I have had my eye on this pen for a while, as I thought the gray/amber combination was a beautiful change of color combinations. I finally decided to give the pen a try in the wake of rising costs of more well-known brands vs. my shrinking pocketbook.
KAIGELU 316 IN GRAY/AMBER
I wasn't expecting much of a presentation box other than maybe just a simple, plastic box. Well, it is plastic, and is cheap, but it's covered in a thin synthetic leather and really surprised me that it does look fairly nice.
Nothing fancy for the box on the inside, but my first look at the pen made me go, "oooh."
The colors really are a very nice combination of the gray and amber, with some patches of black. Almost tortoise, but closer to the look of a nice, deep swirl. The accents are gold, which is my preference. My pictures will not do it justice. The pen is very nice eye candy. My camera flash is static and it makes the amber look more orange, but it is a nice caramel-ly amber color. The gray is a charcoal gray. A very nice combination.
The styling of the pen is a classic one, Todd at ISellPens compared the white veined version next to a Parker Duofold. The Kaigelu 316 is a little larger than the Duofold, but this pen, at least to me, is a very nice looking pen. The weight of the pen is considered a medium weight. I found it heavier than the light pens I've gotten used to, but this pen is not heavy by any means. It is well balanced and the barrel shape is a good fit to my hand. It isn't really good for posting, but the pen feels fine and balanced without posting. The cap is a threaded cap that fits snuggly.
This is a medium nib, two-toned gold plated (steel, I presume).
It writes very smoothly, and it wrote right away after I inked it up right out of the box. No skips or stutters, and it has started up immediately every time I've picked it up, including after a day of standing nib up in my Bill Jackson pen stand. I inked it with Noodler's Lexington Gray bulletproof ink.
Cost and Value
This pen cost $32. I don't think I'm complaining.
I asked Todd if the pens of the Kaigelu line were consistent in their writing qualities. Yes, he is the seller, but to nab continued repeat business I doubt he would steer one wrong (he already has my business). He told me he's been getting comments on the nibs in this line that are favorable. The pen is very nice looking, and it looks much richer than the cost would imply. It's been to work in the rotation, and it's done very well. I've had 2 comments on it already, and I wasn't afraid to let those coworkers give it a tryout (though I did have to tell one it was a threaded cap when they went to pull it off). The pen feels very balanced, and I'm very happy with how smoothly it writes. I don't think I'd be hesitant to recommend this pen to someone just starting. The converter is a standard, the supply has been holding up well. If one isn't in a marathon note-taking session, I think they'd be pleased with the pen if they like the Duofold-type styling. Then again, there are always cartridges in a pinch.
Edited by kiavonne, 27 August 2008 - 03:47.