The section is profiled for right handed writing, and may be uncomfortable for left handed writers.
The pen size is:-
144mm (5.65") capped.
122mm (4.8") uncapped.
164mm (6.45") posted.
11mm (0.43") barrel diameter.
Mostly injection moulded polystyrene. There may be as many as 8 parts to the pen, but 6 is more likely.
The pen costs 48 pence (approx US$ 0.98). Quite how it's possible to make & sell a fountain pen for this, I have no idea.
Due to the plastic pocket clip, I'd say the durability is poor. Within hours of getting my pen, the barrel started to show signs of micro-cracking. These have not grown in the 2 weeks since, so I presume the cracks were due to relieving manufacturing stresses. Not a good sign for a long lasting pen though.
For a right hander, the pen is fairly comfortable. It is a light pen, and the cap needs to be posted to give it some heft. The nib is a bit scratchy, but it doesn't blob or run dry. It is possible to flex the nib with a fair bit of force.
Value for money 5/5
A fountain pen for this price deserves 5/5 if it can make any mark on the paper!
For the price, it's a great pen. On any other scale, I'd say you get what you pay for. It's certainly worth the cost of 4 disposable ball point pens, but not a lot more. As a school pen, it's adequate, though after a few weeks you may be looking for something more durable.
If you want to experiment with learning how to be a nib meister and/or create flexible nibs, then this is the best starting place I can think of.
Edited for a typo.
Edited by richardandtracy, 02 January 2008 - 13:24.