This pen is well-made--mostly metal, and the turnings are very precise and smooth. The barrel, however, is of slightly lower quality. The lacquer coating is thin and scratches quite easily. Like most fountain pens, the barrel is roomy enough to hold an ink cartridge plus a refill, or a single liquid ink adapter (included in the package). The cold metal grip is not the most comfortable thing in the world for extended periods of writing, but the writing is smooth and consistent and well-suited to casual jotting or note-taking.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Great pen, not so good coating
Let me start with this - for the price, you can't beat the quality or look of this pen. I now have four of these, as each of them last a year or a bit longer before having the lacquer coating begin to come off in spots. The coating is easily scratched, and I find it will wear over time regardless of care. The other weakness is the glued in screw threads for the cap - they work fine, just be gentle (my 5 year old daughter wasn't so gentle...that one has been retired. Overall, I really like the pen, and have been using it them for over four years. They write smoothly, and I take notes most of the day with them. I am a convert to fountain pens, just trying to determine what the next step up in quality is for fountain pens.