OP, I think your pen would have looked a lot better if it didn't have that transparent/demonstrator part in the middle..That look kinda cheapens the pen tbh..But that's just me..
I think that's right. I think it would be improved if it had a 1cm ink window rather than an entire clear barrel. But, that require a sleeve/facade, which isn't happening on that contour, so it's all ink window or no ink window. Perhaps a compromise would be a much darker Lucite for the barrel.
The price of these things no doubt reflects their small-run circumstances--no economy of scale to speak of, and a custom-branded JoWo run was not in the cards for the Gate City pens. It took Brian Goulet a good long while to work up to whatever the order size was at GPC to get his. You can put any JoWo #6 on there, not that any of the steel ones look that much better, though an unplated one would match the color of the rhodium-plated trim better. I had an 18K Cartier-branded #6 nib (snagged off Ebay for a mere $60) on one of my Belmonts for awhile but later moved it to a Bexley Poseidon Magnum.