Appearance and Build Quality
The pen is available in three designs: grid, herringbone and stripes. I bought the grid design. The pen is made of anodised aluminium and the grid pattern is thin, but can be seen easily from a distance. The pen is slim with an inconspicuous and simple, clean look that I happen to like. It is also rather heavy for its size and has a good weight. Overall, it looks and feels very solid. I believe it can take cartridges and a converter. I bought mine with the converter.
Writing with the cap on and off is very different with this pen. I prefer it with the cap on for extra weight as when I do this it fits my hand perfectly and automatically positions itself halfway between my thumb and index finger. When the cap is off, it is very light but I find the position doesn't suit me and it feels unbalanced. My hands are somewhat small and I think the thinness of this pen could cause problems and be uncomfortable for someone who has large hands. The grip has taken some getting use to as it is not very large and I tend to hold the pen where the grip meets the body. It felt weird at first but I don't really notice it while writing; only when I think about it. Definitely try before you buy for these reasons! I've been writing with Lamy blue/black ink and it is pretty smooth (my pen has an italic 1.1 nib). I have noticed ink creeping up the nib even when stored upright, but this could be the ink not the pen.
I would buy this again and I really like the clean simple design. But, if you can, try it out first.
Edited by MYU, 06 November 2008 - 03:25.
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