This was my grail pen, so to me it's perfect. :-) It is quite heavy, but feels solid and well made. The nib is smooth with just the right amount of feedback on rougher papers and the piston filling is wonderful. However, if you are looking for a pen to write a novel with, probably go with the regular 2000. I use this pen daily to do homework and take notes in class, but I certainly won't use it to write the first draft of my dissertation..