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Posted 22 October 2008 - 01:54
The pen comes in a nice presentation sack in velvet. It is quite large; the folks at retrodesk are not kidding when they say that it is an oversized pen.
Fit and Finish
As I wrote earlier, this is a very inexpensive pen. It doesn't really look it until you fill it with ink, and then you can see that the ink window is not smooth. It also seems to stain easily, or at least holds on to ink. I had a rough time flushing the Piston-Filler friendly Diamine Imperial Blue out of the barrel. It currently is filled with Noodler's Ottoman Rose. At this price point, I'm not terribly concerned about staining the ink view window in the barrel.
For that fault, the pen is overall finished pretty well; I chose to purchase black. It also comes in blue and burgundy. I just happen to be going through a black phase. In black, it looks crisp. The clip could be on a little better, but since I don't use it, it is a moot point.
Ok, here's where the rubber hits the road. The Wality 69L has a nice two tone nib that is large, which matches the whole size of the pen. It much stiffer than say, a pelikan m400 or maybe even a Phileas, but it is not exactly a nail. Mine is very smooth- though some people have complained that their 52s and 77s have some tooth. Not something I have experienced with this model, but I just wanted to include this as a caution.
The Filling System
This is a pen that holds a lake of ink. The piston is smooth, and works flawlessly. I have used mine for 3 fills, and have had no problems.
Overall Performance/ Value
This is an awesome pen to have in one's toolkit, for informal knocking around. Some folks have had blobbing issues with other walities, i have only had one small leak, that was about a droplet size and was easily contained. It is well-balanced. In short, it is a great value for the money.
Posted 22 October 2008 - 03:41
With just our noses
Posted 19 November 2008 - 18:55
Thanks for the review.
Posted 19 November 2008 - 20:55
Posted 12 March 2011 - 18:41