Length (capped): 146.4 mm/5.76"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 127.2 mm/5.01"
Length (posted): 172.77 mm/6.80"
Barrel Diameter: 10.9 - 13.3 mm/0.43" - 0.52"
Section Diameter: 10.9 - 12.5 mm/0.43" - 0.49"
Nib material: 18KT Gold
Weight (all): 22 g
Weight (cap): 8 g
Weight (body): 14 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: € 390,00
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte
Ogiva Alba, has attractive packaging. First, a shimmery slate grey sleeve marked with the logo can be removed. This sleeve is marked with the limited edition number of the pen. Inside is a solid box similarly marked on the top. Taking the lid off reveals a light grey felt nest with a grey pen sleeve. The pen is inside, in a plastic sleeve (complete with QC check and all). The inside of the lid says, in the felt:
The Pleasure of
WritingThe bed can be removed to find the paper work and guarantee. It's very pretty packaging and also makes for a lovely display bed for the pen. The sleeve is also very useful.
The section tapers gradually from the barrel to the nib, but remains mostly straight. The threads are located in the middle of the section, oddly enough. The end of the section, just before the nib, has a band that matches the center band. On the section is the limited edition numbering of the pen.
I had a hard time picking between the three Cocktail colors, but the yellow was too bright and happy to pass up.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The 18KT gold rhodium-plated nib is superb. It has a single slit, a breather hole, and is a smooth, polished nib. The nib is marked with ST (stub, on the side), OMAS, and the gold content., along with the arrow design.
This stub nib is so delectable. The danger of being able to try a pen, as opposed to just buying it online, is once you try a nib that is so lovely, it's hard to leave it there. This nib is coupled with an ebonite feed. It needed a thorough flushing to clear out the machining oils from the feed, and after that, ink flow was excellent - nice and juicy, highlighting ink colors and bringing out shading so well. It's a nice, wide stub nib, but is still suitable for daily use. It's smooth - not too crisp on the edges, but offers a pleasant line variation, both in terms of its natural shape, and also with some springiness. I love this thing. I have had no issues with it, so long as I keep it properly aligned on the page, which is quite easy to do. If it's properly aligned - no skips, no hard starts, no running dry. Fantastic.
This is a juicy writer. It's perfect for me. I love juicy stub nibs.
The clip is well-designed - it is set close to the cap, is slightly springy, and has the rolling ball on the end, which allows it to easily slide into pockets, pen pouches, and on to pages.
Unposted, the size, weight, and balance of the pen are right up my alley. I love it and have no complaints. The cap does post by friction and although it is secure, it doesn't post very deeply. Since the cap is light though, it doesn't feel top heavy, but it's a little too long for me to enjoy using it posted for longer writing sessions. I still find it usable even when posted. I use it unposted in general.
My warning from the Ogiva Alba review, should you select an extra-flessible nib:
Just be gentle with the extra flessible nibs - don't treat it like a steel flexible nib. It's much softer and requires much less pressure to flex it fully.