Hi All! Here comes a new "ruthless review". My ruthless reviews have a few peculiar features:
- Very strict. If a pen costs hundred of euros, no faults are allowed.
- A good pen gets a 60/100,
- A great pen an 80/100,
- An almost perfect one a 90/100.
- Only a divine pen can have above 90.
- Don't care about the box,
- Add a few peculiar criteria:
- Nib appearance;
- Usability in shirt pockets;
- Out-of-the-boxness, meaning to what extent a nib was perfect right after leaving the seller.
Faber Castell Ondoro Smoked Oak with M nib
Thanks to user dragon666, I can recycle his great review here and I don't need to upload pictures Mine is exactly the same.
1. Appearance and design: 10/10
I don't know who designed it, but this pen deserves a spot in the hall of fame of contemporary design. Here, for example. It's awesome.
2. Construction: 4/10
Ouch... a proof that "German quality" is often a stereotype: the cap doesn't perfectly fits the body, and moves in its place, leaving space for air to sneak through and dry the ink if unused for a couple of days. The clip is 1/5 of a millimeter off-centred, and the feeder doesn't always keep the ink inside the pen. The result: a big blue ink stain on a wooden pen. Impossible to clean Also, the pressure lock is not very secure: it wears out quickly and I already had to strengthen it a couple of times adding a thin layer of cyanoacrylate to make the plastic thicker.
3. Quality of materials: 10/10
The oak is tactile, beautiful, perfectly cut, in one word: amazing. The rhodium-plated metal is shiny and perfect.
4. Weight and dimensions: 8/10
Very good as well. It's 100% perfect for me, but the section might be too thin for some (-1) and it's perhaps a bit short for others (-1)
5. Nib performance: 8/10
Reliable, a bit on the dry side with some inks. No flex. A hard starter after a couple of days due to the poor design of the cap lock.
6. Nib appearance: 7/10
Minimalistic, indeed. Not bad, but they could have made it a bit larger!
7. "Out-of-the-boxness": 10/10
100% perfect in this field!
8. Filling system and maintenance: 5/10
The converter looks a bit cheap and sometimes there are minor leaks; the pen doesn't take all types of converters!
9. Clip and usability with shirts: 6/10
The length is great for any shirt, but the clip doesn't lock very tightly and can drop out. Too short for safe carrying in suit pockets.
10. Cost and value: 9/10
The pen is so breathtakingly beautiful that I'd gladly pay EUR 1.000 have one, Instead, it's around EUR 130. Too bad for the steel nib...
Final mark: 77/100
This is a really great pen. Too bad it's not perfectly built, otherwise it would jump very close to my Visconti Van Gogh Maxi, so far the best pen I've reviewed, at 90/100.