Let me start off by saying, I couldn't be happier with this pen! I squealed with delight when I came home and saw the box from Goulet sitting at my door. What was inside did not disappoint!!!!
I purchased this pen with intent for it to be a writing pen, and that's what I'll use it for. However, I have found that drawing is a really good way to get to know a new pen (and it's less boring than copying pages of text because I'm not much of a writer!!!). To that end, I did a couple of quick sketches. What I found is that this pen/ink combo is not good for drawing- and a good part of that is the ink, which I won't try to draw with again in any pen because it's smudge city.
For what it's worth, a Collier converted to an eyedropper would be an excellent drawing pen, especially with a different ink, and that very well may happen in my future, except that I saw Brian's new Draw Filler and now I'm pretty sure THAT will happen in my future instead. (Seriously, check it out) I decided against eyedropper conversion with this pen due to the transparent material and the fact that I don't need the capacity in a pen I intend to use for writing.
Now for the rest:
The antique marble color is absolutely gorgeous. I fell in love with it at first sight, and photos do not do it justice. It really looks classic, like something I would expect to see a hundred years ago. It has the sheen that I think the old celluloid has, although I've never seen celluloid in person. One caveat for filling this partially transparent pen- it's possible to get ink between the nib unit and the section, especially if you're using creepy crawly Noodler's inks. If it's a dark or black ink, you probably won't mind- it blends in with the darker parts of the material and anyone who didn't witness its appearance wouldn't know it was ink. If it's a lighter ink, it may not show up at all. If it happens, reach out to Brian, he will tell you how to take care of it.
The nib is super smooth. I love smooth nibs, so this is a joy to write with. It makes a nice sound when it moves on the paper, despite its smoothness. I find this delightful, others may not. When writing, there are no skips, burps, blurbs or anything else- good, consistent feed of ink. It's a suitably wet writer- I don't have other extra fines to compare it too, but I like wet writing pens and this one certainly doesn't disappoint in that regard. It's also beautiful, (of course, I'm partial to two-tone steel nibs.)
The clip is phenomenal, beautiful, well made and strong. The fit and finish of everything is just gorgeous. Even the converter is nicer than many!!! It comes in a beautiful display/storage box (which I intend to use because I'm not about to just toss this one into a drawer!) which is beautifully made and strong, with a spring hinge like a jewelry box.
Now for the pics: