This pen belongs to my good friend @fntnpencrazy. When it arrived she could not get it to write at all so she asked me to take a look at it. I don't know if this is a recurring issue with these pens but it seems to be not all that unusual an issue (thread on FPN here).
This is the newer version of the Passaporto. The biggest difference in this pen and the one that I purchased at the Miami Pen Show last year, is that there are no longer any threads to screw the cap on to the end of the barrel when posting. It is now just handled by friction.
Another interesting feature, which I do not know if it is new or just not on my pen, is the rubber gasket which isolates the nib unit with the pen is capped. If you look closely you can see this in the top photo. I assume that this feature is to help prevent the nib from drying out.
I have to be honest, this pen, with this transparent material amuses me. I am reminded to the plastic balls that have prizes in them in the old gumball machines. I really like the way that every part of this pen is visible and seeing the ink slosh around inside of it when I am using it makes me smile.
Like my Passaporto @fntnpencrazy chose this pen with an italic nib.
Google translator translation: All done in Tuscan Florence.
So what about that writing issue. Well, the nib flow was just completely non existent. I filled the pen with Noodlers Tienanmen and have been using it for about 5 days. I used a piece of mylar (this one came with the Pilot Parallel pen and is provided as a nib cleaner) to make sure that the nib gap is not too tight. The gap is very tight, but I did not want to get too large a gap, so I just used the mylar until it did not feel like I was having to force it too much. This seemed to work, for a while. The next day the pen would not start again. So I took it apart and flushed the nib section, the pen has been working just fine since (until Friday). It started acting up again, so I've now pulled it apart and am flushing it completely and will try a different ink. One word of warning the ink tends to accumulate in the barrel around the rubber gasket and also in the nib section around the threads and it does not seem to want to come off.
All that being said, this pen finally seems to be working the way that it should. Hopefully it will continue without difficultly and I won't receive and texts from @fntnpencrazy telling me that it has stopped writing.
Editors note: The pen has stopped writing again and is being returned. Also, please do not judge all Passaportos or all Stipulas based upon this pen. My Passaporto Miami Sunset writes like a dream and I have never had any problems with it. Also @fntnpencrazy has already ordered a new Passaporto to replace this one. So please, give this great little pen a chance.