First things first, the Loom is a great writer and upholds the reputation of Faber Castell's steel nibs. The flow was smooth and steady right from the jump. No hard starting, even ...view moreafter leaving the pen sitting uncapped for a few minutes here and there. The nib has some feedback from the page but it's mostly audible rather than tactile.
The Loom is nicely made and finished. The matte color scheme eliminates the worry about fingerprints and smudges but the surface is still quite smooth. Some may find it slick. The ridges on grip help, though I think they could stand to be more pronounced for additional purchase.
The clip has a good balance of tension and articulation. The little upturn at the end lets you get it over the edge of most pockets without having to lift it manually. The clip is the one part of the pen that's not matte, so it will retain fingerprints, but it's a relatively small area so it doesn't stand out too much.
The tension of the cap takes a bit of getting used to at first but it does impart a sense of security that it will never inadvertently come off the barrel. The cap's detent when posted isn't nearly as strong but it posts deep enough that I don't worry about it coming off from that position.
The action of screwing/unscrewing the section from the barrel feels tight. At first, I wondered if the threads were somehow stuck or crossed. It's different from a fitting being snug but still smooth. This feels more like something is binding up to a degree. That said, I figure it will ease up over time as the parts wear in.
The one thing that seems to be noticeably different about the gunmetal version is the overall weight of the pen. When reading specs and reviews of the pen before purchase, the Loom was often referred to as hefty and having a solid weight to it. I saw quoted weights of 31-32 grams total (uninked) with the cap measuring 7g. My pen is 23.5 grams with a converter and ink, but the cap is still 7g. The empty barrel of my pen is 5.4g so that's where all the weight must have gone missing. This is not to say the pen feels too light, but if you're expecting a weighty pen for this size I think that's coming from the older examples of the model. This version inked weighs less than a Pilot Metropolitan does empty. view less
Really like the industrial looks of the pen. Takes quite a good tug to uncap but will probably ease a bit with use. The medium nib is very smooth, but I have not had the opportunit...view morey to write much with it yet. I think I will enjoy this pen very much. view less