Which end do you twist on those new Professional Twist pens? Penn State's website doesn't give any indication.
I have grown to dislike some pen kits with bottom twist mechanisms. The transmission is inserted into the top section and relies on friction with the top to rotate the transmission. Over time, that friction decreases and the mechanism loses its smooth, reliable feel. On top of that, it doesn't feel natural to twist the bottom. I think most people expect the pen mechanism to be operated from the top of the pen.
I agree, that bulge is what looks awkward to me.The bulging nib...just....doesn't sit right with me for some reason. I actually REALLY like the color combinations of the platings, and the banding they have on the nib and finial. I think that looks great. But...the bulge....I don't think I could handle the bulge
They use capless refills.hmmm. Some questions come to mind.
The Sophro is a capless rollerball. With no cap, what prevents the pen from drying out? Rollerball ink is water-based, and thinner than ballpoint ink. I wonder if the initial reason for putting the clip on the nib end was to keep the tip pointed up to reduce likelihood of leaking?