The name Clef, as you might guess, comes from the musical notation. There is a small medallion that sits atop the cap of this pen that has an engraved treble clef sign. It's a stylish, but discreet touch.
The Clef is a mid-sized pen, being very similar in size to my Pelikan m605. It feels as though it weighs a bit more than the Pelikan, but it is in no way a heavy pen. It is feels "sturdy", but still retains that feeling of being light in the hand when you hold it. I rarely post my pens, but this pen feels good whether it's posted or not. The pen is 5 3/8 inches in length when capped, and 6 1/2 inches when posted.
I purchased this pen from Richard Binder's website, so I opted to have him grind the nib into a medium stub. (The standard nib size is a fine/medium.) Richard tweaks all of the pens that he sells so that they are writing smoothly when they arrive in your hands, and this one was no exception. There is just enough line variation with this stub nib to add some interest to your letters, but not so much that it slows down your writing. The nib has a pretty two-tone exterior and writes beautifully!. (The "stripes" that you see in the photo are reflections of other items in my office and aren't present on the actual nib. )
As I was finishing up this review, I just happened to read Tim Butterfield's excellent review of his Taccia Doric. The Doric and the Clef are similar pens in many ways. They're both great writing pens, they both have a striking appearance, and they are both great values. The Clef is priced at $75 at Richard Binder's site; it is also available at Parkville Pens for a similar amount.
I am very much smitten with my new pen. It has a beautiful finish that is unlike anything else that I own. It has a solid, balanced feel, and of course, the Binder stub writes beautifully. It's a great pen.
(Edit: I edited out my comment about Taccia being based in Italy. I must have been thinking of another company. )
Edited by TMann, 05 December 2005 - 16:16.