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Posted 21 June 2009 - 20:32
This is another pen of which it is impossible to have a "first impression".
I bought the acrylic material and watched the pen being made by Brian Gray via the internet.
Brian even had me call him on the phone to discuss options and then he sent photographs of the finished pen.
I also already have two Edison Herald pens.
Well, when I opened the box all I could say was WOW!
The pen was as good looking as I had hoped with a depth to the acrylic that was unexpected.
What I didn't realize is how much bigger the Glenmont is than the Herald.
Brian REALLY needs to post a group photo of his pen models so we can see relative sizes.
As fans of Edison know by now, no fancy wood box with an over-sleeve or outer box.
The Herald came in a sturdy clear plastic wrapped in black fabric in a heavy duty cardboard shipping box.
Here's the Glenmont and my Heralds:
APPEARANCE AND FINISH
I really like the color of this acrylic.
I was looking for a white/gray/silver marbled pearl material but found this "Cloud I" at Bear Tooth Woods and fell for it.
It has thin layers of white and blue swirled in a white pearl matrix.
The Red pearl (also from Bear Tooth) has the color and contrast I wanted.
The acrylic is polished to a high sheen.
The ball-end pocket clip is reminiscent of the Parker Duofold, is simple, functional, and nicely plated. I chose rhodium verses gold as it goes better with the Cloud material.
The lines of the barrel and cap are continuous and transition smoothly from one section to the next.
The Red cap and barrel ends match perfectly with the main material.
I had originally chosen an Edison duo-tone 18k gold nib plated with rhodium, engraved with the Edison logo of course.
Brian questioned the look of the gold with the other colors in the pen. We talked via phone and he installed both the duo-tone and the completely rhodium plated nib for me and showed them via his website. I agreed that the completed plated nib looked better.
The nib is simple and not overly ornate.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
The Herald is a large pen, the Glenmont is even larger. It is even larger than a Pelikan M800 and the modern Parker Duofold Centennial (and International, of course).
The Glenmont is not heavy despite its size. The acrylic is thick so its not light but it is not overly heavy either.
To my uncalibrated hands the loaded and capped Glenmont weighs more than the comparable Herald.
Using the same measurement system the uncapped pens weigh the same.
I find this weight comfortable for long writing sessions.
NIB DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE
I got the rhodium plated 18kt gold nib in Fine. All the gold nibs are is simply engraved with the Edison logo.
Brian works all the nibs himself and this one is smooth with a bit of feedback, which I like very much.
The nib feels soft, without flex, and lays down a medium wet true fine line with the Sailor Blue ink I loaded.
I ordered the pen with a Premium twist converter.
The converter fills and empties just fine. That's about all I ask of a filling system.
The basic pen with a standard steel nib costs $225. The Edison 18k nib is a $100 upgrade.
You get to pick the design, barrel and cap material, nib material, and nib color.
Since I supplied my own acrylic I got a credit on the cost.
This is my third Edison, I don't have to argue that the price is fair.
I am still stuck at WOW!
My problem is I have too many colors for pens to be made from.
Posted 21 June 2009 - 22:33
So your Glenmont has custom materials but it is the standard size? If so, that size looks perfect for me. I have standard Herald that is just on the border of being too small for me. I love pens that are Pel M-800/Duofold Centennial sized, and the Glenmont seems to fit right in.
Your choice of materials is stunning. Congrats! You have a unique pen that I know is a great writer.
Edited by FrankB, 21 June 2009 - 22:34.
Posted 21 June 2009 - 23:18
Edited by MYU, 22 June 2009 - 04:33.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 00:17
My Glenmont is the standard size.
Check out http://www.beartooth...talog/index.php
They only have 200 materials to choose from.
What a stunner.
The first Edison Pen I got was a Glenmont in chocolate. I love the Pen so much I ordered a Pearl and a #76 .
Posted 22 June 2009 - 02:27
Posted 22 June 2009 - 03:30
~ Oscar Wilde, 1888
Posted 22 June 2009 - 08:11
I bought the acrylic on-line from Bear Tooth - http://www.beartooth...talog/index.php
I also bought some on-line from Wood Turningz - http://www.woodturningz.com/Acrylic_Acetate_Pen_Blanks.aspx
The blanks typically cost $3.50 to $4.50 for a 5-inch long piece.
I needed two of the Cloud materials (one each for the cap and the body) and one Red blank for the cap and barrel ends and the section.
I sent an extra Cloud blank (just in case an error occurred during manufacture).
I should have sent an extra Red blank for only had the one.
IF an error happened I would have had to order more blanks and that would have delayed delivery while both Brian and I waited for the blank to be delivered.
Posted 22 June 2009 - 10:10
Posted 23 June 2009 - 07:06
Posted 23 June 2009 - 22:10
Brian engraves each pen with the Edison brand, the Model name, and the year of manufacture.
On this one he had the engraving filled in with red to match the ends:
Posted 26 June 2009 - 17:54
Posted 26 June 2009 - 18:06
Boy, one day, I need to get an Edison.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 04:21
I hadn't been aware of this American manufacturer before - this review is a great tribute to an emerging force in American pen manufacture. The ball-end clip and flat-top design is a favorite (I like the vintage Duofolds and Aurora Talentum for the same reason). The detailed engraving is another great touch from the vintage Duofolds that I would like to see on high-quality pens: a unique feature that adds personality and useful detail for future generations.
Thanks for the great review and well done, Edison.
Edited by darkgreen, 27 June 2009 - 04:22.
Posted 27 June 2009 - 10:21
But I consider his standard engraving both appropriate and sufficiently custom.