One of my main concerns was the possibility of staining it. Then, I saw a picture of an old, stained Aurora 88, and I realized that the stain is part of the charm of a demonstrator--in the way old leather looks great, even though is not pristine anymore.
Before I proceed with the review, I should say that more than a collector I am a user, and to my mind, if the nib doesn't write the way I want, then I have no use for a pen. On the other hand, I write anywhere from three to six pages longhand everyday--I write all my drafts by hand--so the nib is the deal breaker for me. In the scale I use (very arbitrary and personal) the perfect pen would get a 20/20.
I have two Stipula Etrurias, one with an Extra Fine nib, and the other with an Italic 0.9 mm, and I figure that the Nuda would be great with a Italic 0.9 mm too. The 14k nib that comes with the Nuda is different from the 18k. They are the same size, but the 14k feels a bit firmer, and smoother. I got the Italic 0.9mm 18k a while back, and at the beginning it skipped with some ink-paper combinations, but after a year of use, it became a reliably nib. The nib in the Nuda, on the other hand, performed perfectly right out of the box, with a wet, consistent line. It never skips, or hesitates.
The Nuda is a truly unique pen. The transparent acrylic combines very well with the Sterling Silver trim. The pen has good balance unposted, and it feels warm in the hand while you write. I'm accepting the possibility of the staining, but to prevent premature staining in the section, I pulled out the nib to add a bit of silicone. The black spots you see is the nib's collar are the little dabs of silicone. I'm giving the Nuda 6, just because of the fact that it could stain.
FILLING SYSTEM 3/3
I'm partial to internal piston fillers. I know that many feel that cartridges and converters are more practical. But all things being equal, the laws of physics predict that converters will have more flow issues (remember last time flow problems were solved magically with a cartridge?). The piston filling mechanism in the Nuda is not only fun to watch, but it also has a big capacity, which comes handy for a juicy nib.
This is not a cheap pen by any means. I got my first Stipula Etruria Amber for about $220. The second for about $300. I got this one at Penseller.com--wonderful service--for the very competitive price of $295.
Edited by Escribiente, 26 April 2007 - 18:28.