Ever since I bought my first Bexley a couple of weeks ago, Iíve been hooked. When I saw this Submariner show up in the Marketplace at a good price, I had to have it.
Lustrous acrylic with some transparency in spots. Itís very nice pattern, which has some depth to it. The furniture is gold plated. There is a wide ring at the base of the cap and the angular clip has Bexleyís signature clip ball. There is also a black band above the clip. The finish is almost perfect, but the clip is not perfectly flush with the cap.
Traditional, medium-sized pen, tapered at both ends. Thatís probably where it got its name. Itís very close in size to a Levenger True Writer, but more tapered. I find Bexley pens very comfortable to write with. It may be because they have long nibs that are in excellent proportion compared to the length of the pen. Whatever it is, I find them particularly easy to control.
It has a two-tone, 18K gold nib, with nice details. Itís a fine nib, but runs to the medium side of fine. Oh, Bexley, you taunt me with your creamy smooth wide fine nibs. Please start offering extra fine nibs. One thing that I particularly like about Bexley nibs is that they give a little feedback when you write, sort of like "road feel" in a sports car.
Cartridge/Converter and not a particularly big one, compared to the bigger Bexleys, but comparable to other pens its size. Iím filling my converters with a syringe now. Less mess and more precise.
Cost and Value
The MSRP of the Submariner is $269 and I feel that is a bit pricey for this pen. Then again, the performance is outstanding. I bought it slightly used from a fellow FPNer for considerably less than that and Iím very pleased with this purchase.
Edited by jonro, 15 March 2007 - 17:10.