We did get a couple of inquiries regarding Etruria Demonstrators, aka, the Etruria Nuda. There have been two editions of this pen in the past, one made for Swisher Pens in an edition of 50 only, sporting gold trim, the Etruria Demonstrator, and the Etruria Nuda, sporting silver trim, an LE of 351, and made, sold and marketed by Etruria S.r.l. through their normal retail channels. The Swisher version came standard with an 18K duotone nib, the Nuda with a 14K Rhodium plated nib to fit in with the silver trim theme, although this could be replaced with an 18K duotone nib if so required, at additional cost. This pen holds an incredible amount of ink, of course, as the piston filler system is part of the barrel itself.
Here are pictures of the two next to each other :
Anna Dyas Lawson did a review of the Demonstrator in April 2005 in Stylophiles Online, with photographs by the famous Bill Riepl, see here:
Anyway, asking Etruria whether they still could provide any Nudas, the answer was no, as they are all sold out and have been for quite some time. However, they suggested we'd work together in creating a new demonstrator, in an Etruria oversize version, either in gold or silver trim, and with either a pointed or rounded clip. 14k and 18K nibs are available for this pen. The Etruria oversize version is the size used for the Tuscany Dreams, which has a 4 mm longer cap, and which is slightly fatter and longer in general than a normal Etruria is:
Sounded all very nice of course, so we asked for a price and minimum quantity for a production run. It looks like the cost price to our members here would be around 500 euros, excluding VAT in the EU, and excluding shipping, and the minimum quantity would be 35 pens (up to a maximum of 50 pens). This time around all pens would pass through my hands, BTW, for a final QC pass, and to make sure the nibs are smooth and ink flow is alright, before being shipped to the future owner, unless of course the prospective owner would indicate that he or she doesn't want the nib inked.
We also had a brainstorm about the trim. Yes, the standard trim or trim with rounded clip would be the preference for Etruria S.r.l., but why not design something completely different? After all, the Tuscany Dreams also has quite a different trim rather than the standard one. We are working on this at the moment, and hope to present a few possibilities in a few weeks time .
Anyway, any of you interested should please indicate so in this topic, and please contact me backchannel. Furthermore, this would again be a group buy, where everybody has to pay upfront, and as long as we haven't received half of the money yet, production can not start. This will mean that we would like for everybody to contact me by PM or email (through my profile), to make the required arrangements.
In short, if you are interested in an OS Etruria Demonstrator, say so here, and contact me b/c for making a down payment. If we do not get enough takers, the money will be refunded. And any (small) profits obviously will go to your favourite internet haunt, aka The Fountain Pen Network .
Warm regards, Wim
Edited by wimg, 04 August 2012 - 10:44.
Inserted slightly smaller version of Tuscany pic :)