It was around 2002 that I saw I Castoni pens on a catalogue. I liked their colors, especially the Onyx and the Citrino. I'm not too crazy on cabochons (or castone, being castoni the plural) but these I found them attractive. So I set up to buy the Citrino, for I never had a yellow pen. I must say that initially I got the old version (smaller two-toned nib). I can't remember who was the seller. The pen presented problems with the grip: if I filled the pen from a bottle, the ink would leak between the nib section and the grip!!!! Not good when the pen is translucid yellow. Retro 51 was (is?) the USA distributor and they sent the pen to Italy. When it did arrive, I was horrified to see the same ink stain in the grip!!!! I called this very obliging British woman who inmediately took action: she sent me a new pen, this time being the improved Castoni with a bigger nib. To my dismay, the pen leaked in the grip again! I tried to clean it and eventually was successful. Nowadays, this pen only gets cartridges; on the other hand, the Lapis does not show that problem.
I believe this pen is made out of resin, an aromatic resin.
The resin is semi-translucent marble with pearlized tones. The color has not shown any signs of fading or discoloration.
The dimentions are: capped, 13.5cm/ 5 1/4 in; uncapped, 12.2cm/ 4 3/4 in.
The barrel is of a medium size and recessed at the end. This allows a safer posting. At the thread area, there is a silverish ring. The name of the models plus the series number are engraved at the center of the barrel.
The cap is what makes this pen most distinctive. It is shaped like a barrel with curved rhodium-plated (?) rings at both ends. The bottom ring is wider and it is where the pen's brand and model is identified. The cap is therefore heavier than the barrel.
This is a pen that would feel well balanced for a hand bigger than mine, which is a female medium. For me, capped, is too awkward to handle. Uncapped, tends to be almost short.
The pen is a looker.
Here it coes the good part. The nib is big, 14k 585 gold and rhodium beautifully engraved with the company's logo surrounded by leaves. My personal impression on this nib is that it is smooth, yet it lets you feel the texture of the paper -some will call it toothy, but not like the Aurora Talentum that I had. There is some spring to it, not much, but it is not a stiff nail. I have both a Fine and Medium nib. In this case I prefer the medium. Both nibs have a nice wet but not bleeding line. The medium has such a nice wide soft spot that permits me to write in a perpendicular angle (this is the weird way I write). It is a very nice nib with some followers like Ghost Plane and Handlebar among others.
It is c/c. For the Citrino works well due to the factory defect. Also, I like when I use the long Waterman cartridges and fill them with a syringe with any ink I like.
Price (depending )
Considering that it is celuloid and has such a good nib, +/- USD 273 was not that bad for the Citrino; the lapis, well, I got it at FleaBay for...USD 125!!!!!
It is a nice pen if you have the right size of hand, which I don't seem to have. I can't post it for I feel the pull of the cap and unposted is rather small. This unfortunately does not make it one of my favorites, because it has a very good nib. Now, I can adapt myself to it and used it today to do my rounds with 20 patients at the hospital...that's a lot of writing!! The celluloids are very attractive and the pen can be called almost minimalistic in design, but a beautiful one. I particularly do not like the recessed barrel end, but it does not make the pen unpleasantly looking.
Edited by alvarez57, 28 October 2007 - 17:00.