Appearance & construction: (average)
Review: After waiting a month and a half, I informed Samurai Market Japan that the pen had not arrived. They acknowledged a failed delivery and sent another that I picked up this morning at the post office, 13 days later.
Appearance & construction: This is a slim pen. The cap posts, but you’ll need to apply a bit of pressure. The transparent portion is cloudy, not clear. The cap appears to be made of aluminum and is friction fit, closing with a nice secure snap. The overall appearance is not impressive, but it’s well made. It looks cheap. It looks and feels balanced when posted. Unposted, it’s long enough to feel comfortable in my hand. The fit in my hand while writing is comfortable.
Performance: Excellent writer. No hard start. Consistent ink flow with no skipping. A perfect F nib with thin but slightly wet lines. No scratchiness. The size and feel of the pen encourages a smaller, finer handwriting. Very comfortable and should be ideal for long writing sessions. People with large hands who are used to larger pens may find this pen uncomfortable.
This pen will go into the rack for more testing to see if the performance holds up over time.