I picked up this beauty at Pen Chalet, and even picked it with a fine nib. As soon as it arrived at Pen Chalet, it was here so fast. Solid shipping! I've reviewed the Milord in the same finish before - this Paragon is a size up.
Length (capped): 148.7 mm/5.85''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 135.0 mm/5.31''
Length (posted): 178.0 mm/7.00''
Barrel Diameter (flat - flat): 13.5 - 14.7 mm/0.53'' - 0.58''
Section Diameter: 11.0 - 13.2 mm/0.43'' - 0.51''
Nib material: 18KT Gold
Weight (all): 48 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body): 36 g
Fill type: Piston-filler
Price: $1,075.50USD (sale)
Where to buy: Pen Chalet (Discount code: GourmetPens for 10% off your purchase)
The Paragon is a large, solid, beautiful pen. This one is in the obviously stunning bronze arco celluloid, and I absolutely love it. The pen has twelve facets, which are slightly rounded. The pen is
widest at the top of the cap, and tapers a little towards the end of the barrel. The piston-turning knob is identified by a thin gold band. It has a slightly conical top. The finial has the same shape as the
piston-turning knob, but it also has a gold O set in it. The clip is attached internally, and it arches slightly from the cap. The end has a rolling ball. The center band is located near the end of the cap. It is engraved with OMAS The Paragon Italy, and a Greek Key design. I love how it looks against the rich, warm celluloid.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
This nib... The 18kt gold nib with rhodium highlights is a fine, with a single slit and a round breather hole. This nib is outstanding, which makes a perfect match for the rest of the pen. It's one of the most pleasant fine nibs I have, and have ever used. It was perfectly adusted upon arrival. Ink flow is wet but it doesn't gush ink. At any angle, the nib writes very well - smoothly, consistently, and without skips or hard starts. Ever. However, the sweet spot is exquisite, so although I can write at any angle, writing on ''the spot'' is divine. It's at the perfect spot on the nib, it's incredibly smooth but not over polished, and it feels perfect.
This is a very expensive pen. It lacks an ink window, and the metal section might not be your thing, but it so beautiful, and the Paragon model is lovely. The fine nib is outstanding. Overall? I'm a huge fan of this pen. Huge fan. I would not part with this one, ever! In addition, there's quite a few nibs to choose from, and if the arco celluloid is over the top for you, there's also other finishes and trims that are quite beautiful. Great stuff.