My desire to own an Edison pen started a few months ago from my visit to the shop of Brian Gray who owns Edison Pen Co. I have a thread Here that detailed my visit and the experience. That was right when the Edison Nouveau Premiere was released. I got to see all three colors up close and personal. I knew I wanted the Premiere at that point and started saving my spare change. I was ready to pull the trigger on the Premiere a few weeks ago but I held off when I heard the Goulet’s whisper hints of a limited edition Premiere in their newsletter.
First Impression: After talking with Brian Gray with some questions he said he would have the LE pens done on Tuesday and I could stop by and see them since that was the day they would be reviled by the Goulets and Brian Gray. I stopped by his shop Tuesday after work and he had them all lined up on his work bench and I knew I would have to have one. There were still some nib tuning and the last of the engraving that needed to be done but the overall first impressions are amazing. Once I got it home and really started writing with it I really liked it more and more. This is my first ebonite pen and I really like the feel of it.
Shape: The shape is the exact same as the standard Premiere. It is the longest pen I own but it is the most comfortable. I mostly like fatter pens but it is interesting to me that this is the thinnest pen I own because it is so natural and comfortable in my hand. The section fits my grip perfectly. I had to write a 2 page report at work today and had no problems at all with cramping or fatigue. I am very happy with the size and weight.
Material: This is the hardest part of the review to put into words. It is a black ebonite with a midnight blue swirl. I can detect hints of very dark grey as well. The sight of the pen from afar is black. The closer you get to it you can see the blue swirl. It creates a cool mystique. It reminds me of Noodler’s Blue Black in the sense of looking black with a hint of blue in the right angles. The material gives it a sleek and elegant look. It is a professional looking pen but has tons of character.
Nib and Performance: I got the fine nib on mine and it is the best fine nib I have used. The flow is spot on too. Brian set it up for me so it would perform on our cheap 20# copy paper at work and my Rhodia pads too. I didn’t think I could have the best of both worlds. I have used Noodler’s and Waterman ink in it so far and both have performed well. I had Brian keep a small amount of tooth in it because I like some feedback when I am writing. I have heard Brian has good nibs on his pens but I am surprised how good it is.
Filling: I love the Schmidt converter that Brian includes with his pens. The stroke of the piston is very smooth. It is bigger than the converter that came with my Lamy Studio and much better quality. I have yet to use it as an eyedropper but I plan to very soon. Brian spoke on the Goulet’s webcast that the pitch of the threads are very fine but he suggests a dab of silicone grease to help seal it just in case.
Value/Cost: I know this is a $200 pen but I know the materials and nib justify this price. I think this is a very reasonable price for a LE pen of this quality! Maybe this is just me justifying $200 to myself but it is logical to me for me:)
Conclusion: I am beyond happy with this pen. I tried to write my first review very non-bias but I may have picked too nice of a pen for that. This is the first pen over the $100 price point so the quality blows me away. I now know why people always seem to have multiple Edison pens. I cannot wait to see what other collaborations the Goulets and Brian Gray come up with. I also have plans to buy a custom Edison pen as well!
Edited by J_Rock, 23 June 2011 - 21:54.