Amazing that we can get a piston filler with an ink window for under $200 with a steel nib but bulb filler pens are being sold for $180 (Gate City) to $250 (Edison) with steel nibs. A bulb filler shouldn't cost more, it's like an eyedropper with half an ink sac at the end. Don't tell me machining threads for the blind cap justifies the price difference.
The bulb filling Edisons are fully handmade (except for the nib and feed unit) custom (or at least semi-custom pens). The buyer can choose any material available and can have a pen's shape modified to suit personal preferences. In contrast the Gate City and Bexley pens are regular production pens with standardized materials and parts. To me, this is more than enough to explain a $50 price difference.
Anyway...I like this Corona. I'd love to see more pens that are not c/c as well.
I'm not sure about your point about being full hand made. I've seen video of Edison pens being made. I've also owned an Edison Pearl. The nib units are the same set up as Bexley and kit pens. Choosing pen color may be "custom" but what's one rod of acrylic from another rod of ebonite? The programmed lathe still follows the same patterns. Are you saying that custom color costs more than piston filling mechanism? The Edison doesn't even have any trim! People can charge whatever they like - if someone is willing to pay then that's fine. I'm just saying the pricing seems off to me. But that's just me, I guess. I'd rather have a pen from a company that makes its nibs instead of laser engraving their logo on a Bock nib. To each his own.
Edited by Vincent1278, 23 September 2011 - 17:04.