The pen I am about to review is the Danitrio Genkai. The first thing that probably comes to mind to those who are familiar with this pen is Hugeness. The Genkai, for a lack of a better description, is plain and simply HUGE. Now, I have wanted a Danitrio for quite some time now. I had heard nothing but good things about the brand plus I have a fascination for Japanese fountain pens. I have a few Nakaya's (which I love) however the converter leaves something to be desired in a filling system. So I figured what could be better than a pen with a reputation as good as Nakaya's plus the option for an eye dropper filling system. Well enough babbling, on to the review.
Appearance and Design: Stunning. That is the best word to describe this pen. The coloring is amazing. It has a reddish brown overtone with a whitesh undertone that comes out on the edges of the pen. It's easy to get lost in all the subtle color shifts. I never get tired of rolling the pen in my hand admiring the depth and warmness of color. The design is wonderful. It's a flat top behemoth. Very clean and elegant. Score: 10
Weight and Dimensions: One would think , based on its size, that the pen would be quite heavy. This is not the case. It is actually quite light. I do not think the weight of this pen would pose a problem for anyone. Now to the dimensions~~~~it's huge. Score: 9
Nib and Performance: This is the fun part. Let me clean up the drool puddle off my iPad. Ok. The nib on this pen is magnificent. It's a number 8 danitrio nib, which is the (second)biggest they offer if I am not mistaken. It is very large to match a very large pen. The nib is roughly the same aize as a pelikan m 1000.The nib on my pen is a medium. I love this nib. It is very soft and springy. It puts down a wonderfully smooth and wet line. There is just the perfect amount of feedback or drag. No scratchy ness at all. You have complete control over this baby.. I love smooth nibs but I hate it when they feel like you are out of control and sliding all over. When a nib has no feed back I feel rushed in my writing. The only nib I have ever experienced that compares to this is on my MB Gaius Maecenas. Score : 10
Filling System: Eye Dropper Filler. In my opinion this is the best filling system made. It's is very easy to use. One simply scews the section with nib off the barrel and fills the pen with ink using an eye dropper. It's quick clean and efficient. Another bonus with this pen is its shut off valve. To operate the ink system all you have to do is twist the blind cap a turn or so and this allows ink into the feed. What's really nice is when you close it up it seals the pen making leaks nigh impossible. This system is very easy to clean as well.. And it holds a TON of ink. The perfect filling system in my opinion. Score : 10
Construction and Quality: Not much to say here. I literally can not find any faults at all in this pens construction. Everything is flush tight and clean. It easily matches Nakaya's quality. Score :10
Price: This by my standards is a very expensive pen. With that said. This is one of the few times with any product I have ever purchased where I feel like I was getting a bargain. You definitely get more than you pay for. Score :10
Conclusion: This pen is as perfect as a pen can be in my opinion. The only reason it did not get a perfect score was because of the size. I have fairly large hands so this pen is quite comfortable to me. However someone with smaller hands might feel this pen is too much to handle. I would like to thank everyone at nibs.com for making this purchase a reality for me once again you have a very happy customer "no affiliation".
Total Score. 59/60.
Edited by Sblakers, 09 January 2013 - 16:45.