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Fpn Pen: Status Update, May 21

Posted by Admin , 21 May 2011 · 615 views

Dearest Members and Visitors of the Fountain Pen Nuthouse,

As mentioned in the previous news update, we still had a few snags to deal with. At the end of last week, we had had extensive contact with Stipula, and we knew the representatives, we are dealing with, would be traveling to the US on Friday, now more than a week ago, to attend an exhibition and to have meetings with their US representatives. Expected return date was Thursday, but it currently looks like that was Thursday after close of business in the US, as we haven't heard anything from Stipula since their departure, yet. We are therefore still waiting for new pricing considering our proposals, and the possibilities we agreed upon.

Let us first reiterate what those are.

First of all, the Passaportos. Both models will be produced, be it the Gold Coloured version only with stanless steel, gold coloured M nib. The Chrome version will be produced with a selection of F or M stainless steel nibs:

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Next the Modello T. As the Gold Coloured version received too few votes, that version will not be produced. Furthermore, the variants with palladium section ends are less popular, so we are going for the models in palladium trim, and full azurite section. As both types of clip jewels are availabe, we all have a choice between either a Mother-Of Pearl clip jewel, or a blue stone. Gold nibs are not available as too few people indicated they would like one. However, that still means we can produce two of these beauties, and at no extra cost, both with titanium T-Flex nib:

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The Etruria is a different story altogether. We do have enough votes for both an Azurite, and a Blue Celluloid production run. Furthermore, 14K rhodinated nibs, 18K duotone nibs, silver trim, and vermeil trim all appear to be "standard" stock items for Etrurias, which means we can mix and match to some degree. Unfortunately, that is not the case with piston filler vs c/c versions. As an enormous majority of people either want a piston filler, or do not mind either filling system, we have opted for the piston filler. All in all, this provides us with 6 (!) options, namely, the following in Azurite:

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And the same variants in Blue Celluloid (acetate):

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In short, plenty of choice, 2 material types, 3 rhodinated nib types, 7 duotone nib types, silver or vermeil trim, but at different price points.

To return to the snags, those have been mostly solved. As indicated, shipping to US, Canada and EU countries would be € 10, and we now have managed to realize a € 20 shipping fee to all other countries in the world, with in both cases no extra fees for combined shipping!

The VAT issues we discussed have also been solved completely. VAT will only be charged, as we have to do from a legal POV, on a EU country by country basis, but will not be included in an overall price, IOW, the non-EU prices will be tax-free (VAT-free)!

Stipula did ask us a last question with regard to the pen mix in the production runs, and this is likely causing the current delay, because by the time we could reply, they were well underway to the US.

In the mean time we did set up the FPN web store, which isn't visible yet :D. We are planning on giving the voters first dibs at ordering, for up to 10 days, after which we will open the store to everybody. The reason for this is that we do have only limited production runs, and as the voters in principle have committed themselves, they will therefore have the option to buy first.

So if you want to have first dibs too, make sure you vote before the polls close, with closure scheduled for very early on Tuesday, May 24!

As a reminder, here are the links to the votes:
FPN LE Passaporto vote
FPN LE Modello T vote
FPN LE Etruria vote

Warm regards,

The FPN Admin Team




I'm glad the poll was still open! I voted for a specific Modello T, but I'll get whichever one ends up being made!
Well, both of the models mentioned above will be made, as will be all the other models of Passaporto and Etruria shown pictures of here :D.Warm regards, Wim
You were right Wim, that gold trim on azurite does look good. Somehow did not register before to me. But the silver is great too. Lets wait for the definitive pricelist.D.ick
Given the rapture to arrive on 5/21, maybe Stipula was hedging their bets :D

You were right Wim, that gold trim on azurite does look good. Somehow did not register before to me. But the silver is great too. Lets wait for the definitive pricelist.D.ick

:DIt does indeed :D. The price difference will depend mostly on the difference going from 14K rhodinated to 18K duotone nib. The difference between silver and vermeil trim is very small, pricewise :D.Warm regards, Wim

Given the rapture to arrive on 5/21, maybe Stipula was hedging their bets :D

You'll have to point me th eway to that one.... :DWarm regards, Wim
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Gobblecup
May 22 2011 00:24
I would like to see a final price list, if possible, before committing to a final choice on the Etruria. :D
So would we, so would we :D. Based on previous experience, I expect a new list by Tuesday morning - hence the closure of the polls then.Warm regards, Wim
A very exciting time for FPN'ers ! Thank you once again!
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bensuzuki
May 22 2011 08:07
Hi. I voted for Erruria. Can anybody tell me if there is a difference from 14K rhodium plate and 18K duo tone in terms of writing characteristics? Best regardsBen
I would not know about the writing characteristics between say a 14k M and a 18k M. I only have one, a 14 k 1.1 italic. Very nice nib.But the choice in nibwidths is much larger in the 18k.from the pricelist: 14k: F, M, 1.1italic18k: EF, F, M, B, 0.9it, 1.1it, 52dgrI am not sure about the 52dgr. I remember reading somewhere that is is sort of a zoom nib.D.ick
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Robert Hughes
May 22 2011 16:08
I think an Etruria in blue Azurite is gorgeous. I'm late to this thread. How do I vote?

Hi. I voted for Erruria. Can anybody tell me if there is a difference from 14K rhodium plate and 18K duo tone in terms of writing characteristics? Best regardsBen

I would not know about the writing characteristics between say a 14k M and a 18k M. I only have one, a 14 k 1.1 italic. Very nice nib.But the choice in nibwidths is much larger in the 18k.from the pricelist: 14k: F, M, 1.1italic18k: EF, F, M, B, 0.9it, 1.1it, 52dgrI am not sure about the 52dgr. I remember reading somewhere that is is sort of a zoom nib.D.ick

Personally, I think the 14K nibs are slightly stiffer than the 18K nibs, but that could well just be my imagination :D. Both have excellent spring, however :D.The 52 degree nib is indeed a kind of zoom nib. It is widest when held at 52 degrees to the paper (in a plane perpendicular to the paper), about a 2 1/2 to 3B, and it narrows at higher and lower angles. In practice, it probably works like a 2 1/2 B nib most of the time, unless you pay special attention to its characteristics.Very nice as a signature nib :D.Warm regards, Wim

I think an Etruria in blue Azurite is gorgeous. I'm late to this thread. How do I vote?

The polls are all listed in the column here, different article. You can actually find them all in the Community Feedback forum, quite close to the top:http://www.fountainp...unity-feedback/The Etruria vote is here: http://www.fountainp...n-2011-etruria/I'll add the links to the update too.HTH, warm regards, Wim
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penspouse
May 23 2011 00:14
:D :D :D Getting Sooooooo excited!
Hello,I have voted for a passporto, but would also like to order a modello t with azurite jewel. I couldn't figure out if I was supposed to vote in both polls. But the modello t poll wouldn't load on my IPad, so please consider this my commitment to order both.Many thanks for all the coordination!Karen

:D :D :D Getting Sooooooo excited!

:DWarm regards, Wim

Hello,I have voted for a passporto, but would also like to order a modello t with azurite jewel. I couldn't figure out if I was supposed to vote in both polls. But the modello t poll wouldn't load on my IPad, so please consider this my commitment to order both.Many thanks for all the coordination!Karen

Hi Karen,Ok, duly noted :D.Warm regards, Wim
Wim,Thanks for all of your hard work on this. I'm looking forward to seeing the final prices and the store. :D Simcha
Oh, and those blue celluloid Etrurias are so beautiful. I wish I could afford all three... :D Simcha

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