The appearence of the Century II Chrome is stream lined and built for smooth function rather than flare, something in me has always been attracted to thin smooth pens rather than the big and bulky Art Deco designs or the decoration adorned monstrosities that I tend to see being hailed as the greatest things to ever happen to writing. The chrome just adds to the sleekness of the pen, like a well fit suit this pen is understated without being bland and appealing without being the center of attention.
The weight of the pen is middle of the road. I'm a fan of heavy pens, but I make the exception for this one, it sits well in the hand and lets you know that you have something there without being heavy enough to knock out a burgler. The cap does throw off the balance a bit when posted, but not enough to be a real complaint.
The nib is well designed and writes smoothly, however it does tend to put out quite a lot of ink. I tend toward fine and extra fine nibs because I hate even the possibility of ink smudging, the Century II makes things a little more tricky in that department. I deffinetly have to watch myself while writting with this one.
This pen works well with either a cartridge or the converter that it comes with. Normally I like to use Noodler's Heart of Darkness, but in the Century II I've found that the Cross Black (actually made by Pelikan, but branded for Cross) also work well with this pen.
The cost is about what you would expect for a midlevel FP, I picked mine up for $67, over all good price.
In the end this pen is everything that I hoped for and then some. It writes well, looks good without being an attention whore, and is what one should think of when thinking of a well designed and functionally top notch fountain pen.
Edited by jabberwock11, 06 July 2008 - 03:54.