I had promised that I would write a review when I asked for recommendations for my next pen... I was aflicted by the goldilock effect as one person describe my irrationnal need to have ''the perfect pen''. I can say, no pen is perfect. But this one is close to what I was looking for in a pen. So close that I don't think i will sell it in the future (as many of the pen I sold even though they where superbe).
First impression 5/5
Very nice packaging. A nice cardboard box with a beautifull gray box. The seller I bought this from had 3 different layers of tape and cardboard to secure the package very tight.
My first tought was WOW! What a nice pen. I impressive pen in a big box. Looks impressive. I then openned the cap to behold a nice two tone nib. A beautifull art deco clip on the cap and a hidden piston knob The red on the cap look distinctive without being too formal.
Appearance and finish 5/5
The pen as a black body,, silver finish (no tarnishing or brassing) I know this pen will still look good for a while. The red on the cap gives a nice little touch. The is also a silver Marlen symbol on the top of the cap. The appearance shows good taste, not too formal not too colorfull. It's a serious looking pen, without being a toxedo, banker or judge pen. There is anice attention to detail, the cap fits nicely, the overall shape of the pen accentuate distinctiveness wihtout the need of more color.
Design / size / weight 5/5
The size of the pen seems to be close to a pelikan 800, an similar to a visconti van gogh maxi. The body widdens so it become widden mid-lenght.It look a little bit shorter then my maxi but it's more a flat top and flat bottom design which makes it look a little shorter but the lenght of the pen seems to be the same without taking this into account.
The pen is wight is similar to my visconti van gogh maxi. It is not a featherweight but it has it's weight and I am not scare of it flying to the other end of the room when I am not paying attention.
*** note i write without the cap***
With the cap, the pen is on the heavy side, and i am not sure I would like it as much if I would use a pen capped. Same as my visconti, with a cap it heavier and not as balanced.
There is an engraving of the pen model manufacturer and number of the pen on the cap. It's not too obvious and I like the location of this.
The clip looks very nice, It's a stiff clip and it look very sturdy. The art deco style on it looks refreshing.
Nib design and performance 4,5/5
The nib is two tone and 18K gold. Mine is a fine, which is a very nice size. The nib as some flex but deffinitively a little less the my visconti. This may do to the lenght or width of the nib and 18k compared to 14k gold. It is around 3 mm less then my visconti nib in lenght and a little less wide. It is still a nice impressive two tone nib. It reminds me a little of the pelikan 400 I had in terms of nib flexibility. It is a nice smooth nib. Not as buttery smooth as an omas, and not as wet as an omas. It is a pleasure to write with this pen. It has a nice flow and nice characteristics. I would rate the flow 6,5 on 10. 10 being a waterhose and 0 a chalk on a school board.
After a couple of month and trying many vintage pen, the nib is on the stiff side, but smooth with a tiny bit of springiness.
Filling mechanism 5/5
The filling mechanism is a piston with an hidden knob. Ink capacity seems very good. But I don't write as much in the summer. I can still write a lot with one fill. Certainly more then with a converter. Or so I think. Is is smooth operating. I would have to test volume with something like serynge to check the volume. Maybe another day. It is fixed and doesn't move like the pelikan knob which would unscrew a little.
Cost value. 5/5
I consider this to be a whole lot of pen for the price. Anyhow for a modern pen. I really love this pen.
I really enjoy writing with this pen everyday. It is my daily rotation my my visconti van gogh maxi for the last month. I think it'll take a long time before it loose it's place there.
Edited by Cloud, 19 September 2007 - 01:46.