Appearance & Finish - The Pen has a glossy plastic section, brushed aluminium cap, wood grain body and a spring loaded clip. Construction of the pen feels solid and I wasn't able to find any flaws.
Design/Size/Weight - The pen body is made out of synthetic wood that is supposedly highly resistant to moisture/water. This pen is the updated version of the discontinued Quattro, which had a square body and section and wasn't very pleasant to use. In the updated design the body remains square (with rounded edges) but the section is now tubular. Because of the redesigned section, there is a slight step from the body. This step is minimal (guessing less than 1mm) and hardly noticeable. Since I don't have a ruler on hand I can't give precise dimensions, but the pen is slightly longer than the Prera and the same length of the Mid Size Black Divina but not as heavy. When I was filling the pen I noticed that the metal ends were glued onto the wood body, leaving the middle of the body unprotected incase of an ink spill. I'm guessing this was to save costs and weight (mostly cost). Admittedly, I would have preferred if an tube ran the span of the body. Un-posted, the pen is quite light and with the cap making up roughly half the total weight the pen feels top heavy when posted. To post the pen, the cap screws onto the end (it takes two rotations to cap, uncap, post and unpost).
Pens (Top to Bottom): Omas Ogiva, Pilot Bamboo, Pilot Decimo, Pilot Quattro 89, Visconti Black Divina (Mid-Size) and Pilot Prera
Nib Design & Performance - This particular Q89 came with a medium 14k rhodium plated #3 nib, which is the same nib on the Custom 74. (Will post writing sample, when I have the chance)
The Filling System - Pump converter (Con-70)
Cost - MSRP of the Q89 is 31500 Yen or approx. $315 at the time of the order. I purchased it from engeika (ebay) at 280 so it was a decent deal.
Conclusion - Overall, I'm impressed that Pilot is coming out with new models that doesn't follow the traditonal design of fountain pens. This is a beautiful pen that has a good design and performance. Most importantly, I'm glad that Pilot is finally doing something about the pen presentation boxes in their $200-$300 range (The boxes for the custom series were/felt/looked incredibly cheap). Would I buy another one? Yes, the Black Q89 is next on my list.
Wishlist of Improvements/Accessories - Produce an eyedrop adapter the size of the con-70 (which would give the pen an ink capacity of 3ml or more).
http://www.sumi-ri.c...-quattro89.html, for additional pictures.
Edited by MYU, 13 October 2008 - 13:20.