The pen was obtained as a freebie from 'CameraNation' after I bought a couple of pens from him. The pen was supplied in a roll of foam and a small plastic sheath.
The pen is two tone painted with gold coloured highlights, and there are lots of Chinese characters printed on the surface in white. The overall look is quite smart in a blingy way. The cap is removed with a sharp tug to reveal a black section with a Sheaffer Triumph style nib in a gold finish. The barrel unscrews to reveal a moderately robust squeeze filler. The overall inpression is of lightweight construction from poor quality materials. It's the sort of pen you'd expect from a cheap Christmas cracker.
The pen size is:-
- 130mm capped.
12mm barrel diameter.
The cap is an aluminium tube, completely unfinished on the inside - as a result white powdery corrosion is already visible. The section is probably polythene, while the barrel is injection moulded polystyrene moulded around another aluminium tube and several aluminium decorative rings.
I have to confess I don't like the looks of the pen, even though it is quite smart. The two tone plus highlights is too busy for me, but it may appeal to some. The slightly wider top to the cap is reminiscent of 1920's pens, but the overall colour and shape don't do it for me.
Various bits of the pen unscrew from one another and there is a loose ring between the section & barrel which will get lost easily. The aluminium cap has no stiffener at the cap lip, and it won't be long before the cap bends here. I suspect the gold colour is from yellow laquer, and this will come off soon. The painted writing is barely more durable than chalkmarks. The sac protector is quite well made and sturdy.
Just plain awful. The nib is scratchy, unresponsive and plain horrible. It lays a moderately wet medium-fine line, and is the only pen I've come across that can make Black Parker Quink feather.
Value for money 0/5
It's worth what I paid for it. Nothing.
Don't touch this pen with a barge pole, it's a waste of money if you have to pay for it. If you get it for free, give it to someone who prefers ball points - that way it won't get used and you won't get cursed at.
My youngest daughter, however, loves it. I don't quite know what to think of that.
Edited by richardandtracy, 07 January 2009 - 16:36.