First of all I would like to apologize if I have done anything wrong, this is my first review. I could not find too many reviews of this pen online so I thought I should share my experience with everyone.
My wife recently gifted me a new pen that she knew I had been interested in for quite some time. An Italix Captain's Commission with an extra broad cursive stub nib.
I have only had this pen a few days but I am already very fond of it, so here are my first impressions:
The pen feels very well build and feels like it is made to last. Nothing seems loose and everything seems to line up perfectly. The cap is a screw on cap that takes 3 turns to remove it from the body. The clip is springy and quite firm, not too firm, just right in my opinion. The pen does carry some weight to it and really feels solid.
Visually the pen is very appealing, there is a deep shine to the black lacquer. There is a lot of chrome on this pen and it all seems to be very well polished. The cap is seriously big, and while I think it looks great I can see how some people might think it is too much. I think the pen looks best posted however it for me becomes too top heavy when posted.
As I understand it Peter Ford (the owner of the Italix brand) grinds all the italic nibs himself. I am a fan of broader nibs, so I opted for the extra broad cursive stub nib... go broad or go home. Opting for the cursive nib (with round corners) does limit the line variation, but does make for a super smooth and really excellent writing experience. The nib is very well tuned I have had no problems with hard starts or skipping. I believe the nib is a number 6 nib, although I have not tried to fit a different nib in the pen. It is wring so nicely I would be to afraid to ruin anything! I can 100% recommend this nib to anyone, it is fantastic.
It is a cartridge converter filler, so nothing much to tell here, other than it works fine. As this pen is all metal I would not use it as an eye dropper.
Feel in the hand:
This pen is on the heaver side, I think it is made with brass. It is not too heavy to use at all, but if you like lighter pens this probably won't be for you. Unposted I think the balance is perfect and I find it very comfortable to use. The section is a good size and despite being lacquer I don't find my fingers slipping as I hold the pen. The threads are not sharp so I don't think that would be a problem for most people. However posted the cap for me is just too heavy and I can't really use it comfortably. That said I don't usually post my pens and the pen is a good size with out being posted.
Here is the size information provided on mrpen.co.uk:
- Weighs 50g
- 14.5 cms long with cap on.
- 1.3 cms at its widest point.
Including shipping the pen costs just over £55, I think that price is fair. I am sometimes reluctant to spend much more than this on a C/C Pen, but for the price you will get an excellent nib, a lot of pen, that looks and feels great.
Overall I am very happy with this pen, for me it is perfect, I would not change one thing about it. It is going into my daily rotation and I am sure it will be there for a very long time. Thank you for reading my review, here is some eye candy below:
Edited by Lee Wright, 31 December 2015 - 16:01.