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Stipula Etruria Nuda in silver trim
Posted 10 July 2009 - 14:47
For those who care about the presentation box I must say that considering this is a limited edition pen I was a tad unimpressed with the perfectly good, but standard box. No big deal though, because pen boxes at my house just get shoved in a drawer and practically forgotten. Opening the box was a very pleasant experience as doing so revealed a gorgeous crystal clear demonstrator and the object of my desire, the Etruria Nuda.
The sterling silver accents and the rhodium (platinum?) plated gold nib compliment the pen quite nicely. The clip and cap band are silver and the band is impressively thick with an attractive tilted leaf pattern cut into it. The clear plastic parts on this demonstrator are remarkably clear, and the material feels high quality. The cap appears to be a single piece of lathed plastic such that the end is solid clear plastic that looks like a jewel and can be used as a magnifier. In a pinch maybe it could be used to start a fire with sunlight. The visible piston and screw apparatus are unlike Aurora or Pelikan mechanisms as the piston is only a thin disc. This combined with a large diameter barrel give rise to a large ink chamber. Even the broad nib on this pen will write for a long time with each ink fill. The piston mechanism turns smoothly and there is no obvious gap where the end cap meets the pen body; the construction of this pen is top flight.
The nib is as large as a Pelikan 800 nib and is appropriately sized for this pen both in terms of weight and balance and also aesthetics. In practice the pen is best used un-posted for best balance. Although it writes a consistent broad line the tip is not so large as to immediately indicate that it is a broad nib. The nib is very smooth, yet, is not totally devoid of feedback, there is a tiny amount, just enough really. Not too finicky, the nib can be rotated about a relatively large angle without affecting performance so it seems the foot is large and sweet. The invariant ink flow is juicy but not wet. No dry starts, hesitation, or skips with this pen. It writes the first time every time. In short, the nib is excellent and the pen is very comfortable to write with.
Although the Nuda is beautiful and somewhat delicate looking, the pen is rugged and is an outstanding daily writer that is good for a long journal entry or a quick note. So, did it live up to my expectations? Absolutely yes, and it even exceeded them by being such an easy pen to live with. If you can find one don’t hesitate to purchase it, I’ll wager that you won’t be disappointed. Many thanks to Webs for answering my wanted ad and parting with this excellent pen. Such is Italian luxury!
Posted 10 July 2009 - 16:27
I have been trying to buy one of these for several years without success. Hey, perhaps you would be willing to sell yours, eh?
Enjoy it for many years to come.
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Posted 11 July 2009 - 02:55
One of the few, the proud... 14 year-old FPN'ers!!!!!!
MY FOUNTAIN PENS: Montblanc Boheme Bleu (M), Montblanc 145 (M), Waterman Phileas (M), Jinhao X450 (M), Parker Vector (M), Parker 15 (M), Sheaffer Cartridge Pen (M)
MY INKS: Parker Quink Blue, Private Reserve Midnight Blues, Montblanc Black
Posted 12 July 2009 - 00:41
Posted 24 December 2009 - 16:51
Edited by georges zaslavsky, 24 December 2009 - 16:52.
Posted 25 December 2009 - 06:46
(I have a post in the WTB section - maybe I'll go bump it up)
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