For starters, I love this pen. I was waiting for something NOT in black or bourdeux to come out that wasn't a special edition or character edition and so on. This slate blue is incredible and subtle. The nib performs flawlessly. I was initially concerned about the balance with the metal ends, but alas my fears were unwarranted. The pen is quite well balanced posted or not. Add to all of this the SIX star (6 on a scale of 1 to 5, it goes one more!) customer service from Truphae. My order arrived far sooner than I expected.