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