The pen arrived this week, and I promptly inked it and have been writing with it ever since.
My first impression of the Pearl is that it's much larger than I expected. Because it's my first Edison pen, I really had nothing to compare it to, but heard many refer to it as a small pen. The Pearl is smaller than some pen models, but it's actually quite robust overall and very comfortable in the hand.
The dimensions of the Pearl (taken from the Edison website):
22g with cap
16g without cap
5 3/8" capped
This is a light pen, and yes, a shorter pen than many. It is just a bit longer than my Pelikan 215, which is very much a small pen. The difference, to my mind, is the fact that the barrel of the Pearl is substantial, making it a more comfortable pen to hold, despite its shorter length. The diameter of the pen body and cap is 0.61, more than 1/2 an inch. I think that more than makes up for the shorter length. I don't post my pen, but find it comfortable to use without the extra length. The screw-cap is easy to open and close and very secure. I chose a c/c filler, though bulb fillers intrigue me. Maybe my next Edison will be a bulb fill
Here's one comparison shot, taken with a Pilot VP and the Pearl side-by-side:
The material I chose for my Pearl is the pearlized Chocolate acrylic. I worried a bit that the acrylic body would seem cheap. It does not. While it certainly contributes to the light weight of the pen, in no way does the pen feel cheaply made. Again, the body diameter is wide enough to give the pen a substantial feel in the hand. The acrylic is also quite thick. I think that gives the pen that robustness I mentioned before. This is not a flimsy pen, though there are heavier and more expensive materials than acrylic.
The barrel imprint reads:
EDISON PEN CO.
Simple and classy. It's crisply printed in the darker bands of chocolate. Perfect
The nib I chose is the 18k Fine. It's quite a large nib, suited to the substantial girth of the pen. The length and width of all the parts balance, in my mind. The nib writes a smooth line every time, without skipping, and did so right out of the box. I chose a berry colored ink that suits the pen's rich color. I also chose a clipless model and purchased a pen rest for it. I asked, when placing my order, if the pen rest worked well with the Pearl, because again, I expected a small pen. Brian assured me it worked well with all his pens, and it does. The pen rest secures my Pearl and keeps it from rolling, a danger without a clip. I'll also add that I love the Pearl without a clip. There's nothing to distract from the beautiful shape of the barrel and the rich acrylic finish.
I won't give my Pearl a numerical rating, because numbers don't translate to the way a pen fits in my hand - at least to my mind. I'm ruled more by emotion than analysis. Let me just say, I expected a beautiful pen, and that is what I received. I expected a well-made instrument, and that is what I received. I wouldn't hesitate to order from Brian again and highly recommend to anyone who may be thinking of placing an order to just do it. You won't regret it
P.S. Anything that looks like an imperfection is most likely cat hair and fingerprints. I have yet to find an imperfection on this pen, and I've looked (though I don't really expect to find one)