Moonman is branching out. The T1 represents a couple of interesting firsts for the brand.
The pen feels like a cross between a TSWBI and a PenBBS, with a little Fine Writing International thrown in, i.e., it's in good company.
In the hand, the Moonman T1 is solid and impressively well made.
I wasn't too sure what to think of the Moonman T1 when it was first released. There are only 4 color options (teal, green, red and gray), none of which were very exciting. I liked the idea of a piston filler as well as the clear barrel like the FWI Golden Armour. I'm also a fan of facets so the cap looked interesting.
In hand, the pen has been better than I expected. The size, weight and balance are good. The section is comfortable. The piston system works perfectly and it holds a lot of ink.
The combination of aluminum and acrylic go together well. While the finish on the aluminum is like the PenBBS 350 and the metal PenBBS 323, since the barrel is resin (and the pen is lighter) it doesn't have the slipperiness I dislike about the 323.
The cap takes about 2½ turns - more than I'd like - but it does have a plastic thread insert so capping the pen is smooth. Time will tell if the pen tends to dry out.
The style of the pen has already grown on me. It's balanced and well done. I like matching color of the section and the piston mechanism at either end of the pen. The stainless insert at the top of the cap is a nice touch. The faceted cap is a winner for me.
The nib wrote perfectly out of the box. I have the pen full of Robert Oster Taiwan Blue which matches the pen very well. The pen fits right in with others I have inked up at the moment.
With the 12-12 discounts, the pen was just under US$17 plus shipping on taobao. It's gone up to a standard price of just under US$22 now.
For what you get, it's a bargain.
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