I think part of the issue is that Levenger is not a dedicated pen company. They do manufacture their own branded pens, and resell many others, but they also sell many other types of "lifestyle" products. Their target market Is not, I don't think, heavily experienced fountain pen enthusiasts. For one thing, their most expensive branded fountain pen (the True Writer Select, at $159), does not come with a gold nib, but rather a steel one. Point being, maybe they're trying to use "iridium point" as a marketing gimmick to less experienced users. Just a theory. Btw, I have a Select and it's an excellent pen. I also very much like the TW Classic offered in this drop.