A blue pen, you say?!
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Taccia is a new venture for me and the Spectrum is an interesting pen, but I can’t say I fell in love with it. I feel the price is a tad too high for what it is. My biggest source of comparison was to the Platinum #3776. In my opinion, where the Spectrum fails, the #3776 picks up from and so it’s difficult for me to really appreciate this pen when in my eyes there is something similar but far better – and cheaper. You can purchase the Taccia Spectrum here.
The Taccia Spectrum comes in three flavours: teal, red and blue – the model I have for review is the blue, though all other factors between the pens remain the same (furniture, nib options etc.) it’s just the colour of the barrel that changes. I think this is a nice blue. It’s not a full demonstrator, but it’s very easy to see the converter inside the pen – something that’s a bit harder to do with the Platinum #3776. As well as being more translucent than the #3776, the blue is also a lighter shade which I think gives it more of an overstated look, rather than being slightly understated, with a bit of quirkiness to it.
And yes, I’m going to moan about it. The Taccia Spectrum has silver furnishings. I know it’s a pedantic thing to pick up on, especially as you buy the pen knowing that this is the fact, but I just can’t seem to get over silver trims – they’re just not for me. So for me I would really struggle dropping this amount of money on this pen without the gold, which goes back to what I said at the beginning, in that where the Spectrum fails, the #3776 is there to substitute. That being said, if you’re the opposite of me and prefer silver trims then the Chatres Blue wouldn’t be for you anyway (if I recall correctly there is a #3776 in blue that has silver coloured trims but I believe it is a bit more expensive and isn’t called Chatres Blue).
The cap has “Taccia” printed(?) on it. I think this looks slightly cheap because I have the impression that it might wear off over time. It’s not like this is an ultra cheap pen either where it’s a cost-saving feature as opposed to having an engraving. That being said, I have Jinhaos which have engravings on the cap band. So….
The clip is.. Different, I suppose you could describe it. Nothing special or showy – does its job. It’s fairly stiff, but not terribly so.
The cap screws off in two and a half turns. The section isn’t huge, but it’s not the smallest, either. One thing to criticise is that I’ve found myself getting ink on my ring finger while holding the section. I’m not sure why because it’s not touching the feed (I have a rather odd grip, so this might not be an issue for most) but the ink comes from somewhere, anyway.
The nib is a stainless steel two-tone nib and is probably most definitely a Sailor nib, in shape, feedback and feed design. However, it is branded ‘Taccia’, which I’m glad about because if it was branded Sailor I would really struggle with this. The nibs come in five offerings: extra fine, fine, medium, broad and a music nib which is quite interesting to see.
But this nib has something else going for it, and I’m not entirely sure if this is intentional or not. It actually looks like a Sailor ‘zoom’ nib – and writes like one too. At a higher angle, you’ll get a finer line and if you hold the pen at a lower angle, you’ll get a wider one. Furthermore, reverse writing is very pleasant and this is another thing characteristic of the Sailor zoom nibs.
The tipping does look similar to the zoom nib as well, which would explain it. Though the Taccia (left) nib isn’t as tipped, which means it’s not as broad as the zoom. Also note the similarity in feed and nib shape of the two pens.
Being similar to the zoom nib, you have a very good writing experience when it comes to reverse writing as well which can be very very useful.
The pen flows well and is wet. It’s a good performing nib. The only drawback is that this ins’t a gold nib, which you might expect from a pen in this price range – once again going back to the Platinum #3776 which is both cheaper and does offer a gold nib. I use the term drawback loosely, however. This is because gold ≠ better. You can have exceptional steel nibs and awful gold nibs. This is a good nib, and the feedback is pleasant – I’m someone who prefers a degree of this. The writing sample is done with Diamine Earl Grey, which you can read my review of here. More writing samples can be found below.
The feed works well too. You have a good ink flow when it comes to fast writing and it’s also quite wet.
The Taccia Spectrum fills using a cartridge/converter. Interestingly enough, this pen uses Sailor converters – which are proprietary. I’ve never had any problems with a Sailor converter, but I have heard that they’re.. Hmm. Not the most reliable. One criticism I will give is that the ink capacity of these converters is just laughable.
While lightweight, I think this pen is nicely weighted – you can definitely feel it in your hand. As characteristic with Sailor pens also, this isn’t the largest. I can still use it un-posted however. But if you do want to use it posted then that’s also possible. Here are a few size comparisons:
Price & Would I Buy It?
This pen comes in at $127 (£90.55) at time of writing, and not available within the UK, or so I believe. Prices will soon begin to add up which makes this a no-go pen for me unless it was offered below the #3776 price and within the UK – especially as $127 is the sale price and not retail. Once again, the link is here if you wish to check it out from a retailer.
Disclaimer: This pen was sent to be from Pen Chalet in exchange for an honest review. All views expressed are my own.