"I have mostly European made fountain pens, to wit, Kaweco, Pelikan, Waterman, great pens all. I finally wanted to see what the attraction is for Japanese manufacturers. The E95S with a 14K gold nib has truly opened my eyes to the attraction of the Orient. Is that politically correct? At it's price point, I cannot say I have a smoother writing pen. It feels great and looks amazing in the flesh! I love the retro 60's design as much as I love Kaweco's 30's Art Deco Dia FP. While the Dia is a little big for the shirt pocket, the E95S is absolutely perfect. My only concern is that while I can throw a Kaweco Sport in my pants pocket with itinerant change and keys, I would not even consider doing that with this pen. I am afraid it's body would get beat up too much. But, I liked this pen so much for it's design, writing characteristics, price with a gold nib, and functionality that I just ordered the black one today. "