I have to admit however, "the pretty" is what drew my eye repeatedly to this pen when I first stumbled across it at isellpens.com
Simply put, this is an amazingly beautiful pen. I love the way the ribbons of black snake their way through the slightly translucent, shimmering orange resin. So evocative of a tiger.
Despite the mixed reviews in the thread that followed the initial writeup on this pen, I decided to roll the dice and order one. Everybody agreed that though the lacquer on the grip may chip, that some of the brass plate flakes away, that the piston converter quality is iffy, the nib wrote smoothly and the ink flow was good.
Yes, I had a quality control issue of my own -- the pen arrived with a broken piston converter. The bottom seal was cracked. Todd at isellpens.com promptly shipped out a new one, and I've had trouble free writing ever since. This is my home office daily driver.
Like most asian nibs, this medium is on the finer end of the spectrum. Its glide across paper is as smooth and effortless as my Pelikano Jr. And while I wouldn't consider it particularly flexible, I can tell it's not nigh-bulletproof like my Lamys.
It's noticibly bottom-heavy, especially if you prefer to write with the cap unposted (I do), but not so much that it impedes the writing process.
I'd bring it to work, or get another to use at work, but a few "vicious gravity surges" have convinced me that only Varsitys, Safaris, and low end Pelikans will accompany me there. Todd at isellpens.com no longer lists this pen on his website, so a replacement/repair would be hard to come by (and I would probably cry and be extremely mad at myself if I dropped this pen and bent the nib).
The cap snaps really tightly with a loud clicking noise. I prefer snap on caps to screw caps, and with this pen, I have no fear of it ever coming uncapped at the worst possible moment. (As happened with one of my Safaris the other day -- I had it clipped to my notebook and it fell out of the cap. Tip down -- of course -- onto bare cement at work. Still writes fine.)
The upshot --
If you see one of these knocking around on "e(vil)Bay", at a pen show, or your favorite "pusher" starts stocking them, consider taking a shot and buying one. I know I'm glad I did; best $45 I've spent in a long time.
And I'll leave you now with a few shots of it resting in the velvet lined box it came in. Really, it's so pretty -- especially when sunlight hits it -- that I feel inspired.
Edited by kadymae, 08 December 2007 - 23:40.