The price for this pen is pretty good for its quality. The casing is just
plastic, so nothing too exciting, although the shape does provide a good grip.
The nib is nice and can provide great variation. There can be some issues when
the nib is just starting, e.g., skipping, dryness, etc. I found it to improve
with use and a thorough cleaning or two, though it was frustrating. I haven't
had a problem with it since; it's always been a reliable go-to pen for me. I've
used cartridges and converters from Pilot in it without problems. It was my
first real fountain pen, I believe, and I still use it frequently.
Oh, a note for some beginners: Keep in mind that Pilot uses proprietary
cartridges, i.e., only Pilot cartridges and converters will fit this pen.