The Bexley has a metal band to prevent cracking from over-tightening, where as the Edison does not. Both pens have a clip made out of one peace of gold plated stamped metal. I prefer the Edison clip over the Bexley clip because the Bexley clip is much harder to pull back and looks a little too big for the pen. When recapping the pen the Edison seems smoother to twist open by just a hair, but I have been using it longer because I got it first so this may play a roll.
Turns needed to open and close the cap:
Edison Nouveau Premiere: 1.5 turns
Bexley Perlson Balance: 2.0 turns
My pens are both fine steel nibs with tipping material. They are both stiff and donít give any flex. Both these nibs are probably made by the same German manufacturer. Unfortunately this nib is used on many pens from different manufacturers. This takes some of the excitement out of it because all these pens essentially write the same. I am not even going to provide a writing sample. There are no problems with flow. The nibs screw in and out like a Pelikan or Esterbrook would. Steel replacement nibs for both pens cost about $25 USD. The full set of the stock nib options are:
Edison Nouveau Premiere: Steel(B,M,F,EF), Gold_18K(B,M,F)
Bexley Balance: Steel(B,M,F), Gold_18K(Stub,B,M,F)
Notes: The Edison steal extra-fine nib is a new offering and was not available when the pen first came out. The Bexley gold stub has been unavailable for some time. Binder is the only one I know about who offers separate nibs.
Both pens use the standard international cartridge converter with the usual trade-offs (easy cheap to replace v.s. small ink capacity). This means you can swap converters between the two pens. Itís always nice when a manufacturer sticks to the standard international cartridge converter instead of making there own converter or going into a crazed frenzy and making a different converter for each pen (are you listening Lamy).
Both pens have a plastic injection molded feed. I would have preferred Ebonite (hard rubber). Both of the feeds are a little different. The Edison feed flares out towards the tip of the nib. The fins have slightly a little bit more capillary buffering volume in comparison to the Bexley. The one thing I donít like about the Edison feed is that it has a little bit of give if you push on it with your finger lightly. I am only speculating, but maybe for flex nibs it may offer an advantage if the nib stays pressed up to the feed as the nib flexes up. The Bexley feed is more sturdy.
To me the section is one of the most important parts of the pen because it is where I hold the pen. I usually prefer the section to taper towards the nib. As can be seen from the pictures these nibs taper towards the middle of the section. At first I did not like the shape of the section, but as I used it, it began to grow on me. To screw the section into the body of the pen the Edison requires 7.5 turns and the Bexley takes 5 turns.
The body of both pens are made out of cast acrylic which is then milled and polished into itís final shape. Both pens are available in more then 4 different color patterns. Even though the pens have different patterns both manufacturers call the patterns of my pens -Cappuccino- (how is that for a similarity). I think the Cappuccino acrylic of my Edison is also used by Conway Stewart in one of there models. For both pens both the body, section and, cap are made out of the milled acrylic. Some pen makers use mass produced parts for some sections (I donít like that), but these do not. The threading for the cap is comfortable to hold on both pens. Even though Bexley has courser threads the crest of the thread is rounded to compensate. So holding by the thread in both cases is similar.
Note: There are some limited edition Edison Nouveau Premieres in blue/black ebonite (hard rubber). They will make custom pens out of different materials by request, but the cost is almost a factor of two higher.
I donít care about cases. I think too much money is wasted on the case, when a simple cardboard tubular box would do. These pens both have fine boxes, but I am not going to bother to take a picture.
Cost and Availability:
As of the time of this writing both pens are in production. The Edison Nouveau Premiere is available Exclusively from the Goulet Pen Company on-line. The cost is at the time of this writing $150 USD. The Bexley Perlson Enterprise Balance is available on-line from the Perlson EBay auction web site. Because it is an auction, you have to wait until they offer a pen for auction. They generally post about two per week, unfortunately you can not pick the body material or the nib size (maybe they can be contacted for a request, I am not sure). Because itís an auction there is no fixed price.
Edited by watch_art, 26 November 2011 - 18:25.