Where to begin when my heart is so full of delight? First, a thanks to Zait Pens for providing this sample to review. They also included an amusing little letter for me, and noted that though this pen comes in a lovely gift box, they sent my sample in a velvet pouch so as not to inundate me with boxes that I don’t want to throw away. THEY’VE BEEN PAYING ATTENTION, YOU GUYS! My heart is a basket of warm fuzzies.
I love art deco. I think I may be morally obligated to sign all checks underwriting my speakeasy with this pen. I don’t own a speakeasy. Maybe I should.
This pen isn’t necessarily small, but it cultivates a diminutive feel to its appearance—and my love of the compact pen runs deep. In spite of seeming small, it’s as thick as an ordinary pen and has a good weight to it that feels evenly balanced.
The body is Jerusalem Olive Wood with hand-laid Carob Wood inlay (which apparently comes from a magic tree, because it shimmers different shades of brown as I turn it), with 24kt gold plated finials and black chrome accent band on the nosecone. It’s an attractive package. It makes me happy just looking at it. Can you be in love with a pen design? Perhaps I should see a doctor or registered psychologist.
The deploying mechanism is twist action, with a satisfying feeling of locking in place with the last bit of twist. The refill is accessed by unscrewing at the black chrome band—it comes with a Dayacom brand ballpoint but takes any Parker-style refill.
The Dayacom refill (with tungsten carbide ball) is a pretty standard pre-supersmooth type of ballpoint. They’re really great for drawing and shading, and good enough for writing. No blobs, ink comes out steady once you start writing—dark gray, rather than black—it’s not super smooth, but it’s also not choppy or too terribly slow. That said, I’ve already gone out to inquire on what other options are available in the Parker-style refills department. I’m currently testing out a Private Reserve Easy Flow 9000 black refill…it’s not quite a Jetstream, but it is pretty dark (darker than a standard ballpoint) and fairly smooth.
I feel a little bit more classy just holding this pen. This model retails for $85.00, including standard international shipping and handling charges plus the box. Quite an eye-catching pen!