"The pen arrived in pristine condition, and I was pleasantly shocked when I took it out of the packaging. I purchased the Oak, and the color was rich. This doesn't come with an ink insert, which is both a positive and a negative. This meant I was able to choose the ink I wanted to use. The metal tip was strong and unbending, and I was able to write for as long as I wanted with whatever pressure I wanted to use. I have found the pen especially useful for taking notes in classes it allows me to write in a flowing script without having to stop and shake it and the nice case that it comes with means this pen is never at risk for being lost in the contents of my bag. Another thing I liked about this pen was that it was easy to grip. It is the perfect size. I've appreciated using it to sign my name on checks and at the end of letters, too. It is a very professional looking pen that lives up to its beautiful image. Useful and good-looking. This pen has a very detailed body, the grooves in the wood are visible and there is lovely carving on the metal nib of the pen as well. I highly recommend giving this a try."