The pen came with a dear skin pen case. This is a nice case and I will keep it unused for now. The package was sealed and the pen itself was also sealed in a bag, as any new pen should be. When a Pilot (Sailor or Platinum) is delivered without being sealed, that pen is opened by someone (or possibly returned to a manufacturer and resold to a retailer as an open box new pen (in that case, I don't consider it to be new).
The pen is a 845 size and it feels a little heavier than my 845, which is understandable (ebonite is lighter than dense wood). Similar to the 845, the Ichii is very well balanced unposted. I never post pens, except for a very small pen such as a M90. The wood is very smooth and I am pleased with the grains on this pen.
This is F. The line width is very similar to the 823's F. The dip test showed the nib performs as a true F nib should be, without being scratchy.
The filling system:
The pen comes with a Con-70. This is a regular Con-70, not the urushi coated one you find in a 845.
The Ichii with a 845, a mb 149, a Kaede, a 92, a 732 and a 823. As you can see, the size of the pen is just perfect as a full size pen.
Some writing samples:
Edited by Pen2009, 30 March 2013 - 13:01.