Thank you to Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery for loaning me this pen to review! I somewhat nervously am giving it a test.
Body Material: Ebonite, Urushi
Length (capped): 180.0 mm/7.08''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 165.0 mm/6.49''
Length (posted): N/A
Barrel Diameter: 17.0 mm/0.67''
Section Diameter: 12.1 - 13.0 mm/0.47'' - 0.51''
Nib material: 18KT Gold JoWo
Weight (all): 42 g
Weight (cap): 12 g
Weight (body): 30 g
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Price: € 1850,00
Where to buy: Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery
Sakura Fountain Pen Gallery.
Inside, the base is velvety and black. There is a cotton ribbon holding the pouch in place. The pouch is long, cream-colored, and quite textured. It's a bit padded, and there is a button to close it. I don't feel like there is a bunch of wasted space or excessive material, and I appreciate that. I think a soft buffing cloth would have been a great thing to include, given the price of the pen, but I do like the little pouch it came with. An ebonite/Urushi pen should be stored this way, after all!
I had no idea what to expect with this pen. I'm familiar with ebonite and Urushi lacquer, but this pen is fascinating.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
This is a #6 medium nib, in 18KT yellow gold. It has a single slit and a round breather hole. The top is engraved with 18K-750 M, and nothing else. It's very bright and shiny, but it looks a little bare.
There is no clip. That would really have thrown off the look of the pen.
PROS & CONS
This was kind of a tough pen to review, because I didn't pick it, so it's not necessarily my taste. Manu Propria creates other pens I'm more interested in, like the Shibui Standard Aka Ishimeji, or the Shibui Standard Dô Ishimji, particularly for the shape and comfort. There is obviously an incredible amount of time, effort, skill, and craftsmanship behind the maknig of this pen. It's well made, it looks and feels wonderful, in terms of material. The nib is pleasant, but I think having a Manu Propria-branded nib and converter would be a huge plus.
This isn't a pen the typical pen lover would buy, I think. Not because it's not awesome, but because it costs an arm and a leg. I appreciate what it must have taken to create the pen, but the shape and finish is very particular.
What do you think? Is this something you'd go for?