Tara had sent the pen well packaged. The outer packaging is a black cardboard box with the Dani logo in gold near one corner. Inside is a plain wooden box probably designed for a smaller pen. This is the first time I have bought a pen that came in a wooden box! Open the box and you instantly gasp at the girth of this pen. Ooh, itís a monster, thatíll never fit! Next to it in the box is the eye dropper.
Did I mention this pen is thick? It makes a Pelikan 805 look positively emaciated. Pelikan 200 owners will run away and weep when they realise their pen's insignificance. I am of course joking! I only wish that I had a Pelikan 1000 to compare it against. I had expected a matte black pen, but this has a gloss to it. My preference is for black pens with silver furniture so this fits in well with the general theme.
A very appealing design, rounded at both ends and about as simple as you can get. It has a wonderful tactile feel about it. A very large pen indeed, but there are many bigger such as the Mikado, also by Dani Trio. This one is roughly 150mm in length capped, 135mm uncapped and 175mm posted. Itís my pen and I will post it if I want! It has a reasonable heft to it though, but not as much as you would expect for a pen of these dimensions. It will only get heavier when I pour in the first bucket of ink. The clip is very tight. I canít imagine clipping this onto anything because of this. The pen seems to be a perfect fit for me and not tiring to use due to its balance and medium weight.
The nib is two-tone and broad. Since parting with the Sailor Sapporo I was convinced that I would never find a nib as good. This one isnít as good, but it is the best in the stable so far for smoothness. It is really smooth and a wet writer. The wetness will change once I get used to controlling this ED pen. I have previously never used this sort of system before.
Eye dropper. A first for me, but should be simple enough. There was a little green ink still in the pen, which rather caught me out on delivery. Noodlers Hunter Green perhaps, judging by its adhesion to my fingers and thumb! The piston mechanism is controlled in the same way as other piston toting pens, by a knob at the other end to the nib. It is very difficult to see the join. Three half turns seem to work for me at the moment. Further testing will confirm whether I need to shut the valve off a little further.
Cost and Value
At not a great deal under the full selling price it may not represent a bargain to the uninitiated, but to those who use one, they know that it is a bargain. A pen to take the place of others and one that will shove every other pen back a place in my "Pen System of Love"!
A very impressive pen which may well rank number one in my collection above my Pelikan 805. Only time will tell. This pen has the capacious ink chamber, a lovely nib and solid good looks about it and should stand up well to daily use. Now if only I could afford a Mikado!!
Since writing the review I have decided that I should definitely add either a Mikado or a Genkai to my collection. I love the thought of owning a Genkai the most. A beast of a pen.
Edited by AndyHayes, 14 September 2007 - 15:48.