This is my second review, the first of an equally infrequently seen pen (a Nettuno Trident). This is a Cleo Skribant Blue Ebonite pen, which I bought off a picture and a recommendation from Christian Fricke of Comoveo in Germany. These are first impressions having just opened the pen and filled it.
First Impressions. (4/5)
There is a sleeve over a box over an octagonal box, and the pen lies in Satin. These boxes are hardly heavy duty (this is no Conway Stewart sarcophagus) but the light weight made for slightly cheaper shipping from overseas. Inside there is a sheet of paper with a few illustrations of the blind cap and German instructions.
I wouldn't describe the pen as "impressive". Its a nice size, 5 3/4 capped and a thinner than a CS Churchill or a Duofold. The "woodgrains" in the blue aren't easily seen (unless you take a closeup photo), and the blue is muted in color. I'd describe this as a very nice, low key business pen. The clip is a little unusual and interesting (the pictures will do much better justice than my words could ever). The two-tone nib is largely silver color, with a simple attractive pattern.
Filling mechanism (4.5/5)
The pen uses a piston under a blind cap, and actually there's something about the blind cap I like (I bet you didn't know someone could think things about a blind cap). The piston turned smoothly and the pen drew ink without a problem.
The half point deficit comes from the fact that when I filled it an flushed it a few times, I wasn't too impressed with the amount of ink it was holding. Idunno, maybe I'll have a better sense of it after I use it for a while
Wow, this is smooooooooooooth. There is a touch of feedback, which I like (not Aurora feedback) but this broad nib (and this nib is b r o a d) puts down a nice full not too wet line. I really like how this pen feels. Its a little heavy (the ebonite) but comfortable. The cap posts nicely on the back, but I don't typically post so its hard to compare with other pens.
After a few hours sitting inverted in my pocket, I gave it another go... wow, even better a little wetter. I'd imagine the feed got fully saturated in that time. I LIKE this pen.
This pen has the nice basic looks to be an everyday writer, but not the stunning "wow, where did you get that?" looks. It won't mesmerize like the Tibaldi celluloids, and it doesn't have that certain... well whatever the Mont Blanc has. However I expect that this will be a regular pen of mine for a while.
Off to get the broad nib stubbed!
Edited by MarcShiman, 10 August 2007 - 23:43.