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Beautiful pen with some problems.
on 18 October 2014
A beautiful looking pen with an excellent writing feel that belies it's price. Comparable in use to my TWSBI Diamond 580.
I initially liked the push to close cap as I have to cap/uncap the pen something on the order of 200-300 times in an average 8 hour work day and this Is certainly quicker than the screw closure of the TWSBI diamond.
However within a couple of days the pen developed two issues;
a) the clip wobbles from side to side and has scraped a line of coating off the cap barrel where the clip contacts the cap due to this wobble, detracting from the appearance of the pen. this issue occurred within 2-3 days of owning the pen.
b) when new the cap would click securely onto the pen and there would be no visible join between the cap and the barrel except under exceptionally close scrutiny. within 2-3 days there developed a visible gap and there was play of 1-2 mm when the cap was seated on the barrel. I discovered that within the cap there was a rubber boot affixed inside the cap by a small screw to the end of of the inside of the cap, despite re-tightening the screw with a small screwdriver (note the screw is counter-threaded so screws in an anti-clockwise direction to tighten) I was unable to satisfactorily resolve the issue.
I no longer own the pen as I have misplaced it - the pen was clipped to my thick cotton uniform and became detached at some point without me noticing, so really this is a third issue; an insecure clip - I use / have used a variety of pens in work with the same uniform and same clipping location and have never encountered this issue before, even from inexpensive bic four colour pens, with their known loose clip.
I do love the pen, despite the aforementioned issues and I would certainly purchase another, however I wouldn't recommend it for the type of use to which I put it; wherein the pen must be carried on your person, removed from your person to use several hundred times a day. If it was to be kept on say a desk, wherein the clip wouldn't see use I could see this alleviating two out of three of the issues and if one were to not need to cap/uncap it several hundred times a day I imagine the issue with the rubber boot liner would also be a non-issue.
If viewed purely from the perspective of a quality writing instrument with superb appearance and with a lovely nib (though the same nib as a Safari, which cost £20 less) then I do not hesitate to recommend it.