A few weeks ago I was at Village Fest in Palm Springs CA. My family and I were enjoying a walk through the street lined with people selling food, services, and art. As we were preparing to leave a table covered with acrylic and wood pens caught my eye. My wife gave me a knowing look, took the kids in search of ice cream, and left me to discover something new.
Looking over a table full of twist pens I settled my eyes on the small case that contained the fountain pens and settled on one in simpler chrome with a walnut body.
The pen in hand has a solid reassuring feel. Weighing in at 43g it is one of the heavier pens that I own. The cap twists off using threads at the front of the grip section. The grip section itself is the perfect length to not have my fingertips resting on the threads.
Writing with the pen is smooth and easy. The pen uses a German nib that feels similar to a rOtring medium. Once loaded with a standard ink cartridge the ink flowed smoothly and evenly onto the page. I've had no sign of skipping or stalling. This is among the smoothest flowing pens that I own and has been perfect for use in re-teaching myself how to write in cursive.
As I mentioned before this is a heavy pen. The balance un-posted is perfect. I tend to write with my fingers firmly gripping the pen. With this pen it feels much more like an extension of my hand and not like something I have to hold on to. The ink flow is smooth and effortless with very little feedback from the page.
The body of the pen is made from separate pieces of walnut that have been glued together and then turned and shaped. The satin finish applied the wood catches light wonderfully and brings out the grain of the wood.
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