My initial impression of this is well... Look at it, its beautiful. I love this pen, because at first glance its smooth but almost menacing at the same time. I bought this pen from a fellow FPNer (Thanks D) and I don't have the box, so I don't know what I'm missing/not missing. This is number 258 out of 911
The Resin has so much to it, unless its in direct sunlight or bright light it seems very modest. The silver trim makes this "modesty"non-existent, as its almost teeth like... Both clip and trim is sterling silver and the the combination of greens, blues and blacks makes this pen, in my opinion very desirable. Depending on what the lighting situation is, its almost shows different colors as you can see.
The weight of this pen is fantastic. Its nice and light regardless of its size. As you can see its longer than a 149 and about the same girth. The pens length is made so you dont post it... For me thats a bummer, because the cap feels like it posts, but with any slight movement, it falls off. The length of the pen with no cap or posting is 14cm witch is plenty long, but I just like to post...
Filling System 7/10 Nib: 8/10
Filling system is a CC/converter. I think there is a French one made with a piston, but I was only able to come across this one. Not a deal breaker, but not my favorite.
The nib had some issues when I first got it, and I don't know if this manufacture issues or something else. I didn't want to do a review until it wrote smooth. I procrastinated for a while and finally just took it to some smoothing paper... Viola! It writes amazing with a broad semi flex stroke. I plan on keeping this for a while, so I will probably get the nib switched out to fine eventually, but for now its a great signature/check writer pen...
Price/Value: Retail Price 3/10 Price I paid 9/10
Like I said, I bought this from a fellow FPNer so I feel I got what I paid for. The pen has some scuffs on the sterling "teeth" silver, but besides that its in great condition. I would say, if you bought this "retail" for 1200 you would be sad, but if you paid 300-450 used, its worth it...
Besides the filling system and non-posting this pen would be a 9+ out of 10 for me.. But still an excellent Celluloid LE!
Edit: Changing "Celluloid" to "Resin"
Edited by Bryant, 18 July 2008 - 01:24.