|The pen comes in a simple black cardboard box, and includes a shmidt standard international converter|
But this one definitely did speak to me! I had let a couple versions of the Nova slide when they were released(mainly the uber-cool titanium finish that is still on my wishlist), but as soon as I saw the release pictures for the new ebonite and titanium version on Namisu's Instagram page, I was hooked! I went to their webshop and immediately ordered one.
|threads on the barrel of the pen are also titanium|
There have been numerous reports and complaints about the Nova rolling off desks. I can't deny the fact that it rolls like crazy. If you place it very carefully on a level surface, it'll stay put, but give it some momentum and it's gone. That's the price you pay for a minimalist clipless design, so you'll have to choose between practicality or design. In this case I think the design wins, but obviously if you're looking for an EDC pen for intensive use, you should look elsewhere.
The Nova Ebonite is slightly larger than the metal versions, which brings it in at 14cm (5.5in) closed length. Without the cap, it's a respectable 12.8cm (5in). That's a sweet spot in length for me, it fits my hand nicely, but it shouldn't be much shorter. Especially if you grip it higher up, it might be a bit short. There's also a noticeable step behind the section, with a rather sharp edge to it.
Because of the mostly ebonite construction, it's an incredibly light pen. At 21g total, that's less than the lamy 2000, which is already a fairly light pen! At times I think it feels slightly unsubstantial in the hand, especially because it's quite beefy (1.5cm at the widest point), which makes you expect a heavier pen. Of course that's something to expect with materials like resin and ebonite, so if you want more heft, you should opt for the metal versions.
Compared to Namisu's previous pen project, the Orion, which was also a throw at minimalism, the Nova definitely has the upper hand for me. It's subtle and sleek, and the ebonite/titanium combination gives it a refined appearance. Especially in the comfort area, I think they can further improve on the section and the step towards the barrel. But for a brand that has only been around for a couple years, I'm already pretty impressed with the quality they deliver.
If you're looking for top notch minimalist design, the Namisu Nova Ebonite should be on your shortlist. It retails for 105 GBP, which equals around 130 USD. While that's not exactly cheap for a steel nib (Titanium nibs come at a premium), the great design has won me over.
This review does not contain any affilate links. The product reviewed here was bought with my own funds.