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I must start this review confessing that I’m not a FP collector (even though I have already six FP). And I also must confess that I don’t like flexible nibs. In fact, I’ve always looked for a FP just to write with. I don’t care about great variations. I don’t need a nib capable of great lines or good for an artistic handwriting (my handwriting is awful). I am only a writer, somebody who writes many hours with a FP. That’s why I’ve always searched one good fine or extrafine nib in a big FP for my hands, comfortable, of good quality and aesthetically pleasant to me. It is also important that this ideal FP have a good ink capacity. Well, searching all this I’ve made my last acquisition: the Delta Dolcevita Oversize. And here I still must confess that I was afraid of what an italian FP could give to me, as I've seen a lot of reviews with problems about the performance, the quality control... So I want to tell you my impressions about this beauty. Appearance, design, construction, quality: 10/10 I do not mean that the Dolcevita Oversize is perfect (does the perfection exist?). I mean that my Dolcevita Oversize doesn’t show any fault: it’s solid, well constructed, elegant, with a classical and modern look at the same time. All details are very well integrated; there is not any scratch and it’s perfectly polished, as one can expect, obviously. And I must recognize that the color is awesome. 2. Weight & Dimensions: 10/10: Here I would dare to speak of perfection, if what one searches is a big FP. I have big hands and I love big FP. So this is the one. It has the right size: really thick, with a very reasonable weitht, even full of ink. Uncaped, this FP seems short, compact, but caped it becomes a gorgeus big writing machine! 3. Nib & Performance: 9/10 Sincerely, I believe that I could not expect a better thing: the extrafine nib writes very well and, of course, very fine. The line is the thinest among all my FP. Like others extrafines nibs, sometimes it’s a little scratchy with some kind of papers. However, with Rhodia amb similars it’s a wonder: smooth, absolutely efficient, sober, with a perfect feeding. It’s a nib prepared to write hours and hours. 4. Filling System & Maintenance: 10/10 This is one of the main reasons for which I bought this FP: ink capacity. I’ve got several cartridge/converter FP (Parker Duofold, Graf von Faber Castell, Sailor KOP) and a Pelikan 1005M, with the classical and excellent piston. But I’ve been wainting for an eyedropper FP for a long time, and now I’ve got it. The Dolcevita Oversize can be filled with an eyedropper, so the amount of ink that this pen can hold is huge. I’ve already filled all the body up without any problem. On the other hand, the converter, very well constructed, screwed, works very well. But I will almost always use the eyedropper. Terrific! 5. Cost & Value: 9/10 Expensive, yes, but this FP offers me everything I look for: beauty, a right size, a big extrafine good writer nib and a huge ink capacity. And an extra bit of exclusivity...
Good afternoon my dear fellows, it's been a while since i last opened an topic here. I have an simple question: Does anybody of you guys have an Boheme Big Size? Or does anybody know where I can get one from? My hours watching ebay were devistating. Have a wonderful day Regards Vossi
Alexcat posted a topic in Fountain & Dip Pens - First StopAnd reasonably affordable.....not asking much, am I ? Would welcome any ideas or suggestions. Am still pretty new to this, so, any guidance re flex is much appreciated. Thanks Alex
Well, I did it. Since years ago I wanted to have a Pelikan Souveran M1000, but I do not like the golden finishings. Because of that, when I saw the new model M1005 Silver, I did not think it over at all. I tried to find it and bring it at home. By the way, to be able to buy it I had to sell my three Montblanc FP: one Classique, one 146 and one Edgar Allan Poe. I do not regret it. They've been lying in the drawer for years. I was sick of staining my hands. FP Souveran M1005 is a big one, as I like them. It is well built, solid, perfectly polished. It's really a beauty. The piston works softly. In principle this fountain pen has a good deposit of ink, but in practice I do not see many difference with the Sailor KOP, which is a cartrigde/converter. I mean I don’t think I can write much more pages with the amount of ink stored in the FP. This perhaps is due to the nib, which is really wet; in fact my M1005 has a EF nib which is not much different of Sailor M nib in width, although the Pelikan one is a little flexible. It’s also a singing nib, which I do not like. For me is an unpleasant sensation to notice that the two halves of the nib rub. In any case, the comparison is difficult: Sailor nib is unbeatable. In conclusion, this FP Souveran M1005 likes me very much, it’s well constructed, big and nice, and writes really well. It’s just that for me Sailor KOP is the top, as I said in this review. 1. Appearance & Design: 9/10 2. Construction & Quality: 9/10 3. Weight & Dimensions: 9/10 4. Nib & Performance: 7/10 5. Filling System & Maintenance: 8/10 6. Cost & Value: 9/10 7. Conclusion: Final score 8/10