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Edison Custom-Made Desk Pen

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#1 Robert Ridyard

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 19:13

When I was six years old, penmanship was still considered important and the school that I attended in Montreal used dip pens to teach children how to write. My desk had a round hole in the upper right corner for the ink bottle. (Desks rarely had a hole on the left side because being left-handed was frowned upon in Catholic schools of the 1950s.) My love affair with fountain pens thus began at an early age.

I am now 61 and have used a variety of fountain pens over the years: Sheaffer, Sailor, Montblanc, Pelikan, Visconti, etc. Although they are all excellent writing instruments, I have always missed the delicate balance of the dip pens of my youth. A few weeks ago, I contacted Brian Gray at Edison Pen and explained that I longed for a fountain pen that would have the feel and balance of a dip pen. He agreed to make a desk pen for me, based on one of the models in his Signature line of pens. We exchanged a few e-mails and finally agreed to use the Huron as a starting point.

My dream pen arrived in the mail a month later: a light, exquisitely balanced cartridge/converter desk pen made of red and black ebonite, with an 18K gold nib. The pen is seven inches long, excluding the cap, and it writes like a charm. I have posted several photos of the pen, including one where it is placed alongside a Pelikan M800, a Montblanc 149, and a dip pen.

This was my first experience with the Edison Pen Company. Am I a satisfied customer? Absolutely! Brian Gray is an outstanding craftsman who really goes the extra mile for his customers. Would I recommend the Edison Pen Company to a friend? Most certainly, without any reservation whatsoever.

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#2 Brian C

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 19:17

Congrats. Beautiful. Just get Brian to make you a pen stand out of the same material :puddle:

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 19:26

Very nice, indeed!

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 20:06

That's really great. I am lucky enough to have a Herald in red and black ebonite. I love how the length of your pen shows off the beauty of the material.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 22:19

You can never go wrong with Brian @ Edison Pens!


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 00:05

Beautiful pen...


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 01:12

Oh no, I've been lusting after desk pens lately...This one is a beauty!

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 02:55

Oh yeah, I like it.


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Posted 21 April 2012 - 03:51

That's REALLY nice.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 13:51

Very cool, thanks for sharing.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 13:54

OOOOO! I have often thought about asking Brian for a desk style pen! Bravo. It's gorgeous with the proper length in the hand for pausing and thinking (what I call "writer's thought pause pose").

Awesome. Enjoy!

P.S. Welcome to FPN, too! Thanks for sharing your pen with us.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 14:39

Really nice pen, congratulations!
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 15:07

Oh, my! That's a real beauty. I want one, too!


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Posted 23 April 2012 - 01:46

Gosh, that is gorgeous. Red-black ebonite makes me swoon!

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:02

very nice pen :thumbup:
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 16:40

OOOOO! I have often thought about asking Brian for a desk style pen! Bravo. It's gorgeous with the proper length in the hand for pausing and thinking (what I call "writer's thought pause pose").

Awesome. Enjoy!

P.S. Welcome to FPN, too! Thanks for sharing your pen with us.

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 05:38

Thank you for reviewing your Edison Desk Pen! :notworthy1: I was considering either a Nakaya Desk Pen or about asking Brian to make me one. Then Brian had the FPN LE pens, so I made that pen my first Edison. I just have to decide on what material to have it made out of!


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Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:08

The Edison desk pen looks so similar to the Nakaya Desk Pen, particularly the cap, which is no small part of why I wanted a Nakaya Desk Pen in the first place.... hrm.


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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:03

WOW! What a super looking desk pen. The red and black really do make a statemant. But, how does it write? What style nib did you select? If you were to order another, what would you change?

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Posted 11 May 2012 - 03:55

Stunning! :thumbup:



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