This is a custom make from Brian at Edison that resulted from his charity auction benefiting Cherished Creations in October.
The pen is very nicely balanced and has, for me, the perfect heft. I don’t post pens so the balance is right on the money. You can’t tell from the photo but it is a larger pen; perfect for my hand but by no means clumsy. The shape is a slight modification of Brian’s ‘Pearl’ line of pens. Being a bulb filler, repairs will be a snap and it holds a TON of ink, all under perfect control.
The combination of the woodgrain ebonite with the amber ink window is elegant and a little quirky at the same time. The concept of the pen is an updated Postal pen with a vintage feel. Maybe I should correct that… it has a classic feel. To my taste, the combination of materials holds more interest than ebonite or transparency alone and is suitable for business or social contexts… fascinating and attention getting without going over the top.
Flawless. Brian described the steps in melding the ebonite with the amber material. It is a mechanical connection made one with adhesives. The bulb filler is fun and functions perfectly.
Nib/ Filling/ Writing
My only disappointment is that the pen holds so much ink it will be a long time before I get to use the bulb filler again. It really is fun and I can’t quite figure out how it works even though I am an architect. Yes, I know, vacuum pulling on ink but the particulars elude me.
I like Fine nibs and this did not disappoint. Smooth and adjusted to a medium rich flow, the pen glides over the paper as it should. There is even a hint of line variation. Edison offers custom grinding using someone I’ve worked with before so I can vouch for the care and quality should you want a custom stub, XF or other to go with your custom pen.
I’ve been looking at Brian’s pens for a couple of years now. This particular combination caught my eye in a big way and though his standard line is handsome, his custom work can reach a plateau occupied by boutique pens costing much more and delivering less.
The level of service and rapidity of response is another layer to this transaction that I am also happy with. I won’t commit or speak for turnaround time but a full custom pen took less time than a simple re-grind of a nib elsewhere. He is clear about after-sale service… Edison stands behind the product but I suspect I’ll not get any unpleasant surprises with this pen.
This pen is sitting with some high-quality company in my rack… it carries itself beautifully and certainly belongs and outshines in value hands down.
Edited by MYU, 09 December 2009 - 17:52.