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#1 AndyHayes

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 21:35

First Impressions
The pen arrived from a US seller well wrapped in bubble wrap with some cartridges, but with no sign of the convertor that I ordered with the pen. The pen looks strange as it is one of the short long pens. It is longer than I expected it to be in the short mode.

Appearance
Like an escapee from Frankenstein’s lab, this just looks weird.


Volex in short mode next to a Pelikan M200 in normal mode

Design/Size/Weight
Described as a short/long pen it is more like a medium/long pen. Capped it is 120mm, uncapped 107mm and posted 150mm. The pen is surprisingly light for a steel bodied pen and is reasonably balanced.


Volex in long mode next to a posted Pelikan M200

Nib
I chose the medium nib, but this is an Asian medium with no flex. It writes well enough and I will use it for form filling.

Filling System
Cartridge or convertor. Mine didn’t come with the convertor that I ordered so I am assuming that the pen will take a convertor.

Cost and Value
At just over $100 only the individual can decide whether this pen is worthwhile for them at that price. Its construction should mean that it lasts a long time.

Conclusion
It took 2 1/2 weeks for this pen to arrive. As the value stated on the package was $40 the UK customs put it to one side for 10 days to charge me duty on the pen, $7 duty and $16 handling charge. Had the value had have been $36 there would have been no charge to pay. Had it had have been a gift the limit would have been $72. A UK buyer needs to think hard about where to source their pens to avoid these charges and the value that their new pens should be.

This was the wrong pen for me, but that is entirely my fault for buying on an impulse. I really wanted a Myu 701 and with the extra customs charges added to the cost this pen I would have been a step closer. I should have got an all steel pen as the black and steel combination stops it looking like the special pen it should be. The nib just looks like an add-on like any other pen because of the delineation between black and silver.

Would I buy this pen again if I lost it? No.

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Edited by AndyHayes, 19 September 2007 - 15:39.

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#2 AndyHayes

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 15:41

Although I hated the pen on first sight, the experience probably soured by the lack of converter that I paid for and the customs charge, my better half loved it and gave me the Saporro Mini back in exchange for the Volex.
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#3 burmeseboyz

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 17:35

Nice review. From the photos, it doesn't look like the long cap saved any space. But an interesting pen never the less. I've always been interested by these 1970-80's Pilot pens.
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#4 andyk

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Posted 19 September 2007 - 18:40

Nice honest review, sorry you didn't like the pen, but at least you have been brave enough to experiment, luckily your wife liked it so at least one happy member of the family. I was looking at this type of pen but wanted to see/handle one in person before commiting myself.

Can only say ouch about the extra charges good job the value was underdeclared, but like others have said the whole thing is a bit hit and miss, although I still try to bid less than $40.

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#5 Marlon

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 04:28

I just ordered a 1977 Volex Fine Nib off ebay...

Should be shipped soon (i hope) as i just sibmitted the payment.

When it arrives i'll try to write a good review!








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