First Impressions: My pen arrived in a pretty modest plastic packaging, as expected, and lo and behold, I found myself holding a thin, extremely light plastic pen with a blue cap and barrel (also available in two other colors). The rubberized grip, going about a third of the way up the pen, had intertwining treads (which made holding the pen a delight right from the bat). Overall, it looked plasticky and cheap, but what can one expect for that amount of money
Nib: I ordered a M nib and that is exactly what I got. It puts down a fairly thin, well-defined line with ease. The nib has a little tooth to it (being stainless steel and all), but I like it because it gives adequate feedback. Aesthetically, it is extremely plain, much more so than any of the more refined, and therefore more expensive, pens on the market. The nib sports a small "Parker" engraving at the bottom. Very minimalistic, but I think it fits nicely. The nib is semi-hooded and it looks as if it could withstand a direct impact from a drop, though I am not interested in testing this hypothesis.
Price: For 10 dollars delivered to my doorstep, I'd quite simply have to say that the pen was worth every penny I paid for it. Though it looks about as cheap as it really is, the construction seems to be sturdy and thoughtful. It does what it was made to do; put ink onto paper with ease and comfort. No frills, no thrills.
Overall: Sometimes you get much more than you pay for; this is the case with the Parker Reflex. Will it write as smoothly as a $100 pen? No. Will it provide you with the quality of even a $50 pen? I would think not. However, for a negligible amount of moolah, it does fulfill its intended purpose quite admirably - and that's all that really matters.
Final Thoughts: If you are really strapped for cash or just want to test out the world of fountain pens, then this pen is for you. Lightweight, a moderately good nib, and extremely cost effective, this pen provides you with a pretty solid and expendable option. Lastly, I would just like to say that, while the pen is really quite thin, the grip is extremely convenient and appropriate, and enables you to take notes or write in a journal for extended periods of time quite effectively. Major bonus points for that.
Edited by superfreeka, 15 April 2008 - 02:19.