The appearance of the "Pearl" has a smooth, glossy, and refined finish with a rich color combination of dark coffee and creamy brown chocolate swirls. An old fashion postal pen ink level viewing window in the traditional amber color is nicely incorporated into the body. Tight but smooth threading for both the bulb filler and nib caps provides real esthetics. The window and body flows continuous and seamlessly. The gold tone pocket clip is fitted tightly into the cap for secure attachment. The placement of the Initials under the pocket clip displays nicely with crisp engraving and an appropriate font size as not to be gaudy. The Pearl's bulb filling mechanism is hid away under under rear cap and has to be the best filling system I have ever used thus far. Ink capacity on this pen is copious and there will be no need for worry about frequent fillings or running short.
The pearl lays comfortably into my hand. Full bodied and hefty but not overly heavy. The step down is just the right size for finger placement with just the right amount of room for gripping without the need to add unnecessary length to the body of the pen
Two tone 14k gold nib has a beautiful appearance and includes the Edison logo with flourishing. The nib glides effortlessly across the paper like skates on a smooth glossy sheet of ice. Custom nib working provides nice flexing with a springy return back to the original position. Reminiscent of a fine old nib back from days gone by... Line variation from 20 to 150 as you can see below from Brian's writing sample without over extending the nib to ex-strenuous pressures. The ink flow on the Pearl is wet with no skipping, providing a continuous source to fill line coverage during flexation.
I spoke with Brian Gray on Mar 28, 2011 and was in contact often via email and phone conversations regarding the options available on the Pearl. Brian was always courteous and professional throughout our dealings, never rushing me to make decisions and updating changes I decided on. He always kept me up to date on the scheduling process and exactly were my pen was on the production list. It was a pure pleasure to deal with Brian, and he made me feel like I was his only the customer. Even though I knew that was far from reality. He is a true gentleman and this is how every business should be run. In this day and age of get it done fast and cheap to make the biggest profit it is nice to know there is someone who still does business the old fashion way. Brian is someone who takes pride in his product and is a true artist who genuinely cares about all of his customers, treating each one with his special brand of individual care.
After careful and deliberate analysis and so far, a brief use of the Edison pen company Pearl bulb filler. I have come to realize that even though I appreciate my vintage pens, this pen having been custom made for me with the options I decided upon, will quickly become my favorite. Being over a half a century old I have learned how appreciate the finer things life has to offer. Things like the Pearl. I am quite sure this lovely pen will serve me well through the years and I will thoroughly enjoy writing with it. I also take comfort in knowing it will be passed down as a remembrance of me when I cease to exist, hopefully with fond memories. Having many pens in my collection dating back over 100 yours I am sure that my Pearl will live on some where in time when I'm gone...
Edited by waterman1924, 14 May 2011 - 13:16.