There has been a few good reviews to date regarding the different variants of the Dolcevita pen but instead of doing another complete review, Iíd like to just touch on the parts of the pen that make it different from the regular size or I guess what they are calling the medium Dolcevita.
I do own a medium Dolcevita which is a converter fill pen and like everyone else, I think itís a beautiful looking pen. They all have that orange terra cotta resin thatís stunning along side the black resin blind cap, cap, and section. This has the same 18k gold nib thatís masked in platinum and the silver trim as well as a sterling silver trim ring going around the lower end of the cap that the other variations have. Excepting the oversize which has the millennium two tone nib.
The first thing you notice when you open the box is itís longer than the medium pen. Almost ľĒ longer. Thatís because the ink view window is inserted between the section and the orange pen body. My measurements have the window close to ľĒ or exactly 7/32Ē long. Thereís about 3/32Ē of this window peaking out from underneath the cap which is the second thing you notice when itís sitting in the box. So the pen capped is 5 ĹĒ and 7Ē posted compared to the standard version which is 5 ľĒ capped and 6 3/8Ē posted. This pen is plenty balanced to write with without posting the cap. Itís a very long pen with the cap posted.
This ink view window is a lightly tinted orange color. I donít think it matches the orange resin of the body very well. It is a big window and since the tint is so light thereís no way anyone is not going to see the amount of ink in this pen. Iím rolling mine around as Iím writing this and I clearly see the ink sloshing around. I can even see what color it is.
The piston fill knob is under the blind cap. Unscrew the cap and there is a huge knurled knob in proportion to the size of the pen. Screw it counter clockwise and the piston lowers, screw clockwise and the piston retracts and draws up the ink. The threads inside the blind cap have a metal sleeve around them so when the cap is screwed on/off itís metal on metal. A nice detail. When you are drawing up ink, when you run out of threads, instead of an abrupt stop, the piston stops and the knob continues to twist with audible clicks. Another nice detail, this time so you canít force the piston and break the mechanism.
This pen takes in a whole lot of ink. I have no way of measuring the amount but what I can see of the diameter of the ink reservoir, its 3/8Ē round, and itís huge. I sometimes count droplets as I expel them from the pen to give myself an indication of volume and I stopped counting after a while. This holds maybe close to twice as much as the Pelikan 805 I got the week after this pen.
I wanted to mention the nib here for a minute. As I said, the same as the other models, but this one was different for me. This Dolcevita nib and feed had to be the best pen Iíve ever gotten out of the box, period. Itís a fine as are most of my pens and so is, or was, my other C/C Dolcevita. (Thatís now ground to 0.7 italic.) But this nib is super smooth and the ink flow set perfect from the factory. I use Diamine WES Imperial Blue in the pen and the combo is super.
The one bit of bad news is there is debris to be seen in the view window. It looks scratched in places on the inside and I see what might be air bubbles in the resin. Stuff like this bothers me so I contacted Yafa, the Delta representative here in the United States to see what we could do about it. To their credit, they said I should send the pen to them for evaluation so they could determine if it should be repaired or replaced or sent back to Italy. I didnít want to give up the nib on this pen so until I find out if theyíd swap it into a new pen body Iím keeping and using the pen for now.
I bought this piston Dolcevita from Pam Braun for $349 plus shipping. I thought that was a good value for this pen. I waited for a piston fill version of this pen for a long time and overall, we have a winner. Considering the appearance of ďstuffĒ in the ink view window for which I dropped the rating a point, Iím giving this pen 9/10.
Edited to add picture: My photos are horrible, this is a photo I had on my computer that is a good representation of the ink window and piston knob. I can't remember where I got it from to give credit.
Edited by greencobra, 01 May 2009 - 23:04.