Normally, people assign number rankings, but that may be excessive for a pen of this rank - the pen cost $1, and the shipping was another $2.99. Suffice it to say, this is a cheap pen. So I'll give pass/fail ratings:
First Impressions (Pass) - It came all the way from Hong Kong, or Northeast Minneapolis, or some dang place. I thought goldquills.com was an international vendor, but it turns out they have a facility in my own town. Go figure. I ordered the pen (off eBay) on 12/26 and got it today, 12/30, so they didn't slack off in their shipping department schedule. The padded envelope and paper/plastic wrap was sufficient for a local delivery, and I wasn't counting on a presentation box, so I'm satisfied.
Appearance & Design (Pass!) - R U Kidding? That's why I bought it! Look at that section - what a hoot! It is a shrimp head, with the nib sticking out where the crustacean's proboscis would normally be. And the jewelled eyeballs are not only charmingly ridiculous, they also help the user align its hooded nib to the writing surface.
Nib & Performance (Pass) - I've taken a recent interest in non-P51 hooded nibs. When you start with the best design around, it's hard to be impressed by anything. But this nib is perfectly functional, putting down a consistent, wet, fine line as well as you could ask. The body is part plastic, part brass; the cap is brass and is too heavy, so I don't post this while writing. The section is very thin, less than 3/8" probably, so small-fisted schoolchildren will have more fun with this pen than the big, burly lumberjacks would.
Filling System (Pass) - It's a C/C filler, and since the body has brass parts I'm not going to try to run it as an ED. It works; just make sure the converter is seated, or it'll blorp on you, duh...
Cost & Value (Pass!) - What can I say? It's a dollar pen - shipping costs were 3x that much!
Conclusion (Pass) - It's a winner. It writes great, it's a fun show-and-tell piece, and it might even get my daughter interested in FP's. What more could a proud father ask?
Edited by Robert Hughes, 31 December 2008 - 00:49.