I remember when Todd Nussbaum threw the floodgates of creativity and taste wide open with his poll request for ideas to name his coming new pen company. There were alot of great suggestions..and one of questionable taste but great amusement...I still sort of wish Todd had gone with the jokers suggestion of "Pen Is King"! Imagine how that would appear engraved on the pens band...too funny. Ok, I am not fourteen years old, I have grown old, but not "up"...I still think its funny. After what seems like months and months of periodically checking the poll, it took an actual call to Todd to discern the fate of the well laid plans to bring us masses a good pen under $100. Well folks, IMHO, he has done just that!
When the pen arrived it was more than "securely packaged". Sans anything remotely "blue" it was in danger of nothing!
It took several minutes with a well honed knife to extract the box from the multiple plastic envelopes. Once I got into the interior of the package and had removed the bottles of ink...I spied something brown. A leather sheath for the pen. No box to throw away or attempot to store and keep up with in the unlikely event the pen would go up for sale. Nice touch! The acrylic seems a bit lackluster in the photographs online (sorry Todd), but then, when have you seen a photo that actually did a pen any real justice??? The acrylic has a depth of color and translucency one may not expect. The red and burgundys have an ethereal depth to them and the black component of the material doesnt come off as a filler, it adds to the visual appeal and impact. The only detracting remark I have to make is that the appearance of "IPG" on the nib was ..."meh".... but come on, the first wave of pens from a new company..probably a sole proprietorship...that was an "issue" I was willing to dismiss even before purchase. Besides, if the nib was really atrocious , I could always swap it out right? Hold that thought!
It has the essential mass of a Pelikan 200 and has some components that are reminiscent of an Edison Encore especially with the cap jewel.
Construction & Quality 10
The Jon Ross Black Cherry has a deceptive appearance. I expected the "in-hand presence" of something more akin to say a Noodlers Standard Flex. But in reality it has a more substantial feel like a Pelikan 200. This little guy feels "solid"! The cap takes less than one full turn to remove, the section takes almost four turns. It has a solid converter that fits quite securely, abetting few fears of deep ink bottles and images of fishing the nib/section from a full-ish bottle! It is weighty, balanced, well finished ...and sporting bands near the end of the body that will tempt one to try to unscrew a blind cap that is not there...what a joker Todd must be!
Weight & Dimensions 10
I sort of already covered this....gimme a break, I am new to this review stuff and tend to ramble off course a bit.
Just think a Pelikan 200 that may benefit from going on a diet just to tone up a few extra milligrams!
Conclusion: 29 /30 = 9.6 overall
"Mission accomplished" getting a quality pen to the masses under $100....heck under $50!
Remember the thought you were supposed to "hold"? I handed my wife my "new" Danitrio Hanryo Raw Ebonite with one of the sweetest 18kt gold Medium nibs I have ever used. She wrote her name and volunteered a "meh"..its OK for an old pen. (LOL) Then I handed her the Nussbaum Jon Ross....her eyes lit up and she said " Now I LIKE this pen, it writes really nice!" So..I suppose I was being just a little bit of a nib snob in dismissing that IPG after all!
In truth, I had to agree with her, it does write nicely, it lays down a nice consistent wet line.
Job well done Mr. Nussbaum. Thanks!
Edited by Trillium, 04 April 2013 - 19:49.