I've been beating on this Delike for several months now as a full time field pen (working as a paramedic I need a tough pen) and this pen has just stood up and then some. Didn't hurt that the "bent" nib is really just a spectacular architect nib.
Construction is just solid. No other word. It has a plastic insert in the cap with threads, which makes the single-turn cap/uncap (less than one turn actually) glassy smooth, but it's also proven to be tough as nails and doesn't scratch the barrel. It posts securely, and the tolerances are actually so good if you drop the pen into the cap by the back, it will bounce on the cushion of air it creates.
Elephant in the room - yes, it's very, very similar to the kaweco brass sport. But it has one major change that I think makes it a totally different pen. The barrel is about 1.5cm longer. This means it can use standard international longs or use nearly every converter made (I only have one that is too long) it also means the pen can be used briefly unposted in my large hands - a huge deal. And it's still absolutely a small pocket pen.
The section is nice, threads are small and unobtrusive, and even though it's very heavy, it's superbly balanced when posted.
There are only a few downsides, none of which are even remotely reason enough to not buy this pen -
The pen is inscribed with a dumb "war and peace" statement. Just position the clip over it, job done.
The clip itself wasn't very securely gripping the cap. Easily solved by putting tape on the jaws of some pliers and squeezing it tighter (dimensions are not quite the same as a kaweco, so a kaweco clip will not fit) but once I squeezed the clip tighter, it's got perfect tension and stays put in my uniform pocket.
The converter it came with was nice, but started leaking after a month. Tossed in a better one and no problems since.
Mine came with an EF nib - not bad, toothy but not scratchy, wet enough. But I spent $5 on a "bent nib" package for it and this pen writes spectacularly. I reach for it over stuff costing forty times as much. It is a fine grind architect nib, fine/ef down, medium cross strokes. Smooth and wet and PERFECT. You can buy the pen with the bent nib already in it for the same price. Nibs are in sections that screw out, the nib and feed can also just be pulled out.
It REFUSES to dry out, too. I set it for two weeks without touching it, starts the first time every time, never skipping or hard starting. The cap seal is honestly better than kaweco.
As of this writing, you can get this pen for about $15 shipped from eBay. And you need one. Believe me. I've put enough beating on it in four months to last a typical user a lifetime. In my eye, this pen is better than the kaweco. It's just so refined in its design details, whereas the kaweco pens try to get by on being quirky. I did notice that the facets in the cap are ground a little differently, one of them extends further up towards the finial than the others, but it's imperceptible in the hand and just gives it a nice handmade feel.
Edited by Honeybadgers, 04 November 2017 - 22:50.