The New Postal Reservoir Pen
A fountain pen review
I hope this review will be of some value to the reader. A photo of the pen can be seen at the following link.
First Impressions – 9.0/10.0
I was drawn to this pen for three reasons. First, I like vintage pens, second, I love contemporary pens and third, it is a flattop, transparent body, bulb filler in basic black with gold trim. I first saw this pen on Richard Binder's web site and knew I had to have one.
When the pen arrived, it was in a blue Bexley box with warranty card, Binder blotter and a card stating that the nib had been "Binderized" for smooth writing. In the box it looked great, so let's take a closer look.
Appearance & Finish – 9.5/10.0
The fit and finish are certainly adequate but it lacks that solid feel expected of a large pen. The pen felt smooth with no noticeable lip where the blind cap meets the cap or the filler cap meets the body. The cap band and clip are well polished and are attached in a craftsman like manner. No surprises here!
Design/Size/Weight – 10/10
When I lifted the pen from the box I was surprised how light it is or how heavy it isn't. The pen is 5 3/4" long, capped and ½" in diameter, which suits my hand perfectly. The design copies the old Postal Pen Company's original work but , isn't that the idea?
Nib Design & Performance – 10/10
The nib size I ordered was the broad and that is what I got. I didn't measure the line width since this can vary with paper quality and choice of ink. The nib requires almost no pressure to lay down a fairly wet line. I would call it an 8 out of 10. Writing with this nib is very smooth.
The Filling System – 8.0/10
This was my only disappointment with the pen. I filled the pen half way with Private Reserve Tanzanite and wrote a few lines before putting the pen down for the night. Next morning, the ink reservoir was empty! I removed the cap and found the missing ink. It would seem that the bulb was only loosely attached allowing ink to flow freely. A bit of orange shellac solved the problem and the pen has been fine since. For certain, this pen holds a lot of ink!
Cost/Value – 9.0/10
Overall, this pen offers decent value for money spent.
Overall Opinion/Conclusion – 55.50/60.0
Overall, I would recommend this pen to anyone who appreciates vintage pen design coupled with modern materials and manufacturing methods. There may be other pens for this price that I will want more, but I'm certainly not sorry that I bought the New Postal Reservoir pen. I will probably keep it for a long time and will use it frequently.
Edited by blackbug67, 24 June 2010 - 22:13.