Well, that didn't take long; I'm now the proud owner of multiple Osprey pens. I've had the Milano for several months, and recently I've acquired a few more models, courtesy of Abhiram Rao of Osprey. One of these is the Scholar, an all black pen to match the Milano.
Note that these two pens are very similar, so if you're interested in either one you should read this review and the one on the Milano here.
I really, really liked the Milano, so I walked into this review process with high expectations. I'm happy to say I'm not disappointed.
AESTHETICS - 4/5
Like its brother, the Scholar is a simple pen, especially the all black one. Its design harkens back to the birth of fountain pens, around the turn of the twentieth century, when a black flat-top was the only pen money could buy. The entire pen is machined from a solid rod of acrylic, and is polished up nicely. The clip, cap band, and nib are all silver. Like the Milano, you could also get a gold-plated nib. Why you would want to is beyond me, but hey, whatever floats your boat.
What really strikes me about this pen is its length. The Scholar is longer than all my other pens besides the Joy. It almost makes the pen feel posted.
FUNCTIONALITY - 4/5
Like the Milano the Scholar is a c/c or eyedropper pen with a screw cap. What's really great is that the same inserts I had for the Milano work in the Scholar, and more can be purchased from Osprey Pens. If you're not aware: this gives you the option of fine, medium, Zebra G, gold semi-flex, and basically any other standard #6 nib.
I have no problems with the way this pen works, and the fact that you don't have to buy a whole new one for a different writing experience is a great feature.
WRITING - 4/5
Thus far, the Scholar has performed well, but it gets better. At only 30 USD, I think this pen is an excellent value. It's machined, not injection molded, features a large nib, and Osprey gives away an equivalent pen to educational institutions with every purchase. Nothing else compares.
In my mind, the Scholar should be recommended alongside the Safari and the Eco. It's that good. If I had to choose between it and the Milano, I'd grab the ebonite, but that's only because I already have both. For your first Osprey pens purchase, the more inexpensive Scholar wins every time.