Edison Pearlette, black ebonite.
Appearance & design: 5/10. YMMV. I like its simplicity. It's a pen. I
like black pens. I can appreciate others saying it looks
ugly. Utilitarian? Perhaps. Matte ebonite finish. Construction. Less
sure. I'm looking at the fine threads on the cap and wondering how
durable ebonite is at those dimensions. Definite con. Tap the body of
the pen and the converter inside rattles against the body? The
dimensions are tight.Too tight? You decide. No idea what the converter
is, I guess I could find a replacement, but I don't know what to ask
for. Another negative design aspect. The nib unit (inseparable I
believe) does not screw right into the section? Looks unfinished. I
asked for 'no clip' so don't ask where it is. It is available if
wanted. I now have need for a pen rest on each desk I use. No
problem. 40mm of 12mm square oak and a 13mm drill.
Construction & Quality: Materials? 8/10. I like them, believe them to
be durable. The nib I think is German. The converter should be
replacable. Feels solid to me (note the rattle mentioned above, not
normally noticed in use). Dropped, would it shatter? Possibly on a
really hard surface, though I doubt it. Take care of your pens and
that is a very rare occasion. I believe the materials used end to end
to be of good quality, I'll rely on Brian for that. Quite a sharp edge
at the nib end of the section. I'll take that off on the lathe.
Weight & dimensions: 8/10. I'm happy. I picked this rather than the
Pearl because of its size. Bought sight unseen I'm OK with the
result. 13mm diameter, 132mm capped, 118 uncapped. 19gms inked. Feels
OK in my hand, though the contrast of the 'waist' in the section to
the main body is quite marked. I think it could have been a mil or two
thicker without loss of function. Will not post. Not an issue with me.
Nib & performance: 9/10. I did smooth it. I'd guess it was done down to 6 or
8 thousand grit, I took it down to 12, but not for long. I prefer a
little bite when the pen meets the paper. Nib looks good (steel not
gold) and has a little spring, unlike the solidity of some German
nibs. Not soft, but workable for me. I chose the fine nib which is
broader than some Japanese fines, suits me.
Easy to write with, though I'm still gripping it too hard to write for
long. I'll get used to it. I was bothered about the 'big' step, body
to section, but realised it didn't bother me and does allow the clean
line of the capped pen which I like.
It varies between dry and a little wet (never floods), but I have
not figured out why? the 'F' nib is getting on for medium in my
Filling system & Maintenance: Commercial screw converter. Good
capacity. 10% used in 4 days of taking notes at work. Fills fully
after a couple of retries. Seems a fair size. Reliability check to
come in a year or two, though I'd be happier knowing I can get a
replacement/spare without the US-UK transport costs.
Cost & Value : 225 US dollars + 10 dollars shipping. 158 UK pounds, 30
pounds import duty. Value? You judge. I've expensive (to me) pens I
think are (bleep). Cheap ones I really like. Still experimenting with
this as a daily go-to pen.
Caution. Ordered 28 Jan, it arrived mid March, two weeks in Customs.
Not good if you're in a hurry.
Conclusion: Too early to tell? So far so good. If I revert to the Ahab
I'll let you know. Three weeks use and it's still my goto.
Edited by pe2dave, 01 April 2012 - 06:22.