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Edison Pearl

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#1 John B

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 20:39

This is my first stab at a pen review so please bear with me. I will try to stick with the form as much as I can so I don't lose anyone. After reading reviews and looking at pictures I decided to have Brian at Edison Pen Company build me a pen. My initial thought was a Pearl in matte black ebonite, red section, rhodium clip and an Edison 18k fine nib. However after looking through the archives on his site I found a material that I liked better. It is crossgrain ivory celluloid and it really caught my eye. So after emailing Brian we decided on a Pearl with crossgrain ivory cap, finial and barrel. Black section with a gold clip and 18k broad nib. Not a very manly man pen, but I am too old to worry about that. I have attached some pictures.

Appearance and Design: 10
It turned out to be a very attractive pen on a classic design. Had I thought of it at the time I would have had Brian fill in the name etching with black to add a little highlight.

Construction and Quality: 10
All of the materials were top notch. The work appears to be flawless. Brian's craftsmanship is superb; he has a good eye for details.

Weight and Dimensions ??
The width at the widest point is 5/8"
Length capped 5 1/2"
Length uncapped 5"
Length posted 7"
I do not have a scale, but it is surprisingly heavy from its appearance. Not heavy but not light either.

Nib and Performance: 10
One of the things I really like about Edison Pens is their imprint on their nibs, really classy. I got the gold colored 18k gold broad nib. It says on their web site that Brian works on the nibs before they are sent out and I believe it. It writes a smooth as silk and puts down a medium wet broad line.

Filling system and Maintenance:??
Standard C/c filling. Too new for maintenance.

Cost / Value: 10
For me this was big investment for a pen, compared to many pens on the sale forum it is a mere drop in the bucket. However I think that the resale value (I don't plan on selling this one) of one of Brian’s pens will always
be maintained. Also just being able to have a pen made just the way you want is something that is hard to put a price tag on. I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.

Very cool pen as far as I am concerned. I esteem Brian's work. A custom maker of any product is a real luxury. Had I gone to Parker, Sheaffer, MB or any of the other big companies a one off would have either been the joke of the day, or a take out a new mortgage deal. But Brian was happy to do it for a price we both agreed on. I think every community should support their artists and Brian is one of them.

Photos by Brian at Edison Pens

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 20:47

John, this is a very good review and a very nice pen. I've admired Brian's work from afar and would like, one day, to get a pen from him. I like the grain in the ivory celluloid, and I like the black section. It frees you from too much worry about staining the ivory.

And -- nice photos! :)

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 21:56


The black section is inspired! Wow. Amazing looking... and an Edison!


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Posted 06 October 2010 - 22:07

Nice review! That's a very cool effect with the cross-grained celluloid. I have several Edison pens (and counting) and they are the best kept secrets in pendom in my humble opinion. :thumbup:
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Posted 06 October 2010 - 22:47

That's gorgeous -- really like that material. And Brian's work is always top-notch. Enjoy! HP
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#6 Yuki Onitsura

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 23:28

Great review of a beautiful pen. The crossgrain ivory gives it that nice old world charm =)

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 00:46

:drool: :puddle:
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Posted 07 October 2010 - 01:35

Congratulations on your new Edison Pearl! I have a torti Lucite Pearl, clipless - and the Urushi Pearl which is also clipless. Every time I see a new Pearl I want one............and yours is no exception - that material is amazingly classic and classy! :thumbup:
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Posted 07 October 2010 - 02:08

Very tempted to get one myself. Thanks for the review! :)
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#10 Yuki Onitsura

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 10:43

Every time I see a new Pearl I want one.

I know what you mean! They come in about a million different colours and materials and Brian's service is second to none.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:18

Wow! That's just ... wow...

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 13:22

Beautiful. That ivory celluloid is absolutely stunning. I love the contrast with the gold clip and black section.

As for maintainence, Brian's pens are really easy DIY. I believe the nib unit will probably screw out easily if you're careful and know how - just email Brian and check with him. Otherwise, his aftersales is top notch and he'd probably do it for you for the cost of posting the pen there and back!

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 12:21

Super nice pen you've got there... Posted Image I'll bet it looks even better in person too!

Thanks for reviewing it!


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Posted 11 October 2010 - 05:51

That is a great looking pen. Thanks for the review John.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 17:32

- Very nice color scheme and choice of materials. Looks great.

I really need to try an Edison.

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