From ordering (25 Aug) to receiving the pen (12 Dec), it took slightly over 3 months.
Material, Design & Build:
It is a nassau green ebonite from American art plastics, and Shawn coated several layers of clear urushi. It has a little rubbery smell. I remember I did not notice any odor with my other four Nakayas. So I believe it's the ebonite gives off that smell. When it comes to build I only have a little complain. The cap screws on and off easily, just that the threads of the nib section was very tight and I had difficulty to unscrew it for ink fillings. After applying a bit of 100% silicone grease around the threads, it is smoother now. I asked for that the pen would not post, and it is very well balanced unposted that doesn't have a lightweight feel to it. The weight is just nice, very comfortable for long periods of time writing without fatigue.
Although according to Newton pen, it's a medium size, but it's surprisingly large and when capped and uncapped, it's about the same length as a Pelikan M1000 and MB 149. This is another pleasant surprise as I like bigger pen. At first I was worry about the discolored clip after seeing Shawn's final photos, but he is very nice and provided a new fresh clip with the pen in case I don't like the "rusty" look of the old clip. After seeing the real thing, now I agree with Shawn that the "rusty" clip works very well with the visible brush strokes on the pen.
M1000, Newton pen (medium size), MB 149.
Converter/Cartridge. I am liking this filing system much more now for its convenience and easy to clean. I fill cartridge and converter with a syringe so it actually hold a decent amount of ink.
Nib and performance:
It is a steel fine nib. I requested a wetter ink flow at 8 over 10 scale that writes very smooth with just a touch of feedback. The nib doesn't disappoint, it starts very easily, I haven't experienced any problems and it is wet being a F nib. The nib is like nail, easy to control and as I don't like flex so there is nothing to complain about.
As it was a Mass order came with free coating of clear urushi, I paid $175 for this pen, which is a great price for a big size pen like this. I'd say it is a fantastic value for the money and the nib performance is flawless.
I am very happy that I took the opportunity to buy this pen. I recommend Newton Pen wholeheartedly, plus Shawn (watch_art) is a pleasant guy to deal with.
This is my first proper review, so bear with me as I am still learning
Some writing samples.
Edited for spelling and grammar.
Edited by yotiao, 15 January 2013 - 01:09.