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I had the pleasure to visit the Bexley Pen CO. In Columbus OH.

Howard Levy was a gracious host, showing me his love and passion for the pens they make, as well as the fine craftsmanship that goes into them.
While there I bought a pen from his special-run collection. A blue Bamboo Flat Top (#28 in the picture)
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1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS
I chose the pen from a display in which he had several non-production examples, I was struck by the material and combination of colors.
I bought the pen based on this impression.. Howard fitted a F nib to it, and allowed me to test it and fine tuned it to be sure I was happy with it.
I was surprised by how light the pen is, I expected a pen this size to be heavy. The balance is very good and it fit my grip comfortably.
2. APPEARANCE & FINISH
I love the appearance of this pen, looks like a classic Parker Duofold, or a Sheaffer Old timer from the 40s
The color was of my liking so there, perfect!
The craftmanship is very good, the acrylic has benn polished to jewelry grade shine, and the joining of the sections appear seamless.
The clip is very cimple, and feels nice and springy.
I like the screw-on cap and the two tone nib with the Bexley logo on it.
3. SIZE & WEIGHT
Size: 5 1/8" capped, 4 7/8" uncapped with the nib, and 6 3/8" posted. The barrel is about 1/2" diameter and the grip section tapers from 7/16 to 3/8"
The weight is nice, being it much lighter than I'm used to, I feel more comfortable with the cap posted.
Howard explain to me that he keeps the pens light to help avoiding cramps, and preventing "over gripping" the pen.
4. NIB DESIGN & PERFORMANCE
Nib is a good two tone german nib. I chose the F size and it delivers as I expect it to.
With waterman ink (blue), good ink flow, nice feel on the paper, smooth and with a bit of springiness.
5. THE FILLING SYSTEM
This Flat Top uses a standard Cartridge/Converter system. International cartridges fit into it.
6. COST/VALUE
I can't put a value to the experience of having this pen straight from the factory, I thought it was a bargain at below $100!
7. OVERALL OPINION & CONCLUSION
For now, the pen is a great compromise between styling and comfort.
The looks and finish are superb; and the writing experience is so far great. I will have to use it for more months before giving a final verdict.

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I love my Flat Top. I have the orange one in my pocket. I live within 10 min. of the shop, so I can drive by and pick one up. I'm still debating about getting #34.

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That picture does not make justice to the beauty of those pens!!!

I was debating between 28-29 and 34... could only buy one though

For me the deal breaker was the "shimmer" and the silver clip and while the purple one is really cool it is a bit too showy for me

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