celevipens.com/wordpress site multiple times over several days. Finally I gathered the courage to discuss cost and options with him. What if I supplied the nib, what customizations are possible. Cameron's response were as quick, courteous and as helpful as we've come to find Brian Grey and Brian Goulet are. Before I knew it the quarterly IRS payment was short and a Paypal was going out to Cameron. Within 2 weeks or less Cameron completed my pen. Multiple daily reports came on the status of the pens completion. It was tested with Private Reserve Electric DC Blue ink, let set for several days and rechecked for immediate function and usage. Friday the 15th of July the Nox 2 exited Canada via UPS. It was delivered Thursday 21, July to New Mexico. First off I'll apologize for no pictures. I will ask Cameron to supply those for me. It seems in my net stupidity I am in arrears on my upload account. About 6-9 mos ago I reviewed 2 sets of notebooks with multiple photos. That used up my photo allocation and now when I try to up load I get "You're over your limit" notice. My pen is pictured on the Pen Turning sub forum under New Bronze and Ebonite Pen thread.
Impression: The pen arrived in a hermetically sealed cardboad shipping crate. It was packed in the famous Goulet style of 1000 meters of bubble wrap , along with the Canadian Stock Market report. This was to remind me that the US Government was in dire financial straits due to my failure to pay my full quartely IRS payment.
Design: The pen is a new take on the classic German design. It is a perfect match for the form follows function school of design. It is a 5" long, flat top , clipless pen.
I'm not a poster or much of a clip user so this works perfectly for me. I'd guess the Coefficient of Drag is close to that of my 356 or 0.32. It is made of Black Ebonite in a Matte Black finish. The Trim is of Brass, which is aesthetically perfect for the matte finish. There is a 3/8" wide cap band and a matching 1/16" blind cap band.
Construction and Quality: The consensus of myself and my fellow NMPCC members at the Unveiling was that the construction and quality mirror that of such Senior Hand Crafters as Brian Grey, Joe Cali, Dan Furlano, Dan Symonds and the current high end manufacturers of LE pens. I can find no glitches or faults with the workmanship. One of my peers likened this as to the unveiling of a a miniature sculpture like The Thinker or David.
Weight and Balance: If I can trust the Official house Weight Watcher Electronic portion Scale, we toe in at 27 grams in out trunks, ready to meet the current featherweight pen champ. I'm not a poster, as noted earlier, and the pen is perfectly balanced for my size 8 glove hand. Allows me to glide across the paper with ease.
Nib and Performance: On the unveiling, the locals commented, that can't be. How did he, Cameron, accomplish that. What the heck is that. Multiple views with the community loupes revealed, yes indeed it was a Sheaffer Lifetime 2 Tone Conical, Triumph, Sheath XF nib. This was a no extra charge customization I'd requested. Seeing a conical nib on Cameron's ED version, I wanted one on my pen, a non EDer. Now that I have the Binder Technique down,"Don't stab the paper, Jim, let the pen skate across it and you just guide it". Hats off to Richard , who has made my XXF an XF nib use so much more pleasant. On my Rhodia sample pads, staplebound, it skates with no effort, leaving a precise smooth fine line and a 7/10 wettness with PR Electric Blue ink. Smoothness, without feedback is 100%. Look at Wikipaedia, "Smooth as Butter" entry, this pen is pictured.
Filler System: Well, you've surmised by now it's not an ED. I have some and I like them, except for the burp when I run low on ink. This Sheaffer Vintage Nib has cross bred with a Parker Button Filler. This was hinted at with my blind cap comment under design.
Value: The classic styling, the materials used, the perfect simplistic design, but a beautiful piece of art that call out to me please use me, along with a classic Sheaffer nib places it as close to a 10/10 as one can find in todays world. If you want a piece of art that can be carried to a tuxedo event or in a pair of jeans yet fully usable at a moments notice, this is the pen for you.
Summary: Perfect, as I mentioned before, design, material use, manufacturing, and nib/filler system. You won't be disappointed win Camerons work. I feel honored to be one of the first owners of his work. Cameron Lewis is a name we'll hear more often as time goes on in our FP world. He is a great person to work and do business with, helpfull and innovative at all levels. Thank you Doug, it was money well spent, Jim
Edited by jimhughes, 24 July 2011 - 18:14.