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Watching my Edison Pearl being born


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#1 Bill

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 21:30

About three weeks ago I ordered an Edison Pearl. I wanted something different and took a chance on a red and black swirled acrylic with subtle bits of “raspberry” and “grape” showing in the deeper pearlescent areas. Brian turned a little of the rough acrylic block so we could get a look at the pattern before making a decision.

Here is what it looked like on Brian’s webcam.



Last Wednesday, I camped out in the Edison Pen chat room with several others watching him work. When he started on my pen, I recorded the video feed from the lathe whenever it was being used. In all, I captured about 90 minutes of video. Other than interacting with pen people face to face, this was as much fun as I’ve ever had in several years of using and accumulating pens. I watched him make a couple of pens in the days prior; however, the adventure was magnified because of the unpredictability of the pattern and, frankly, it was my pen! What a blast!

Here’s a still frame of the lathe in action.



I was in the area on business Monday and picked up the pen in person, which worked out well because Brian changed the feed and made some adjustments on the nib so it performed to my liking. And perform it does. I think the other pens in the current rotation are starting to miss me. But none of them have ever stared in a “Making of” video nor mesmerized me daily as it reveals new perlescent patterns.

Now that I’m back home I’ve made a few photos of it because, well, just because I know we like looking at pens. Enjoy.




Edited by Bill, 24 April 2009 - 21:36.


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#2 kiavonne

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 21:35

Very nice, and an interesting color combination. I like seeing different patterns and materials emerge with Edison pens. Makes having a bespoke Edison all the more fun and enticing.
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#3 RoyalKooparillo

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 21:35

Wow, that's very cool that you got to see your new pen being born. Congrats on the gorgeous acquisition!

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 22:14

that really is beautiful, I love the irradesence of the raspberry!
All the best.
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#5 WendyNC

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 22:20

Absolutely gorgeous. I'm sure watching it be created was a real treat!
I came here for the pictures and stayed for the conversation.

#6 Brian

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 22:22

Congratulations on a fantastic looking pen. I like the colors as well. We are lucky to have this available to us.

#7 bgray

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 22:29

Holy Smokes!

I usually don't chime in on these threads, but I must!

Your photos are among the best that I've seen of my pens.

Thanks for posting!

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 23:03

I also watched your pen being born Bill. It's a lot of fun. I really like the way your pen turned out. Your photos are amazing. Watching on cam you just can't see the detail you captured in the photos. Congrats on an awesome pen.

#9 Glenn-SC

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 23:36

Very nice!

I have two Heralds and am trying to limit my choices of material for number three.

Or four ....

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 03:28

DELICIOUS!

#11 chkuo

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 04:05

Congrats on having such an unusual experience (and a nice pen in the end too)! The photos are great; the contrast between before and after is truly amazing.

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Posted 25 April 2009 - 05:14

Congrats. What a nice material. I almost looks like the patterns is painted.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 14:43

Very cool. I've got one on order, thanks for the idea.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 14:55

easily one of the best presentations of a new pen ever!
I Want one of these! so your post = great, appropriate advertisement too:D
So tell us-p2ps always dry hands a bit moist with excitement-what inks, in what colors, do you plan to use?
AND, to complete the review, we need to see a test drive of what this new baby can do!
Congrats to both You and Brian.
Brian, when might we be able to see another pen-turning on your web?

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 14:58

I keep checking Brian Gray's website to see if he's going to be at the Raleigh show. At least "tentative" doesn't mean no, right? My husband says he'd like to go with one to the show one of the days (I think to see what all the fuss is about) and my birthday is in August . . .
I came here for the pictures and stayed for the conversation.

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 15:01

Wow that pen is beautiful. You took a very good guess on that acrylic smile.gif This is the first Edison Pearl that gets me excited wub.gif
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Posted 26 April 2009 - 17:24

Hi All,

Brian also recently made me 2 x oversized Edison Pearls in both green/black mottled ebonite and red/black swirl ebonite,

it really is a strange experience to see a rod of dull ebonite being skillfully turned into 2 shiny monster pens and in our mass-produced times bespoke customisation is rarer than chicken's teeth!

although I did keep waiting for him to drop them ....

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 23:54

QUOTE (pen2paper @ Apr 26 2009, 10:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
...what inks, in what colors, do you plan to use?
AND, to complete the review, we need to see a test drive of what this new baby can do!


Brian likes Sailor inks and we used Sailor Blue in it during the nib tweaking. Two nights later I flushed out the pen in the hotel room and filled it with Sailor Blue Black. The color of the pen cries out for a red, which I rarely use, or a deep black, like Aurora. My most used pens and inks are brown or blue variants so I'm not quite sure where I'm going with this pen, but I don't expect it to leave the rotation any time soon. The nib is wet and is a broad enough fine that it should showcase inks that have some shading.

Thanks to a PM suggestion by a moderator here, I will expand the original post into a real review and place it in the reviews section. Stay tuned.

Bill



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Posted 08 June 2009 - 19:02

I found this photo I made in the hotel room about two hours after picking up the pen. Althought the makeshift lighting was not great, the photo does show the purple coming through the depths of the black.


By the way, after a few weeks of regular use now, I have not experienced any problems with the pen. The flow continues to be about a 7 and the nib remains quite smooth.

Bill

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 19:35

My Pearl and 76 are to be born tomorrow, I will have to campout and watch myself [attachment=54742:clip_image002.jpg]



Edited for Picture , Pearl in the demonstrator, 76 in the other

Edited by brianw06, 08 June 2009 - 19:41.

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