The pen came neatly packaged in a matte black card stock box, a foam inner protecting the shiny brass cigar shaped pen. The box had the ‘ensso’ logo printed in gold foil but not much else, minimal and relatively recyclable which is a plus in my opinion as I usually lob them straight in the bin to minimise clutter. Classy and understated, a great start.
I love brass, the reassuring weight of the material, the metallic smell left on your hands after even the shortest of writing sessions and the patina that develops over time. Indeed the Piuma came out of the box shiny and after a fair amount of use is no longer so, but this just adds to its charm.
It is a very minimalist design, with rounded ends to the cigar shape, symmetrical and no clips or roll stops in sight so watch out if you put it down in haste or on a inclined surface as this pen picks up speed quickly and will end up on the floor. The grip section is nicely finished and just the right thickness for my hands, with a great lip near the nib to stop wandering hands. Even better though is the finish, there are no tool marks anywhere and all the edges have been smoothed so there is nothing that will dig into your fingers.
The cap secures quickly after just 1 1/4 turns and nips tight with a positive engagement. It has a slight metal squeal as you tighten it up, but not as loud as I have found some titanium pens to be. The cap posts, but not securely and this makes it a rather unwieldy and long pen. The only branding on the pen can be found on the cap near the screw threads, the logo engraved so it is barely visible.
A Bock nib finishes the pen, it is a pretty standard nib which looked to be tipped like a medium but writes more like a wet broad. Apart from the wet flow, it writes nicely without any skipping or dryness with only a slight amount of feedback. Bock nibs are also pretty easily available, so if you fancy a gold or titanium nib then swapping one in isn’t too difficult.
Brass pens usually weigh a fair amount more than other pen materials, but this one takes this even further. It weighs so much that I end up with hand fatigue after just one side of A5 and I usually love a pen with a bit more heft. Whilst it is nicely balanced, I just cannot get past the weight, a fair amount more material could have easily been machined from the inside of the barrel which would have fixed the weight issue and made this a much better pen for me.
At $99 this pen is beautifully made and finished and would be a superb value addition to any brass pen collection, including mine, but I cannot find myself recommending it due to the weight issue. This is a great shame as it is almost perfect in all other regards!
Thanks to my fellow United Inkdom blogger, Scribble for lending me the pen to review. So close to adding this one to my collection.