I'm looking forward to that one too. As far as I'm aware, the only difference is that the section of the ALR has little ribs, and thus isn't so slippery to hold as the AL.
Well the pen came Thursday. Just for giggles I got the 1.1 mm stub nib, and after flushing it out with soapy water Thursday evening I inked it up yesterday.
And so far the experience has been, um, different....
To be fair, I did ink the pen up with one of the Diamine Shimmer inks, Arabian Nights (I ordered some samples along with doing a pre-order on the pen a couple of days before the initial release date. So my experience may be a little skewed.... To begin with, the ribbing on the section pick up ink much worse than a smooth section, so wiping off the section after inking was a bit more of a pain than I was expecting. But much worse was the actual writing experience: I had trouble with the pen writing more than a word or two before suddenly getting just creases in the paper, and this happened both with the cheap-o Piccadilly sketch books I use for testing/reviewing inks and this morning with the Miquelrius journal (which has much better paper). The ink is very wet and I was having bleedthrough issues with both papers, but the pen would suddenly stop writing (although if I wet the nib edge with wet ink that would start it up again, as did moving the piston closer to the feed. Additionally, upstrokes and cross-strokes from right to left (instead of left to right) such as crossing a T would get the pen writing again (which seemed REALLY counter-intuitive...). But the skipping made me wonder if:
(a) the nib has baby's bottom (I'm out of town and don't have my loupe with me); OR
( if somehow the feed couldn't keep up with the flow; OR
© the glitter in the ink was clogging stuff (yet I've never had that problem with a Shimmer-type ink in a 1980s Pelikan M100 with a similar width stub nib); OR
(d) some combination thereof.
However, towards the end of the journal entry this morning, I tried writing with the nib upside down.... And that worked great.... Stopped the wetness and bleedthough issues and made the ink much more usable.
So, not sure what's going on. When I get through this fill, I'll flush the pen out and see if a drier ink such as 4001 Brilliant Black (or even an IG ink will work better; and I will also take a closer look at the tipping to see what's going on....
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."