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Martini Blue Sky LE
Posted 30 December 2009 - 17:07
2. Construction & Quality 9/10 – As I only got it yesterday, too soon to say, really, but it is of good Bexley-quality, evrything looks and feels well-made and fits together neatly.
The silver coloured trim appears better than some I have seen on other Bexleys. The clip is marked "6K" ....I don't know what that means!?
3. Weight & Dimensions 9/10 – Just right in size for me: 13.4 mm capped, 12.5 uncapped and about the same thickness as a CS Wellington or Duro.
It is very light....I prefer slightly more 'substantial' pens, so just a point off for that.
4. Nib & Performance 10/10 What's still to be said about Bexley 18K stubs? Just about perfect.
This one has, despite the photo's appearance a silver-coloured plating (Pd or Pt, one assumes.
It is moderately wet, about 6-7 on Richard B's scale, I'd say, depending on the paper.
See writing example, on white card, using Diamine Sapphire:
5. Filling System & Maintenance 9.5/10 - As previously said, it's too soon to evaluate long-term performance and reliability.
It is one of those rather rare creatures, a Bexley piston-filler.
Thanks to the translucent body it's easy to check on ink contents. Its capacity doesn't appear as large as some piston-fillers, but certainly more than a c/c.
6. Cost & Value 7/10 – I bought it from Regina Martini's auction site ....as often seems to be the case, mine was the only bid!
It cost 181Euros ($259), including tax and delivered to Spain, so it was not inexpensive, IMO.
However, I am very pleased with it and think it's good VFM compared with, say, 'real' Bexley LEs.
7. Conclusion: Final score, 54/60 - This is a very pretty pen, appearing to be of of the best of Bexley's quality, a lovely writer with a relatively rare piston-filler. It is, I think, a 'keeper'
Posted 30 December 2009 - 17:38
your review intrigued me for Bexley pens, any recommendation? (I prefer OS classic pens like mb149, pel 1000 ...)
Posted 30 December 2009 - 17:52
Edited by ampatb, 30 December 2009 - 17:53.
Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:19
Posted 01 January 2010 - 11:41
Edited by cakibler, 01 January 2010 - 11:43.
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Posted 01 January 2010 - 15:14
The 6K on the clip is the gold content. The Blue Sky is a nice pen. I got one directly from Regina as well. It is about the least expensive of all her custom Martini pens. My resembles my Bexley Sheherazade very closely. Definitely a keeper
Yes, I guessed 'gold content', but have/had never seen anything marked as being less than 9K ....
Incidentally, I don't think anything having less than 50% gold content should be described as 'gold'... this clip is presumably mostly silver.
To be fair to this maker, I haven't seen it described as 'gold' .... just making a general point, which I think is what the law requires in many European countries.
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