FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 5/10
My first impression of the pen was definitely positive. My first impression of the package – was not (hence the 5/10 score). It’s simply my opinion, but the honey/amber coloring of this little demonstrator is quite attractive. The use of gold plated hardware is definitely a better choice with this color than the stainless/chrome would have been (a-la the ice sport models).
As previously mentioned, my initial impression upon pulling this little jewel out of my mailbox, was not so good. I bought this pen on Amazon as I couldn’t find it through any of my other sources. It come from a company in Germany called Seitz Global. I’ve ordered from them before, and probably will again. However, this particular shipment came totally without padding or any kind of protection for the pen. Just a flat cardboard sleeve. Everything turned out ok, but it definitely raised a red flag in my mind.
This subject is absolutely subjective (like how I did that?). The Sport line of pens are designed as “pocket pens”. While you can order a removable pocket clip, allowing it to be carried in a shirt or jacket pocket, upright like a traditional pen, it doesn’t come with one. They’re designed to be carried in your pants pocket or a bag. They are again, in my opinion, very attractive pens. One thing I like is that there’s really not anything else on the market that looks like them. They are definitely unique. Capped, they look almost too small to use, especially as I have large hands. However, posted, they are still small, but very usable. Comfortable in fact.
DESIGN, SIZE WEIGHT: 8/10
Put simply, this is a true pocket pen. I’m a big guy, with big hands, and normally small pens just don’t work well for me. But posted, this little guy is quite comfortable to use. Capped, it’s 104mm, posted 127mm, and uncapped, 97mm. The body of the pen is round, while the cap (which is slightly longer than the body) is faceted octigonally.
The nib in the Cognac model comes with some type of gold plating over stainless steel. Mine is a fine point and preformed flawlessly out of the box. Very smooth with just a very fine amount of feedback. But certainly not what you would call “toothy”.
FILLING SYSTEM: 9/10
These pens are designed as cartridge fillers, specifically, short international size cartridges. They do make a bulb filler type of converter but they don’t come with one. From what I’ve read from other sources, the bulb fillers don’t work all that well. However, one of the coolest things about the all plastic Sport models of the pen (Note – not the AL Sports) is that with just a little dab of silicone grease around the interior threads of the section, and you have a superb eyedropper filler. And it holds a LOT of ink. That’s exactly what I’ve done to my pen.
COST & VALUE: 10/10
Let me just state here that cost is a fact, and value is completely subjective. That said, I purchased this pen on Amazon for $19.90, sold by Seitz Global in Germany. In my opinion, at this price, I think the pen is an exceptional value!
CONCLUSION: 8 out of 10 overall
Let’s just say I really do like these little pens. They’re a great design, and each one I’ve gotten, have been great writers. This one was certainly no exception. And if you can find this model at this price, a GREAT value!