Confession: i bought this pen because I love the painting "The Novel Reader." I owned a Visconti pen in the same price point in the past and don't recall feeling passionate about it. Nevertheless, i wanted this as a collector's item. The pen arrived quickly and carefully packaged by Truphae (thanks guys!), in a sturdy gift box bearing the painting. The pen has beautiful gold hardware and the body resin has swirly green and purple shades reminiscent of the painting. The magnetic capping is a nice feature. I ordered the Broad nib and would call it a U.S. Medium. It's not as broad as, say, a Monteverde broad. It's slightly scratchy out of the box, not a buttery smooth nib like a Pilot Custom. The ink, though, is practically invisible. It's such a faint yellow-green, it barely showed up on pristine white paper, much less a cream paper like Tomoe River. I won't be using it, but it looks nice in the giftbox.