Well since Bryant was selling his pen and the pictures were so tempting I must admit I found it hard to resist.
I jumped in and asked him to send it to me.
I had doubts if this is the right pen for me and I'll be honest I still do but not because of the pen.
This is not a cheap pen but wow what a looker and how impressive could a simple silver pen be.
This pen is the stainless steel model and not the silver sterling!!!
There is nothing yellow about this pen or in this pen,its pure silver colour and other then the two tone nib its silver/white all around.I think silver coloured pens look best when they are all silver,the look of this pen is a perfect combination of simplicity and classic lines.
The cigar shape simply works wonders on me.
The pen is used and thus there are few very light signes of use but overall the condition of pen pen is great but if you need your pen to be constantly shiny then mind you the moment you touch the pen you will see you fingerprints on it.This really doesnt bother me too much as I am very anal about the condition of my pen but I simply give it a little wipe at the end of the day and for me thats enough.
To my surprise the pen is lighter then most of the WE pens in my collection that base their design on the Le Grand (146).Just like all other 146 it is bottom heavy due to the piston in its back but I always enjoyed this type of configuration and I think its great for writing.
Of course this is a piston filler. This piston is very smooth and take a very nice bib amount of ink in its body.The Le Grand is a full size pen (not oversize like the 149) and hold enough ink for many days of use.
The 18K nib on this pen is medium and it is actualy a fat medium nib,its too fat for me and add to it a very nice wet nib and you got yourself an ultra smooth/glass smooth nib.This is perfect for those who like smooth smooth nibs but for those like me who like some feedback with some light toothiness to it this nib is a bit boring.I think 95% of people will love this nib,I know my taste in these matters is a bit different then other.
This pen is a shiny pen,it will attract a bit more attantion then a regular 146/Le Grand but it is not super attantion graber like the gold filler model.
The cigarshape and relative light weight makes this pen a very very comfortable pen for everyday use.Add to this a big ink resurvoir and you got yourself a perfect everyday companion.Oh and dont forget the traditional inkview window that I almost forgot to mention as I am so used to it from my MB pens and this really is a looker and a user both at the same time.
I am still not sure what I plan on doing with this pen.I am totaly in love in MB WE pens and this is not a WE pen.In a weak moment I might put it for sale but if in few weeks I will see this one is a keeper I will probably send the pen to Sean to grind the nib to a nice wet fine nib and for me this will be a super user.
Oh and Tzutzik simply put his paw on it and in few seconds told me I got another winner and he loves it so you got a PAW UP from the master himself
Edited by goodguy, 05 February 2009 - 15:24.