Well I'm no journo and certainly no photo journo so for pics and a very cool zoom in function you should visit the carandache website. The rest of this blurb is how I feel about the pen and the service I have recently received from this Swiss pen manufacturer.
Firstly the pen. Reasonably weighty at 47.4g when you consider a huge Pelikan M1000 weighs in at only 33.5g
The cap which is 17.2g has all of the weight at the top so when posted the pen feels top heavy and not well ballanced at all but if you leave the pen naked and use it, the ballance is perfect.
The laquer has a very warm feel, not dissimilar to an old celluloid and the blackness is absolute, like a black hole.
The fit of barrel, section and cap is perfect. I particularly like the way the section and barrel screw together.
The section (the bit you grip) is quite thin in diameter so this pen would suit a smaller hand, I tend to hold my pens further from the nib so I find in this case I'm gripping the barrel / section join. No problem.
The filling system is either convertor or cartridge, it should come with both. Every ink I've tried suits and the pen works first time, every time except when empty..doh..
The broad nib (only F,M, is super smooth but not very flexible, so if you're in to Pelikan style nibs with a bit of flex it's probably not for you. I tend to like all kinds so again not an issue for me.
Overall the pen is very understated, reserved in appearance and superbly made. The Leman comes in a range of finishes to suit.
The service I have received from Caran d'Ache has been first class. As there is no distributor in New Zealand I went straight to the top and e-mailed CD in Switzerland, would the response system work like a Swiss watch ?. Yep.
The next day an e-mail from CD in Japan (closet office to NZ) from the boss saying he would take personal care of any service related issues I have. Wow..Well I had no service issues, all I wanted was a broad nib not medium. Off went the pen, nib changed and returned from Caran d'Ache Japan at lightspeed. All for free. Well done.
So whilst no classy catalogue quality photos (congrats to all who post magnificent pics) and no understanding of what the hell I'm doing, that's my 2 pennies worth.
Edited by MYU, 25 October 2008 - 05:19.