Anonymous pens can be beautiful too! This mottled hard rubber lever filler is well-designed and well made, doubtless the product of one of the well-known factories. The black and red of the mottled hard rubber remains colourful and with sharp contrast. People tend to use names like woodgrain or red ripple (which this is asssuredly not!) But it’s all mottled hard rubber, a very beautiful, quite robust material.
The pen has a warranted 14 carat gold nib, very fine with a modicum of flexibility. The clip remains nice and shiny but the lever appears to have lost some of its chrome plating. The milling on the clip screw is a nice touch.
I usually look back through my blog to see if I’ve covered a subject before, and I wrote about MHR back in 2011. Boy, did I get it wrong back then! I recommended the use of museum wax rather than strongly abrasive polishes. While I would still be careful about the polishes – read the label and used sparingly, if at all – I would never, ever, use any form of wax on a fountain pen. Many of the wax products that were highly recommended a decade or more ago are no longer used because of harmful ingredients they contain. Also, there is no coming back from wax. It’s very difficult if not impossible to remove completely.
It’s fine for furniture but not for pens.