The Leonardo Zero wins on looks, but this pen is the better writer, for me. Just a little longer and a little straighter. It feels more comfortable in my hand than the Zero. Not that the Zero feels bad, this one feels just a bit better.
The looks of the Messenger are a tiny bit cheap-ish. The outer threads for the cap and the barrel are metal parts attached to the barrel and section. It works, is more easy to manufacture, I think, but does look a bit cheap. The colour is nice! I was afraid it would be a bit of a candy-colour, but the white swirls give it enough character to keep it interesting.
The 1.1 stub nib, a Jowo, writes very nice, better than the 'normal' 1.1 Leonardo stub; less temperamental.
The pen is beautiful and the design elements are well-balanced. It has a reassuring weight in the hand. With a broad nib there is next to no feedback, but it still delivers a wonderful writing experience. It also came in a wonderful vintage-looking case. I paid for extra protection and a tracking number, and it was well worth it. All in all, a wonderful first buy from this website!
Very nice pen: fantastic craftsmanship and attention to detail. I ordered one with a superflexy nib. The nib is very pleasant and very soft. I would not call it super flex though, it is semi-flex at best and rather spongy in feeling, not snappy, so not a vintage flex by any means. That said, it is very soft and provides decent line variation. The feed is ebonite and keeps up well. It is a wet writer in general. All in all, great pen, highly recommended. Service from Frank is top notch, as always.