Nowadays when there are an increasing number of pens having steel nibs over €200, Santini Libra has a solid value proposition. It's an oversized resin pen, comes with a gold nib and is a piston filler with a ratchet mechanism.
The pen looks very pretty and the marbled resin has a nice depth to it. It's light and comfortable to write with. Green is somewhat a less common colour and I think Santini's resin looks interesting, they nailed it with the Jungle variant. The section has a rounded small step down from the barrel. The threads are not sharp at all. The section tapers down to 11 mm at its narrowest and flairs out at the nib. It provides a comfortable and secure grip whether you prefer to hold the pen closer to the nib or further back. It's an oversize pen, has a similar length as a Leonardo Momento Zero Grande so it's big enough to be used unposted. Nevertheless the pen can be posted. The cap is light and posts fairly deep so it does not back-weight the pen.
The nib is in-house made, gold and stamped with the Santini logo. Don't get me wrong, a laser engraved steel nib sourced from Bock or Jowo can have an amazing performance. However one must give credit to Santini for their excellent - and pretty - in-house gold nib. The size of the nib is around the standard #6, a bit smaller. The nib is smooth, stiff and has some pleasant feedback. Mine runs a bit dry but not overly dry, I'm comfortable with it. If someone needs a gusher I'm sure the friction fitted nib can be adjusted.
All in all Santini is commendable for making a pretty solid pen packed with nice features for a reasonable price.
The Leonardo Momento Zero Grande was a great choice. The pen is a great writer and the size is just perfect for me. And the blue hawaii model is just beautiful! The piston filling system was a great upgrade. 5* also to fontoplumo service. The pen took a while to arrive due to the covid-19 situation, but Frank constantly kept me up to date of the progress. Totally recommend!
Initially when I opened the box, I am quite surprised that the color of the pen is more teal than light blue as shown above. However. the swirling pattern of resin is awesome and the build quality is beyond my expectation for the pen at this price. The nib is well tuned. (I also asked for nib tuning service therefore it should be working right out of the box.)
It’s not like me to spontaneously buy a pen, I have too many as it is, and it’s not a cheap pen. But I took a fancy to it. It has a Jowo nib I think and a very simple barrel. The cap could be used as a paperweight it is soooo heavy. It looks laser cut with a pleasant design. Without the cap the pen is well balanced and it is a very easy pen to use. With ink in the converter it looks great and writes very well indeed. It can be used as an eye dropper and I had intended to do that but it does look great with the converter I may not do it. Really well made pen from good materials. Mid weight feel, suit most writers.