It is so expensive that I really didnít believe I will ever own it. And so I think you will share my disbelieve I actually own one. I look at it, hold it in my hands and it doesnít click that this pen is actually mine.
I was lucky to get this pen for a relatively reasonable price but there is a reason, this pen doesnít come with the box which is a major bummer for me but right now that all I could find and afford. There is a Hemi with the box on eBay for 3400$ so I think that a little excessive no?
My Hemi looks to be mint, I was really happy to see the seller didnít sell me a lemon. No cracks at the cap lips (known issue with the Hemi), no scratches and no sign of any use.
The Hemi is a stout fat pen and really is a replica for the MB 139, the clip looks exactly like a 139 and I think the Hemi is a wonderful modern interpretation for this gorgeous pen.
The combination of red and black pens always was a soft spot for me, I think this is a wonderful killer combination and here is my first little beef with this pen. I think MB should have gone with a more red rather then orange body, I think it would make a much stronger affect. Never the less the pen is stunningly beautiful.
The clip is taken directly from the 139, and what a gorgeous clip it is. So sad that MB doesnít make more pens with this clip.
Take the cap off and there is a BIG FAT nib. The nib looks huge on this pen. It almost looks unnatural and that is a part of the charm of this pen. From my understanding the nib is a MB 149 nib. There are no special marking on the nib like other WE pens and really looks like a modern 149 nib. Luckily MB 149 nibs are beautiful so thatís just fine by me.
This pen also come with one of MB (and few other pen makers) standard features and thatís the ink view window. What a wonderful way to tell you your ink level. It matches this pen nicely as well. Really I think Mb wanted to make a statement with this pen and it came out great.
The pen is of course a piston filler and like most other WE pens this piston works very smoothly. I love the feel of a smooth piston and see how the pen sucks the ink into its chamber. The pen takes a large amount of ink and it looks to me as you can write a lot between one fill up to the other.
Just like other WE pens this pen is bottom heavy but not excessively. The pen feels very neutral in the hand and is wonderfully balanced. It isnít too heavy and in my book I would say its medium weight.
The section is fat, and for those who are not used to such a fat section this might take some time to get used to it but once you do the pen feels very comfortable to hold. If you can write with a MB 149 you can write with this pen too.
I filled the pen with Watermanís Havana Brown ink. This pen takes so much ink I could actually see the ink level go down.
The nib is a medium size (just my luck). I really donít like anything but fine nibs. And today more and more I see how much real fine nibs match my writing style.
This nib is not just standard nib but feels very standard too.
This is one of the smoothest nibs I ever wrote with and it is way too smooth for me. I need feedback and there is very little of that with this pen. As I wrote in few of my other reviews most people would love such a nib. This nib feels as if it floats on the paper or like you write on glass. For me its boring.
This pen is a dream comes true for me. Itís the first WE pen and thus no real WE collection is complete without it. I am overjoyed to have it and honestly it will take me some time to get used to the fact this pen is mine.
As a writer this pen is a very nice writer but those who will buy this pen only to use will pay a lot for a pen that is very very over priced.
A word of warning for those who has a Hemi or plan to by it and like to post their pens DO NOT POST THIS PEN!!!
The caps lips are very thin and you will crack then easily if you post the cap and thus will kill the value of this pen.
Now a little personal request- If you find a Hemingway box for sale PLEASE let me know as I am desperetly looking for one.
As always Tzutzik was really happy with this new addition to our pen collection. He asked me to put the pen at his lap and then he asked for some time with it to meditate (his favorite thing) and the pictures show how deep in meditation he was with it. After the meditation he told me he loves the pen and hope to see another WE pens soon.
PS-A comparing review between the Hemi and Dumas will follow soon
Edited by goodguy, 03 March 2009 - 14:56.