The presentation box is nice and it would make a lovely gift to a graduate. And though it''''s pricey, it is an alternative gift to someone you don''''t know well but don''''t want to give Parker Urban Fountain Pena frame/candle/gift certificate.
For those of you who have never written with this, you have to hold it a certain way so the ink flows continuously and in a even matter. The ink takes a few seconds to dry so don''''t put your finger across it as it will smear.
The directions on loading the ink are very small and I couldn''''t read it nor really make out the illustrations. My hubby who has used fountain pens in the past loaded it for me. There is a seal (for lack of a better word) that needs to be punctured before ink flows.
I''''ve never written with a fountain pen and thought it would neat to pull it out to sign my name. And after writing that, I admit that I''''m a dingbat sometimes so there are quirks with a fountain pen that goofs like me did not know.
My pen was nicely double boxed, lying on a velvety pad with ribbon. Others have received their pens in less elegant boxes, so apparently there is no guarantee of quality packaging.
The pen itself has a classic elegant look. It is in a very dark silvery gray with silver accents. The pen has a polished look, with grooves around the body, adding a refined touch.
As mentioned, the ink dries quickly, but is not suitable for glossier types of paper. Thus far, I''''ve found that the pen doesn''''t skip and delivers a crisp line of ink. One cartridge is included with the pen.
The pocket clip holds the pen upright, an important feature to prevent the fountain pen from leaking.
The pen is feels just right when holding it. I really like the hand feel of a heavy pen, and this one has just the right heft. The cap easily fits on the end of the pen for writing. With a slight push, it stays firmly in place, giving the pen a comfortable balance.
I usually steer away from fountain pens, because I''''m left handed and I write with that awkward-looking forward tilt. This pen was so elegant looking though, that I got it anyway, thinking my husband would like it. He does, and I''''ll let him use it,but I''''ve kept it for myself. I found that the ink dries quickly enough on most paper to prevent my hand from smearing it as I write.