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In March, I attended the BWI Pen Show at the BWI Marriott Hotel in Linthicum, Maryland, USA. I purchased several fountain pens during the three-day show. One of them was by an Indian brand, Magna Carta. I saw its offerings and purchased the Elements model in all-black with a Broad Nib. Here are photos I took at home after I returned home. Here are some approximate objective measurements: Length capped: 14.8 cm (5.8 in) Length posted: 17.5 cm (6.9 in) Weight empty: 34-35 grams Weight after filling with water: 36 grams Based on my viewing of the website, MagnaCartaPen.com, it appears that this black Elements model is not yet for sale on the site. There appear to be two Elements models for sale there -- the blue-green "Sky" and the red "Earth." It is clear to me that the black model I purchased is an Elements model, based on its shape. Based on the information provided on the other two Elements models, the following can be stated about this pen: Outer material: "Precious resin" Cap: threaded (screw on-and-off) Filling Type: Pneumatic Finish-Trim: PVD 24K gold-plated Nib Material: Gold-plated stainless steel (available in EF, F, M, B, and BB). At the show, I paid $160, which turns out to be the retail price on the website (oh, well), but at least there were no sales tax or shipping costs. The pneumatic filling system works easily. Screw off the end-cap, pull out the pneumatic tube, place a finger over the breather hole (shown clearly in the last photo), push in the tube into the ink, take your finger off the breather hole, wait a few seconds, and screw the end-cap back on. About 1-2 grams of ink enter the pen in the process. I filled the pen with Noodler's Squeteague ink, a dark teal color, and used the pen for a few weeks. I was impressed with its performance and feel. This is a thick pen in my hand. The outer material feels warm and pleasant to the touch. The nib was responsive -- firm with very slight give -- and quite smooth. I'm sure it helped that the nib was a Broad. I favor nibs that are at least Medium. I found myself daily looking forward to writing some notes and practicing my signature with this pen. It is an attractive pen and reminds me somewhat, at least in spirit, of some of the larger Conway Stewart models that I've seen on the internet. I feel that the $160 price is fair in this day-and-age for this kind of high quality pen with a steel nib. I wonder if others have any experiences, good or bad, with the Elements model or with other Magna Carta fountain pens. I would look forward to your comments.
Hello. I was looking into buying a Viconti Opera Elements Water Fountain Pen (M). I noticed that the ones they make now are significantly cheaper, but come in a steel nib. I am looking for one with a palladium or 14K gold nib that is on sale for a reasonable price. Here in Japan, I can find ones with the gold nib, but they are sold at retail. I would appreciate any information on where I could possibly find one. Thank you in advance.