Bought mine from Europe, and not on Drop, and while I like it, it is far from worth the price alone if you simply consider the writing property IMHO. Now, Italian pens are known to vary some in quality of their nibs. Mine was a FINE nib, and it flows well, has a stiff needle like feel to it with plenty of feedback. It is close to scratchy, and some papers really are better than others for it. Overall, I like the pen for what it is. A fun looking pen that writes fairly well and behaves well and which looks like a treat. To me, the pen is also rather comfortable to use and hold for longer sessions. I like the grip and balance of it. I wouldn't suggest it to a newcomer though since it may involve a bit of tuning and reading up to get the best situation for the pen, but as an entry for Visconti fine pens - it's a nice starter IMHO.