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#1 quinden

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 04:07

I've been using this pen pretty continuously for several months now, and it deserves a review!  Without Further ado...my custom pen from Newton Pens:

 

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Appearance:

 

Shawn Newton made this pen for me, based on a (rough, rough) sketch I sent to him.  I was looking for a pen that was shaped somewhat like a German pen from the 30s with a domed top, but with some aesthetic considerations from Japanese pens, thrown in with some ideas from American vintage pens - specifically, the cool bands on some of the Conklin Enduras.  He hit a home run!  

 

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Construction:

 

The body is Cumberland ebonite, with orange ebonite bands, and looks shiny and fantastic.  I believe he joined the ebonite pieces by threading them and gluing them together, but the joints are seamless.

 

Weight and Dimensions

 

The pen is roughly the same length as a Duofold Centennial, but is much thicker (so roughly 5.3 inches in length or so, probably .6 inches in diameter.  The ebonite construction means the pen feels very light, but I would say it weighs more than my Nakayas - Shawn left the ebonite very thick.

 

Nib and Performance.

 

I went with a steel nib - Fine.  The nib has the Newton logo on it.  I am not sure if Shawn did a grind on this nib, or if he tuned it, but it's exactly how I like my nibs to be!  It's finer than most western/European fines I have used, and has the perfect amount of feedback. If I ever did want to change nibs, I believe it's a JoWo nib unit, which should be easy to screw out and swap in another #6 nib. 

 

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Filling System and Maintenance

 

It uses international standard cartridges or converters.  I still love cool filling systems (fountainbel's bulkfiller is a personal favorite, and I need to review mine soon!), but I think C/C pens have a lot of advantages, especially if you want to switch inks often. There are enough threads on the section to use it as an eyedropper-filled pen, but I didn't think to ask Shawn if the threaded orange ebonite sections might cause leakage.  

 

Cost and Value

 

I traded two Kindle Fires for this pen, and it is more than worth that.  Shawn was great to work with and I think I may ask for another one of these, only with different materials... :)

 

Conclusion

 

This pen makes me smile every time I use it.  It has also gotten more comments from people (pen people and non-pen people) than most of my other pens; every time I take it to my local pen shop (Dromgoole's in Houston, TX), it gets plenty of appreciative comments. Shawn was very accomodating and explained a lot of his process, and he does lots of cool stuff for kids in his school (he teaches high school art).  If you have a chance to get a Newton, I say go for it!

 

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Oh, and here's a writing sample - apologies for the poor lighting and overall junkiness!

 

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Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:43

This pen looks awesome, well done!


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#3 da vinci

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:26

Great looking pen! :)

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:31

It looks like his logo has changed.I like it. the pen is a really nice match of materials, colors and aesthetics.



#5 quinden

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 14:01

Thanks everyone!


Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 17:58

Thanks for the review!  These photos are gorgeous!

 

If you want to use it as an eyedropper, you should be okay.  All the pieces that are threaded are epoxy welded together, so  shouldn't leak at all.


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#7 quinden

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 18:09

Shawn, thanks!  I should have known to ask earlier. :)


Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 18:26

I think this is one of the nicest builds I have seen from Shawn.  It is shaped beautifully, proportioned perfectly, and the colour combo is excellent.  A truly beautiful pen -  it is no wonder it attracts attention!

 

Ken



#9 quinden

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 01:13

Ken, I would agree! I'm pretty biased in favor of the pen though ;)
Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:38

Beautiful!



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 13:00

Wow ! one of the greatest design I've seen for awhile. Perfect proportions and wonderful colour combination.

There is something Japanese about this pen, yet very Western. Love it.



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 13:15

That is the perfect pen! Very jealous.



#13 quinden

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 14:35

Lince, VillersCotterets, and bobaroo, thanks!  VC - I totally agree; Shawn really was able to capture exactly what I had in the sketch and add his own personal touch.


Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 14:42

:D


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:11

very nice



#16 Sblakers

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 23:48

Nice review and beautiful pen.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 19:08

Really superb.

 

You must be pleased as punch.



#18 jandrese

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 14:01

Fantastic, thanks for sharing and enjoy!



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 14:28

Envious.



#20 quinden

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 16:10

Gosh!  Thanks everyone! Heraclitus682, sounds like you need to think about your next Newton ;)


Currently using:Too many pens inked to list, I must cut back! :) I can guarantee there are flighters, urushi, and/or Sheaffer Vac-fillers in the mix!!!





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