The Levenger box is a nice, understated presentation case. The tan Ultrasuede lining really sets off the Kyoto color. The pen itself is an eye-catching color with lots of variation. The plastic seems substantial and looks "rich".
I just love the depth of color in this pen. It is an acrylic resin that gives off a quartz-like sheen. It really is a precious looking finish. The chrome accents actually go well with the pen. The folded plate clip is functional, but clearly does not look solid. The black "jewels" look fine and fit well. I think the twist cap is fine. Some have been concerned with the 2+ turns to remove the cap, but I do not find that an issue at all.
I have to say, this stainless Schmidt nib is great. A quick soapy water flush, and it writes like a champ. I initially had a medium, which was finer than my Waterman medium but still a little thick. I stopped by my local (Chicago) Levenger store for an exchange to a fine. My first fine was a little juicy and wide still, so I swapped it out again with no problem. Get this: the nibs screw in like my Pelikans. I can even get extras for $24. all of the nibs I tried are smooth, skip free and a pleasure to write with. I enjoy the simple Levenger design.
The cartridge/converter system is standard. Everything works great. you can double-stack the standard cartridges so that an extra is always available. The Levenger Cocoa ink is a perfect companion to the Kyoto. There is a real sophistication to the combination.
Fantastic deal at $56 ($6 shipping, including ink cartridges). I would recommend this as a great pen to always have available. I am relatively new to regular fountain pen use, and this is a great starter pen.
Edited by Opus104, 14 July 2007 - 23:55.