The Liaison makes an impression. The classic design, materials and nicely finished trim makes a statement.
The Pelikan 800-sized Liaison is a beautiful pen. The orange and black wood grained ebonite harkens back to the ebonite Watermans of the early 20th century. The gold trim has a nice deep gold coloration and both the cap band and the identical bands at either end of the barrel have a nice twist to the design. Thereís more symmetry with the black end caps and a black band between the nib and the end band. There is also a gold Waterman logo inset into the top end cap. The Liaison has a very attractive Triumph-style wraparound two-tone 18K nib. All in all, the Liaison is a very attractive pen.
The Liaison has an ebonite finish, but underneath its smooth rubber exterior is a brass body, so it is a relatively heavy pen, somewhat heavier than a Pelikan 800. Because of the penís length, you can write comfortably with it posted or unposted. While a little top heavy when posted, I found it most comfortable unposted. The cap snaps on and off quite firmly. It takes a little getting used to, but I can promise that the cap wonít come off in your pocket. I think I would have preferred this pen as a twist mount.
Itís a great-looking nib that compliments the size and shape of the pen. As I mentioned earlier, it has a wraparound 2-tone 18K nib. Most of my pens have fine or extra fine nibs. This one is a medium. But once I got used to it, I started to appreciate the relatively wide swath of color it easily lays down across the paper. Aside from being a very attractive nib, itís a very smooth one, too.
Filling System (4.5/5)
The Liaison is a C/C filler. In this case, itís probably necessary, in order to keep the weight down. The filler has an unusual twist, literally. You twist the end cap at the end of the barrel. This releases the section and converter from the barrel of the pen. Fill it, place it back in the barrel and twist again to retract it back into the pen.
Cost and Value (4.25/5)
Iíve seen it offered between $175 and $300 on eBay and the rest of the Internet. However, I found a better deal from a private seller. I think that at around $200 itís a fairly good value.
There are only two negatives: the very tight fit of the cap and the weight of the pen. However, itís a beautiful pen with an excellent finish and very nice trim. It has an excellent, striking nib and is a pleasure to write with. I give it two nibs up.
Edited by jonro, 21 October 2007 - 13:52.