I present to you, my Pilot Bamboo in Dark Blue Marine colour with Rose Gold trim. Fitted with a rhodium plated Size 10 18k gold Medium nib. I purchasd it from ebay for a good price from a seller based in Hong Kong.
The pen is typical high quality Pilot production. My one is from the Japan domestic market, where they always come with Rose Gold trim and you can get Black, Red, or Blue.
I've noticed that there are several pens on the market where alignment is often an issue, and many FPN'ers are annoyed by. Examples are the Waterman Carene where the end angle does not line up with the nib, and the Visconti Opera where the nib does not line up with the facets, and the cap does not line up with the barrel. Well.... Pilot have solved this problem with their precise manufacturing, the nib lines up perfectly with the angle on the barrel end, and the cap lines up perfectly as well, everytime.
The barrel material is a nice shiny blue plastic, feels solid and has a decent weight, but not heavy. The blue colour is quite subtle and difficult to capture on camera, it often comes out looking black. However when held in person, you can definitely see it is a deep navy blue.
The pen is well balanced when I write unposted, while the balance is pulled back a little with the cap posted (but still not too bad). There is a significant step in diameter at the threads, but this does not bother me.
The nib is the key feature of this pen, it is smooth and has the perfect ink flow. Someone said in another thread that Bock nibs are made overly wet to hide their flaws (sorry I forget who), and I now agree with this statement completely (although I still love my Bock nibs). The Pilot nib writes smoothly with a hint of texture, and has a perfectly tuned flow that is not overly wet.
The nib is a Pilot Size 10 nib, which means it is roughly the same size as the standard Bexley 18k nib (maybe just a fraction smaller, but very very close). It is rhodium plated, with a matte/shiny contrast effect (sort of like a two-tone nib, but all rhodium with matte areas and shiny areas).
So yeah, this is a great pen, made by a company that gets it perfect every time. If only this was made with rhodium trim (I know the black is, but not blue or red), this would be the perfect pen. No wait, I lie, there is something that could make it better.... it could be fitted with Pilot's Size 15 nib
Edited by MYU, 18 May 2009 - 14:33.