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#1 Glenn-SC

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 00:05

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

This is my third Edison Herald so it impossible to have a typical "first impression".

I was looking for another Herald from Edison Pens and Brian and I were looking for some celluloid that I might find interesting.
Brian came back from the DC Pen Show with some mottled ebonite; red and blue and blue and yellow.
He had enough blue and yellow to make several pens but just enough of the red and blue to make a single pen.
I chose the red and blue.

Brian pointed out that there was color variation in the rod cross-section, so what the colors of the final parts would be were unknown.
So the mystery would be in the finished pen.

Brian sent me photos of the completed pen, and I was awestruck.

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As you know the Edisons come in a sturdy clear plastic tube wrapped in bubble-wrap in a heavy duty cardboard shipping box.

APPEARANCE AND FINISH

The best way for me to show this pen is in pictures. (And please excuse the poor photography!)
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The colors vary around the surface and right down to the barrel end.
The cap end of the bar stock was more blue and the barrel end more red.
The Edison dual tone 18k gold nib is engraved with the company logo and matches the ebonite color nicely.

SIZE AND WEIGHT

The Heralds are all hand made so there is some variation pen to pen.
The Herald is a largish but medium weight pen.
The ebonite material is thick, so the is very robust, and feels it!

NIB DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE

I got the two tone plated gold nib. All the gold nibs are is simply engraved with the Edison logo.
Brian works all the nibs himself and this one is super smooth with just a touch of feedback, as I like them.
Upon arrival I filled the pen with Waterman South Sea Blue and gave it a test run.
It ran perfectly of course.
If it didn't Brian would have taken it back and made it right. That's his promise and I believe him.

FILLING SYSTEM

I ordered the pen with an "Premium" twist converter.
Why? Because I wanted one.
The converter fills and empties just fine.

COST/VALUE

The pen with a the premium converter, the Edison 18k nib, and made out of the "one of a kind" ebonite was something like $360.
I forget exactly.
When you like an item so much you forget the price that is a sign that the price is fair.

CONCLUSION

If I was looking for "The One Pen" this could be it.
(But I'm not a one pen kind of person.)

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#2 Glenn-SC

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 00:09

I seems I exceeded my number of pictures per post limit!!! :o :lol:

Here is are comparison photos of my 3 Heralds:
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And a size comparison with a Waterman Liaison:
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Edited by Glenn-SC, 27 September 2009 - 00:10.


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Posted 27 September 2009 - 00:34

I like the two tone nib!
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 01:15

I was loving it. Then you showed me that yellowed marble one. Yowza! Where've you been hiding that one away?

Like the way your blue cap migrates color into the barrel, yet provides contrast if you post.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 01:16

I like the two tone nib!


yea, it works on these pens.

#6 Glenn-SC

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 11:40

I like the two tone nib!

So do I.
I also had Brian machine a slightly different Section on all three pens.
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I don't feel any real grip differences between them.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 11:54

I'd lean toward the one on the red pen, just for aesthetics, since I hold my pens above the section and threads anyway.

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 13:57

Glenn,
I can only imagine how much more stunning that Herald looks in person! Very cool.
Congratulations!
Best,
Julie
 
...writing only requires focus, and something to write on. —John August
...and a pen that's comfortable in the hand.—moi

#9 HenryLouis

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 14:03

Ah I see. It's not the regular step down section, right?

This review has convinced me to get a Herald for my birthday... In the blue/black swirl ebonite pattern!

Unfortnately, I won't get the gold nib since I can always get it later. Plus I think that a gold nib would be better suited to... A warm color, like a #76 in tortoise lucite or Herald cappuccino... imo. The blue/black swirl ebonite is kind of modern looking.

Henry
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Posted 27 September 2009 - 18:44

What beauts, Brian's art outdone again
Please do not listen to me. My opinions do not count

#11 Juan in Andalucia

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 20:46

How do those Edisons write when used as eyedroppers? Is the flow even or is there any difference depending on how much ink they're holding?

They sure look sweet.

Juan

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Posted 27 September 2009 - 20:56

How do those Edisons write when used as eyedroppers?

Juan, I've only used mine as converter filled.

But check: http://www.fountainp...howtopic=125569

jde uses his Huron as an eye-dropper and apparently loves it!

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 01:18

That is one fantastic looking pen, I love the matteness of the acrylic and particularly the way the colour migrates along the whole and shifts into the cap, amazing!! I also really like your choice of section on this one, as we say in New Zealand it's butty (ie fat and chunky) I really like that and think it fits really well with the modern feel of the pen. I think i remember you saying that this was the last block of acrylic like this that Brian had so I'm gutted but what a unique pen for you, Glenn. I have been thinking about a Huron but this really pushes me in the direction of the Herald. What an amazing craftsman Brian is, eh!

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Posted 28 September 2009 - 16:31

Beautiful pen, beautiful celluloid. And nice idea on the section. I like mine like that also. But, like GP, I like the yellow cracked ice (for lack of better desription) too.
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Posted 29 September 2009 - 01:09

I was loving it. Then you showed me that yellowed marble one. Yowza! Where've you been hiding that one away?

Ghost!!! I would never hide anything from you!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 03:07

Glenn I keep coming back to ogle this pen, it's so cool! Repeated congrats

#17 Flourish

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Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:16

I love my Edison Herald as well. It's become one of my favorite Italic pens and since mine is Brian's eye dropper fill style the thing holds a seemingly infinite supply of ink.






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