And I received the pens today ... Deutsche Post/sign for them.
I say pens because there were two. I paid $11.00, so I get two for $5.50@. What the reviewer had estimated without shipping or the time from the sub continent.
I think that the reviewer's writing test was an accurate and fair and well-done test. The writing is not my hang-up.
My hang-ups are the aesthetics. I received a transparent kinda weak purple and a so-called orange opaque in a color I would call bad salmon. The colors are off-putting: weak, off-register for what you would think the colors should be. I don't like weak looking pens. I think the name 'Surf' might have been chosen because they thought the colors were softer and beach-like. They are not. they are throw-up like.
Oh where is the red ring that used to symbolize the strength of German design and performance? Oh where is the feel of construction, the elegance? These dopey pens are not a good competitor to the Preppy. The Preppy is honest . These are the products of the new owners thrown together to meet price points. They have the look and feel of eye-droppers from India. Jinhao is doing a much better job at the same price points in plastic with the 599 and 886 ... both beautifully realized products.
I hate to see a proud name used as a come-on for a sleazy product.
If any one wants them, I will send them free of charge to a US mailing address. Just send me a message through Wim's Magic Decoder Ring with your name and address.
AND IN SPITE OF MY REVIEW, THE PENS HAVE FOUND A LOVING. BUT PERHAPS COLOR-BLIND, MEMBER OF FPN