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Review Edison Hakumin

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#1 Strang



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Posted 02 September 2011 - 21:36

This is my first topic since my new member introduction some time ago, so I apologize in advance for any and all mistakes.

I ordered this pen from Brian Grey at Edison and Ernest Shin at Hakumin. It, like fine wine, took a lot of time and effort to complete. I went into the process with only very vague ideas about the finished product. Looking at some of Brian's custom work, I made a few suggestions. He came up with a basic shape and size for the ebonite "canvas" which Ernest would complete. Brian also contributed the wonderful broad stub nib. As for my input to the final product, I must thank Ernest for sticking with me when I seemed to have no ideas. I gave him the Kanji quotation ("mood of the poem" or "poet's mood as he writes" or thereabouts) and suggested the placement and desire for raden bands, and later the finish and colour of the pen and the colours of raden. All of which required considerable prompting from Ernest. I made no further contribution. Ernest sent me diagrams of his design and Brian sent me photos of the turned pen. What you see below is the finished product. To say it is my grail pen would be an understatement. I could not have visualized an outcome as close to my idea of a perfect pen, but Brian and Ernest came up with just that. Although I promised a "review" in the title, there is little point in going through catagories and awarding a 10 out of 10 in every case.

The first three pics were taken by Ernest, the others are mine. I apologize for my poor photography.

[edited to say to the mods: If this is posted in the wrong forum, please feel free to move it.]

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Edited by Strang, 02 September 2011 - 21:39.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 21:56

Simply gorgeous. I'm glad you were able to get the pen of your dreams and what better craftsmen than Brian and Ernest to make that dream some true. :thumbup:
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 21:59

That is definitely a one of a kind and beautiful.

Congratulations on a great pen. :notworthy1:

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 22:03

That is a fabulous pen! Congratulations. Wow.
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Posted 02 September 2011 - 22:09

Absolutely gorgeous!

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 22:24

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 22:40

A stunning, special pen! Congrats! :bunny01: :bunny01: :bunny01:

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Posted 02 September 2011 - 23:02


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 00:02

Stunning ! Congrats on a great pen!


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 00:06

Delighted for you!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 00:19

+1 on the stunning! May you enjoy it every day.
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 00:33

Oh, wow! Just... wow! Congratulations!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:21

+1 .. stunning pen. It is heartening to see a gorgeous personalized pen.

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:34

What a gorgeous pen! The envy!
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 01:50


(You know it's a tremendous *swoon* when it's italicized.)

P.S. I am jealous. (In the good way. In the GOOD way!)


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Posted 03 September 2011 - 02:48


Believe it or not, this is the first time that I've seen this pen! I saw Ernest's proposed design, but never got to see it finished until now!

Great work Ernest!

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Posted 03 September 2011 - 03:00

Wow. I've not been a fan of the Pearl body, but that finish changes everything. Gorgeous!
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 15:05

Absolutely, utterly beautiful. Like Ethernautrix, I find this pen passes the jealousy test with ease. Thanks for sharing!
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 15:39

Beautiful pen Richard! many congratulations!
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Posted 03 September 2011 - 16:41

beautiful! congrats!

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