First Impressions (9/10)
A fantastic pen! Once you get over the fact that the "funny looking cartridge with holes in it" is stuck in the pen, you'll quickly realize what a treat this pen is.
A classic look. Double-jeweled, Lustraloy cap, hooded nib. The arrow just above the nib is a neat touch, if you can find one still in place and not corroded by the inks of old. Almost doesn’t look like a FP when closed (or even open, for that matter). Classy, understated, overall a great look!
The first thing that will strike you is that this pen is LIGHT. It's also fairly slim, but it's comfortable to write with. Just about the perfect size/weight. Feels a little better to me unposted, but can be posted if you wish.
My nib is a Fine bordering on XF. Super smooth, excellent flow (slightly on the dry side, but never a skip or hiccup of any kind). Can't say much about the looks of it...it's hooded! This nib is an absolute dream, none of my other pens come close.
Filling System (9/10)
I've heard all sorts of complaints about the capillary filler. In short, they just ain't true (in my experience, of course each pen/user is different). Mine was an antique shop find. After soaking for a few hours in warm water, I blew from the feeder end to force water and particles of ink out the nib end. Very easy to clean out all the old dried it. Fills quickly, easily, and with zero mess. The Teflon coating on the filler does an excellent job getting 98% of the ink off the filler when removed from the ink. Sometimes, I don't have to wipe at all. Holds a fair amount of ink, and can feed from a very tiny container (think ink trading vials...perfect refills for this pen!!)
Cost and Value (10/10)
I can't speak to the going market value. I got mine for US$4.95 in EXC shape. Lustraloy is frosty, no dings/dents/brassing, and the rest of the pen is all but perfect.
Fantastic pen. They don't get any better than this. If it tells you anything, I drag a Pelikan M605 costing 23x as much as this pen EVERYWHERE I go as my "beater", and this $5 P61 stays at home, only to be used in my journal. I won't risk losing this one because I know they don't get any better than this. :-)
Edited by KingJoe, 08 February 2008 - 17:09.