inexpensive but capable addition to your arsenal.
Edited by K. Cakes, 19 October 2012 - 22:14.