I don't know where Delike is coming up with these pens, but they are killing it.
Writing sample first.
Price as of this writing is $14 shipped. The pen is eyedropper convert-able (the threads are quite coarse, so some silicon grease is required) it doesn't dry out, it even came with two converters in a nice simple gift box. Mine is the opaque cracked turquoise, which is smooth and has no visible machine marks or blemishes. The acrylic is light, feels good and durable, and looks excellent, very unique colors too. Even the pink looks cool, like it's made from pink himalayan salt.
Design is a little odd, but unique. no clip on this one, no roll stop, though I suspect you could spend about $0.69 on ebay for a cheap ring and adjust it to fit as a roll stop. I'd like a clip, but it works fine. It also has a flat top and torpedo bottom, which is also very unique. uncapping the pen takes about 1.5 rotations and it's a little tighter on the last 1/8th of a turn, which also feels a little odd but results in a nice and secure cap that isn't going to come undone on its own. No inner cap liner, but the air gap is small and over a week of use, it's never hard started once.
cap posts, and posts securely, but not satisfyingly. It doesn't go deep, it just finds the friction spot on the tail it wants and stops, so it can be posted at a slightly cocked angle. The design is fairly slim, so big pen lovers, stick with penbbs, but it's an excellent everyday size, and long enough to use posted or not. I don't find it awkward at all to post, it just doesn't seat in a very satisfying way.
Converter on this pen is not the same as the one on the alpha, it's a standard interational twist type with a spring type agitator, feels good, and hasn't leaked. It also came with a spare!
The real star of this pen is the writing experience though. Delike just NAILED this nib design. I have four of these "bent" nibs. They're absolutely not fude nibs, they're pseudo-architects. Think stub vs crisp italic. The delike nib gives you a softer, more forgiving to angle medium/broad stub like cross stroke and an extra fine downstroke. I've had none of them be scratchy or inconsistent, they're all nice flowing. This one feels a little "sharper" than the other 3 I have, but not in a defective way, rather, it actually feels like a true custom ground architect, and lays down sharp, crisp down and cross strokes, with no catch whatsoever.
Look at that polish.
These nibs are just spectacular for everyday printing. The architect nib is only so-so for cursive, as it kind of makes your writing look mushy as the cross strokes make your letters look less defined, but for printing, the sharp, clear line variation on the cross and super thin downstrokes lets you write smaller in print than you could with a comparable stub/italic. It's also fun to do calculus with, as you can see. Wetness is medium to juicy, wetter when printing and medium when cursive, so there's definitely some shading to be gotten.
If you haven't gotten yourself a delike with a bent nib yet, you really, really need to. This pen is definitely odd, but nothing about it is necessarily bad, just different. And I love that.