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#1 Bryant

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 23:24

Well I first decided I "needed" this pen when I saw yachtsilverswan's review...
http://www.fountainp...n...ic=52092
He was very extensive with the background of this pen, so I wont try to touch what a great job he did.
There was two runs of this pen, this one was the run that was never finished in 1997. Originally 500 was supposed to be made. I dont know how far they got, but mine is number 132/500 Here is the info from Michel Perchin http://www.mppens.co...einfo.cfm?id=11




Packaging 4/10
So, I don't usually care about packaging as they go in a closet, but The box on this pen just does not match the pen I think. Light wood with a Light blue and silver pen? Just doesn't look right...









Initial Impression: 10/10
Amazing, although heavier than I thought it would be, its much larger than I expected, which is great! Pictured below is the pen next to a Montblanc 149










Look/Finish/Hardware: 10/10
Well the look is amazing! And I love Sterling silver, so this pen is perfect for me! The guilloche is awesome and the detail is great!
















Feel/Balance: 8/10
The feel is great and its balanced, but because its such a heavy pen, its hard to give it a higher score than 8. This pen can not be posted because of the overlay, which is fine. This used to be a deal breaker for me, but more and more I am getting ok with not posting my pens. This pen weighs a heavy 3.6 ounces! With the cap weighing 1.6 ounces. I like to put my pens in my top pocket, well this one wont work because its so heavy. Maybe with a suit.








Filling System 6/10 Nib: 8/10
So, the filling system is a CC filler and I knew that getting into this pen. But I don't really mind it much, actually for some reason I don't mind much with this pen. Strange really! smile.gif
The nib is great, but boring. Nothing wrong with it, but I need to get it stub-i-fied! If I liked fine to medium nibs still, this would be great. Its very smooth, great flow, but not as wet as my other Michel Perchin, and they are both medium nibs. In fact I don't think Michel Perchin makes any other size... Strange really...






Price/Value:9/10
Original MSRP was close to 4k on this and I paid less than half... So was this pen worth the money? I say yes!





I wanted to compare this pen with other guilloche pens as well as my other Michel Perchin, so here more pics for comparison.



MP Serpent and MB Jules Verne






MP Serpent and MP4






Just for fun... A couple of snakes...



Overall: 7.8/10
All in all a great pen, my only complaint is the weight, but its something that I can get over... smile.gif

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 23:30

Great comparison shots! As I started going through the review, I thought, "Hmm...wonder what this would look like next to the MB Jules Verne?" and there it was! Agatha Christie was a nice touch, too!

Looks like a beautiful pen and I love the color. Thanks for the fantastic shots!
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 03:49

Stunning Bry,I love the look of the pen.
I enjoyed the review. I can always trust your reviews to truly show how you feel about the pen and I am glad to see its a winner.
As long as you dont plan any long sessions of writing with the pen then I think you will be happy with it.

Before I saw your review I thought how would it look next to a Vern and somehow I am not surprised to see your beautiful picture of these 2 pens-Telepethy ?

Enjoy your new pen bro,put it next to the Monty as crown jewel number 2 thumbup.gif
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:22

WOW! puddle.gif What a beautiful work of art!
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 04:31

Great photo essay of a super looking pen. Thanks for the review and comparisons, nice job.
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#6 Bryant

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 18:41

Thank you very much! I am shipping this pen out today to be modified! I cant wait to turn this into a daily user!

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 23:00

Congratulation on yet another gorgeous pen Bryan. When I saw the guilloche I thought it was very much like the Jule Vernes but seeing them side by side there is no comparison. notworthy1.gif

You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 23:07

I came close to buying one for about the same price - they're gorgeous.

BUT: make SURE that you treat the end scroll/leaf work carefully. The pampered pen that I almost bought had several fractures in the silver between the delicate joints of the leaves!

All in all, it's a fantastic pen. Wish I had gotten it, retrospectively, but the Imperial is tempting too!

Bryant, another great review!
I'll take an Aurora, please. Aurora black.

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Posted 27 April 2009 - 23:09

QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 28 2009, 12:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers

Yes he does but my pens are much prettier then his pens lticaptd.gif
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 23:11

Not my sort of thing remotely. I just wanted to say how refreshing it was to read an honest review. Too often I read reviews that are just a congtrat to oneself.
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Posted 27 April 2009 - 23:15

QUOTE (goodguy @ Apr 27 2009, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 28 2009, 12:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers

Yes he does but my pens are much prettier then his pens lticaptd.gif


Fair enough let's see which one you think beat this one biggrin.gif
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 00:26

QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 27 2009, 11:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (goodguy @ Apr 27 2009, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 28 2009, 12:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers

Yes he does but my pens are much prettier then his pens lticaptd.gif


Fair enough let's see which one you think beat this one biggrin.gif

Nah,just kidding Bryant is the true KOP. I am nothing but a young Paduwan lerner next to the Jedi of pens thumbup.gif bunny01.gif
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 00:42

QUOTE (goodguy @ Apr 27 2009, 08:26 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 27 2009, 11:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (goodguy @ Apr 27 2009, 07:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 28 2009, 12:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers

Yes he does but my pens are much prettier then his pens lticaptd.gif


Fair enough let's see which one you think beat this one biggrin.gif

Nah,just kidding Bryant is the true KOP. I am nothing but a young Paduwan lerner next to the Jedi of pens thumbup.gif bunny01.gif


Now that is a deception sad.gif I was all excited to learn of a secret wonders you might have been hiding!

Well, Amir don't feel too bad, except your Montblanc attraction you have good taste too roflmho.gif (Joking, I must admit a few of the WE are quite attractive, and those you all have thumbup.gif !)
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 01:50

Hey Bryant -

Stunning photographs. Your pictures highlight the depth and visual texture of the sterling guilloche serpentine engraving better than any I have seen - better even than Michel Perchin's professional publicity photos.

The Blue Serpent was originally conceived as a Limited Edition of 500, as you said. But the final edition size was capped at 250, including both the 1997 original production run and the 2005 completion run. So your pen is #132 out of 250 total copies worldwide.

When this beauty comes back from the Nibmeister, we want to see a handwriting sample.

Congrats Bryant - the Blue Serpent is functional art.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 03:04

QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 27 2009, 04:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Congratulation on yet another gorgeous pen Bryan. When I saw the guilloche I thought it was very much like the Jule Vernes but seeing them side by side there is no comparison. notworthy1.gif

You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers

Thank you very much! Its actually quite strange, this Jules in the pictures is the one of the darkest of all that I have seen. I have had 6 or 8 go through my hands and everyone was a little different. Anyone else seen more than one and notice this? Second to last one I sold was almost purple!

QUOTE (BerneseMtDogEatsArco @ Apr 27 2009, 04:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I came close to buying one for about the same price - they're gorgeous.

BUT: make SURE that you treat the end scroll/leaf work carefully. The pampered pen that I almost bought had several fractures in the silver between the delicate joints of the leaves!

All in all, it's a fantastic pen. Wish I had gotten it, retrospectively, but the Imperial is tempting too!

Bryant, another great review!

I will, thanks for the heads up... If you decide you "need" one too, I know someone who has one NIB for about half of MSRP...

QUOTE (goodguy @ Apr 27 2009, 04:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (JFT @ Apr 28 2009, 12:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You really have outstanding taste in pens!

Cheers

Yes he does but my pens are much prettier then his pens lticaptd.gif

Oh, its on now... Lets see... Well I guess you do have the Pope, thats pretty...

QUOTE (MidnightBlue @ Apr 27 2009, 04:11 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Not my sort of thing remotely. I just wanted to say how refreshing it was to read an honest review. Too often I read reviews that are just a congtrat to oneself.
Thanks

Thanks! I try to be honest! This pen will be better by Friday smile.gif Thats when the modifications will be done I hope! smile.gif

QUOTE (yachtsilverswan @ Apr 27 2009, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hey Bryant -

Stunning photographs. Your pictures highlight the depth and visual texture of the sterling guilloche serpentine engraving better than any I have seen - better even than Michel Perchin's professional publicity photos.

The Blue Serpent was originally conceived as a Limited Edition of 500, as you said. But the final edition size was capped at 250, including both the 1997 original production run and the 2005 completion run. So your pen is #132 out of 250 total copies worldwide.

When this beauty comes back from the Nibmeister, we want to see a handwriting sample.

Congrats Bryant - the Blue Serpent is functional art.

Thanks! It really is fantastic! I keep catching myself staring at it... Ok, no more... It must be packed and shipped to Greg!

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 21:19

BLING BLING BLINGITY BLING BLING!!!!
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 18:51

hatsoff to you for having this great smile.gif it is indeed a very stunning pen wink.gif
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Posted 29 April 2009 - 19:31

Bry, great photographs, it was like seeing the pen in person. Thanks!
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Posted 30 April 2009 - 12:27

You have to wonder why a pen in this price range can't come in a wider range of nib sizes? hmm1.gif

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Posted 30 April 2009 - 16:15

QUOTE (Ghost Plane @ Apr 30 2009, 07:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You have to wonder why a pen in this price range can't come in a wider range of nib sizes? hmm1.gif



They do. All one has to do is ask. I have an MP5 with an F nib.

Edit: If it is pen being discounted, you will, of course, have to accept whatever size the dealer has. Which is usually an M.

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