They say that a watched pot never boils, but in my experience the mail is always late on the day of a highly anticipated delivery. That was certainly the case today as I waited the arrival of my first Edison pen--the recently released Edison Nouveau Premiere LE--available only through The Goulet Pen Company. The mail finally arrived, and I sat at my desk for the unveiling. After all of the praise of Edison pens here on FPN, I almost expected to be disappointed by the real thing. I was wrong. The pen is even more beautiful in real life than in pictures, and the ebonite surface is heavenly. I keep pausing in my writing to come up with the right word --silky? buttery? Now on to the review proper before I get ahead of myself!
Appearance and Design: 10/10
The design of the LE is the same as the Edison Nouveau Premiere, with the exception that the hLE is made of a black and navy swirled ebonite. It is the swirled ebonite that makes the pen fabulous instead of merely great for me. The marbling is subtle, so it is understated and elegant. The glossy sheen reflects light onto the silver-filled etching. In reviews of the original Premiere, it was stated that the swirl in the clip was designed to reflect the ointed ends of the pen, and to that I add that it also reflects the marbled appearance of the ebonits.
Construction and Quality: 10/10
I have been looking for flaws in the quality of this pen, but I can find none. The cap is lightweight and thin, but it does not seem fragile at all. The Edison craftsmanship lives up to its name. I take care of my pens, and they never leave the house without a case, but this is a pen that will need no coddling.
Weight and Dimensions: 8/10
Capped - 6"
Uncapped - 5 1/2"
I do not post my pens, so this pen is just a little short for relaxed, long-term use in my hand. I have larger hands for a woman (7 1/4" from base of palm to middle fingertip) so I would prefer a pen that is just a little longer for extended writing sessions. The dimensions are proportionate to the design, however, and for someone with smaller hands or who likes a shorter pen, it will be perfect.
Nib and Performance: 8/10
The LE is available with a standard F,M,or B steel nib. As with all Edisons, you can order a custom nib directly from Brian Gray. I chose the F nib because I need to be able to write small and quickly for the purpose I have in mind for this pen. It writes smoothly right out of the box with no skipping or hesitating. I only scored it 8/10 because it has just a little too much feedback for my taste. I have a F vintage Shaeffer that is smoother. I could also be my ink--iroshizuku asa gao, which writes dry for me.
Filling System and Maintenance: 10/10
This pen comes with a converter, which is what I use with most of my pens. For the price of this pen I couldn't ask for more. The converter fits snugly into the section, and I have had no hint of nib creep, spotting, or staining. I used a syringe to fill the converter, so I cannot comment on how it would have filled using the twist mechanism.
Cost and Value: 10/10
This pen is only available through The Goulet Pen Company, and it is a Limited Edition of 50. The pen was announced on Tuesday night during the Ink Nouveau blog withorders accepted after the broadcast finished. I ordered later that evening, and my pen is #3. Because of the cost of the ebonite, this Premiere retails for $200 rather than $150 for the standard Premiere. This is a very high quality pen, and it is worth the money. It exudes elegance without bling. In addition, I want to acknowledge the exceptional customer service from both Edison Pen Company and The Goulet Pen Company.
Overal, this pen has exceeded my expectations. I am very happy with it. As far as the nib feedback, I could try a wetter ink to see if it would feel "buttery," but for my purposes I need this pen to write somewhat dry. The smell of the ebonite is barely discernable, and in my view just adds to the auhenticity of the pen. I already have a custom pen on order from Brian to be finished at the end of next month, and I am looking forward to that one next!
My review was written on Rhodia for Levenger Circa paper using iroshizuku asa gao ink.
Edited by Tiffanyhenschel, 25 June 2011 - 20:41.