The Loom feels like a significant step up from pens like the Lamy Safari or Pilot Metropolitan. Those are good pens, but the F-C Loom feels like a higher-end pen without the higher-end price. The EF nib on my pen is smooth with some feedback, which was expected, and is not scratchy in any way. It is a joy to write with and feels very solid. The only thing I don't like as much is that the cap is a bit hard to pull off and put back on. But that does not detract from the writing experience, which is excellent!