Richard kindly sent me this information that I thought was pretty awesome and needed to be added to this review! And the nib, like all nibs that leave RichardsPens.com, was tuned by Mr. Binder himself, which explains why it writes so nicely, doesn't it?
The imprint on the cap is a traditional thing; imprints of that type were very common back in the day, and Gate City pens are intended to be modern recreations of vintage pens rather than something completely new. Belmont was a house brand sold by the Rexall drug store chain in the U.S., and Post fillers were wildly common during World War II as rubber was listed as a critical war resource. The Gate City Belmont's shape harks back to the shapes of Wahl-Eversharp pens from the late 1920s.Body Material: Resin
Trim: Gold tone
Length (capped): 5.44"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.0"
Length (posted): 6.4"
Barrel Diameter: 0.52"
Section Diameter: 0.43"
Nib material: JoWo Steel
Weight: 19 g/0.7 oz
Fill type: Post-filler
Price: $160.00USD ($280.00USD with 18K nib)
Where to buy: Richard Binder
The pen itself is very comfortable to hold. I'm guessing the bowed shape of the barrel contributes to this comfort. Furthermore, the weight and balance of the pen are rather magical. Even posted, this full-sized pen is comfortable for me to write with.The fine nib requires very little pressure to write with because it is set up really well, whether it came that way or was tuned, I don't know. It's a pleasure to write with though.
- Smooth, efficient filling system.
- 1.8 ml ink capacity (large!).
- Very comfortable to hold.
- Perfect weight, even posted. Magic.
- Very easy to flush and clean.
- Very nice, smooth, wet fine nib.
- Writing on the cap. (But only kind of. I don't dislike the writing itself, I just don't like very obvious writing on a pen itself).
The Gate City Belmont Pen is, not surprisingly, a lovely pen. My only complaint about it is the engraving on the cap, because it disrupts the flow of the body. I prefer engravings to be more faint or smaller on a pen. Nevertheless, the pen performs very well, and that's hard to argue with. At $160USD for this steel nib, it's not an inexpensive pen, but you do get a very nice and efficient filling system with a great ink capacity.