This impressive pen arrived this morning from FPNer Hari (hari317) in Mumbai, India. I've been keenly awaiting itrs arrival, and so have filled it and started writing.
First things first – this is a big pen – 157mm long capped, 148mm uncapped. In the accompanying images it appears alongside a black Sailor 1911M and a blue Pilot Prera, and dwarfs them! It is turned from raw black ebonite, and the only hint of bling is the stainless steel clip; there are no rings or sleeves on this version. There are a few minor imperfections in the ebonite, but within reasonable limits. Rugged, simple lines; very pleasing to my eye. Screw cap (fine thread with 7.5 turns to remove! - some would shy away from that, but you can leave it cap off for some time without restarting problems). It is not a heavy pen, and though I don't have anything on hand to weigh it with, I'd say it weighs little more than the 1911M. Well balanced it feels good in my relatively small hand. With a nod to another FPN thread on the smell of ebonite; yes, up close it smells like what it is – vulcanised rubber – but only up close, and not problematically (it will not clear a room!!).
It swallowed ~3.5ml of ink on the first fill; and I can't yet report on how long that might last. Getting the ink flowing was relatively straight forward after filling (with Waterman blue-black), and though it initially seemed reluctant to flow to the tip, a quick dip and write solved that problem.
As with the hand-made pen dimensions, nib width apparently varies somewhat. At my request Hari fitted and tuned the narrowest 'fine' he had. It puts down a moderately wet line roughly comparable to that of the Sailor 1991M's H-M nib. The gold-plated steel Advocate nib is quite stiff, but smooth. On some inferior papers it tends to bleed a lot of ink; on medium – higher grade papers it is well behaved.
At USD$40, I'd rate this pen as very good value for money. It's likely to be a keeper in my much thinned out FP collection :-)
(Please excuse the mobile phone photo's, and colour cast).
Advocate at top - below Sailor 1911M, Pilot Prera
Some Pablo Neruda in Waterman blue-black (and my scrappy handwriting) from the Advocate:
Edited by bentnib, 19 March 2009 - 05:04.