La piece de resistance with this pen must be the metal section with a very nice scene with horses, which has great details and a perfect finish. The characters are gently highlighted with a black stain, which ads a touch of perfection. Great to feel and to look at, the pictures don`t do it justice.
2. Construction and size 4/5. Although the baoer is about average in size, with a lenght of 13.5 cm capped and 1.3 cm in diameter, it feels substancial in the hand thanks to it`s partially metal construction and overall weight- about 32gr.
The cap is made of a thin plastic, but is rather heavy because of the metal clip and end jewel. Also, there is a white plastic tube inside which contains the closing mechanism- click-on type, very well made, makes a pronounced “click” sound when opening the pen, and requires a fair amount of pressure for this.
The barrel is made out of a thick metal and has a plastic end piece on which the user can post the cap. Posting the cap ads quite a bit of height and weight to the top, but the pen is still comfortable to hold, unposted feels very good in the hand(although due to the weight it can become fatiguing during long writing sessions). I personally don`t feel very comfortable posting on this pen because it requires some pressure to fit the cap on the end piece, and with the plastic cap, i`m afraid this might lead in time to cracks. The clip is rather stiff.
I also like the fact that the 507 has metal threads, and unlike other pens, mine doens`t have the tendency to unscrew by itself. Overall, it feels like a solid, “manly” pen and it`s definitely a quality product.
3. Nib and writing experience 3.5/5. The nib on the baoer 507 is a nice two-tone, with the ugly company name inscribed on it. It is surprinsingly smooth, with little feedback and resistance, but it writes dry and has the tendency to skip. I`m not too worried about this, because I have had other pens that acted in the same manner.
I suspect that the problem is the tines being to close, i tried without succes to insert a piece of paper between them to separate them a bit. I`m pretty sure thought that eventually i`m going to fix the problem. Even in his present state, the nib is very promising. By the way, the nib is the equivalent of a western fine.
4. Filling sistem, price and final considerations 4.5/5. The baoer 507 is a typical cartridge filler, which takes international-sized cartridges and comes with a twist-type converter which does its job.
I paid for 6.50 usd delivered for this gorgeous pen, and even though I haven`t yet solved the problem with the nib being too dry(I just received it a few hours ago), I`m very pleased with it simply because it`s so beautiful and well made, a real pleasure to just look at it.
I should have done this review after fixing the ink flow issue, but I couln`t help myself. As usual, I hope this review will be of some use for you.
Edited by rochester21, 05 January 2013 - 07:53.