Recently I have been on a pen buying spree and acquired these 2 Grances. Here goes....
Somewhat my camera produced incorrect colors! The blue marbled is a tad darker blue and the red a darker red to the naked eye. All of the trims are gold too! it looked somewhat silver in the picture
Built and Construction
Lacquered on Brass. The section however is made out of plastic. Most of my pens are plastic and indeed the pair are one of the 1st brass made pens I bought. I was worrying about the weight initially, however after taking them for a spin on paper, my view changed. The pen though made out of brass, does not pose real significant heft and stress to my hands, although it still weights more than the larger in size Custom 74.
The paintwork done on the pen was perfect, I have no complains on that. It has won much praises from my friends as a handsome pair
Here's the nib and how it looks like when posted.
14k Pilot Size 3. Red's a M nib and Blue's a F nib. Comparing it with my Custom 74, which is a Size 5 14k, Custom 74 seemed to write a wetter line, perhaps due to the bigger sized nib. For the blue Grance, the 14k F nib does write smoother when compared to my Prera F nib.
I don't keep pens clipped with me but the clip was nicely done, it has no spring but rather quite stiff that will make the pen stay in place even if the fabric on your shirt is thin.
The Pen caps on with a click, although there is no smooth transition like the Prera has, just a plain click
What I like about the pen, is that when posted, the cap somewhat clicks onto the pen, a sound indication that its securely posted.
Takes Pilot CON-20, CON-50 or Pilot ink cartridges
Some size comparison here for members.... The other 2 pens are my Prera and Custom 74
Hold and Feel
Personally I prefer thicker pens, I would say that the Grance is somewhere in between, and its acceptable to me. As spoken earlier the pen caused no fatigue when used, however when posting, it will be slightly top heavy. This is something that some users will dislike, particularly when writing for long periods of time.
I bought them with a risk taken, that is brass might be too heavy for me. I am glad that it's not the case, thus they are both to stay with me, besides these classy pens look really good together.
Edited by Lehnsherr, 04 February 2009 - 05:55.