Being an engineer here are some dimensions:
Capped: 6-3/8" long
Posted: 7-1/2" long
Nib: 1-1/16" long (visible)
Nib width: 3/8" wide
Barrel width: 11/16"
Cap width: 3/4"
This isn't a frou-frou pen built more for looks than for action. Just like a Lamy 2000 is Bauhaus with it's form following the function this pen looks like something that was made at the turn of the century to write and write it does. I would never think of posting this pen as it is a handful even without but the slight curve to the barrel fits my hand the same way that the Grandtrio did.
The color reminds me of old clarinets or vinyl records with a warmth in the hand that is very pleasant. You can see the lathe marks but that in no way detracts since even with it being a dull finish it still reflects enough light to catch some highlights. I can see that over time the natural oils in my hand will most likely begin to change the surface to maybe one with some lusture. Almost the reverse of the lacquer clearing as the act of writing changes the surface of the pen.
The cap takes six full rotations to open so this is not a pen to just pull out and take quick notes but a pen that from the filling to the writing causes you to slow down and enjoy the ritual of writing with a fountain pen.
It is an eyedropper filler and takes nearly 3 full droppers to fill it. There is also a cutoff valve so no fear of airplane travel
All in all a rather pleasant pen to write with. As I have 8 letters to write I will see how long a tank of ink lasts and also see how the larger Dani Trio nib flexes.
If I were to grade it I would give it a 4.995/5 as I do not think there is a true perfect pen out there but this one comes close
Edited by Tytyvyllus, 02 December 2005 - 01:42.