Body Material: Acrylic
Length (capped): 4.22"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 3.81"
Length (posted): 5.22"
Barrel Diameter: 0.50"
Section Diameter: 0.41"
Nib material: Steel
Weight: 14 g
Fill type: Cartridge/Eyedropper
Price: $134.50USD (with Masuyama nib)
Where to buy: Franklin-Christoph
Just like its "big brother" the Model 02 Intrinsic, the Model 40 Pocket arrived in the same simple box: a simple hard black case with a striped finish across it. The inside is satin-lined, the pen held in place on a felt bed with a satin loop. It comes with the pen, a converter, cartridges so you can ink up right away, along with some Franklin-Christoph cards. Nice, simple packaging. No wasted space. I like that.
The Model 40P fountain pen is gorgeous. This is really a compact version of the Model 02 Intrinsic Smoke & Ice. The cap appears full-sized and threads deeply on to the barrel. The cap and barrel have the icy motif body. It looks like...well...ice. The top of the cap has a coloured acrylic plug: both deeply shimmery and pearlescent; I love it. I have one of each cap: the fire and the smoke. The fire is swirly and hot red, and the smoke is sultry and deep grey.
I had heard that Mike Masuyama is a master at nib grinding, so I was really looking forward to giving this broad stub Masuyama grind a run. I didn't flush the pen, just inked it up immediately. ... And I picked one of the sludgiest, driest inks I have: J. Herbin's Rouge Hematite. I must admit I was a little surprised to find this nib so smooth and so juicy that it handled Rouge Hematite, usually a dry and clumpy ink, with ease. The nib puts down a wet line of ink that shades beautifully, shows off the ink's sheen easily, and the nib's line variation is easy to enjoy. Excellent performance.
PROS & CONS
Side note: I completely forgot about this when I wrote this list: the cap posts but just by friction, so if not posted deeply/tightly enough, it can fall off.
I really enjoy this pen. It's a very cute size, comfortable, lightweight, very attractive, and the nib is very smooth and enjoyable. As I said, it's not as crisp and variable as I was hoping for (but clearly a stub is not the same as a cursive italic!), but that doesn't mean it doesn't perform well! Simply put: highly recommended. Get a Masuyama grind, turn the pen into an eyedropper, and fall in love with this thing. Totally worth it. Just don't lose your cap.
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