Thursday, August 27, 2015
Body Material: Lacquered brass
Length (capped): 140.7 mm/5.54"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 125.2 mm/4.93"
Length (posted): 167.3 mm/6.59"
Barrel Diameter: 10.79 - 12.62 mm/0.43" - 0.49"
Section Diameter: 8.87 - 11.0 mm/0.35" - 0.43"
Nib material: 18KT Gold
Weight (all): 50 g
Weight (cap): 24 g
Weight (body): 26 g
Fill type: Cartridge/converter
Price: £95.00 (excluding VAT £79.17)
Where to buy: Mr. Pen
The center band is a wide chrome band marked with Italix. It connects to a thinner band on the barrel, making the whole center band look quite large. The end of the pen is also chrome, and this is where the threads for the cap give it that kit pen look. The section changes that kit pen look though, because it's definitely not kit pen shaped. It's smooth, black resin, tapering towards the nib, then flaring out to a smoothed ridge.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The #5 two-tone 18KT gold nib is quite pretty. It has a single slit and breather hole, and is marked with Italix and 18K-750, as well as (the only nib size it comes in) - medium.
The clip is very tight and hard - it's difficult to operate with one hand. I have found this to be the case with all the Italix pens I have used (two Parson's Essential, Churchman's Prescriptor, and the Captain's Commission), so if you rely on a clip, this could be a deal breaker. It could be slid on to a few pages and into pouches, but not without some effort.
Unposted, the section is not slippery but I find the pen fairly heavy and lacking a balance point that works for me. It's not unusable, but I don't find it particularly comfortable. The cap posts by threading, which helps to remove that kit pen look, but it doesn't post very deeply. As such, the pen becomes quite long and way too top heavy for me.
PROS & CONS
The Italix Viper's Strike is a substantial, robust pen with a really pleasant nib. I'm not crazy about the design because it looks a little like a kit pen, but it's not unattractive. The nib though! Really, it's excellent - smooth, wet, soft, and reliable. I thoroughly enjoy it and have actually put it on my Parson's Essential (which is a more comfortable size for me) when I want to change up the broad italic that is otherwise on there. Lovely combination!
I received this pen free of charge for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.