It took me about 2 minutes after watching chrisrap52's YouTube review of this pen for me to decide to pull the trigger. It pushes all the right buttons: stonewashed titanium, nakaya-like styling, an actual Ti nib and the thing was on sale. A father's day gift to myself.
The Nova is superbly made. The stonewashed finish captures the solid confidence of a well-crafted tool. The cap threading is strong but not sharp and the cap comes off with hardly more than half a turn. The finish is flawless.
Since you can't currently order the pen with a Ti nib alone, I went with the an M steel nib with the pen and added an EF Ti nib on top. To be honest, I haven't even tried the steel nib. The Bock nib unit screws out easily so swapping for the Ti nib was the first order of business. I'd never had the pleasure before.
The pen doesn't disappoint. The Ti EF nib is wet and just a bit springy. To my mind, just the thing for an ink that promises sheen like Diamine Majestic Blue. I'm leery of going too far and springing the nib, so I don't push for much line variation. Reverse writing is very OK.
I haven't felt the need to adjust or smooth the nib at all. It feels like it's gotten slightly less toothy with use, but it could be that I'm just getting used to how it writes.
It's interesting that the nib takes a stain almost immediately so it gets even darker than fresh out of the box. It comes clean with a wipe with a damp cloth. Same for ink on the section.
At 35g uncapped, it's substantial but that hasn't proven an issue. It's very comfortable in the hand. I don't post the pen.
Hats off to Namisu for coming up with this design. I'm not sure I'd feel the same about the polished or sandblasted Ti versions of the Nova, and I sort of remember seeing their first model on Kickstarter and not really feeling much. But this one is right up my alley.
More photos and thoughts here.
Edited by taike, 15 June 2017 - 08:07.