After a few days of play with my new Desiderata flex pen, I would like to present a short little “review” and hope it is useful. I purchased the pen via Etsy (sold out, find the old page here: https://www.etsy.com...ction/218729604) and I really enjoyed the communication with Pierre, who answered my questions and requests promptly and very friendly. He was also very open and honest about how he got along with the production.
(I just realized that I forgot an "a" in the first word DesiderAta - very sorry for that!)
The pen is made of wood with a shiny glossy finish. The section is made of plastic and has a slightly “rippled” shape - it feels good to the touch, not slippery or uncomfortable in any way. Also, the section is long enough that my fingers are not on the threads. The pen is quite light (I have no balance here, but can deliver the measures tomorrow, if needed) and well-balanced for my taste. The cap cannot be posted, but the barrel is big enough anyway to hold very nicely. The cap will not roll away due to a small roll stopper.
I ordered the pen with a flexible Zebra G and a 0.8mm stub nib. Nib and feed are friction-fit and can be taken out and exchanged/adjusted very easily - and I say that, although I have two left hands with ten thumbs…
The Zebra is actually a nib for dip pens and not stainless. It will therefore rust in permanent contact with ink. Therefore, I take out the Zebra G after playing with the flex and replace it with the stub nib, which writes very nicely as well and should be stainless steel. However, if the Zebra G nib should deteriorate or if one flexes too much at some point, it is easy to replace and can be bought at a very low price (I hear 1-2$). It is possible to write a very fine line with the flex nib, although it is somewhat scratchy, as expected for a needlepoint. Overall, I would not call the pen "scratchy", given my experience with other dip nibs and even flexible extra fine fountain pen nibs. It responds with a drastic increase in line width to already low pressure, and the potential contrast in width is far more than what you can get with normal flex fountain pens (for a comparison see here: http://www.fountainp...pany/?p=3085735 and http://www.fountainp...aedalus-review/). I had no problems with railroading at my writing speed, the flow should be easy to adjust to other needs.
The Nemosine 0.8mm stub is a joy to write with! I will leave it in the pen and expect to use it a lot in the next weeks.
All in all, I definitely recommend this pen to everyone, who wants to experience real flex without the dipping part The pen istelf is also very nice to hold and I like the stub. Apparently, many Pilot nibs can be used as well (http://www.fountainp...pany/?p=3084096), which gives a lot of very nice nib choices together with the wonderful wooden pen! I congratulate Pierre, who made great progress with this project over the last weeks, and I wish him good luck for the future of his enterprise!
Edited by kronion, 17 August 2014 - 21:35.