Okay, I like "understated" as much as the next person. I do. after all, have a 51 Aero as my "favorite-most pen on the entire planet".
But even the founders of the Bauhaus movement (you know, the "Less is More" crowd) would be scratching their heads on this one, and going "WTH"?. And yeah. it looks like a piece of plumbing pipe to me as well (maybe from the bathroom of that Jim Bakker PTL guy from a number of years ago -- the guy who cheated on his wife and IIRC maybe his taxes). And I kinda agree with Cepasaccus in that I'm surprised they *didn't* use 18K: isn't the whole deal about 14K vs. 18K nibs that in some places the EU 14K doesn't make the cut for "real" -- (i.e., "solid") gold?
I kept checking the dates of the posts so far to see if this was to the level of an April Fool's prank (*especially* after Farmboy had people on the Esterbrook forum going for the better part of a week... ).
Oh, and when I showed the photo to my husband (after reading some of the more, er, entertaining posts) his response was "ewww...."
So if this is actually legit, I don't see how it could be anything *but* a c/c pen. But then comes the issue of "How do you replace the cartridges?" Does the nib unscrew from the barrel? Does it come with its own special 14K extraction tool? Does it take International Standard carts? (And are we still sure this isn't some sort of April Fool's joke?)
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."