To make an affordable, though high quality pen, that's the main idea behind the new Belgian brand: Les Plumes De L'ange. Did they succeed? Let's find out...
The 'blanc et bleu' collection consists of five different patterns in blue and white, each design has a french name (french seems to really be the theme here). This one, the 'Camille', is decorated with white dots on an opaque blue background.
...Speaking of packaging, I quite dig the way these pens are presented! It comes snugly fit inside a clear plastic tube. An unusual packaging for an unusual pen!
Despite the normal size and decent weight (36 grams capped), it still feels quite small, up to a point where even I prefer using it posted most of the time. Once posted, it's a comfortable size (14.4 cm/ 5.75"), and the wheight of the pen is nicely balanced. The all metal build feels solid, and all parts fit together nicely. The matte metal grip section is relatively narrow and not extremely long, but I didn't find it to be too small. The texture on the section is soft to the touch, though relatively slippery. However, the tapered shape of the section flares out a bit towards the nib, which helps maintain a decent grip.
For 50 EUR/ about 55 USD, there's no denying that there are better performers out on the market. One has to give the 'blanc et bleu' credit for its unique and daring appearance that will certainly appeal to the not-so-addicted fountain pen user. But for the seasoned user or collector, better alternatives can be found. If you're new to fountain pens, or you just want a flashy pen that isn't like anything else, this is definitely a valid choice, and it will provide very decent performance once you get the ink choice right.