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I placed this order with Manoj of Fosfor Pens in August, 2018, and elected to have the order fast tracked. The pen was delivered at the end of October, 2019. There may be longer queues for some custom makers, but this one was no picnic! It was, however, well worth the wait. The pen is lovely. Appearance and Design I opted for the King of Pen in Conway Stewart Dartmoor with sterling silver furniture and it is nothing short of stunning. The acrylic has a subtle chatoyance that is eye catching without appearing, to me, ostentatious. The sterling silver fittings are again, a nice subtle touch that compliment the material. As a clone, the design is faultless. It gets no marks for originality, but the execution is admirable. Overall, I'd rate this a solid 9. Construction and Quality The first thing I noticed when I carefully inspected the fit and finish of the pen was the threads: the pen uncapped in two and a half turns, but did so exquisitely smoothly. The threads are also very smooth, so if you grip does drift up the section, they are quite comfortable on your fingers. Manoj is an excellent craftsman, I'm going an 8 here. Weight and Dimensions If you order a King of Pen, you are in for a large pen and this thing is at the outer limits of that descriptor: it is huge. The next largest pen I have owned or used in the Opus 88 Koloro Demonstrator, and this is a bigger pen. It makes the Lamy 2000 look slight. It is not, however, unwieldy; the lightness of the material and the shape combine to make it very comfortable in the hand. It is satisfying substantial, without feeling like a truncheon. Its full dimensions are: 150mm long capped and nearly 17mm at its widest point on the cap. As I wanted a larger pen, I'm going with 10 in this category. Nib and Performance The nib is a Pelikan M1000 fine nib. So it writes like a wet double broad. That's Pelikan for you. No rating as Manoj can't be held responsible for my nib choice… Filling System and Maintenance It's a vacuum filler, which is one of my favourite filling systems. The vacuum, however, does leave a little to be desired. The barrel capacity is enormous on a pen this size, but the vacuum is only sufficient to fill a third of it. It is one of the few times when not sucking enough is a source of disappointment (I am sure you can think of the others). As the nib unit is easily removed, it is straightforward enough to just tip a small bottle of ink directly into the barrel, so it is not a crushing disappointment, But it would have been nice to have some of that Sheaffer grade suction at work. Maintenance wise, it is a dream. Manoj included full instructions and a diagram of how to completely disassemble the pen. So, that's a big plus. Overall, in this section, I think a 6 is fair. Cost and Value Ridiculous. The real cost is the time you are in the queue. The value is fantastic. 9. Conclusion I'm thrilled with this pen. There are a couple of things about it that could be better, but at the price I don't feel that I can complain. Manoj is an excellent communicator and made several adaptations that demonstrated to me the level of his skill and commitment to making a quality writing instrument. So, total score is 42/50 - which feels about right for this pen.
Hi, I'm interesting to buy a Sailor with Naginata Togi nib, but I wonder that does the Naginata Togi nib in Sailor 1911 large/full size difference to the Naginata Togi nib in the King of Pen? The price is much difference, but both has ones that include Naginata Togi nib. Does it the same or are there any difference? Thank you for the answer in advance, Sahatat