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The Grifos Nero Muse "pillars Of Hercules" In Sterling Silver


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#1 hari317

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 20:24

I came to know about the Grifos pen company a few years back when its owner, Maurizio Stura joined FPN under the user name Stubnib and wrote a few posts about it. Then FPN member Diplomat wrote this excellent piece on the Grifos pen company: link to article

I was immediately interested, but at that time IIRC, the company was offering pens with only snap shut caps and plastic sections. A recent review about this pen reminded me of this company again and this time I decided to obtain the pen. I contacted the owner, Mr Stura, directly. He is a superb person to deal with, he immediately pointed me to their website, I shortlisted a few models, obtained a quote and then I settled for this pen called the Pillars of Hercules. I ordered it with a BB steel nib, more on it below.

The pen was shipped from Italy by registered on the 23rd of January 2012 and It was delivered to me yesterday 03rd of February 2012.

The pen came packed in a simple, adequate bubble envelope, they even have their own customised packing tape!

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The pen box is very similar to the older Sheafer Targa boxes with an outer velvet lining, a box of carts was included with the pen:
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The box opened along with the Guarantee booklet:
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Onto some pen pictures:

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Gripping section closeups at diffrent exposures:
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Hallmarks on the Sterling silver section:
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Hallmarks on the Sterling silver barrel
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Feed and nib:
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I have to ask Maurizio about this, I had ordered a BB, but the nib that came is at best, a fat M by western standards. However The pen is a very good writer. I have filled the converter with R&K Konigsblau and the flow is even without any skips. The nib is very smooth and it is a rigid point.

A lot of attention has been paid to the details. Since the design is a helical guilloche, and the cap is threaded on type(single leading thread, 1-1/2 turns to cap off), care has been taken to match the screw insert in such a fashion that the continuity in maintained in the helix from the barrel to the cap. Very impressive!

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Cap band engraving, does not look like a laser job.
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Pen Opened:
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Solid Sterling silver construction:
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Strong barrel threads:
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A size comparison:
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L-R: YOL Viceroy Standard Barley, YOL Viceroy Grand Barley, Grifos, Parker Sonnet Fougere

I really like this pen, what is there not to like? It is inexpensive for a solid silver pen(much lesser than the 200USD mark), writes well, is constructed to be strong, features a threaded cap, looks gorgeous.

Other than the really high end and extremely well done Sterling pens like the CP series pens, I am not aware of any other company offering such a diverse range of Guilloche patterns as Grifos. It is a brand worth consideration.

I hope this review with my initial impressions of this pen will be useful. I will update this thread with a long term usage report in due course.

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#2 mbradley

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 04:13

Thanks for the review Hari. It looks like a nice pen. I will have to check out the website. Enjoy your new pen.

Michael

Edited by mbradley, 05 February 2012 - 04:14.


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Posted 05 February 2012 - 16:40

Hari,
Another great review. Great pics. How does the pen feel in the hand compared to the YOL grand? I am actually wanting to see a writing sample with RK Blue ink.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 17:27

Thank you Michael, Jayant for your kind comments.

Jayant, here is the writing sample:

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As you can see, the YOL has the stated nib width. The Grifos has a M line.

The Grifos is quite light as compared to the YOL grand. The Grand does not need to be posted, but I find that the Grifos is well balanced for me when posted. Both the pens are really different so it is difficult to compare them.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 17:34

Thanks for the writing sample Hari. I don't know why I asked for the YOL comparison :headsmack: . You actually answered the question I had regarding the twisted guilloche and the comfort.

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 21:16

Nice new pen Hari! Great review. Does it come with an international converter? Let us know what you hear about the nib.

Edited by Uncle Red, 05 February 2012 - 21:26.


#7 hari317

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 12:03

Nice new pen Hari! Great review. Does it come with an international converter? Let us know what you hear about the nib.

Thanks for the kind comments. Yes, an international converter was included, prefitted to the pen. I will let you know what Maurizio has to say about the nib, i just wrote a letter to him a few hours back.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 04:23

dear hari,

it is such a nice looking pen, seems to be hefty but so beautiful. and the nib is smooth too. the engraving is better than what i have seen on most pens and i would say is truly stunning. i feel that this pen maker will go on to become a coveted brand.

in fact the pen matches the owner. heartiest congrats on acquiring the pen.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 13:49

Hello Hari,
As usual a detailed review with very nice pictures! Congratulations on your new acquisition.
You really like sterling silver pens! Did you forget to include your Ratnam/Ratnam Sons silver pen?
Best wishes!
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Posted 07 February 2012 - 13:55

heartiest congrats on acquiring the pen.


Thank you Krishna.

Hello Hari,
As usual a detailed review with very nice pictures! Congratulations on your new acquisition.
You really like sterling silver pens! Did you forget to include your Ratnam/Ratnam Sons silver pen?
Best wishes!
Abhik


Thanks Abhik, nice to hear from you. Sterling Silver is a nice pen material, i have been slowly accumulating some pens over the years. I have not forgotten the Ratnamson 42P, I was using it last month, then polished it and stored it away. This was only a quick comparison picture, someday I will photograph my entire group of sterling pens.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 15:12

Hari...congrats on your new acquisition...lovely looking pen...I especially liked the paraphernalia that came along with the pen...and needless to say, your photos are wonderful...enjoy writing...

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#12 hari317

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 15:52

Thank you Jai. I was pleasantly surprised by the guarantee booklet myself. They seem to have much more models than what is shown there, e.g. this pen does not feature on the pamphlet.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 17:37

Beautiful pen, congrats. It's a pity a sterling silver pen doesn't come with a gold nib, though.

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 17:52

Beautiful pen, congrats. It's a pity a sterling silver pen doesn't come with a gold nib, though.

Thank you. The pen is available with a gold nib option, I cheaped out and chose the steel nib.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 00:47

Thanks for the fine review and pictures, Hari. I'm glad to see another Grifos pen be reviewed. That pattern is one of the most pleasing to me of any Grifos sterling pen.

I have the sterling moire pattern, and like it very much; I may attempt a review of it. One thing that bothers me a little is that the threaded cap makes quite a bit of metal on metal noise, when opening and closing it. I wonder if you notice that with your pen. I'm not sure what could be done to lessen it, but it seems not luxurious.

Enjoy your pen.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:14

Thanks for the fine review and pictures, Hari. I'm glad to see another Grifos pen be reviewed. That pattern is one of the most pleasing to me of any Grifos sterling pen.

I have the sterling moire pattern, and like it very much; I may attempt a review of it. One thing that bothers me a little is that the threaded cap makes quite a bit of metal on metal noise, when opening and closing it. I wonder if you notice that with your pen. I'm not sure what could be done to lessen it, but it seems not luxurious.

Enjoy your pen.

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Thank you Joe. I was considering the Moire also. In fact, I think I saw a picture of your pen that you had posted in another thread. Pls do post a review.

I can feel the threads on my pen but no squealing noises yet. That is the typical problem when both the threads are made from the same material. I can already see that Grifos has taken measures to minimise this noise, the thread profiles is acme like on the cap and much finer on the pen barrel thus providing good clearances. The cap's leading thread start has been given around 7 axial "cuts" so that it helps lock the cap when fully closed.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 17:17

Nice one Hari, it should be heavy like a hammer. Is it tiring to use for a long time?
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 18:57

Hi Diplo, Yes, it is a heavy pen at 42 gms approx, but lighter than the YOL Grand for example at 60gms. The pen is curently out of my rotation, maybe it will come back in a few months.

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