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#1 Jonst

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 22:37

1. First Impressions

Impressive! A large, polished wooden box displaying a striking looking pen and an unusual carbon fibre ink well.

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2. Appearance, Design and Construction

I love demonstrators and carbon fibre and titanium, so bringing all of those elements together in this pen are ideal for me. I am also a big fan of Formula One, so I am a sucker for the (tenuous) link between the pen and the motorsport. For those not already familiar with this pen, the carbon fibre overlay is made by an Italian company called Carbon Dream who specialise in composite materials and, when not making pen parts, they make carbon fibre parts for the Red Bull Formula One team and the road cars of Bugatti, Ferrari and Maserati, among others.

The construction on my pen was top notch but I did have a crack in the housing of the nib. However, there was resolved speedily and effortlessly with a nib swap.

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3. Weight and Dimensions

It's big! Capped it's approximately 150mm long and weighs 55 grams. Given the light weight materials I was expecting it to be lighter than it actually is and, in particular, the substantial titanium blind cap makes it back heavy when writing (although it didn't take me long to get used to it).

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In the flesh it manages to make its parents look modestly sized by comparison! I think this is mainly due to its girth, which seems much greater than the M1005, let alone the AD2000. It is also longer than the silver overlay Ripples. I think the extra length is in the blind cap.

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4. Nib and Performance

I ordered the pen with an extra-fine palladium nib, which is smooth and produces a nice fine line. However, I understand that there has been a change in Visconti's UK distributor and I came across their old distributor selling off 18k medium nibs at a competitive price. I duly ordered one and sent it off to John Sorowka for him to regrind to a cursive italic. This is my first experience of speciality nibs and I now see what all the fuss is about. The cursive italic makes all my normal round tipped pens seem boring and uninspiring by comparison!

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5. Filling System

Double Reserve Power Filler. As others have said, the pens with this system really do hold a gallon of ink. However, I very rarely fly anywhere for work so this system has no real benefit for me and I find having to recharge the first resevoir from the main chamber a bit of a pain if I am taking notes with this pen during a long meeting. I know you can leave the blind cap loose, to allow ink to flow freely from the main chamber, but this just increases the length of the pen and further affects the balance. Personnally I would prefer a single chamber.

6. Cost and Value

Very expensive at list price - roughly £1,300 here in the UK. Faced with such a high price I sourced mine from Bry Greer - enough said - except to echo other members' comments on his excellent service. The great design and materials and the writing performance with the customised nib make the discounted price of this pen worth it to me.

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7. Conclusion

Truth be told, out of all the Ripple series of pens the clear/silver Chatterley is my favourite. But being far too late to the party to nab one of those, this would be my next favourite. The combination of the design and the modern materials make this pen a winner from my perspective. In fact I like the design of the Ripple so much, I have recently added a Black Ripple but that's the topic of another review.

Thanks

Jon

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#2 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 22:44

congrats on a nice pen :thumbup:
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

#3 matveik

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 23:31

Lovely photos. I had no idea this pen was so big! Must be even more striking in person.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:16

I have the AD 2000 and the Sentryman each in carbon fiber and well for this pen . . . 

Edited by sheehmi, 23 January 2012 - 03:17.

Rhodium trim only please

#5 leod

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:17

nice collection you have there, is that AD2000 made from carbon fiber?
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

#6 Classics

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:28

Great looking pen. This has been on my short list for a long time.
Congrats!
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#7 jandrese

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:48

Good review and nice pictures. I was just thinking about this pen the other day, sort of kicking myself for not buying it when I had the chance. It's about the only Visconti that I would want. That AD2000 looks good too...

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:49

Beautiful pen.

What a handful! Enjoy it in good health.

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#9 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:20

nice collection you have there, is that AD2000 made from carbon fiber?

yes, it is an AD 2000 made from carbon fiber that he has. I have one too of which I made a review a while back.
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:22

nice review and pics!
thanks!
Cogito ergo sum

#11 Jonst

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 12:58

Thanks Guys.

Yes, Leod, as Georges has confirmed, it is a carbon fibre AD2000. I know it's not very clear in my photos but limited photographic skill and equipment make it difficult to capture!

Jon, it's not too late for you I am sure!

Best wishes

Jon

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:05

Beautiful pen and great photos, thanks for the review!

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#13 raging.dragon

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:33

How does the size (especially the section diameter) compare to the Opera Master?

#14 Jonst

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 13:58

How does the size (especially the section diameter) compare to the Opera Master?


Hi,

I don't have an Opera Master, nor any calipers to measure the Carbon Dream accurately but the diameter of the cap is roughly 15-16mm, the grip section 8-9mm and the barrel 12-13mm.

Best wishes

Jon

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 20:12

After that great review I'm very interested in considering this pen for my next purchase. How does it compare to the wall street le, and does anyone have any hands on experience with using both the carbon ripple and the wall street le?

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 23:56

After that great review I'm very interested in considering this pen for my next purchase. How does it compare to the wall street le, and does anyone have any hands on experience with using both the carbon ripple and the wall street le?


I've tested a friend's silver Ripple, and it dwarfs my Wallstreets. The Ripple is similar in size to the Opera Master. The section sizes are very close. I believe the Opera Master is slightly longer and noticably heavier (and the carbon dream is built from lighter materials than the silver), while the Ripple has a slighter larger barrel diameter.

I'm tempted by this one as well.

#17 Ghost Plane

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 00:58

This is a big, fat, HEAVY pen. Think MB 149 width and a tad longer, I think. [Mine isn't in front of me at the moment to compare.] You will NOT, repeat NOT, be posting this sucker. It holds a bomb of ink, you get to watch it through the carbon, so think about staining and pretty ink colors.

Don't have the ability to take pictures right now, but this is up there in both size and length.

If you don't like fat pens, don't get it.
If you don't like long pens, don't get it.
If you don't like heavy pens, don't get it.

I adore mine, but I like big, fat, heavy pens. The previous owner of mine found it too heavy and preferred the Mudejar for a similar build, but much lighter weight.

That being said, I keep a stable of 6 Ripples for major writing projects as, for me, they're the best balanced, most ergonomic monsters out there and save my hand from cramps. :thumbup:

If you do a search on Bryant's threads in the archives, I have vague memories of him putting pictures of the Ripples against some other pens for comparison.

#18 raging.dragon

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 01:06

Pretty much, though I'd call it more than a tad longer than the MB149. :thumbup:

Edited by raging.dragon, 30 January 2012 - 03:00.


#19 Wael El-Dasher

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:38

Great review, thanks for the comparison photos, they really help. I have one but can't ink it still since my daughter saw it and made me promise to give it to her for graduation in a couple of years... :crybaby:...my mistake for showing her all my new pens :headsmack: .

It was interesting that you swapped the nib to the 18k, I haven't found the Palladium nibs agreeable with my writing style, they seem way too smooth for me and lack any feel, the 18k feels great to me. You've encourage me to order a 18k EF and have it ground to italic cursive just to find out how that feels like. Any chance of a writting sample or sketch?

Use it in good health.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 17:26

This is a big, fat, HEAVY pen. Think MB 149 width and a tad longer, I think. [Mine isn't in front of me at the moment to compare.] You will NOT, repeat NOT, be posting this sucker. It holds a bomb of ink, you get to watch it through the carbon, so think about staining and pretty ink colors.

Don't have the ability to take pictures right now, but this is up there in both size and length.

If you don't like fat pens, don't get it.
If you don't like long pens, don't get it.
If you don't like heavy pens, don't get it.

I adore mine, but I like big, fat, heavy pens. The previous owner of mine found it too heavy and preferred the Mudejar for a similar build, but much lighter weight.


By an eerie coincidence, I happen to have traded away the Carbon Ripple I bought for an Arte Mudejar. I'm going to have to +1 everything GP says.






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