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First takes: Bexley Owners Club 2007 LE


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#1 Tom L

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 14:40

I received my Bexley Owners Club 2007 LE pens yesterday. The pens are available in two flavors - red woodgrain ebonite with gold trim (called 'amber') and the darker brown hard rubber with silver trim (called 'mahogany').

Although I have a preference for the darker pen, I inked the amber right up, thus qualifying it for the "What's in your pocket" thread, where I was encouraged to write a review. This is in character for me to use the one I like less, as I have a tendency to save/hoard my favorite things. (Anyone else do that?)

My initial impression holding the capped pen iwas that the rings felt somewhat prominent and I was concerned they would be uncomfortable while using the pen. But they were not. With the pen in my hand to write they were not a comfort issue whatsoever.

On the other hand, this is a medium size pen and has a very pleasant heft to it. It has a substantial feel in the hand which may be from the additional weight from those metal rings.

In appearance the pen is intended to be reminiscent of bamboo. The rings and general shape certainly are although to my eye the color does not lend itself to that image. The flow of the pen when capped is seamless. As the cap lines up with one of the rings there is no break in the visual flow. The cap tapers to a thin lip, which seems as it could be the one potential weak part of the structure should the pen be mishandled, although knowing Bexley's attention to detail I suspect that it is substantial. Although a very different pen, the rings also reminded me of the Montblanc Nicolaus Copernicus. I *would* love to see this pen in black hard rubber. It is a medium size pen, which means that it is comfortable to hold, and that I'll get plenty of chances to do so as it will fit in all of my shirt pockets.

Writing? I chose a fine nib on the amber and a medium nib on the mahogany. I do like the Bexley stub nib but as it is a broad stub it is less suitable, with my hand, for daily writing. The fine nib on the amber started instantly with a smooth line as I've come to anticipate from my other Bexley pens. The flow is generous but just shy of what I would call 'wet' - perfect!


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#2 southpaw

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 17:33

Thanks for the first review of the new BOC2007LE! Very well done. Enjoy your pens.
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#3 Stephen-I-am

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 18:35

Thanks Tom for the review. I'm glad I 'encouraged' you to write it! wink.gif

What do you think about the balance of the pen when you write with it posted? My one concern is that its length might throw off its balance.

I have an America the beautiful, and I think it's the best balanced pen I own (along with a Pelikan city series).

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#4 Tom L

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 18:55

QUOTE(Stephen-I-am @ Dec 12 2006, 02:35 PM)
What do you think about the balance of the pen when you write with it posted? My one concern is that its length might throw off its balance.

Stephen,

And thank *you* for the encouragement.

I do not generally post, but I do observe that while the pen is rather long when posted, it adds weight but does not unbalance the pen, at least not to my sense.

Hmm, has there been a survey done on posting versus not posting?

-Tom

Edited by Tom L, 12 December 2006 - 18:56.

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#5 Stephen-I-am

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Posted 12 December 2006 - 19:32

There have been surveys on posting vs. not. I myself am an incorrigible poster. I'm thinking of selling my black Namiki bamboo for that reason sad.gif.

Well, maybe a black and rose gold Am. the beautiful to go with the chocolate ebonite ...

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Posted 15 December 2006 - 18:20

Thanks for the review, I just love the look of the red woodgrain.

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Posted 16 October 2007 - 01:36

Is there any way to compare the medium versus the fine nib in terms of smoothness, wetness and line width?

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