Overall, I enjoy it more than many luxury pens that cost many times over. I'm really happy with this purchase and I would highly recommend it whether your budget for a new pen is $100 or $1000.
I love the look of the pen, I enjoy holding it in my hand because of its form factor, and the steel EF nib on mine writes 'well' with Pilot Iroshizuku kon-peki
ink if a bit too broadly for my tastes.
Positano is such a pretty pen too! I have a goal to not order any more pens this year, but the Positano is on my wish list for sure!
It is pretty. I think the Blue Emerald acrylic used in the Furore is even better-looking, though. Then, of course, there is the Mediterraneo 2 celluloid – possibly the perfect match for Sailor Shikiori souten
£125-150 for an acrylic pen with a steel nib, when a Japanese pen with a 14K gold nib can be had for £100-125 seems a bit pricey.
£100+ for a pen is pricey, full stop, irrespective of the nib. Whether that's punching above its weight in the market
is a different contemplation.
It's not the materials per se, but when Japanese manufacturers can produce a similar pen, with a 14K gold nib for less than this one - you have to ask - is this pen really worth it?
It's worth it to the buyer if
he/she will derive £125 or more's worth of enjoyment (from usage in writing, or just holding or displaying as an object of beauty) and/or pleasure of ownership, wouldn't you say? I don't think worth is relatively
. Let's pretend for a moment that gratification is quantifiable with some sort of equivalence to monetary amounts. If I could spend £125 on a Leonardo Moment Zero Hawaii and get £150 of enjoyment out of it, and spend the same mount or less on a Platinum #3776 Celluloid with 14K gold nib and get £250 of enjoyment out of that, surely the conclusion must be that either (or both!) of the purchases is worth it. Buying one instead of the other, irrespective of whether one's budget can stretch to both, is not part of the equation of whether one is worth it and the other isn't.
And then, what if the subjective evaluation of the buyer/user is that the Leonardo Momento Zero Hawaii will deliver £200 of enjoyment, and the Platinum #3776 Celluloid £180 of enjoyment? What then?
By the way, the only Platinum #3776 Celluloid I've seen offered for cheaper is the Sakura version, and I don't think I'd like it as much as the Leonardo Momento Zero Hawaii, at least to look at and to hold, even though I like Platinum #3776 'hard' gold nibs.
Only you can decide if it's worth it, it's a very personal thing and one man's gold is another man's lead.
Yes, but gold is more expensive than steel. A £150 pen with a steel nib has got to be impressive when most pens in this price range come with gold nibs.
It is impressive. I've very impressed with the pen body and ergonomics of the Leonardo Momento Zero. The nib doesn't impress me much, but that it is made of steel has little to do with it. I like this nib better a hundred-fold than the Pilot 14K gold #10 FA nib on the Custom Heritage 912. However, it does not compare to the steel EF nib on my Diplomat Aero, or the steel M nib on the best of my three Rotring Initial fountain pens.
If you want £150 for a pen with a steel nib - then it should be one of the best pens on the market.
Hmmm, I don't know. I like the Diplomat Aero in orange very much, and the looks/design of the pen body is excellent, although I do enjoy the Leonardo Momento Zero Hawaii more. However, from a writing experience and output perspective, my Diplomat Aero trumps my Leonardo Momento Zero.
Good value strikes me as "quality + pleasure at a price you'd be happy to pay".
For a teensy bit more than the price of the Leonardo Momento Zero Hawaii, I can get an Aurora Ipsilon Deluxe with 14K gold Stub or Italic nib, and
a Pelikan M200 with marbled brown body and a steel EF nib, delivered. I was thinking very long and hard about that last night, and the night before, but ultimately I couldn't bring myself to do it. However, spending €147 on this (delivered) was a no-brainer to me, didn't take more than ten minutes' consideration, and I don't regret the purchase even though I wish the nib was as good as that on the Diplomat Aero.
Edited by A Smug Dill, 28 January 2019 - 12:45.