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My sister was visiting the store last week, and on a whim asked her to pick up one of these in Marlin Blue. Very nice package, beautiful pen body and cap, perfect weight for me, and I love the clear ink viewing ring. Filled right up on the first draw, and the nib is very cool. I put it on some Rhodia, a Clairfontaine, and a Tomoe River pad and the thing writes as well as pens costing a lot more. A sweet surprise. I am not crazy about some of the other colors but this is a real serious pen, and would take it over some of the TWSBI's I have based on the nib alone. Super smooth with a nice full wet line. Nib is a bit stiff but is still a pleasure to use. I am really very surprised and pleased at how nicely the pen performs.
Aesthetically it is a very attractive pen, appears to be well made. I liked the idea of the ink window but found inking the pen somewhat of a challenge and ink flow not what I prefer.
I picked this up in Marlin Blue with a M nib. The material is fantastic. I've been eyeballing the blue for more than a year, but it still exceeded my expectations with interesting chattoyance but moreso a deep blue color that seems to have an internal glow. The build quality is great and the piston works smoothly. The overall design is attractive; I like the ink window and the "coin" in top of the cap. It's a fairly large pen and very comfortable in the hand. Aesthetically, the nib is really lovely--the design of Narwhal's new engraved nibs is great. Nib performance is okay. I've only used it with one ink so far--Diamine Earl Grey--and it's my first time using the ink as well, so it's hard to parse out what's nib and what's ink, but so far it's a little drier than I prefer. No hard starts or skips, just not as much flow as I like. I'll probably tweak that after I give the pen a minute to warm up. Anyhow, great pen, I recommend it.
Besides the name, I love the colors (I got the Asfur Bronze) and it's a good size for my hand. I like that it's a piston filler and you can see how much ink is in there so you're not caught by surprise by an empty pen. It seems like a well-made pen overall.
On the less positive side, the nib is a bit scratchy and doesn't write all that smoothly. I've tried it on several kinds of paper. It takes a fair amount of pressure to get a decent line (something that might change over time, I hope) and frequently skips on the upstroke, so it's a little frustrating to write with. It's ok for sketching. I really want to like it and will keep trying, but this isn't going to be my go-to pen unfortunately.