Just got my Ixion in brass after a long wait and here's my first impression review. The Kickstarter campaign has been extensively discussed, please refer to the thread in the Market Watch or the comments on the Kickstarter page. For the sake of this first impression review, I'll pretend I get this pen from a good online retailer with the Kickstarter price, with good customer service, with Paypal buyer's protection on my side without the long wait.
Mine is the brass version with brass section so it's entirely brass. The design of the pen highly resembles the Kaweco Sport. In fact I view it simply as an oversized version of the Kaweco Sport, which is too small for me. Let's make it clear, it's not just similar and it's what I'll call almost direct copy. However, this does not stop me from buying it because first, Kaweco does not produce the exact sized pen, which I find more comfortable and second, I think the price is reasonable. So this is really a mature and popular design, it's hard to go wrong. The pen is clipless but the polygon shaped cap stops it from rolling on the table so it doesn't bother me. The only logo on this pen is the engraved "N" at the top of the cap. It's not the most artistic "N" in any sense and I don't find it very visually pleasant. Frankly, I feel it destroys the minimalism of this pen and hence 1 point off.
Build Quality: 9/10
Not a lot to be said for the build quality. Lathed metal pen and it's a mature technique so the build quality is in line with most lathed metal pens. One point off because the thread is not finished very well. Mine feels rough at the beginning and makes that metal scratching metal noise. Just a little bit for me but the poor finishing of the threads seems to be a very common problem for this particular pen.
As I mentioned above, this is an oversized Kaweco Sport. I know I like the size before I placed the order so there's really not a lot to be said. The pen is made entirely of brass (except the nib unit) so it's heavy but not overly heavy. It feels solid and comfortable in my hand. You can find the exact length, size from Namisu and I'll just say, the dimension is very close to a Sheaffer Connoisseur in terms of length and girth.
Nib Performance: 0/10 (10/10)
I ordered an EF nib and got a nib that's clearly not extra fine. In fact by comparing it with my modified F Bock nib, it's significantly wider. The nib is unmarked but I guess it's at least M, probably even B. From the perspective that I didn't get the nib size I ordered, it has to be a zero. However, Bock did a good job making the nib and it's smooth out of box. The tines are slightly too apart but not a big deal. Hence, 0/10 for Namisu and 10/10 for Bock.
This is a great pen for the price. I think I paid 44 UKP, which is approximately $60 USD. It's more or less an oversized version of Kaweco Sport but cheaper than the brass Kaweco Sport. Not bad at all. According to Namisu, this is 40% off the MSRP so they plan to sell it for around $100, which is a highly competitive bracket. And the packaging is minimal with no converter or even a single cartridge included. Think of what else you have around $100 (Platinum 3776, Lamy 2000, Pilot 74, Pilot VP......), I can't recommend this to everyone. However, if you like brass pens, I think this could be a good choice.
Finally, please recall that all of the above are based on the assumption that "I get this pen from a good online retailer with the Kickstarter price, with good customer service, with Paypal buyer's protection on my side without the long wait."
Edited by woleizihan, 06 February 2018 - 14:16.