I honestly never thought about this pen much until I got the chance to buy it.
I gave it a good hard look in the pictures and right away I recognized the signature of what looks to me to be the basic design of old MB pens.
It doesnít have the famous cigar shape of the Masterpiece line. The basic design is more 1930ís and all you need is a flat top and it would be a true 1930ís relic.
I will talk first about the first thing that hit your eyes and is probably the most known thing about this pen and thatís its tiger skin like barrel.
It really is very striking even though not very shiny. It doesnít try to hit your eyes but still it does because itís locked between two black ends.
Black cap at one end and a black piston turning knob on the other.
The effect is very special and unlike any other MB pen.
The cap is rather simple, two rings that are a bit rough to the touch, a vermeil clip with 925 stamped on it and a big snow flak at the top of it.
A bit disappointing is the very basic and simply nib design. I am used to eyes catching design on the nibs like the Snake, Roach, Wind MillÖetc and always thought this is one of the special and unique part of every WE pen and gives it a wonderful character.
In the hand the pen is like most WE pens.
Its medium waight and bottm heavy due to the brass piston location.
Its very comfortavle and easy to use.
As expected the piston filler is very smooth and holds an ample amount of ink.
The nib on this pen is Broad.
I really donít like B nibs and this nib is even more special as it feels stubby.
As far as I know this pen never had any work done to it so my guess is that the nib come like that from the factory.
Well guess what, not only I donít like B nibs I really donít like Stub nibs.
So my expectations from this nib werenít too big.
To my surprise itís much better then I expected it to be. Very smooth not too fat (feels like other M nibs I have on other WE pens I own).And the stub doesnít feel completely bad.
Unlike B or Stub nibs this nib doesnít completely disconnect you from the paper.
It makes the writing feel natural and flows comfortable and almost fun.
No I havenít converted to B or Stub nibs. I still would take a good F nib over this nib but under the circumstances I could say I am happy with the pen and its nib.
I can understand why this pen is rather less talked about We pen.
It really is a simple pen. Other then the barrel this pen is very basic in every way but somehow as a whole it feels just right and slowly you get to like it more and more.
Like all other WE pens itís not just a collectable but a pen that you can take and use all day long and enjoy every minute of it. Its comfy in the hand, not too heavy, holds a ton of ink and has a wonderful nib.
Consider it next time you are ready to buy a MB or a WE pen.
Now when Tzutzik saw the pen he became very very excited.I think he felt very much alike a TIGER and tried to see if he can roar and look scary.
Well he looked really cute and not scary (but dont tell him that).I told him he looked really scarry and he went to look at his buddies outside and dream how he eats them.
Edited by goodguy, 10 December 2008 - 16:49.