I love the pen, my mistake was thinking the “ball” point ink must be better than I remember it being 50 years ago. I have been collecting pen for many years. And the ball point ink is still grey not black that I prefer.. My favorite pens re Fabre-Castell. I use lots of the uni-ball gel. I work in genealogy and many hand written pages fill many note books. My favorite is a pen with a needle point for every day work.