I bought my first Perla in July, and by December I had six of them – either broad or stub nibs. Each one was between $120-$150. The main reason I bought more than one, two, or three is that each one of the nibs has its own character, sufficiently so that individual nibs do indeed feel different. I mentioned in my review of the Ancora Maxima posted earlier that no two nibs are exactly alike, but all have a ‘family resemblance.’ Although the differences are slight, they can be noticed. This attest to the fact that these nibs are handmade, which is good and bad as some have reported that the nibs have QC issues. I have experienced this a slight bit. A couple of them needed to be tweeked by a nibmeister to perform flawlessly.
Sizewise, this is a very big pen. It would be classified as oversized. You can see below in the pictures where I have it lined up with (from left to right) a Pelikan M800, Omas Ogiva, and (at the end) a Dolce Vita OS. I find it more comfortable than any of those pens primarily because I like big pens, but you can see that the Perla tapers quite nicely on the nib section. Plus, this pen is large in the hand unposted. In fact, it is not designed to be used posted. It’s long enough without posting (note the rather stubby cap), and the cap does not stay posted. Unposted, the body of pen alone is more than enough for a comfortable writing experience.
It is also a gorgeous pen. The resins (or whatever the material is) they use on these pens is absolutely beautiful. I’ve tried to capture the pretty red, blue, and green-yellow in the photos, which is stunning when set off by the broad rhodiated silver bands at either end of the pen and topped off with the long, elegant nib.
I’ll be repeating my earlier review, but the Anocra nibs give the pen a unique writing experience. The nibs have a kind of “flex” to them that no other pens have (at least none in my experience). This “flex” is difficult to describe, but I put quotation marks around “flex” because it is not flex in the classic sense of the tines separating with downward pressure, producing broader downstrokes and thinner cross strokes. It’s more like both tines in tandem give a bit with every stroke. I imagine that on downstrokes, the tines actually do separate a wee bit, but it cannot be seen with the naked eye. It’s a very comfortable nib.
I prefer piston fillers on this count the Perla is disappointing. It is a cartridge/converter, although they do put a rubber gasket on the nib section. As a consequence, the nib section screws very tightly into the body. This makes it feel more secure and substantial. The cap unscrews with about one third of a turn, which is nice. One gripe I have with the pen is that filling the pen is best done by removing the converter as the threads on the bottom of the pen are quite difficult to clean after dipping in ink. Also, I have heard some have had staining issues with the ink on the nib section here. I avoid these problems by simply filling the converter.
In sum, I love the Perla. Even though I’ve had a couple that needed nib tweeking and filling the pens is quirky, each one is well worth the money I paid. I always have more than one Perla inked and at the top of my rotation.
Edit: I cannot seem to shrink the photos. Sorry so large.
Edited by Sazerac, 09 February 2008 - 04:58.