Country of Origin: Japan
Filling Mechanism: cartridge/converter (Pilot proprietary CON-20 squeeze-type converter included)
Nib: M, steel
Price: $15 on Amazon
This ink: Noodler's Black
When I got it: December 15, 2013
hi-res images here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk1jRApi
When I first heard of this pen, I could not believe that it was as cheap and as good as people reported - naturally, as a student on a budget, I had to try it out; it became my daily driver as soon as I took it out of the box. Paired with Noodler's Black, it's the perfect fountain pen to tackle cheap 17 cent notebook paper!
Fit/Finish: Excellent. The all-metal construction makes for a hefty, durable-feeling pen, and the clip is strong but functional. One issue for many reviewers was the strong step-down from the barrel to the grip section, but that doesn't really affect me too much as I tend to grip my pens closer to the nib. The plastic section can get a bit slippery in sweaty hands, though. The snap-fit cap is very secure and does not come off unless you intend it to, but I wouldn't chance carrying it clipped to a pants pocket.
Performance: Here's where the pen earns its stars - the steel medium nib is nearly buttery smooth on this Rhodia paper, and performs well on all but the cheapest printer and notebook paper. I have not once, since getting the pen, experienced flow problems of any kind, and the feed keeps up with even the fastest writing. A perfect example of how a fountain pen should perform, right out of the box.
Overall: At $15, this pen is the best value out of all the pens in my modest collection. Perfect gift for a student you know wanting a nice daily beater or even someone interested in delving into the world of fountain pens.