Consider this review an announcement--well done caps are no longer a negative. Sure, most caps are still clunky, especially on machined metal pens, but here, where the cap is quiet and light, the decision to use a cap is the right one. I can only ignore the value of a cap in light of a few ruined dress shirts. Now, I am grateful this pen has a cap as tucking it into the shirt, nib exposed is almost impossible to conceive happening.
Overall Score: 19 out of 20
The Pearlette is a gorgeous, well-built pen. It has a writing experience that, frankly, is better than any pen I have ever used. The nib is amazingly smooth, offering a perfect amount of feedback without any scratchiness or resistance. Trying to analogize this to another sensory experience is difficult. Here is my best shot: If you have ever experienced the simple joy of a finely tuned handplane slicing beautiful curls off a nice piece of straight-grained wood, then this is close. There is just enough effort there to make the process rewarding.
The Pearlette has held up surprisingly well over many months of extensive, daily use. Its comfortable barrel and grip let you take notes for hours. I used this at a recent trial and it was not just painless to take notes, it was a joy. That joy made the notes neater and more comprehensive. And that is true added value--this pen will make your writing cleaner and more useful. And that, in the end, is the highest complement you can pay a tool.
This is an amazing pen.
Compared to the Vanishing Point (which I know would be question I get asked if I didn't address it), this is better writer, but not as cool a gadget. The VP is also a bit heartier thanks to the retracting nib. If you simply want the best writer between the two, go with the Pearlette. If you want the fountain pen experience but a slightly tougher package go for the VP. Both are amazing and neither will disappoint. Its worth noting that the VP, which can be found for around $110 online, is significantly cheaper (almost $40 less).