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Edison Extended Mina Quick Review
Posted 15 January 2012 - 17:49
A little background. I have been thinking/wanting to purchase an Edison for some time, and have done all the requisite research of styles and customization options Brian Gray offers, as well as the reviews and comments by current owners. But I just had not gotten to it yet. Plus, I have been on a bit of a binge lately, just adding to the rotation a beautiful Wahl Eversharp Gold Seal Personal Point set (surprise Xmas gift!), a Sheaffer Legacy Palladium (total impulse buy!), a Sheaffer Valiant Touchdown and the long awaited arrival of a Stipula FPN Modello-T. But then Brian's email reminder of just a few days to go for his Dec. Susan G. Komen fundraising sale arrived, and well, I jumped (hey, any excuse to buy a pen!)
I had been really admiring the Mina but to be honest, wondered if maybe it was a bit too, shall we say, feminine, for me? Oh heck, let's be honest - "girlie" was what I thought! But then there was the Extended Mina. Well, that could give me the manly "bigness" I was looking for. So, after spending many enjoyable hours (ok, minutes - when I decide I want something, I don't mess around!) browsing Brian's Smugmug existing inventory collection, I was stopped by the Crushed Sehll Acrylic model. Wow, that looked unusual, especially with the clean minimalist Mina shape. That was the one. For the nib, I went through the usuual debate of gold/steel, but after reflecting on it, I decided the money would be better spent getting a steel nib custom ground. I am a lefty, so I emailed Brian about the pen and getting a grind to .8mm Cursive Italic Right Foot Oblique. I have two other nibs ground by Richard Binder to these specs except one is .4mm and one is .9mm, so the .8 would give me a nice range. His quick reply was simple - "no problem" - my favorite two words.
But here's the really incredible part - from the time of my first email to Brian to the time of the actual pen in my hand, custom grind and all, was 10 days! And Brian didn't even have the pen in his possesion at the time I first emailed him - it was at Brian Goulet's for review of some sort. So Brian shipped to Brian, Brian customized and fitted the nib, inspected and prepared and shipped to me, in 10 days, and that's with the New Year's holiday in the middle. Incredible service.
And, the pen is beautiful, extremly well balanced, Zen-like in shape and comfort, and the nib just the way I like it. The fit and finish is top notch. I can't wait to order my next one - maybe a Urushi Mina - if any are available when complete! Hmmm, maybe I better see if there's a list I can get on . . .
Here are some photos:
Posted 15 January 2012 - 18:24
Posted 15 January 2012 - 18:49
I hope you will enjoy it for a long time.
Posted 15 January 2012 - 18:53
Posted 15 January 2012 - 22:42
Enjoy your Mina. Also a great choice. But then I have one too. And I don't feel girlie at all.
...writing only requires focus, and something to write on. —John August
...and a pen that's comfortable in the hand.—moi