Heavy pen, but the wood and the ivory feel warm, a stark contrast to the cap which is platinum. Quite a big pen. The box it came in is a nice white laquered wooden box that is also quite heavy.
Looks like a big solid pen. The black and white really stands out. There's a nice grey-ish window that allows you to see how much ink you have left. I think it's better than the one on my MB 149 as there's more space for me to see.
Typical German engineering (for me anyway): Precise and tight. The clip aligns with the ivory, everything is just so tight and precise. Under the clip are ridges that prevent the pen from just sliding out, but will probably damage your new silk shirt. Need to becareful when removing the pen from the shirt or jacket. But it's a heavy pen, so putting it in your shirt will cause it to sag, but I noticed that the pen is long enough to reach the bottom of the pocket. Also do not believe that posting will be an issue as they use plastic on the inside of the cap so as not to scratch the end cap. However, while posted, the balance of the pen goes backwards toward the end of the pen and it's even longer than my MB 149. I like the balance of the pen unposted. The girth of the pen is about the size of the MB 149.
Seems like a stiff nib. Haven't really tried it out yet. But from my experience with the other Graf pen, it may need a bit of breaking in.
Piston Filler. Although initially I think that the end cap is redundant, I do see the point of having a separate cap just in case someone wants to twist it. And the show and tell value is also there is Mr. Jürgen Schott's mark underneath. Also noticed that the piston has 3 rings on it.
Cost and Value:
Expensive, but then, considering that it’s using Mammoth Ivory vs. the petrified wood and the difference in cost between the 2006 and the 2007 pen, it's relatively cheaper. The pen also comes with a free cleaning service once a year but you must send it to Germany. I guess it's a nice way (albeit a bit expensive) way to maintain your pen.
This pen was totally unexpected. I didn't expect to see it in person, nor to be able to buy one when I had the chance. I’m looking forward to many years of good use with this pen and it will be something of a family heirloom for my kids. Now I just have to figure out what to get my other kids.
Edited by Excoriar, 14 August 2007 - 01:55.