As a big fan of Y-o-L and a proud owner of Viceroy Grand I occasionally visit their website... Well, seems they raised up the prices.
A standard model is 890 pounds, grand model is 1200 pounds (plain or barley finish, Victorian is 100/50 pounds more), both included VAT.
Do you think it worths? I am as far as I can be from claiming it does not. On the other hand I just noticed through years many could not justify the cost even when the grand model used to cost 600 pounds. Suum cuique of course.
I would summarize the positive and negatives (in my humble opinion):
1) the pen is full sterling silver without rhodium plating (a nice solid material I like and can be polished with a special cloth quite easily),
2) it is well engineered overall - the ergonomics, the balance, the construction, nib/feed/collar friction fit,
3) nibs are excellent, quite rigid but not really nails, they have got some give and are very smooth,
4) feeds are generous, these pens are juicy writers but not overly wet, even with rather dry inks they work well,
5) the pens and the nibs in particular go through the best QC you can imagine (I know this for sure),
6) a lifetime warranty,
7) among all those fancy plastic pens (whatever the plastic/hard rubber is called or is coated with) these pens look and feel like a real thing.
1) the cost ,
2) these very polished nibs are sometimes not the best perfomers on coated papers (depends on the ink used though)
So what are your thoughts?
Edited by aurore, 13 April 2019 - 13:12.