Body Material: Metal/Lacquer
Posts: Yes, friction
Nib material: Steel (14KT gold upgrade available)
Weight (all): 42 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body): 30 g
Length Capped: 138.8 mm/5.46''
Length Uncapped: 129.1 mm/5.08''
Length Posted: 153.5 mm/6.04''
Barrel Diameter: 13.2 mm/0.52''
Section Diameter: 9.7 - 11.9 mm/0.38'' - 0.47''
Fill type: International cartridge/converter
Price: €130.00 (Without VAT: €107.44)
Where to buy:
Appelboom Use code 'friend' for 10% off!
Diplomat provides this pen as such: a white cardboard outer sleeve with the Diplomat logo in black is the first layer. Simple, straight forward. Inside, there is a lightweight box. The lid is a slide off aluminum lid, again with the Diplomat logo on it. It's very tidy so far. I like that it's light. It's a bit of an unusual design, but that's not a bad thing. The bottom tray is also pretty light. A linen paper covers the satiny bed the pen sits on. The pen is held in place by a white satin ribbon. The little bed can be removed. Under it all, there is a converter and the international Diplomat guarantee (five years!).
The Excellence A in Evergreen GT is very pretty. It's a fairly large pen with a round body, tapering towards the back end. The end of the barrel is a flat, blunt end plug in gold trim with a small lip. The finial has the Diplomat logo, black-on-white, set in the gold trim of the clip. I like the shape of Diplomat's clip - they look classy, starting wide, and ending in a cute tear drop shape. The tear drop cut out in the end is a little fun.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The fine steel nib is a large two-tone nib with a plastic feed. Upgrading to a 14KT gold nib is an option, should you wish. This nib has a single slit and no breather hole. It is engraved with Diplomat since 1922, F, and the flower logo. The engravings are nice and clean, and are perfectly aligned on the nib.
I really like this clip design, not only in terms of its appearance, but its function, too.I love how close to the cap the clip sits - it's snug and doesn't add too much width to the cap. It's a nice, springy clip with good tension. It slides on to papers, and into pen cases and pockets easily.
The section is comfortable - it's not too short, and the ridge at the end keeps my fingers off the nib. It's a little slick after use, but the ridge prevents complete slippage.
Unposted, the pen feels good. It has a good, usable weight, it's well-balanced, and it feels solid and robust. The barrel doesn't slip around in my grip. The cap can be posted by friction; it's snug and secure, and although it makes the pen feel heavier in hand, I do find it comfortable. It's a little top heavy, so my hand tired after awhile. It looks great when posted, too!
PROS & CONS
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.