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February 28, 2014
On my example the F nib...
On my example the F nib was a little hard to get started but was smooth once it was going. Does seem quite sensitive to the paper used – which is to be expected I think.
Re the comment in the reviews for the EF nib variant about plastic construction: this is incorrect, at least for my example. The section, cap & body are metal (looks to be brass with black finish). The section (which is threaded for the cap and body components) certainly does look and feel somewhat like textured plastic but if you scrape the finish off it is metal underneath (yes, I did actually do that and can confirm that the finish is very tough.). Owners should not therefor be worried about premature wear on the threads from a metal-plastic interface.
I like the styling: simple & distinctive, probably the strongest feature of this pen. I am finding the purity of the design becomes more appealing as I use the pen. It resembles the Lilliput in that regard.
I would have preferred a longer grip area in the section. When compared with the AL Sport design the grip area (textured concave part) is shorter and I found my grip include more of the cap threading than on the Sport. Slightly less comfortable but acceptable to me.
Value for money? It does seem expensive compared to the AL Sport but personally I find the pricing acceptable although definitely not a bargain.
August 21, 2013
Received the Zebra Sharbo...
Received the Zebra Sharbo X LT3 pen today, black colour. Appealing packaging, pen is attractive in person and has “quality” feel (well finished, operates smoothly). Zebra gel pen inserts I ordered write very smoothly despite small tip size (0.5mm) and pencil works well (0.7mm). No English language instructions but is simple to load inserts; just remember to push the pen ones all the way in or the twist change mechanism won’t work.
Value for money? Well for me it’s a small luxury and as such I do find it value for money but understand that the same functionality could probably be had for less in some more mainstream products. The only criticism I would make of the product is that the polished chrome clip seems visually out of place on the satin black pen body, would have preferred at least a satin chrome or ideally matching black clip.
Ordering process was smooth, timely shipping updates and arrived in Canada 6 days after ordering with no additional charges (2 of those days were weekend).