Some time ago Shawn announced a project he was starting. Read all about it here: http://www.kickstart...-pens-for-kids/ basically you donate money for his idea and at certain levels there are rewards or incentives. One of the rewards was at the $1000 level. I don't know if Shawn honestly thought anyone would donate at that level. I did. I get a new pen every year for the next 10 years. This review is for the first of the ten.
Originally brown ebonite from I forget where. My idea with ordering this material is that ebonite oxidizes and turns brown anyways so why not start with a brown pen and see it change to different shades of brown. That idea went out the window when a friend of Shawn's saw a posting of the pen here: http://www.penturner...two-caps-97027/ and volunteered to throw some urushi on it. I couldn't turn that down. Off to Japan went my never before seen pen. When it was returned the pen cap got scratched...oops. Luckily Shawn was just starting to play with urushi himself. He volunteered to fix the scratch. So after a bit of a wait I finally got my pen in hand yesterday. The finish is very nice. The brownish clearish (I think) urushi that was used over the brown ebonite makes the pen look like varnished wood. I love it.
Great! Ebonite is light. Urushi adds some weight. Because of this it actually feels a little heavier than the Pelikan M1000 but more balanced as it doesn't get its weight from brass threads but from the material. This pen uncapped looks a feels very similar to the Nakaya Neo Standard. It might be thicker and shorter, I don't know I'm too lazy to check. Shape is similar which is to say very very comfortable. Is it my most comfortable pen? I don't know. I love my Montblanc 149. I'll have to do some more long writing sessions before I can declare it best ever. It is close though. I love the thicker pinched section with the bulbous body.
I've seen previously what Shawn can do with a nib. With this one I chose a wetter fine nib. My problem with JoWo nibs is that they tend to dry out pretty quickly and I figured a wetter nib would help alleviate this. It does. Hasn't dried up yet. Nice and smooth writer with some feedback. I like a bit of feedback. I like to feel the paper. This nib is good.
Cartridge converter. Boring but effective. Can't wait for Shawn to move into bulb fillers. I haven't tried it yet but this pen should be good for eyedropper filling. It takes about 7 1/2 turns to unscrew the section. Shouldn't leak.
The pen came to me in an outer cardboard shipping box very similar to Edison pens. Inside was a thick shipping tube. This is my favorite shipping method. I don't care for "presentation" boxes. They just go in the closet and more often than not the pen rattles around the box during shipping. The tube is better.
I really like this pen. It is an unusual material/finish. It is weighted nicely. The nib is good for an everyday writer. I am always after a pen that can displace my Montblanc 149 as best everyday writer. Does this one do it? I don't know yet. Maybe. I'll take it to work and report back. Can't get pics to attach. Here's a link to the Newton Pens website with pics of the pen http://newtonpens.wo...-dont-touch-it/
Capping and uncapping. The major things I usually look for in quality of a pen are 1)nib 2)finish 3)threads, how it feels capping and uncapping. Edison has the best threads. I love taking the cap off an Edison pen. My 149 is just as good, but I have tried Montblancs that I don't like. So, I rank my 149 as #1 and Edison as #2. Other nice makers like Pelikan, Sailor etc rank #3. Where does this Newton pen rank? I don't know. An Edison pen screws on/off so smoothly. Pelikans are smooth but I wish there were more turns, I always feel that the cap may fall off. This pen uncaps with 2 1/2 turns. That's acceptable. It's smooth. It squeaks. What? Squeaks? Yup, squeaks. At first I didn't really like this. I'm starting to think this give the pen a little personality. I don't know why is squeaks but it does. It is smooth otherwise. I've tried other handmade pens. This is the best after Edison. I would put it just about my former #3 slot. I've had a couple of Nakayas and sometimes they needed the cap to be spun in the reverse directions before threading, just to make sure they engage the threads. I don't feel like I need to do this with this pen. Yes, I put the threads on this pen over Nakaya.
Shawn made two caps for me. One clipless and one with a clip. I couldn't make up my mind. Usually I like clips and I find that I am liking this pen clipped. What don't I like? The actual clip. The design is nice. I get why Shawn chose it. I mirrors the basic shape of the pen. I like that. Bu t the actual clip itself is just a basic clip that you can get from any pen turners shop. I don't know what I want in it's place. It's probably safe to say that the clip doesn't measure up to the rest of the pen. I don't know if Shawn can do anything about this short of making his own clips...that's asking alot. I prefer to think of it as the pen is just too nice for the clip.
Edited by heraclitus682, 05 August 2012 - 19:19.