Got it as my first fountain pen. The weight seems appropriate for something this small. The packaging was just a cheap gold color box it was shoved in, so nothing fancy. I am using Waterman black ink with this pen. The shell is made from a thick casing of steel. The finish seems nice and should last. I believe the caps are plastic. When filling it, I noticed that the reservoir seems a bit on the cheaper side. It doesn't display how much ink is left, so I guess I will just get a surprise one of these days. The nib hardly released any ink to begin with. After some examining, I just pulled the nib away a bit from the black plastic piece with the vent hole and that fixed the problem. It writes smooth. Good pen if you ask me for $18.