It's about time I get my hands on this smokin' pen, isn't it? Here we have it: The Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic in the smoke and ice motif... yep. I said it. Smokin'.
Body Material: Acrylic
Length (capped): 5.86"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.16"
Length (posted): 5.72"
Barrel Diameter: 0.54"
Section Diameter: 0.44" - 0.50"
Nib material: Steel
Fill type: Converter/Eyedropper
Where to buy: Franklin-Christoph
The nib arrived ready to write - it did not need tuning. Nib and feed were aligned (surely I'm not the only one who has purchased a pen and had to realign the nib and feed upon its arrival...), the tines were appropriately spaced, and it wrote upon its first inking. It wasn't even flushed first. It writes smoothly, no start up issues, appropriately wet - not gushing or dripping ink - and it is a true broad. I'm very satisfied with the nib. I can only imagine how much better it could be if it had been Masuyama'd. (That's a verb, right?)
Aesthetically, I love that the nib and clip line up when the pen is capped. That aside, I love the shape and design of this pen. The whole pen is smooth everywhere and it's just the right size for me. Unposted, it is very comfortable for me. However, the cap posts quite deep so it doesn't become a massive pen should you wish to post it. It's great. It's comfortable for me to use either way - unposted for short notes, posted for longer sessions.
The pen is fairly light in hand, even inked, as it is an acrylic body with only the optional metal clip as trim. Even so, the balance is wonderful and very comfortable.
I am thoroughly pleased with this pen. Aesthetically, it's right up my alley, and I really have no major issues with it at all. The pen is comfortable, well-balanced, and the nib writes very well. Overall, I love it. Now I just need to get the pocket-sized model. Highly recommended. I think this would be a wonderful gift to yourself, to someone else... it's customizable to an extent to, in that you can select whether you want a clip or not, and you have a huge range of nibs to pick from! Great stuff, Franklin-Christoph.