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Ferrari Da Varese Yesterday


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#1 jar

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Posted 06 August 2011 - 21:23

In our survey of some of the Sterling Silver pens we last considered the Botticelli by Ferrari da Varese.

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It is what I would describe as a large pen, maybe even among the extra large pens.

Now let's look at one that is more in the range of standard sized pens, the Yesterday.

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(Yesterday above a Sheaffer Targa, Parker "51" and Pelikan 400)

The Yesterday, like many FdV pens begins as a solid rod of Sterling Silver that is turned to shape. In this pen it is next enameled using high temperature fire glass enamel. The high temperature enamel is harder to work with but produces a lustrous sheen and very hard surface that is immune to most environmental hazards.

When cured, Godrons, straight pin stripe like channels are diamond cut through the enamel to expose the underlying Sterling Silver. Diamond cutting is much slower and more costly than using laser cuts and there is the possibility of the enamel chipping (when that happens the whole pen is simply discarded to be melted down into base metal again), but the result is a very precise and brilliant final product that simply shimmers in the light.

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The Yesterday is available in all Sterling Silver, a black enamel or as in this case, the Burgundy. I bought this one from Franklin Christoph, the US Representative for Ferrari da Varese. And as usual, the service and communication with them was a pure pleasure.

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The pen posts well and an inner plastic cap protects the enamel when the pen is posted.

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The Yesterday is a cartridge converter system based on the standard international size, and the nib is an 18K Bock nib custom tuned and tested before the pen is released.

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As with all my Ferrari da Varese pens, I found this one to be reliable and exceptionally smooth.

It was a tough choice between Diamine Claret and Monaco Red, but in the end I went with Monaco Red. Fortunately there is yet another FdV pen to be reviewed and so I can go to Claret in it.

If you like standard sized pens, this is really one that should be on your short list.

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 01:44

That is a very beautiful, and striking looking pen. Enjoy that! =)

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 07:55

That is a beautiful pen, thanks for sharing.
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 09:47

Generally I don't like vintage pens - but these are gorgeous!!!!
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Posted 10 August 2011 - 12:52

Generally I don't like vintage pens - but these are gorgeous!!!!


Well, the Yesterday is one of Ferrari da Varese's current models and in fact one I bought new just this month.

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 14:06

very nice pen :thumbup: thanks for sharing
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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:32

That's a good looking crema on the coffee there. What equipment are you using?

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 13:53

I like the 30's styling very much! Thanks for posting!

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 13:59

That's a good looking crema on the coffee there. What equipment are you using?


You know, I don't remember which machine I used for that shot, most likely either a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Caffitaly Contata or my Illy FrancisFrancis X-8.

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