It's a nice swirling "marbled" black and white on the barrel, with a black screw-on cap and silver clip and accents. The band around the cap is decorated with dragonflies.
The base of the barrel has a metal ring for the cap to post on, avoiding damaging the decorative finish.
My pen has a stainless steel nib.
The pin is 5.5" long capped, 6.5" posted.
It writes very smoothly. That's what really did me in. I wasn't really planning on buying a pen today until I put nib to paper. The medium nib writes a nice wet line without being too bold. There is no scratchiness that I can detect, either through my fingers or with my ears. It also writes well even when rotated pretty far onto either side. I even tried writing with it held upside down. It produced a line like a Fine nib, but was very scratchy.
The standard retail on this pen is $100. I got mine for $50, because Barry is closing out stock on them. It was more than worth the $50 I paid. I have been enjoying it so much, I make up reasons to write things.
Edited by Songwind, 11 April 2008 - 03:24.