Being my first fountain pen and due to the pictures I had seen of it before, I was expecting this pen to be much bulkier than it actually is. I was first turned off by this but after writing with it for a little while, it is very nice. The brushed chrome and gold accents on the pen make it look superb.
This would have received a 10 if it were not for the rubber grip on the pen itself. While the pen is capped however, it looks amazing to me. The nib itself is very attractive as well. As I stated above I absolutely love how the brushed steel and the gold accents look. Very sophisticated look in my opinion, and if posting the cap ever does leave a mark on the body, it will be very unlikely that you will be able to notice it due to the styling of the body.
Heavy. First thoughts, and still with me. However, this was something that I was looking forward to. Too many times has the following occurred; buy a pen or pencil, which looks great, high quality, and has a great feeling in your hand. But alas, it only weighs 0.002 pounds. The entire experience can be ruined for me if something is too light. This pen has a very nice weight to it and seems to write very well.
One comment that I can say about the design/weight is that then pen, to me, feels much better whenever it is posted. The only bad thing is how the cap posts and the way it feels whenever you put it on the body. I wish they would have put mabye an o-ring in the cap itself so that it would seat a little bit nicer. Even if you don’t like to post the cap, the pen still feels very nice, but it does seem nicer whenever it is posted.
The cap itself, while capping the pen, snaps into place very securely and makes me feel ‘important’ or gives me the feeling of accomplishing something. Just a nice feeling .
Despite the reviews I had seen while researching for my first good fountain pen, my Prelude nib does not feel ‘scratchy’ or dry at all. While this may be a production of my being new to the fountain pen scene, but I was expecting this Medium nib to be a little smaller than it actually is. It is not overly big at all, I was just expecting something a bit smaller. I probably should have ordered a Fine for my writing style. I would have gotten an Extra Fine if they would have offered one so I could use my fountain pen in everything I do; be it a fast paced college class with lots of notes or just the casual note taking sessions that I’ll be able to use this medium nib for.
Filling System (5/5)
Rating this out of 5 due to not using converter.
I have only used the cartridges for my pen so far. The bookstore has packages of 5 carts for $0.99. An entire $4.00 less than everywhere else I’ve found them!
I do plan on getting a bottle of ink in the near future and will be able to use the included converter then.
Cost and Value (7/10)
For my first fountain pen, this was very pricey. Plus it is only leading to me wanting to get more and more fountain pens as I discover what I love! However, this pen is very high quality for what I am used to and I do believe I will get tons of use out of it. The value will obviously start to increase once I get a bottle of ink and stop using cartridges.
All in all this is a great pen. Especially for a first pen and those who don’t want to get a Lamy Safari or the like. Much more of a professional feel than I believe something like a Safari could deliver. This was something that was important to me for my first fountain pen even though my next buy is going to be a Safari !
EDIT: Added Pictures
The first two of my pen itself, while the third is a stock photo (obviously). Sorry for the bad quality, all I have is my cell phone!
Edited by Cerbeos, 09 January 2009 - 21:47.