Nib: Medium Stainless Steel Nib
Color: Transparent grass green laquer with Chrome accents
Purchased from Paradise Pens, Tyson's Corner, VA for $29.99.
A medium-sized, heavy, smooth writer. Excellent build quality. Recommended.
My pen collection contains a disproportionate number of blue and black pens. I needed something different to throw in the mix. While I've had my eye on a red S.T. Dupont Orpheo to shake things up, that is at the moment way out of my price range. However, I found this surprise hidden in the sale section at my local Paradise Pens.
The barrel is a lovely grass-green transparent laquer over a cut-metal base. The nib is a standard stainless steel nib in medium (the familiar "Iridium Point, Germany). The entire pen is cast from metal giving it a solid, quality feel. This is certainly not a light weight pen! The section and threads continue in the polished steel theme.
The cap is topped with a beautifully simple polished chrome circle, accented with black. The clip is also elegantly understated but, unfortunately, lacks any sprng mechanism. The cap screws on with slightly less than two full revolutions. The inner thread of the cap is made of a slightly rubberized plastic, making the process of capping and uncapping a sensual experience. This also allows firm posting without marring the barrel's finish.
As previously stated, the pen is not lightweight. As a result, like most of it's kind, it feels slightly top heavy with the cap (also metal) posted. With the cap in hand, however, it is quite a tame pen and the weight, while substantial, does not become overbearing.
The overall design and build quality reminds me of nothing less than the aforementioned Orpheo. No joke. I was very sincerely impressed by this surprise pen.
From Left to Right:
- Padrino Classico
- Pelikan Athens (M600 Size)
- Pelikan M800
__Original poster is absent (last seen in 2007) and user image URL's are broken. Review left for content only.
__Note that Paradise Pens no longer carries Padrino fountain pens--only ballpoints, rollerballs, and mechanical pencils.
Edited by MYU, 06 November 2008 - 00:58.