Whether you opt for the traditional black and silver or black and gold 5280 Ambassador fountain pen, or the new blue and silver, you will be holding a timeless classic design. The steel nib lays down ink more smoothly than many more expensive pens. Each nib is coated to match the trim. A simple click secures the cap. Refill your Ambassador with the included ink converter and your bottled ink, or order ink cartridges available in two sizes and a wealth of colors.
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Based On 1 reviews.
At the time of buying this pen, I did not know anything about the manufacturer 5280. I still don't. You could say that I bought this pen on a whim.
About the Ambassador. It arrived in a gift box together with two short ink cartridges and one converter. The pen seems to be well made but is on the heavy side. As a comparison, my Pelikans weigh less than half.
The pen is handsome in person and shows resemblance to the pen that inspired it, the Waterman Le Man. That's not a bad thing; I own a Le Man 200. The glossy blue is darker than shown in the picture.
After a quick cleaning, I filled the converter with Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue and started writing. From the start, the pen wrote smoothly. A more extended break, say overnight, did not make a difference — no problems with the first stroke. It also performed well in extended writing sessions. I only own this pen for a short time, so I cannot say anything about longevity. I also have not tested it with different inks. I use the 4001 RB in every pen at least once. Not every fountain pen I own agrees with it. Some tend to skip ink while writing, especially after breaks, and it takes a bit of "convincing" to get them going again. The Ambassador passed this test with flying colors. It also feels balanced in my hand, similar to my Le Man 200.
There are not many negative things to say. One, it is a bit on the heavy side, but that's a personal preference. The other, it only comes with a medium point nib. While I like medium, others do not.
I gave this pen five stars because it performs so well. The two negatives aren't negatives for me, maybe the weight, but I can only give full stars. My star rating is not a comparison to any other fountain pen I ever had the pleasure of using. It merely reflects how I feel about the Ambassador.
While this has nothing to do with the pen directly, it would be nice to have a couple more photos showcasing the pen. After all, one cannot handle the pen only look at pictures.