Hello again to all my FPN friends,
When the original Moonman 80 came out, I resisted buying one because I already have more Parker 45s than I can remember. However, when the 80mini came out I knew it was worth a try, if only to be a recepticle for my favorite Parker 45 gold nibs. Although the quality isn't nearly as good as that of a real Parker 45, these pens still hold their own and nib swappability opens up endless possibilities. How cool is it that I can put a soft 14k UK Parker 45 OBB stub in a tiny pen that will fit in my pocketbook or even directly in my pocket??
Here are some of my impressions after taking the pen apart and playing around with it today:
(This first page was written with the stock EF nib. Notice how hard it is to read due to how dry the pen writes.)
(Problem solved with a quick and easy nib swap.)
(top to bottom: Platinum Preppy 02; Pilot 78G; Delike Alpha; Moonman 80mini)
Comparison of Nib Assemblies:
(Parker 45 on the left; Moonman 80mini on the right)
Notice the extra bits of plastic from the injection molding process still on the Moonman's feed and cowl.
This leads me to believe that the Moonman will probably write much better if one uses a razor blade to scrape off the extra plastic bits and floss the channels.
Moonman 80mini vs. my son's "moon man":