The pen arrived in a small fibreboard box, with a little two part foam lining. The pen nestling in the box was, well... How do I put it?
'Bright' is a good description.
'Bling' is another good one too.
Overall first impression was 'Oh My God, what is it?'
I had ordered the silver version as it looked less flashy than the gold version. Well, I still suspect that it's less flashy, but you still need dark glasses when looking at it. The pen does rather shout at you - with a megaphone and a multi-kW amp.
The outer surface looks as if it's knurled, but the shape is actually recessed into the barrel and cap, then to finish it and preserve the plating it's covered with a plastic film (possibly PVC from the feel of it).
The pen is a normal length pen, but due to its large diameter, it looks fairly short.
The pen is amazingly heavy too. The pen comes in at 51 grammes, that's heavier than three Hero 616's or two Parker 51's. It feels solid, and the dragon's red eyes sparkle at you from almost any orientation. The cap alone weighs 21 grammes - the same as my Parker 61 Insignia Pen (cap, section, barrel & all).
Removing the cap requires a hard pull, then the two tone oversize open nib becomes visible. The black section and gold bands look rather nice and sedate in comparison to the rest of the pen. The nib gold plating seems to have been done by hand with an electroplate brush, is thin and slightly lopsided. It does look rather elegant - and is not entirely in keeping with the excessive bling of the rest of the pen.
Removing the barrel reveals a rather sloppy fit thread between the barrel & section, and a tiny international compatible screw action cartridge convertor. This bit feels light, cheap and nasty in a way that the rest of the pen doesn't.
The pen dimensions are as follows:-
- Overall Length Capped = 138mm
Length Uncapped = 124mm
Length Posted = 164mm
Maximum Cap Diameter = 14mm
Maximum Barrel diameter = 13.5mm
Nib Length = 24mm
The pen body is heavy (30 grammes) and needs a fairly firm grip to move & control. When posted it is unbalanced, and the nib tries to flip up and away from the paper. The nib is smooth and writes with a medium line - despite being described as 'bold' and 'broad'. There is a nice amount of feedback from the nib, however due to the weight of the pen it's tiring to use for more than a couple of pages at a stretch.
The cartridge convertor suffers from not having a ball or spring in it to allow the ink to flow easily into the feed - as a result the nib can run dry after a page of writing. The flow is generous, and the c/c small, so I think you'd need to re-fill the pen every 4-5 pages of A4.
It is surprisingly pleasant to write with.
I'm in two minds about the pen. It's too heavy & too flashy. But it is cheap and writes well. It has a nice medium nib, which is unusual on Chinese pens. It could have been so much nicer if the pen were a more reasonable weight and the plating were toned down a bit. I shall continue to use it in my rotation, and use it at work when I want to be abused by my colleagues.
The photo below does not do the brightness of the pen any justice. I couldn't tweak the photo to make it dazzle. The pen does.
Edited by richardandtracy, 03 June 2008 - 12:42.