-Roberto Bolaño, The Savage Detectives
This is it. The pen. I'm done. Game over. The grail, as one may say. This review doesn't have any numbers, but for those of you who crave some quantitative measure in your review (I am one of them) I give this pen 227/227. The organization of this review is rather whimsically thrown together and is therefore not too coherent. It's my first!
Preamble: I had had an eye on Edison Pens ever since I joined FPN--the red and black ebonite Herald captivated me, but I was able to not buy it. Gary (MYU) told me early on that Brian (Edison Pens) was coming out with a Nakaya Piccolo style pen--yes! I thought. But then I caught Danitrio Fever and bought a Takumi (which I love). I really wanted a Densho, however, and asked Brian what type of pen is closest to the Densho. He recommended the #76 and I pondered getting it with a satin finish and without a clip. I changed my mind once I realized that the #76 does not post--since I write on the bus and metro, I really need to post. But the Pearl wasn't a compromise, as I felt that the #76 was too close to my Takumi anyway.
(Photo disclaimer: I didn't realize how difficult taking pictures of pens was. These were taken under disparate conditions and circumstances. Also, I color adjusted some of the photos while using a monitor that was manufactured sometime in the 1840s. As a result, some of the pictures aren't great. Maybe I'll redo some of them)
The Engraving: I saw that Brian offered both laser and hand engraving for a very reasonable price. That piqued my interest. I decided that my next pen--the pen (allow me to emphasize that)--needed to be special and important. (A personal aside: I have been writing a book for a few years and recently got some good news re:it, so I wanted something especially important as a milestone type thing.) The engraving is a "poem" by a character from the novel Los detectives salvajes (The Savage Detectives) by Roberto Bolaño. The enigmatic character, Cesárea Tinajero, is a poet who in her youth started an avant-garde poetry movement, and later completely vanishes. The protagonists spend a large part of the novel trying to find her. For me the engraving represents the power and magic of poetry, and to a larger extent, literature. (I should mention that the poem itself is little more than a visual joke.) I wanted the engraving on the section because I didn't want the pen to offer any distractions (my thumb covers it entirely) but I wanted to be able to see it when I wanted.
Photo taken by Brian of Edison Pens
The Feel: Fantastic. Visually it looks very similar to the brushed Makrolon of the Lamy 2000 but on a tactile level it is much more...complex. As others have noted ebonite just feels good--there is a warmth. My polished ebonite Takumi has a pleasant coolness at first touch, but the satin finish has no such coolness. But that's ok--just different.
The Look: I love the compact stealth look of the black satin clipless Pearl.
(A comparison shot--Lamy Safari, Hero 616, Pelikan m200, Lamy 2000, Edison Pearl, Rotring 600, Danitrio Takumi)
The Smell: Sometimes it smells a little farty, but only if I rub it really hard. I typically don't rub my pens very hard so it isn't a problem.
The Service: I pretty much talked to Brian for about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 weeks. This was through phone, email and chat (only the coolest of the cool need apply). Brian is a cool guy who will shoot the breeze with you during his workday.
The Wait: Damned, interminable wait. I was hoping Brian would make my pen as soon as I ordered it, drive that night and give it to me. He did no such thing. It was, however, worth the wait.
The Miscellany: There are so many other details I could add, so I will. It's well balanced posted and not. I was able to customize the concavity of the section to fit my hand. Brian adjusts the nibs to just how you want them. The pen is c/c and eyedropper--which is really perfect for me, as I am of the belief that every pen has a perfect ink; so I used the c/c until I found that ink and then used the ED once that ink was found.
(I use a mix of the two)
The Nib: I would have loved to have been able to afford the Edison gold nib but I could not. (I had to forgo beer, lunch and other frivolities for quite a while in order to afford this bad boy.) This is the upgraded steel nib in a Fine point. It's a fantastic writer that is super smooth and responsive with just a hint of feedback. It writes a little wider than the Pelikan F so I may have it ground to an extra-fine. Although if I do that I'm thinking I may as well just buy the gold nib! Agh!
The Conclusion: This pen is my ideal pen in every way. I can't recommend Edison Pens enough!
I know I forgot lots of stuff, so feel free to ask questions and I will answer them! I hope this first review of mine was enjoyable!
Edited by xmattxyzx, 16 April 2009 - 12:33.