The pen measures 150 mm (5.9") when capped and has a barrel diameter of 12 mm (0.5") around it's thickest point. It comes packaged in a large gift box about the size of a book complete with booklet, warranty & registration form, cartridge and pump converter. I chose the Black Resin version which is less expensive that the Rhodium version. The black resin makes it a lightweight pen, yet it feels solid and looks classy. In keeping with the theme, the barrel has distinctive knots which give it the look of a bamboo stalk. The ends of the cap and barrel are also beveled.
As I stated above, it's a large pen, but it's not heavy. I'm not sure how much of a weight defference exists between the rhodium finished version and the black resin version, but I would assume that the resin version would be the lighter of the two.
Here's a size comparison:
Left to Right: Pelikan M215, Namiki Bamboo, Pilot Vanishing Point.
Unlike the very popular Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Point, the Bamboo comes with a pump converter. To fill the pen all you have to do is dip the nib in a bottle of ink and pump the converter 4 or 5 times to fill. I find that it holds a very good amount of ink compared to the Vanishing Point's piston converter or even the Aerometric converter supplied with the Pilot Knight.
Here's a pic of the Bamboo and it's converter (please excuse the fingerprint on the clip):
The nib is attractively decorated and is quite smooth. It a nice wet line, though it's not as flexible as my Sailor 1911. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a good picture of the Bamboo's nib with my digital camera, but I found some juicy pics of the pen courtesy of YorkGifts.com. (By the way the nib on mine is marked "Namiki" instead of Pilot like the one below).
As you can see in the pics, the Namiki Bamboo is not your average looking fountain pen and may not appeal to everyone's tastes, but I really like it's uncommon design and can't think of anything that I would change about it. Even with the resin cap and barrel, the pen doesn't look or feel cheap and it writes like a champion. Incidentally, if black bores you, the pen is also available in bordeaux and navy blue, except they're marked Pilot. Either way, it's the same pen and will prove to be a joy to use. After all, they come from a pen manufacturer with a solid pedigree.
Edited by Apollo, 24 September 2005 - 22:04.