Body Material: Yellow Box Elder Wood
Length (capped): 13.35 cm/5.26"
Length (cap): 6 cm/2.36"
Nib material: Steel
Weight (all): 33.45 g/1.18 oz
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Where to buy: Massdrop
The Classic Elite fountain pen comes beautifully packaged in a wooden gift box that is rich and warm in tone. The wood is smooth to the touch and it is a wonderful presentation. The box is labelled with Lanier Pens across the top. The pen is nestled inside, with little wasted space - something I appreciate in packaging. It's the kind of packaging I'd actually keep - I love wood boxes.
The Lanier Classic Elite fountain pen, you may have noticed, is formed on the base of a kit pen. That means, yes, there is a long metal section but unlike many other kit pens I have used and therefore dismissed, the Classic Elite is not bulbous and disproportional. The shape of the barrel and cap appealed to me, being flush with the hardware and not overly girthy. The Yellow Box Elder wood selected is really lovely, with rich swirls, layers of warm colors from a pale white to creamy ivory, and darker to caramel. Since the wood used is a natural material, each hand-turned pen can look different, but they will all be polished, rich, and glossy.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The medium Iridium Point Germany nib is simple and suits the pen well, matching the wood nicely. It has a single slit, a breather hole, and is marked with Iridium Point Germany. The medium is a nice starting point for those who are new to fountain pens, and a comfortable Western nib size for those who are familiar with fountain pens.
The long clip is actually useful. It's not too snug so it's pretty easy to operate to slide on to papers or into shirts. The length is practical as well, so the weight of the pen is more balanced if you put it in your shirt.
The section is on the thinner side, but since the barrel is not very wide, it doesn't feel like it's gone from a normal width to suddenly very thin. The threads are a little sharp, but are far back, leaving plenty of space for fingers to grip without touching them.
- Handmade in the USA.
- Writes smoothly and consistently.
- Beautiful, unique material.
- Thinner section may be uncomfortable for those with larger hands or a tight grip.
- Only available with medium nib.
While I usually am not crazy about the kit pen design, I find the Classic Elite to be well-shaped and balanced to accommodate the hardware. Having used many Iridium Point Germany nibs, I'm always pleased with the consistency across the board with the nibs - they are decent writers. They're not buttery smooth juicy nibs, but they will serve you well.
Disclosure: Sharing this drop is by Massdrop's request. My opinions have not been purchased.