I was wondering if the crack/disintegration problem occurs also to the non transparent version of this pen.
I have the transparent (uncoloured) version of this pen since 2017, as I bought it even before it was reviewed here on FPN.
Fair enough, after a short while it developed a crack in the small bottom finial, which I had not noticed initially. When I read about the potential cracking issue I checked the pen, and it was there.
There has been past discussion about the cracking problem in demonstrators which seems to be tied to the polystyrene type of plastic which is needed to give transparency and the shape of the pens, which tends to created uneven pressure points inside the plastic, eventually developing a crack in the weak points.
No doubt the quality of the plastic used has a lot to do with it too. TWSBI pens tend to crack too, but not as regularly as this one...
It might be possible that the solid colours crack less due to a different plastic mix used. Any experiences?
I keep this pen in my office drawer as a "safety" pen, so it does not get used so much. Honestly if I have to choose a similar pen the Wing Sung 3008 is another planet, although costing more, but still being very affordable.