I bought this pen about 9 years ago. I was looking for something with smooth simple lines and a good metallic finish, and this one fit the bill. However, I had problems form the get-go, which I can now attribute to bad ink. I used some old cartridges I found in a desk I acquired, and received nothing but frustration. So I put it away for many years and forgot about it.
A few weeks ago I found it back and tried it again (using the same ink), and got the same results. This time I came to this forum and researched the issue rather than toss the pen. Following the advice of the excellent resources available here, I cleaned the pen out, got a converter (waterman brand) and bought some new ink. Right now I am using Noodler’s Squeteague and finally after 9 years getting positive results.
Now to the review proper:
The pen is light weight and thin (about 3/8” in diameter). It is 5 inches in length, 6” when posted. It is made of stainless steel with a brushed finish and a black plastic grip and plastic accents.
The nib is medium sized and made of stainless steel.
The pen (finally) writes well, if a bit on the dry side, but has a good constant flow.
When I got the pen it cost around $40.00, but has since been discontinued. I would not have called it a good value a week ago, but now I am willing to say it is. Its durability make it a good everyday pen which will last for a long time to come without much maintenance.
However, there is one thing I would like to add. This is probably not a good pen for a beginner. I find that the narrow body and the smooth finish on the grip and body make it difficult to grasp properly when you don’t have it quite down. I find that it rotates in my hand when I am writing and the nib stops making proper contact with the paper. But as I continue to practice this is becoming less and less of an issue.
Here are some pictures (of so-so quality), thanks for taking the time to read.