Construction & Quality (9.5 out of 10) – This pen has quality construction. The main material where the black ends and cap band meet feels seamless; there is no seam to be seen. It feels solid and gives me no fear of using it because of being either too delicate or fragile, yet it is not clunky in any way. I asked to have it be able to post, which it does, although not securely enough that I feel comfortable doing so with out really pushing the cap on the back end with greater force. I don't want to chance cracking the cap band. It is long enough to write with comfortably without posting, so I'm not too concerned.
Weight & Dimensions (10 out of 10) – Filled with ink, my pen weighs 20 grams or 5/8 of an ounce. The measurements taken from Shawn's website are Closed 5 1/8″ – Open 4 3/4″ – Posted 6 1/8″. It is just a fraction of an inch longer than what I requested, but it had to be that way in order for the converter-which Shawn shortened as much as possible-to fit inside the barrel. I knew this ahead of time, and had no problems with it. As mentioned before, the cap does post, but it is actually more balanced unposted, and the barrel is long enough for complete writing comfort with the pen unposted. This pen might be too small for some who like larger pens, but for me, with smaller arthritic hands, it is perfect. The thicker barrel is exactly what I needed and wanted.
Nib & Performance (10 out of 10) – I actually let Shawn choose the nib size for me. I wanted one similar in size the Sapporo nib and wanted it to look appropriate. It is fitted with a Jowo #6 steel nib that matches the clip. I chose a fine nib and asked that it be tuned so that it would write as smooth as (fill in your own description here). It is exactly that. It puts down a line not as fine as a Pilot Prera fine, but slightly finer than a very wet Pelikan fine. I have had no problems with the nib writing on a variety of paper-most of them cheap papers. I don't own any Rhodia or Clairefontaine.
Filling System & Maintenance (9 out of 10) – I am partial to piston fill pens, thus the 9 out of 10, but the piston converter is a close second. If it was an integral part of the pen and held more ink, it would be 10 out of 10. The converter in this pen works well, and I knew that was what I was getting, so I have no complaints-easy to clean and fill.
Cost & Value (10 out of 10) – In cost and value, a pen from Newton Pens can't be beat. Not only do you get the pen you order, but for every pen ordered Shawn makes a second pen that will be given away to a deserving student to help further the fountain pen
Conclusion (Final score, 9.6 out of 10) - In conclusion, I couldn't be happier. When ordering a pen from Newton Pens, not only do you get to design your pen, you get quality work and great communication from Shawn. He was a pleasure to deal with. His communication is fantastic. He asked questions to make sure he made exactly what I wanted, and let me know when things might be different out of necessity, asking my permission before changing a thing. He was willing to keep me updated with the process by sending pictures as he went along, but I chose not to have him do that so the final product would be a surprise. Even though I designed the pen, it far exceeded my expectations. This pen will be a frequent user. I can't totally ignore my other pens, but it will be hard not to. Can you tell I LOVE this pen? I highly recommend ordering a pen from Shawn. After seeing mine, I think Hubby is now considering ordering one. His problem will be deciding on too many options.
Pen pictures are from the website. Shawn's photos are much better than mine.
Edited by penspouse, 10 January 2013 - 01:00.