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Posted 24 February 2011 - 14:19
A few months went by when I desired a pen of my own design, so I contacted the Grifos Pen Company in the first instance with the aim to produce what I had termed the ‘BKUK’ pen. Together with my idea and their design expertise, they agreed to produce the pen but they said it might take some time. I was prepared to wait for the pen and then, some months later, I was informed that the pen was ready and was sent a few pictures. I asked if it was possible to produce a ball pen of the same design, and send both pens together in one package, all this was done very quickly with no complaints or quibbles whatsoever and at a reasonable cost. Both pens arrived within ten days of posting, and now they take pride and place on my desk proving to me that the wait was worthwhile.
This only goes to prove that there are pen companies in this world; Grifos Pen Company is a prime example, where all the pens they sell are manufactured in their own workshops in Northern Italy. This is in direct contrast to those retailers who assemble pens for resale made from parts produced elsewhere in the world. I was surprised, but very delighted, when Grifos Pens agreed to produce my design as an individual pen along with their normal production. Both pens were to be made from Sterling silver (0.925), the nib of the fountain pen being made from 18 carat (0.750) white gold, with the small fittings and highlights being gold plated on top of Sterling silver. When both pens have their caps in place the design appears continuous along the whole length of the pen showing how much attention to detail was used in its manufacture. This attention to detail applies to each and every pen they produce including my pens.
Whenever I require another pen I will certainly make Grifos Pen Company my first choice. Their service was both excellent and second to none; they produce high-quality products in which they take great pride, and this can be seen in their pens. I would suggest that anyone who would like to see the range of pens produced by this company, to use one of the internet search engines and enter the words “Nero-Muse”.
At this point it must be made absolutely clear that I have no connection with this company other than being just one of their many customers. This is being posted just to let others know of the complete satisfaction I have received from this company.
Posted 24 February 2011 - 14:27
Posted 24 February 2011 - 17:19
Hope these satisfy.
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Posted 27 February 2011 - 10:53
I use the ink converter for the simple reason I like to refill my pens from a bottle of my favourite ink, we all have our personal preferences and I am no different. The days of the old rubber bladder seem to be a thing of the past, and the new ink converter gets my vote every time as there is no rubber to perish and that fiddly lever on the side of the barrel. At least with the ink converter one can see exactly how much ink is being stored. One of the downsides to this is ink converter is that the quantity of ink stored is considerably reduced, mainly because of the size of the finger grip to operate the plunger, but this observation is a minor gripe because the quantity of ink should be sufficient for most people’s use. I have never liked the cartridge system, but will not decry its use because they are useful as an emergency supply of ink should one be away from home and one’s favourite ink supply.
As regards the price I think that as this was produced especially for me as a one-off item the cost is irrelevant, my reason for saying this is because every one-off pen entirely depends on the complexity of the work involved, materials used, etc., and cannot, in all reality, be compared with any other pen unique or not. The more complicated the work, the more expensive the pen will be, but I will say the cost of my pen was very comparable with the other exotic pens already in their range plus the cost of the white gold nib. Even the rollerball pen compares well with the cost of the other rollerballs produced by this company. Just remember one thing, this is a quality made item that will still be working many years from now, just as it did when it was first received, and its cost over the years will become cheaper than even one of those plastic ‘throwaway’ pens. Go back to the 1920’s when one bought a quality motor car, you just bought the chassis and had it taken to a coachbuilder who would construct a body around the chassis to your own personal design, this made each and every coachbuilt car unique and, therefore, unable to be compared on price with any other model. It is exactly the same with what happened here, I bought the nib, ink system, and the ink converter and had the rest of the pen build around these parts to my own design. When I placed the order the cost of the materials (silver and gold) were reasonable, now they seem to be rising on a daily basis and what I paid for my pen will certainly not be the price you would pay today. My pen is not a stock item and, therefore, is not available ‘off the shelf’ as they say.
Nevertheless, I have not seen many pens with a two-tone design running along the whole pen including the cap.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 04:12
Thanks for sharing these with us....
FP Addict & Pretty Nice Guy
Current Pens: Cross, Delta, Montegrappa, Parker, Wahl-Eversharp
Posted 28 February 2011 - 08:28
Posted 28 February 2011 - 13:15
Overall beautiful craftsmanship.
Posted 01 March 2011 - 10:11
Edited by 5lartibartfast, 01 March 2011 - 10:12.
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Posted 09 March 2011 - 21:05
Thank you, other Grifos pen owners, for sharing pictures and comments on your pens.
Posted 10 March 2011 - 05:46
Actually, I have been corresponding with the owner of the company and will be getting advert materials and some samples to show to prospective retailers. I am rather excited about working with them again and I will post some info here once it is in my hands. Wish me luck!!
I wish you all the luck in the world, as these are very nice pens and I have found the company to be very consistent in their high quality products. Let us hope that all goes well and you introduce more retailers of what Grifos Pen Company produce.
Posted 25 February 2014 - 15:25
Hello - I have a query for you Grifos pen owners. I have two of their wonderful pens, and recently the screw portion that screws the point and converter away from the barrel broke off. The Grifos people sold me a new point and nib, which would be wonderful, except that the converter that was on the old and broken point will not fit. The hole is much too large and it will not snap one - the little stem to which it should snap is visibly smaller than on the old broken point, as well as on the existing functioning pen. I cannot find any pen shop who will address this issue; they are all unfamiliar with Grifos, and can tell me only to send it in for "repairs" and they will look at it.
The gentleman at Grifos tells me that no doubt the converter is old and worn, thus the non-fit. Perhaps the language barrier is preventing him from completely understanding what I mean.
So, after all of that, I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions as to a converter that I might try. I refuse to give up on this favourite pen of mine.