Is the piston functionality the reason why you don't like the Realo?
Not really. I don't love the piston, but I was actually just kind of disappointed in the size as well, and the nib performance.
The medium had a bit of baby's bottom, the fine is just... kinda boring. It writes well, but it doesn't have as much personality as I was hoping. I like firm nibs, but I like them very, very fine, so I think I'd probably appreciate it more if I had an EF option in the pen, but the realo's finest option was an F. And it's kind of an fat F, too, for a japanese pen.
It's also just kind of in the "meh" medium pen size range for me. I was hoping it'd be closer to what I now know the KoP is. It's a nice thickness for an everyday pen, but it's kind of awkward in its length, feels like it must be posted to be used, instead of just being long enough to be used unposted but posts deeply enough to be used both ways (a-la most all gold nib pilots)
The piston was a little disappointing in that the end of the pen is kinda small and slippery and the piston is not very smooth nor does it hold a ton of ink and the white material of the piston discolors very easily and that just kind of irked me.
Just overall... I was not impressed with it when for broadly the same money I got a pilot custom 823 with a falcon nib. It feels like a $150 pen, not a $250 pen.
I like the pencil like feedback on the smaller, cheaper pens, but I just feel like that 21k nib has less and less personality as the pen gets more expensive, yet writes nearly identically. I'd sat the $25 young profit skeleton demonstrator writes nearly exactly the same as the $250 realo, and the young profit has a cool full demonstrator body and clear feed with the same good quality fit and finish.
I do really like the 1911 standard though. I like how small and agile that pen is by comparison to the kind of "bleh" size of the large.
My opinion is very odd though. The 1911 large is actually a good pen, I just personally don't love it.
Edited by Honeybadgers, 17 May 2019 - 08:07.