Nib is worth about 12 of these pens
That said. The lecai acrylic eyedropper is a chinese acrylic fountain pen that is, for lack of better words, damned near perfect. It's every bit as well made as a franklin cristoph. The acrylic is super clear, the overall fit and finish is superb, it's got a ton of threads for a very secure grab, but has five engagement points so the overall thread on to off ratio is about 1 3/4 turns on and off, yet engages eight super fine threads. Glassy smooth. Threads themselves are possibly some of the cleanest. I've. Ever. Seen. They are so smooth and fine they feel like a textured grip themselves, and are long enough to actually do the job of a grip, too.
The section is gently tapered and nice and thick for its size, very proportional, with a small, unobtrusive step between it and the threads.. The pen is smallish (a little shorter capped than a lamy 2000) and nicely tapered, it slides into and out of a pocket very well. It writes nicely unposted (very similar in size to the lamy 2000) and posts securely and nicely, also similarly to a lamy 2000. I've used it all week and haven't seen the caps scuff the acrylic yet, which seems to be a high quality. Feel in the hand is just awesome. it's got a perfect weight and balance. Light, but not featherlight, especially when filled to the gills with ink. It's no pencil thin pen, so CP-1 fans will be disappointed, but it's a bit wider than a jinhao 992. The cap has an inner lip that gets thicker right where the section stops to create a smaller air gap and further improve any dry-out risk. Very smart.
It holds about 3-3.5ml of ink, pretty cavernous. I've gotten it down to about 1/2 full and no burping, so my fill with monteverde fireopal will be taken as low as possible, which would have taken a while with the standard F (western EF) nib or the delike bent nib that also fits perfectly. The included feed is clear, but for this hackjob, I used a delike feed that is identical, but black, since I had to heat the feed over a candle to bend it up so it would fit the waterman nib.
Before I get to the waterman hack, the stock nib is great. A little dry for my taste out of the box, but smooth with a hair of feedback and no scratchiness. It's completely unadorned apart from an "F" but is shaped identically to a delike nib, so I presume it (since the feeds and screw-out sections are the same shape) is made on the same machines. I made it a little more wet by taking the nib out and pressing down on it with my thumb against a table and it's just right. If you want a "custom" writing nib for this, ebay sells a pack of two nibs, EF and bent, for delike pens, that fit this perfectly. The bent nib is actually a fine architect nib, which is awesome.
Honestly, my ONLY complaint with this pen is that I wish it had a small nub somewhere on the cap that acted as a roll stop. It's completely smooth so it will roll. Some people dig that, others not so much, but I like its clean, smooth design. And the cap and barrel's clear segments of undrilled acrylic just add some class to the feel. The section segment of the cap is hazed, which I really like, since it hides any scratches and imperfections and dirtiness that can form in the feed, and returns to crystal clear just where the nib starts.
And it fits a waterman #2 wet noodle from a 52 1/2 V like a charm. And the feed actually keeps up. Granted, it won't flex all day long to the limit without railroading, but needlepoint to ~1.1mm it's happy to do. I prefer to just take it to B or so, but it's really not complained with a full millimeter of flex. I had to use the aforementioned candle to heat and bend the feed into a banana to mate decently to the nib, but it's now possibly my favorite pen in my collection.
The only other odd thing to note is that this comes rattling around in a little box with a syringe. And by syringe, I mean HYPODERMIC. It's a little death stabber, and the needle doesn't screw into the syringe like modern US syringes. So be careful, and as soon as you get it, run it along a piece of fine sandpaper or on a brick to blunt it because you're gonna get hurt by its little 14 gauge poke.
You can get this pen as of this writing for $8-10 on ebay. And it's a steal. It'd be a good deal at $25. It's the quintessential modern eyedropper, but from china. You have to have one in your collection, and I'm heavily tempted to buy a jowo #5 gold nib for it just so my waterman can have its nib back
And now gratuitous pictures. Seriously. Buy this pen. You can also see all the fun silver sheen of monteverde fireopal. What a spectacular ink. the haziness/imperfections on the clear sections are just my grubby fingerprints.
Edited by Honeybadgers, 01 November 2017 - 10:23.