Just a quick update. I did receive my Passaporto; as mentioned, there was no Stipula pen box, no warranty/info papers, the pen and eyedropper were wrapped in a piece of paper, no other protection; at least they were sent in a sturdy box and the pen/eyedropper arrived unharmed.
The pen WILL post; you have to place the cap on the barrel firmly and give it a slight twist, but then the cap stays on and doesn't wiggle off. I don't like the nib, however. At. All. I was forewarned by the experiences of others that have reviewed the pen that the Stipula nibs - at least on this model - are dry; now I know what they mean. Very little flow, unpleasant to write with. I soaked the section in some soapy water as well as flushing it with an ear bulb before even filling the pen, but this made no difference. I also tried flossing the nib with a metal shim, still no improvement.
I am going to try to remove the nib and feed, give the feed a good scrub, as well as flossing the nib again - should be a lot easier without the feed being in the way - in hopes of improving the flow. Others have been successful with this and report that, after taking these steps, that they came to really like the nib, so I remain hopeful.
By the way, the ink I used was J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage; this ink is generally reviewed as being a well-behaved, good flowing, maybe even wet, ink, so I don't THINK the problem is with the ink, but I will try a different ink if the nib remains too dry even after I have done my minor nib 'work.'
Kind of glad I didn't pay $117 for a similar experience - and yes, the same "too dry" complaints were made about the FPN LE pen nibs. I hope I don't end up regretting having spent even $33+ on it.
Edited by OakIris, 08 August 2014 - 16:07.