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#1 pe2dave

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 11:54

2012-03-25

Edison Pearlette, black ebonite.

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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
eyes. YMMV

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.

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#2 pearlbeer

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 13:29

Looks like a Mina, not a Pearlette. Looks nice, though.

#3 Lloyd

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 17:48

The nib unit (inseparable I
believe) does not screw right into the section?

Edison nibs screw out of the section (nib and feed are in one unit) and can be taken apart....they are friction fit together.
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Posted 31 March 2012 - 18:22

Thanks for the well reasoned review.
I would be curious to see how the pen breaks in( gets used to your hand).

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 21:45

Thanks for the review.

The grading system we all use is of course quite subjective, and intended to convey each person's own impression, fair enough. But I have to say, I thought the 5/10 for Appearance and Design, especially given the reasoning behind it, was a bit harsh.

As far as appearance goes, you say you bought it sight unseen, so you can't really expect to get a pen that happens to appeal specifically to you - most people buy pens that attract them, which is why there are so many different styles.

As for design, the screw-in nib unit has a flange that fits flush with the section, as it should, not sure I see the problem. The converter is a standard Schmidt converter, which is as good a converter as you'll get - not sure why you would want to seek a replacement. The rattle - any converter will rattle against the side of any narrower diameter pen - again, can't see how this would be seen as a design flaw.

Anyhow, I don't mean to be belligerent, I just thought I'd add my own opinion/thoughts on this pen.

Regards,

Ken

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Posted 31 March 2012 - 23:07

The grading system, to me, is way too generous, but I agree that if we compare this review to past reviews, the appearance grade seems harsh.

We are all pen lovers, so anything less than a 10 implies some sort of dissatisfaction. But perhaps a bigger is that our "precision" of grading. Are we really able to discriminate 10 levels of quality here? My precision is more like a scale of 1-3 (1= dissatisfied, 2 = satisfied, and 3 = smitten, or 1 = overpriced, 2 = worth it, and 3 = worth every cent).

By the way, the OP's photo appears to be a plastic case for a rectal thermometer rather than a Pearlette. My Pearlette is waaaay prettier.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:58

1333235274[/url]' post='2299020']
The grading system, to me, is way too generous, but I agree that if we compare this review to past reviews, the appearance grade seems harsh.

We are all pen lovers, so anything less than a 10 implies some sort of dissatisfaction. But perhaps a bigger is that our "precision" of grading. Are we really able to discriminate 10 levels of quality here? My precision is more like a scale of 1-3 (1= dissatisfied, 2 = satisfied, and 3 = smitten, or 1 = overpriced, 2 = worth it, and 3 = worth every cent).

By the way, the OP's photo appears to be a plastic case for a rectal thermometer rather than a Pearlette. My Pearlette is waaaay prettier.


OUCH !!
My Pearlette is an extremely well done pen, the quality of the build is without flaws. The steel nib is as nice to write with as any other I own, my only gripe would be its an extremely light pen.
I realize our likes or dislikes are all very subjective, but I think the OP's grading is a bit harsh, and as Jeffrey Smith stated, my Pearlette looks nothing like that. I have to believe the OP had a hand in the finished products appearance.
David

Edited by dds51968, 01 April 2012 - 04:01.


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Posted 01 April 2012 - 04:17

1333235274[/url]' post='2299020']
The grading system, to me, is way too generous, but I agree that if we compare this review to past reviews, the appearance grade seems harsh.

We are all pen lovers, so anything less than a 10 implies some sort of dissatisfaction. But perhaps a bigger is that our "precision" of grading. Are we really able to discriminate 10 levels of quality here? My precision is more like a scale of 1-3 (1= dissatisfied, 2 = satisfied, and 3 = smitten, or 1 = overpriced, 2 = worth it, and 3 = worth every cent).

By the way, the OP's photo appears to be a plastic case for a rectal thermometer rather than a Pearlette. My Pearlette is waaaay prettier.


OUCH !!
My Pearlette is an extremely well done pen, the quality of the build is without flaws. The steel nib is as nice to write with as any other I own, my only gripe would be its an extremely light pen.
I realize our likes or dislikes are all very subjective, but I think the OP's grading is a bit harsh, and as Jeffrey Smith stated, my Pearlette looks nothing like that. I have to believe the OP had a hand in the finished products appearance.
David

Looks like it's matte finish. Nothing wrong with that. It's a well made pen, but the shape does nothing for me. I really think that these things should revolve around objective qualities, rather subjective qualities.
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#9 pe2dave

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 06:21

Thanks for the review.


As for design, the screw-in nib unit has a flange that fits flush with the section, as it should, not sure I see the problem.


No Ken, it's not flush. Guessing then start of the nib is approx 1 to 1.5mm proud. I queried it and was told it was normal.See the third photograph?
Tks for the converter info, I'll try and get a spare.
DaveP

Edited by pe2dave, 01 April 2012 - 06:23.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 08:49

OUCH !!
My Pearlette is an extremely well done pen, the quality of the build is without flaws. The steel nib is as nice to write with as any other I own, my only gripe would be its an extremely light pen.
I realize our likes or dislikes are all very subjective, but I think the OP's grading is a bit harsh, and as Jeffrey Smith stated, my Pearlette looks nothing like that. I have to believe the OP had a hand in the finished products appearance.
David


As you say David, it is a subjective view. My 5/10 is marked as YMMV, i.e. subjective. I asked for the design as is; squared off, no clip, so yes, very much I had a hand it its appearance and am satisfied with it.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:23

Schmidt catalog Seems to be the converter, thanks. Looking at it, the K5 model seems most likely.

Dave

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 13:03

I'm glad your happy with your pen, enjoy it.
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Posted 01 April 2012 - 14:34

2012-03-25

Edison Pearlette, black ebonite.


Thanks for sharing the experience with your custom pen.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 17:44

The fine threads cut into the ebonite on my Boston Safety Eyedropper that was made before 1917 (when the company was sold and the name was no longer used) have held up just fine.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 13:03

The fine threads cut into the ebonite on my Boston Safety Eyedropper that was made before 1917 (when the company was sold and the name was no longer used) have held up just fine.


So I might expect them to last a year or two <grin/>

Thanks for that. I knew the material was 'as old has the hills', but the thread is
fine, so it's reassuring to know a little care should make them last.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:55

Thanks for the well reasoned review.
I would be curious to see how the pen breaks in( gets used to your hand).


Long term? Now May 2012. I've written just short of 100 pages A4 plus many pages of notes with it.
Still happy with it as a pen.
The Ebonite is beginning to take on a sheen which I quite like (or it's getting greasy?).
Writes a tad smoother, or it's my imagination.
I've done no more with the nib. Clearly happy with it.

Wet/dry. Do pens suffer from temperature/humidity?
The pen writes dry/wet seemingly at random? This morning was a 'wet' one (the line that is...).
Very occasionally it won't start, usually when I have it stored nib up. Not unreasonable.

Only real niggle (personal I guess), the indent at the grip. Too deep for me by a gnats whisker, or more specifically
the nib end of the grip is too sharp? Real nit picking though. I'm happy with it.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 19:58

The nib unit (inseparable I
believe) does not screw right into the section? Looks unfinished. I

That made me smile when I read that. I have that issue w/the nib unit, too.
That it sticks out a wee bit from the section, that is.

Who says "picky" is bad anyhow?

Wet/dry. Do pens suffer from temperature/humidity?
The pen writes dry/wet seemingly at random? This morning was a 'wet' one (the line that is...).
Very occasionally it won't start, usually when I have it stored nib up. Not unreasonable.


Hard to know exactly since you wrote that you smoothed the nib after you got the pen.
Did you have startup or flow issues before?

Temperature and humidity can wreck havoc at times on our pens. Mostly in creating ink
blots. A pen that writes randomly wet or dry sounds more like, well, a flow issue. Could be your
ink or the feed or if it's really hot and humid...

You're far more forgiving than I about a pen with startup problems. To me
there's nothing worse. Except intermittent starts/stops. Posted Image

Very cool pen you have there. Glad you are enjoy it!

Edited by jde, 07 May 2012 - 20:31.

 
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 11:25

Final words.
Had the pen for a while now. Probably written 20-30 thousand words with it. I still have flow issues, even after cleaning it thoroughly with soap/water twice. I noticed the nib tips were v.close under 10x magnification, so eased them slightly, which improved it.
On occasion it will not start without a hard shaking. IMHO a design weakness.
The matt finish has now eased to a dull gloss which I like.
The nib has settled and is as smooth as I want it.

All in all I'm satisfied.
I would like a first time starter though. If Pelikan can do it, why can't Brian?

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