First Impressions 2/5
I received this pen from Alan Koo the other day .... to put it mildly, not highly impressed...
The pen is interesting looking, kind of short and fat... typical of a lot of the Chinese pens sold it is inexpensive plastic..
As mentioned above this is a short, squat pen...
It measures 4.46" capped, 4.62" unposted with nib extened and 5.00 posted with nib extened..
Body diameter is .490" behind the section and tapers to .420 in front of the knob that extends the nib.
The section diameter is .340 just behind the nib.
It is not an unattractive pen, just not a pretty or impressive pen
The nib mechanism works like a dream... why you need a retractable nib on a pen with a cap is beyond me, but it does work well and does make for a nice short pocket pen.
This was the real low point of using this pen....
The nib was a real dog. I could not get the original nib to write smooth, no matter what I did... I flossed it, smoothed it... did everything except making a sacrifice to the nib gods and could not get it to write well.... I figured I was out my investment...
Then I pulled the nib again and realized that it is the same size as the standard IPG nibs that I use on my custom pens. I installed a spare steel nib (medium) that I had and it wrote beautifully. BUT, it did not write like the medium it was... it writes like a very nice smooth fine... even better for me...
Filling System 2/5
The pen is a c/c filler that uses a very short converter due to the nib retraction mechanism. I have not tried to put a cartridge in it.. but figure a short int'l would be the max it might hold... if that.
Cost and Value 2/5
I paid $20.00 including shipping from Asia for the pen.... if I had not had a spare nib for it, I would have been very annoyed... if the original nib wrote well, this would have been a decent price for a real knock around pen that is short enough for your pocket.
You can gather from my score that I would not buy another one....
Only because I have no idea of what the nib might be like...