Sailor not something I am willing to deal with at this time. The Sailor 21k XF nib is the ONLY reason I would buy a Pro
Gear. The Platinum President (Platinum's US website) or Presidential elsewhere looks like a real stunner but the looks
of the Bamboo won out on this one.
The Bamboo will be my last pen for a while. Nothing interesting as daily writing tools in the under $250 price range. Plenty
of "nice to look at" pens out there but nothing I am willing to pay more for EDC or stare at in my pen tray.
My pens from Torino will not be replaced but I have allowed the Bamboo to join the daily rotation of the 88 and Talentum,
that says a lot about the Bamboo.
Hard choice between the <F> Bamboo and <F> 88 nibs. Both are smooth and wet using Torino Punch, Blink or Slimy Fish
inks. Bamboo is narrower on the down stroke by a very small margin and I only found this to be the case using Rhodia
acid free paper. Both Aurora and Namiki points seem to be a match in performance on all other everyday paper.
The Bamboo favors Namiki and Aurora inks from what I have written with so far. If you like a drier line, go with
I can get a lot of writing done with this pen. Using the Bamboo converter it still beats my Talentum/long cartridge combo in
ink capacity and the Aurora long cartridge holds a lot. Also, the Bamboo converter holds a good bit of ink which seems to
be almost as much as my piston fill 88.
The grip is very nice the way it fits my hand. The diameter of the barrel is about a 1/16th of an inch more in diameter than
some other full size/large pens but that is what makes it such a controllable a comfortable pen without adding more length
to the barrel.
Filled with ink I consider this pen light for its size, the much smaller Vanishing Point weighs in close to the Bamboo by only
a few grams.
Killer pen and highly recommended.
Watch for size comparison pics and writing sample in this thread after the holidays.
. . . . . .
Here are some more pics which compare the Bamboo with two other full size pens, Van Gogh Maxi and
Modern Conklin Nozac.
In one of the pics you can see the "step" is not part of the grip section so, to be very honest I
really do not know what some are complaining about with the discomfort of the pen. If
you do hold or grip the Bamboo that far back on the barrel...I do think you have an odd grip, sorry.
Also, in two of the pics you see how large of a converter the Bamboo has, the middle converter is an Aurora
and the smaller of course is from a VP.
The two writing samples are, regular 20lb bond and Rhodia acid free graph with similar results between the
two papers and especially between the 88 and Namiki.
Edited by MYU, 18 May 2009 - 14:29.