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Edison Pearl Red and Black Swirled Acrylic


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#1 AKAGodSent

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 01:52

The first time I saw this pen, I immediately thought it was made out of one of the best looking materials I've ever seen.
Originally it was posted by Bill:
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I've bought two pens from Brian previously and when I had gathered up some funds I took the plunge and asked if he could recreate Bill's pen sans clip. Brian said it was possible if he could get the required materials from his contact in the great north, or as we call it, Canada. I probably should have received this pen at the beginning of July, but due to slow service on either the part of the USPS or their Canadian counterpart, I received the pen today. Mind you, with my luck, the funds I was allocating for Brian's creation were practically gone due to my impatience with the material not arriving on time. I purchased another pen literally 2 hours before Brian received them (thinking to myself that I'll be paying for two pens before the day is over) and finally e-mailed me with "Materials arrived today!"

So, without further ado (and keep in mind that my photography skills are not at all comparable to Bill's) I present my Edison Pearl Red and Black Swirled Acrylic with an 18k rhodium plated F nib:



Before going into details about the pen itself, I'd like to show everyone what this pen came with:



Brian has really outdone himself. Aside from the box, bubble wrap, and the cylinder with red ends that Brian sends all of his pens out in, I received the eye dropper (I ordered the pen as an eye dropper) and Brian put in a converter as well, the white cylinder in on the right on top of the small black pouch contains silicone grease. How many pens have you received with silicone grease included?? The pen was also wrapped in the black cloth you see under the pen, a new addition as well. My sole complaint to Brian was that the pen body was not thoroughly cleaned when I received the pen, he said his wife might have made the mistake due to him including the converter in the package, I'll buy it, I blame his wife too smile.gif. Cleaning out the pen small pieces of the pen body were flushed out (might have clogged the nib otherwise) and all was well with the pearl.



Close up of the pearl, eye dropper, and converter. My pictures really do not do this pen justice, although Bill's did. Without a doubt this is one of the nicest pens I own. As Bill pointed out, aside from the Red and Black Acrylic there are shades of 'grape' and 'raspberry' coming out throughout the pen body. Depending on where the light hits the pen you'll get a range of shades and colors coming into focus.

A close up:


I asked for no clip and compared to the Edison Pearl I reviewed a few days ago, this pen is lighter and just a bit shorter. All of my pens have clips and I was interested in what a non-clipped pen would feel like, can't say I'm disappointed. Just two solid pieces make up this pen when closed (the section is a third separate peace, leaving out the nib unit). The cap is also a little bit see through, when you unscrew the body you can see the nib moving inside the cap if you pay attention.

The nib:




Nothing fancy, I wanted to try out Brian's 18k Fine nibs (and I requested the rhodium plated because that's what I saw in Bill's pictures), I requested an 8 on the wet scale. The nib practically glides over paper with the subtlest hint of feedback. A pleasure to use, the line size is comparable to a Platinum medium, so perfect for me, not too thin not too thick.

Filling system is the eye dropper, I have no ink windows in this pen, mainly because these pens hold a ton of ink and I thought the window(s) would take away from the material itself in this case.

As always, Brian's service was spectacular. Kept me regularly updated, gave me all the options I wanted/needed and his work speaks for itself. Thanks Brian!
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#2 brianw06

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 02:31

Congrats on a beauty and a great review
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#3 MYU

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 14:06

Congratulations on a fine purchase, AKAGodSent. Ever since I saw Bill's posting about his Black & Red swirl acrylic Edison Pearl, I too have been taken by this particular pattern. The red is almost "shocking" and screams out against the black, but at the same time the slight lining to the edge (almost pink line) gives it such interesting dimension, dispelling any thoughts of "simple plastic swirl". No doubt this pen will catch the attention of anyone who sees you use it.

Thanks for sharing your experience with a review. I've been hoping Bill might include a follow-up to his introductory post, so it's good to finally have a more thorough portrayal. Enjoy! thumbup.gif

Edited by MYU, 24 July 2009 - 14:07.

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#4 Glenn-SC

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 19:53

Very nice pen!!!

I've been wondering about this material.
It's good to see it "in the pen" as it were.

Congratulations.

Edited by Glenn-SC, 24 July 2009 - 19:53.


#5 AKAGodSent

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 20:32

Thank you all, glad the review is proving useful smile.gif.
“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” Voltaire
"'The French Soldier,' pronounced Rostopchin, 'has to be incited to battle by high-sounding phrases; the German must have it logically proved to him that it is more dangerous to run away than to advance; but the Russian soldier has to be held back, and urged to go slowly!'" War and Peace

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 22:36

Really sharp looking custom pen. The material choice is wild looking...to me, but it works. Congratulations.






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