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Deluxe Woodgrain Ebonite Nox Review


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#1 Chi Town

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 00:10

Appearance & Design (9-10)
Since every pen typically has an appearance/design theme. It would be my opinion that this Fountain Pen falls into a category of Pure Artwork and of a Modern era! Posted Image As of late I have been guilty of being on a buying spree of many things related to my pen collecting hobby, some of the more expensive objects have been Fountain Pens. Now some of those other pens that I have bought I have been guilty of just sitting there and just staring at my pens due to their Beautiful Appearance and Design. Now with this C.L. Lewis Deluxe Woodgrain Ebonite Nox, I find myself right back in the chair in my office again just stairing at my latest conquest. I really don't get it on one hannd, as it is such a simple pen and yet on another hand it has such a STRONG presence with the way that it is made. This is after all a DELUXE model of the Nox, and I have yet to see a review of a Deluxe nox. The difference's in the Deluxe Model vs. the standard Woodgrain Ebonite Nox are; the Standard is smaller, Lighter, Less expensive nib and no inlay. My Deluxe, if you look at the picture's you will see the inlay in the Blind Cap. Posted Image. The only thing lacking on this pen is an inlay on the Pen cap to offset the Blind Cap, this would have really set off the pen's appearance.
pen. There are no manufacturing seems or flaws in my Deluxe model anywhere you look.
Construction & Quality ( 10-10 )
The one thing you notice about this pen is that it is not a Flimsy pen. There are no manufacturing seems or flaws in my Deluxe model anywhere you look. Unlike some of my more expensive or maybe fancier pens, it would not scare me to drop this pen for fear of breaking it. This is one solidly built pen!Posted Image
Weight & Dimensions (10-10)
The first thing you notice, if you had your eyes closed, when you picked up this pen is the weight of it, it weigh's in at 28.80g. This is in comparrison to a Franklin Christoph #25 Fountain Pen - 21.46g or a Parker Vacumatic at 16.82g or lastly a Stipula Passaporto at 15.96g. So you can see that this pen does have some girth to it. The circumference is .49". The length capped is 5.22" and uncapped is 5.08". This pen is NOT made to post. There also is no clip. It's not too Large nor is it too small, but it did take a little bit of adjustment for my fingers to get adjusted to it when writting. I really don't have an answer as to why this happened, but for some reason it just did. Now I write with it like an old pen. Posted Image
Nib & Performance (10-10)
The nib that I chose for this pen, although I was not asked, was a Medium. I later realized that Cameron is a Nib Conasuer to say the least. He was going to put a Fine nib on my pen and make all the necessary adjustments to it and I probably would not have known the difference give how tallanted Cameron is with his nib adjusting abilities. Either way I now have a Sheaffer's two tone 14kt nib installed, and it writes so smooth that it's not even funny.I do not know if the nib can be easily removed and replaced with a nib of a different size? Posted Image
Filling System & Maintence (10-10)
This Deluxe edition has the same filling system as the Standard edition and that being a Button Filler. Posted Image. At this point, I just recieved the pen on Saturday, 1 day ago, so I have not had a chance to figure out how much ink the chamber holds to get to "Full". The Button Filler is rather easy to work with, and I don't get all messy trying to fill the pen with ink. Again, when it comes to disassembly, I have yet to try that. I'm not even sure I want to try that with out some guidance from Cameron as this is such a Beautiful pen. The last thing I would want to do is mess the pen up or damage it in some way.
Cost & Value (10-10)
The PROGRAM that I purchased this pen under is; that I do a Review and recieve $150.00 off the Base Price;
So, the Base price was $550.00 + an extra $25.00 for the Medium nib for a gross total = $575.00 - $150.00 = $425.00
I don't know where else you can find a Deal like this where the seller give's you $150.00 off for giving a review, good or bad, after the pen has already been delivered. Posted Image
Conclusion (Final Score, (59/60)
This pen was a long time in the waiting to get it as Cameron does all these pens by hand, not by machine, as I understand it. Then there was a stumbling block up ahead of my pen in line that caused Cameron some grief, but he hung in there and gave that customer what he paid for, even though it took a Loooooooonnnngggg Time. That's something to be said for Cameron....He stay's with the project and does not cut corners or give up on it! Heck I even tried to get Cameron to mail my pen out a day early, but he would have nothing to do with it as the pen was not finished going thru it's projected planning moves, and it was me that was in the way. So I had to wait, not the pen, Ha, ha, ha. Would I buy the pen again? I would not buy the Deluxe Model again, as I already have one now. I will have to wait and see what Cameron comes up with next. I would absoultly recommend this pen, or Cameron to others for to buy a pen from him. His pens are just Gorgeous and his workmanship is second to none!! Thank You Cameron, for the Beautiful Deluxe Woodgrain Ebonite Nox Fountain Pen. It will go into my Collector's section of my Fountain Pen case.

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Edited by Chi Town, 07 May 2012 - 01:01.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 00:23

First off, excellent review! Great pictures too!

It's a beautiful pen, no doubt, but it's hard for me to get past the nib. There's just something jarring about a $575 pen with the same ol' Sheaffer's two tone. I mean, I read where you say it's tuned and all... but...
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 00:33

Great revew, Mike, and what a stunning pen you have there! I have the original black ebonite Nox and love it, but man I'm getting pretty interested in one like yours!

To terminal, Cameron Lewis has a stock of vintage nibs that can be fit to any of his pens. For my Nox, I picked a flexible "Swan" No. 2 nib, made in England by Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. As Mike said above, Cameron is a nib tuner extraordinaire and the nib on my Nox is no exception.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 00:48

Hard to beat an old Sheaffer nib, if you ask me.

Also, I think this is a button filler, not a piston filler. But maybe I'm wrong?

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:02

Hard to beat an old Sheaffer nib, if you ask me.

Also, I think this is a button filler, not a piston filler. But maybe I'm wrong?


Your right, Buddy, that one got past me....I was getting tired when I wrote this up. I made the necessary changes..

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:03

Great revew, Mike, and what a stunning pen you have there! I have the original black ebonite Nox and love it, but man I'm getting pretty interested in one like yours!

To terminal, Cameron Lewis has a stock of vintage nibs that can be fit to any of his pens. For my Nox, I picked a flexible "Swan" No. 2 nib, made in England by Mabie Todd & Co. Ltd. As Mike said above, Cameron is a nib turner extraordinaire and the nib on my Nox is no exception.


Thanks david, I've said it before...Your kind words mean a great deal to me!

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 01:18

I have my Nox inked right now with Noodler's Black and it is such a great writing instrument - holds its own against the Soennecken 111, Nakaya Portable Writer, Visconti Dreamtouch and a few other pens I have inked at the moment.

I love the inlaid blind cap on the Deluxe Model, and the woodgrain ebonite. :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 02:15

Doug C and I got to see and test drive this on Saturday at Breakfast. Both of us have the Original Noxes in BHR and brass, we were overwhelmed with envy. Doug's Mikado and my Nakaya Piccolo in Heki Tamenuri with a SUF nib got little use and paled in comparison to this beautiful piece of art from Cameron. No more pens for you for 3 Months, a Nakaya, And 2 Dani Trios along with this C S Lewis, you are over done my friend. The photographs, while excellently done don't show the real beauty of this pen and the special order Ebonite. Jim

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:42

Doug C and I got to see and test drive this on Saturday at Breakfast. Both of us have the Original Noxes in BHR and brass, we were overwhelmed with envy. Doug's Mikado and my Nakaya Piccolo in Heki Tamenuri with a SUF nib got little use and paled in comparison to this beautiful piece of art from Cameron. No more pens for you for 3 Months, a Nakaya, And 2 Dani Trios along with this C S Lewis, you are over done my friend. The photographs, while excellently done don't show the real beauty of this pen and the special order Ebonite. Jim



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Posted 07 May 2012 - 05:42

Beautiful pen, Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 18:02

Stunning, love the woodgrain

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 18:34

Great photos Mike.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 21:11

Excellent review. I'm glad to see you like the woodgrain Nox as much as I like mine. They really are a huge amount of pen quality for the money.

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Posted 08 May 2012 - 13:56

Mike -

Another beautiful pen. Yes, there will be envy a the club meeting on the 19th. Jim is just kidding you about having to go on a reduced allowance for your collecting. We all really enjoy the reviews of your new finds. Keep 'em coming.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 13:58

Somehow I find your review slightly biased...
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