This box is big and certainly goes a long way to impressing on you that you own a luxury item. One may argue that it’s a bit too big, but still, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that on opening, there nested by the pen is a bottle of ink. Which I have to say, is always very welcomed! Even if it’s blue or black! The ink is generally matched to the barrel colour.
The silk bending is very very stylish and offers you a wonderful cushion for your pen, especially if your pen has been writing for pages and pages! I mean who wouldn’t want silk sheets to rest on after a hard day’s work?!
Now let’s explore the practicality.
In terms of comfort, I feel that most people will enjoy this pen, its grip section is decently wide enough for smaller and larger hands. Uncapping the pen is pretty quick and gives you access in a jiffy. You may just about make out the vacuum filling system above. For the keen eye out there, you may just about notice that there is also an inner cap, which massively helps stop the ink from drying out. So this pen is very practical, quick to access the nib, interesting filling mechanism and offers a decent size in hand.
Overall the pen is handsome and even though I prefer flat-top pens to cigar shapes. This would make for a wonderful signing pen, or one to enjoy in business meetings!
Writing and Drawing experience
Whilst this fine nib is excellent and does the job, you can get the FA nib in japan and I honestly feel for my writing characteristics, I’d enjoy that a lot more.
In regards to would, I recommend it? Yes! Which may sound slightly contradictory. You see I have to recommend the whole experience of the pen, not just the writing. There is a suitable choice of nibs in the UK, that being, Fine, Medium, Broad and if one were to venture to Japan, you can get the Waverly and Falcon Nib. Both of which give you different types of line variation.
Drawing on the reverse of this pen is very smooth and offers an excellent line variation. For longer writing and drawing sessions, I have really enjoyed this. The line is consistent and is up to pilots high standards. There were no issues with hard starts or any of that rubbish! And as such, I have enjoyed it.
Interestingly though, I do own the 18 k size 10 Namiki nib and I’d say that’s a hair finer and a bit smoother!
Please do remember these are my observations and as such don’t reflect the views of everyone.
Secondly, the writing experience is decent and for those that don’t mind the nib being on the slightly stiffer side, you’ll have a great time.
Lastly, there are other really good pens in the European market that retail for about the same price. You could opt for a Pelikan m800 as an example, which will give you an easier time for cleaning, more nib choices and a superior range of colours and finishes.
However, what you do get is a vacuum filling system, which is a joy to use and an extremely precise and wonderful writing experience.
Overall I have had a really lovely time with the pen and it’s certainly opened my eyes up to different styles of pens and nibs. Would I buy one? Yes, but it would need to have an FA nib to meet my personal tastes.
I think Pilot is certainly doing more interesting things as a company and as mentioned before, the SE lineup has really given Pilot a jolt of fresh air. Bar the capless range, Pilot generally ers on the side of caution when it comes to design. So, one hopes that going forwards, Pilot could introduce more colour variance within their lineups!