The eBay picture of this pen attracted my attention as it is a burgundy (very dark) pen with an imitation wood burl inset. Attractive and eye-catching.
Here are my notes on the pen, written after I tweaked up the tip. Actually, that's a misnomer. I did a full grind on the nib and removed quite a bit of metal to get the pen into shape. The pen tip was rounded on the corners to achieve a stub nib. So I thinned the nib in thickness and width, then ground the nib into a cursive italic shape. All of the grinding upset the flow a bit. I tweaked the nib and feed unit until I got the flow that I wanted.
Here are two more pictures showing the clean lines and excellent workmanship in this pen. For the price, this is quite an impressive pen. However, the italic tip requires so much work to get the pen in shape, I can't recommend it to anyone who is not experienced with regrinding and reworking nibs. For the same price ($24.99), one may buy other pens that are pretty much ready to write out of the box. This is a real shame, as the pen represents a decent try to meet the needs of the Western pen market by Asian manufacturers. I hope that Singapore is successful in working the bugs out of this product.
Filled the pen with Mont Blanc Violet. The flow is heavy enough that the ink is dark and shading is subtle. Quickly becoming the pen that I use for most of my casual correspondence.
Edited by Randal6393, 28 August 2008 - 02:16.