Body Material: Nanotech avional
Length (retracted): 136.4 mm/5.36''
Length (extended): 153.5 mm/6.04''
Barrel Diameter: 11.5 mm - 14.4 mm/0.45'' - 0.57''
Section Diameter: 12.5 - 14.2 mm/0.49'' - 0.56''
Nib material: Chromium 18
Weight (all): 54 g
Fill type: Converter
Price: € 1,900.00 (excl. VAT € 1,570.25)
Where to buy: Appelboom Pennen (code below does not apply to Montblanc)
This Nanotech Pininfarina is certainly not going to appeal to everyone. I think pictures make it look much less cool (and uncomfortable) than it really is. It is a thick, round pen with blunt, flat ends. The finish of the body is matte silver - I think it's a pretty finish, nicely complemented by the titanium trim.
Karas Kustoms INK comes to mind, much more affordably...). I like how the pen looks. I think it's really neat, and ignoring the price, I enjoy that aspect of it. It's not a classic design, but it's cool. It has cool factor. This falls into 'toy' category though, doesn't it? High-end toy.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The clip is springy and easy to operate. This one was snug enough to hold the pen in place on your papers or in a pocket.
There is no defined section to speak of here. Although I found the section on the thick side, I ended up holding it in a strange manner anyway, which I usually do for most pens. All the trim around the section is very smooth - there are no sharp edges at all. The section is rounded off and even the clip didn't get in the way of my grip. I did grip low on the section and found that quite comfortable. The bottom of the section angles upwards, and this worked out well for me. There was nothing poking me and nothing felt uncomfortable, except the girth. I found the Lamy Dialog 3 section far more uncomfortable than this section.
I noticed that if I primed the feed via the converter, some ink could get smeared on the top of the inside of the section - which would then smear on the nib each time it was retracted/extended. No big deal, but it made the top of the nib look messy.
This isn't a huge pen, but it's on the thick side.
This is certainly a pen that is something you should try. I am far more interested in it than I was after just reading about it or seeing pictures of it. It's cool - yes, it's a cool pen. Unfortunately, it's also very expensive. That alone puts it out of my league. If it was more affordable, it would be a heck of a lot of fun. High end novelty, maybe gimmicky, but fun. It's on the girthy side, but it is well-made... aside from the nib's quality control. Lately, Visconti's nibs are really irking me. I couldn't bear to actually buy this pen, so I'm grateful for the opportunity to review it.
I was loaned 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.