First, my writing sample and pictures:
The box this came with is well documented on both HisNibs.com and where I bought it from, isellpens.com. I am not associated with either. Its a big, solid box. It came with a cleaning cloth, a manual, and a leather 2-pen pouch for carrying it in the pocket. It was well done, and the pen gave a very distinct feel of quality.
Appearance and Finish--
This pen is made of solid copper with some chemical process making the blue, irridescent almost, finish with its pebbling, which creates a unique rainbow effect. While the barrel-clip design recalls the Pilot Vanishing point, this is not a retractible pen- the cap screws off. This pen looks like nothing else.
The pen I got has a small chip on one of the trim rings, but otherwise the finish was superb. The only real let down for it was the knob on the back being a tad wobbly when it is not against its stop.
This pen is HEAVY. If you don't like heavy pens, avoid this like the plague. This thing is heavier than Rotring's 600 tank. However, it is a pity if you don't like them because it is othewise a fantastic pen. The grip works for me- those who have problem with the Vanishing Point may find a problem here. It is a generously sized pen, and very solid in general feel.
Nib design and performance--
The nib is not as flexible as my old BCHR Waterman 55. However, it is more flexible than my Esterbrook 2048, and much more flexible than my Pelikan 800. I have been pretty pressured with this once or twice (not in the writing sample) and it doesn't look at all worse for it. This is a pretty hardy Flex. The nib is 2-tone 14k gold. It is a truly beautiful design. It is as smooth as bavarian cream. This nib is the BEST expressive nib I own, period. The Sheaffer Triumph nib is probably smoother (its close), but its a nail. I would buy this pen just for the nib.
The feed is interesting, though. Its smooth, not ribbed or finned, or anything, perfectly smooth (like my Waterman, actually). It smells weakly, vaguely similar to a Wality nib. Could this possibly be ebonite? If it is, it is finished to a high polish.
The various websites refer to this mostly as a piston filler. One independant wondered if it was smoother than a Pelikan because of the metal inside. All of them wonder why the knob does not move outwards as it is unscrewed. I am going to assume that this is, infact, a captive-converter design. There is probably a standard duke converter in there, with its knob integrated into the metal knob on the back of the pen. It can be a bit wobbly when it is not against its stop, but other than that, this is still impressive.
When you post the cap via screwing it on, the knob can't be turned.
Yafa claims the retail price to be $250. For this price, the pen represents a decent value, possibly even a good value. I paid $85 for it on isellpens.com. For $85, this is in the bargain-of-the-century class to my mind, and am surprised they aren't going to people like a barrage of heat-seaking missles.
Despite a minor finish issues, and its massive weight, this pen is absolutely fantastic. Good at any price, and breath taking at its price of acquisition.
Edited by Green Maned Lion, 30 January 2007 - 16:02.