Minimalism is not a style. It is an attitude, a way of being. It is a fundamental reaction against noise, disorder, and vulgarity. Minimalism is a pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance. Minimalism is beyond time. It is the stillness of perfection.
- Finish on the pen is rough and has a chalk feeling that will not feel as smooth as the final production pens (which should be like Apple products).
- Threads are rough and noisy - this has been fixed for final products.
- Inside of the cap is cut in steps, which can scratch the nib, but this has also been fixed.
Body Material: Space grade 6000 series aluminum alloy
Nib material: Steel #6 Bock
Cap: Screw on
Length (capped): 150.00 mm/5.90"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 142.9 mm/5.62"
Length (posted): N/A
Barrel Diameter: 11.9 - 14.2 mm/0.46" - 0.56"
Section Diameter: 10.6 - 12.1 mm/0.42" - 0.47"
Weight (all): 40 g
Weight (cap): 8 g
Weight (body): 32 g
Fill type: Standard international cartridge/converter
Price: $50.00 USD
Where to buy: Kickstarter
Trilogy Pens designed the Zero as a minimalist fountain pen; as a piece of design as well as a writing instrument. The pen is rounded, widest at the cap-barrel joint, and tapers towards the very blunt, flat ends. There are no engravings or markings on the pen. I have both the silver and black anodized pens - they have a matte silver/black finish that is low key and subtle.
Mike at The Clicky Post mentioned the threads showing wear - it appears to happen on the silver pen as well, but because it's silver on silver, it doesn't look as obvious as with the black pen.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
Both pens are fitted with a #6 Bock steel nib. One is gold colored, which looks quite yellow, and the other is black. They have a single slit, a round breather hole, and are engraved with lines that look like mountains, the Bock logo, and Bock Germany. There are no nib sizes indicated.
No clip, and Trilogy Pens says, "Perfect is achieved not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." I can't really argue with that. So, no clip. It can roll, but if you use the wooden box on your desk, you can use that as a pen rest!
The section is long, smooth, round, and it tapers towards the nib before ending in a ridge. A sharp ridge. It's not a slippery section and it's pretty comfortable to hold. If you grip low, that ridge at the end is sharp, but it's also a large enough section to avoid that. As stated, the threads are sharp and noisy, and there is a sharp step from the section to the barrel. The step up to the barrel didn't get in my way, as it was far back.
PROS & CONS
Kickstarter sees a lot of pens nowadays, many of which describe themselves as minimalist. The Zero has a nice look, a cool design, and it is indeed minimalist - there are no bells and whistles, and even the packaging is simple. I like the full package. I think the large size and simplicity of the pen and the final product is appealing, so long as the points mentioned by the makers are indeed fixed. The #6 steel nib is great for daily use, and the C/C system is easy to use. The price, IMHO, is fair.