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Yard-0-Led Viceroy Pocket


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#1 jar

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 21:22

By now I imagine you good folk are getting tired of looking at Sterling Silver pens, and I promise you there are only a couple more to review, but for the moment let's leave the cool, sunny slopes of the Italian Alps and return to Merry Old England and look at one of my very most favoritist pens, the Yard-o-Led Viceroy Victorian Pocket size.

So far we looked at the Viceroy Grand Victorian and Grand Barleycorn finish and the Corinthian, now glance this way folk at a small miracle.

The Yard-o-Led Viceroy Pocket is big yet tiny, weighing in at only 27 gms unlike it's big brother that weighed over 67 gms and it's short, only 4" (just over 101mm) capped. But size can be deceiving as as I hope you'll see by the end of this review.

Put down your Viceroy Pocket Victorian next to a Viceroy Grand Victorian and it's possible to simply overlook the smaller sibling.

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Looking at them both posted and the size difference is even more obvious.

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But first impressions are sometimes wrong.

Look at the Pocket Victorian next to the Corinthian.

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The tiny little Pocket Victorian turns out to be the same length as the unposted Corinthian (see the review on the Corinthian for explanations of why I don't post my Corinthian) and you actually hold the Pocket Victorian by the body instead of a conventional section so the diameter at that point is actually wider than the Corinthian.

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In use, the Pocket Victorian actually feels larger than the Corinthian.

It's when both are capped that again you notice the big difference.

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The Viceroy Pocket Victorian has rapidly become my go to pen, small enough to fit in even shallow shirt pockets or a folio, yet large enough to use comfortably.

One thing to remember though is that it really is cartridge only and just one cartridge will fit. If like Monarchs down through all time you want an heir and a spare, the spare will have to be in your pocket not the pen.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 05:33

Jar, how does the pocket post?, does the cap click in place or is it just a friction fit?
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 09:21

Don't think I could ever get sick of looking at sterling silver pens =)

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 12:54

Jar, how does the pocket post?, does the cap click in place or is it just a friction fit?


It actually snaps in place and is very secure. If you look at the posted picture notice that there is no step between cap and body. When using the pen posted it feels really solid, no wiggle or movement to the cap at all.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 13:15

Greatly informative, especially to see the size comparison tof the Corinthian.
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 15:46

This has been a great series of reviews - I, for one, am certainly not tired of them. Thanks!
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 19:22

Beautiful! I had discounted the pen as less functional prior to reading the review. Hopefully I'll have an opportunity to enjoy it in person some day. Thanks.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 07:37

I'm certainly not sick of looking at sterling silver pens... Keep 'em coming. :)

The design of this pen is ingenious. It makes an extremely compact pen as big as possible in the users hand. Though I think I'd still prefere the Viceroy Grand Victorian.

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 08:23

Great reviews and pics. How could you get bored of looking at silver pens! :thumbup:

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Posted 04 September 2011 - 14:55

So a question to all you good folk.

Does anyone else own one of the Yard-o-Led pocket pens? I am pretty sure that they made more than just this one but can't recall anyone else mentioning that they own one.

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 19:37

What a gorgeous pen. Thanks for the review!

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 15:36

What a gorgeous pen. Thanks for the review!


You are welcome.

This is a pen I bought on a whim, never thinking I'd really like it, more from a "Boy will that be cute sitting next to the Viceroy Grand Victorian" point of view. To my joy and surprise I have found I actually end up carrying this far more often than it's bigger siblings.

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 16:30

I keep thinking that the pocket viceroy would be nice as a ringtop (if YoL offered that option).

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Posted 08 September 2011 - 16:37

I keep thinking that the pocket viceroy would be nice as a ringtop (if YoL offered that option).


Well I have a bunch of ring tops, even a few Waterman 52vs I think. Can't remember when I last used them but one problem I do remember was that they were way to short to do more than a signature unposted and did not post well. Maybe it's time to give one of them some pocket time.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 13:27

Do you happen to know if the Viceroy Pocket fountain pen would fit the loop of a Filofax mini organizer? My Lamy Agenda ballpoint fits, which I think is 9mm diameter (.03 inches), but I'm looking for a sterling silver fountain pen that will; my Montblanc Mozart is a little too large because of the step.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 13:53

Do you happen to know if the Viceroy Pocket fountain pen would fit the loop of a Filofax mini organizer? My Lamy Agenda ballpoint fits, which I think is 9mm diameter (.03 inches), but I'm looking for a sterling silver fountain pen that will; my Montblanc Mozart is a little too large because of the step.


So I called Filofax (they own Yard-o-Led) and Frank said, it will absolutely fit. I'm not an organizer person and so have no personal experience.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 14:06

Do you happen to know if the Viceroy Pocket fountain pen would fit the loop of a Filofax mini organizer? My Lamy Agenda ballpoint fits, which I think is 9mm diameter (.03 inches), but I'm looking for a sterling silver fountain pen that will; my Montblanc Mozart is a little too large because of the step.


I just tried one and it will go in but it is tight (I usually keep a Lamy cp1 twin-pen in mine). The Viceroy Pocket required a bit of effort to get in but that means it is nice and secure and the leather will give a bit over time anyway.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 14:12

Do you happen to know if the Viceroy Pocket fountain pen would fit the loop of a Filofax mini organizer? My Lamy Agenda ballpoint fits, which I think is 9mm diameter (.03 inches), but I'm looking for a sterling silver fountain pen that will; my Montblanc Mozart is a little too large because of the step.


I just tried one and it will go in but it is tight (I usually keep a Lamy cp1 twin-pen in mine). The Viceroy Pocket required a bit of effort to get in but that means it is nice and secure and the leather will give a bit over time anyway.

HTH,

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Martin, gotta ask you.

I am continually amazed by how really useful this pen is. Compared to many other small pens I own from classic vest pocket pens to the Sheaffer Tuckaways to the Japanese shorties, this pen just seems to have no weak points.

Do they sell though?

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 14:48

Martin, gotta ask you.

I am continually amazed by how really useful this pen is. Compared to many other small pens I own from classic vest pocket pens to the Sheaffer Tuckaways to the Japanese shorties, this pen just seems to have no weak points.

Do they sell though?


Not a huge seller, but significant given the price tag.

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 14:54

Martin, gotta ask you.

I am continually amazed by how really useful this pen is. Compared to many other small pens I own from classic vest pocket pens to the Sheaffer Tuckaways to the Japanese shorties, this pen just seems to have no weak points.

Do they sell though?


Not a huge seller, but significant given the price tag.

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Compared to many pens it is a pretty high priced item, but within the top tier pens it is actually one of the less expensive options available.

It simply feel so big in hand and so perfectly balanced, and of course, the hand work involved is just beautiful.

What about the other Yard-o-Led pocket models? Are they as secure when posted as the Viceroy? Are they about the same dimensions?

How do the other YoL pocket models compare?

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