Next we wandered south and west and back north to Varese where we looked at the Ferrari da Varese Botticelli, Yesterday and compared the Ferrari da Varese Savant to the Yard-o-Led Corinthian.
The day is beautiful and young, I've had two Lavazza espressos, the Alfa has a full tank of gas so let's head on another road trip. We could take the toll roads and get to our destination in a little over an hour, but instead, let's stay off the highways and turn this trip into an adventure. The greatest threat will be all the traffic circles on our route but by now we know the Alfa is quick and nimble and that with adequate arm waving, bravado and panasch we can master even them.
We bid Varese adieu and head off for the Aosta Valley and the Mont Blanco tunnel.
Way back in 1979, Maurizi (FPN member stubnib) was a student when restoration work a the Abbey Fruttuaria uncovered a mosaic dating back almost a millennium. His teacher was wise enough to pull the kids out of conjugation class ...
Julius Cæsar was therefore compelled to invade Britain again the following year (54 B.C., not 56, owing to the peculiar Roman method of counting), and having defeated the Ancient Britons by unfair means, such as battering-rams, tortoises, hippocausts, centipedes, axes and bundles, set the memorable Latin sentence, "Veni, Vidi, Vici," which the Romans, who were all very well educated, construed correctly.
The Britons, however, who of course still used the old pronunciation, understanding him to have called them "Weeny, Weedy and Weaky," lost heart and gave up the struggle, thinking that he had already divided them All into Three Parts.
(extra points to the first reply that explains the source of the quote above)
... and took the class to see the newly uncovered mosaic.
I bought this pen several years ago. It's Sterling Silver, standard international cartridge/converter and has two nibs made by Bock, one stainless steel the other 18K White Gold with the Griffins from the Mosaic engraved surrounding a stylized nib. Both nibs are smooth with good feedback, very controllable and moderately wet.
The guillochè engraving is a pattern called "mille righe" (a thousand lines).
It is fairly light for a Sterling Silver pen weighing in at 35.4gms as opposed to the Ferrari da Varese Yesterday that weighed 36.7gms.or the Savant at 42.9gms.
The Grifos is a snap cap and also securely snaps in place when posted. Balance is perfect. When capped its size is almost identical to the Savant, slightly longer than the Yesterday.
When posted the length is right between those two.
The nib though is very large, larger than either of those two pens...
... and the section is the widest of the three as well.
What sets Grifos apart and in a class of its own in the value. Among Sterling Silver pens, Grifos has to be the best kept secret out there, with prices far below those of Yard-o-Led, Ferrari da Varese or Montegrappa.
If you are in the market for a Sterling Silver pen, I strongly recommend taking a serious look at the pens from Grifos..
Edited by jar, 16 August 2011 - 00:16.