My impressions of this pen:
1. It is absolutely beautiful to the eye and in the hand. The celluloid feels quite different than acrylic and, while fragility is an issue, I will gladly baby this pen in order to enjoy this big slab of Arco brown.
2. The Magicflex nib is very similar to other #8 nibs I have. That is it is springy and makes writing pleasurable, but is not even semiflex. Both my Sailor KOP and Danitrio Mikado (both fines) flex at least as well. Some of my other Bock #8 nibs flex more. I enjoy various suspensions and this observation is not a criticism.
3. I get about 1.6 ml of ink into the sac with a careful fill. That is a bit less than I have seen reported elsewhere and may reflect poor technique on my part.
4. The weight gives this pen a feel of great solidity and quality but, sadly, it's a bit porky for writing any serious amount. Hence the next point.
5. There is a lot of heavy brass inside this pen. I would like to see much of that brass replaced with titanium, carbon fiber, or some other modern material. If it were, the pen would be more pleasant to write with. Taking the weight down about 10g would move the pen from "lovely but ...." to superb.
6. Some of the interior metal is finished well (the plunger for the filling system). Some is not. In particular, the brass tube around the ink sac is very rough. There are slots cut in it and those have razor sharp edges. I worry about what those edges will do to the sac over time.
7. The Greek key bands are very nicely engraved with high relief, but the surface is a bit rough. This is made all the more noticeable by contrast with the gloriously smooth Arco. Running a finger over the engraving gives the impression that tiny metal hooks are grabbing at my skin. Admittedly, I am sensitive to this type of thing which you might not notice.
8. I care about alignment of the Arco pattern. ASC did a fine job with the initial alignment, but it is changing a bit as the cap and barrel threads wear in. The cap rotates a bit more than it did when the pen was new, and the alignment is diverging. Not sure how to correct this.
9. Service concerns me. I believe the sac is latex and will fail at some point. Ideally, the pen would arrive with instructions for replacing the sac and even ... gasp ... a spare sac.
10. I know boxes are just ... boxes, but this very large pen arrives in a utilitarian box with a suede pen sleeve and suede nests made for a much smaller pen.
On the whole, I am pleased with the Bologna. Love that celluloid and ASC seems to be the sole modern source for this material. I could be interested in other pens in the ASC lineup, but would want to have a close look at the construction and interior detailing before committing.
Edited by cunim, 18 January 2018 - 02:03.