I won't mind the tarnish (which is coming back) much. It's just the metal reacting naturally to the environment, whereas rubbed-off plating seems more like a flaw. Maybe the tarnish was anticipated by the design, like the glow formed on the Lamy 2000 by years of handling. (If you have an old and well-used 2000, look at it next to a new one sometime!) Silver tarnish does seem to form whorls, blobs, and streaks similar to those in the Arco celluloid. Presumably after a few months of use the celluloid will be duller, so the facets won't scintillate so much as I write, making the pen less loud. With this design one could even choose scintillation lite by polishing only two or three of the facets after usage wear has dulled the barrel. The pleasure of using it and the things it does to my handwriting make it worth taking out in public even at the risk of being mistaken for a pimp or an archbishop. Leaving the cap off hides much of the bling. Anyway it seems designed to age into something more understated (whereas the 2000 becomes shinier with time).
To conclude my review I'll add that the balance of this pen contributes a lot to the pleasure of writing with it. When capped it rests in the crook of my hand just so: the tip touches the paper weightlessly, so that writing with it has an ultralight, Ouija sort of feel. One penultimate thing: it doesn't post all that firmly, so you might think twice if you're considering it for use on amusement park rides. Finally, the facets of the filling knob don't align with those of the barrel. They pretty clearly are meant to, being cut to match up with the celluloid grain of the barrel, but on my pen, getting the knob to line up would require giving it one more very hard twist of a degree or two of arc, if it would line up at all--harder than seems right and harder than I'm willing to try. This would probably bother some people; they are entitled to pickiness and probably shouldn't buy online. I had no choice after the only pen store in my city (that I know of) ended its relationship with OMAS because of too many returns. (With signs like that I'd have given up on this model several times before now, if it were not the most beautiful pen I've ever seen.)
Edited by MYU, 03 December 2008 - 01:37.