Sorry for the late reply
I received the pen and well , my happiness was very short lived.
The nib was very scratchy and had to return the pen
Seems that the qc at parker has gone down. My 2 other sonnets have very smooth nibs.
Had to return the pen and with lot of effort had to convince luxor to refund my money.
Another thing about the parker was that it had no marking as to the country of origin ( probably being made in India as stamped in the warranty booklet )
The older Sonnets have reportedly suffered from some fundamental issues - poorly adjusted nibs and poor ink flow, which adds to the feeling of scratchiness. I had the same pen (bought from a Shopper's Stop in Mumbai almost 10 years ago) with the monotone 18K gold nib and it barely wrote. The ink flow was terrible. It went back for adjustment to Luxor after consulting a bunch of folks on FPN including Hari but I don't think they did much to it. I ended up selling that pen.
Quite recently I bought a spare old style 18K nib for my Sonnet and that one had the same issues. The nib is quite soft to cause the tine to get easily misaligned if not used carefully and the feed, I guess, may have some design flaws that aid the poor flow.
The Firedance, I'm pretty sure, is made in France. The lower end of the range (Frontier, Classic, Jotter, Vector, etc.) is probably how far Luxor spans in making them in India.
Edited by s_t_e_v_e, 25 March 2016 - 16:09.