Oh my! What a beautiful pen! Open the subtle crocodile-esque box and feast your eyes on the stunning acrylic - and the two-tone nib matches just beautifully!
I can't much improve on photos by others here and by Brian, so apart from this next one, the rest are of my pen, but from Brian.
Not a lot more to add from above apart from the wonderful translucence of the Antique Marble. The added bonus here is that the bulb filler means that the variation in this magic opaque marvel of acrylic sorcery is given multiple opportunities to preen in front of its enraptured owner. In this respect, it bears some similarity to the Stipula Vedos, but the Antique Marble somehow wins me over so much more.
WEIGHT AND DIMENSION
The Collier is a lightish pen. It's a non-poster with good girth (2cm) and largish size (13cm unposted, 15cm with cap on). It's a good length and very comfortable in the hand.
NIB AND PERFORMANCE
I asked Brian to give me a two tone nib and to grind it to a 0.9 cursive italic. He obliged. The nib, is a large one (MB 149 type size), and looks wonderful on the pen. It's early days yet, but during this breaking in period, it's a touch toothy, but working very nicely. With each day it seems to get better and better. If I slow down, there is a nice variation and a touch of flex - nice.
I'm sorry, but someone has to say this and it may as well be me: I'm a genius!
I thought it might be nice to try a bulb filler so I asked Brian to do a bulb filler for me in the Collier and an extended Mira ( a separate review for the Mira on the way). This is a marvellous filling system: and brilliant in its effectiveness and simplicity.
While it takes a little longer to fill; and you need a deep ink-well or bottle, once done (and it's still not that long) your ink seems to never run out!
COST & VALUE
The Collier is not an expensive pen; and the main production version is available through Richard Binder and Gourlay Pens very reasonably. Mine has been customised by Brian and even then, was definitely a value proposition.
Add to the above, Brian's commitment to buff any scratch free of charge and be available to deal with any issues, makes this review just another testament to his excellent product and outstanding service.
It's not often when the photo sent by the merchandiser pales by comparison to the real thing; but this is what happened this time. Brian's pics are great. His pens; greater...and getting better all the time. Add to this, the wonderfully generous ink capacity of the bulb-filler, its simplicity and the impact of segmenting the acrylic for the bulb filler sending the pen's translucent shine to a variety of angles, and you have, to use the Australian vernacular, a little ripper!
TOTAL SCORE: 26.5/30 (or 87/100)
0-50 = to be avoided at all costs
51-60 = if it's cheap and you don't really care….
61-70 = a nice pen with the makings of something better (just don't spend too much)
71-80 = A better than average pen with just a few flaws that stop it from being really good
81-90 = A good pen, a keeper only a few minor places off being great
91-95 = Now THIS is a pen! If you can get it: keep it, love it, cherish it, and keep it away from the dog
96-100 = Grail
Edited by youstruckgold, 09 November 2011 - 11:00.