Pictures from Kevin Cheng (Winedoc), Writing from Old Griz
First Impressions 5/5
I just received this pen from Kevin (Winedoc).... to put it mildly, I am extremely impressed...
This pen is Green Rippled Ebonite and it the fit and finish is amazing...
The cap was a wide (5/16") gold band tastefully engraved Tosca Trio USA in two lines under the clip and the serial number engraved at the back
The clip is tastefully shaped and also gold
This is a larger pen than I am used to measuring 5.5" long capped and a humongous 7.125" posted. The body and cap diameter is .625" and steps down to .400 where you hold it on the section.
Overall, when I first got the pen in my hand I thought it would be uncomfortable due to the diameter and length. Well I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was extremely comfortable to write with unposted. Posted, it is just too too big to be comfortable for me... Of course, if you have hands like King Kong that might work for you.
Here I was very pleasantly surprised.
The nib is a steel Bock nib in medium. It is butter smooth.... probably the smoothest out of the box steel nib I have ever used.
I loaded the pen with J Herbin Lierre Sauvage (A gorgeous green, what else would I use) and would rate the wetness as 7/10 with a bit of toning.
This pen can also be refitted with a Bexley gold nib if you so desire and with to purchase one from Howard at Bexley... I don't know why you would want to however.
Filling System 4/5
Only because I am not a big fan of C/C fillers...
The pen arrived with a push/pull converter that filled to the top. These are real nice as they give more pressure when water flushing to change inks.
Cost and Value 5/5
I paid $90.00 for this pen on eBay from one of Kevin's auctions... definitely worth every penny paid.
This BTW, was a fantastic price as the original price was a lot higher... but then what do you expect from The Griz...
Unfortunately, this pen is no longer made or imported and Kevin said it was the last he had...
IF you can find one, I would definitely say grab it....
The pen was also available with a gold nib at extra cost, but after writing with the steel see no reason for it.
Edited by OldGriz, 07 December 2007 - 18:25.