$300 new, including PayPal and next day, insured delivery. Horrible, fake croc box, with (plastic) bottle of ink and drawer for booklet. Pen, however, immediately attractive.
Excellent celluloid: solid & drilled, not wrapped. Striking colours. (In this case, burgundy with lots of shades and detail.) Clever pattern, which does evoke images of Manhattan skyscrapers. Very well finished.
Rounded square body and clip band mean the pen doesn't roll, unlike a Dunhill-Namiki that impaled itself in the parquet floor.
Clip questionable. Tacky or not? Still unsure. It does not, however, work well. Difficult to slip over pocket edge. Poor design.
Metal section: what a pity. Why have a celluloid pen and spoil its tactile pleasure with a metal section? Bizarre. The section, the subsequent threaded area and then a short, rounded length of celluloid before the 'rounded square' of the body are all a bit confusing to the fingers. Just not sure where to grip the thing.
The twist converter (not a two-chamber pump like the LE) seems strong enough. (I fill pens in use daily, so converter size is unimportant, unless I have a really busy day. If I do, I just refill at work.)
The 14kt nib looks wonderful, but would not 'fire'. even after vigorous filling, emptying and re-filling several times. Kick-started it by dipping several times. Thereafter, it has been smooth, with a large sweet spot. 'Medium' produces quite a fine but well saturated line. It flexes well, but the feed can't deliver enough ink at fast, full flex.
So, a good buy? Yep.
[I forgot to say that the pen is significantly shorter than the LE. The 'ordinary' pen has an ordinary length, at just over 5 1/4" capped and just over 6 1/4" posted. And, posted, it balances well. Indeed, it does unposted, too.]
Edited by Idiopathos, 05 February 2008 - 09:51.