Appearance: The Collier is an attractive design in my opinion and I give it very high marks. The material of the pen is acrylic in the design of Persimmon Swirl. The particular pattern, Persimmon Swirl, is simply mesmerizing and it is very difficult to capture the bewitching beauty of the pen on camera. You simply have to hold one of these in your hand to see the depth of color and see how light dances through the pen like a crystal ball about to reveal a message. I usually prefer ebonite or celluloid for my pens, but I had an affinity for this pen, and that feeling was right. I took these photos on my i-Phone, so they pale in comparison with some of the photo buffs here that create those clear, bright, gorgeous shots. As far as photography goes, I give amature a bad name. ^^ So, I give top marks for the design of the pen. The Collier won some awards and it is not difficult to see why. It's a classic design and I fully intend to grab a few more Colliers in the near future. Moreover, the material gets my highest marks possible as it is simply possesses magical properties. Brian Gray does good work, I can't say enough about the guy and the product he produces.
I placed the Persimmon Swirl next to an actual persimmon to see if they are close. I think the acrylic comes pretty close to the natural product. Beautiful!
The Nib: Two words describe this nib, if I may borrow from SBRE Brown, SERIOUS NIBBAGE! I love this nib and after a few days of getting used to how it writes, I am very happy with Greg Minuskin's work. This is the 14kg EF Full Flex Nib that was to be used for the Edison/Minuskin Spencerian project that was recalled due to the nibs. I don't know what a one is to expect from a pen that writes Spencerian script, but I love this nib. Sometimes when I flex the nib the feed makes contact with the paper, but I don't know if that is me or the pen. It flexes and it flexes well. Sadly, after 1 day of owning the pen, I was writing a letter on a standing desk when the phone rang. I put the pen down and answered the phone, when I turned around, I saw my beautiful pen fall nib first to the floor... a 4 foot drop! The pen rolls if you don't have a pen holder. So, I had to send the nib back to Greg Minuskin for a fix. He provided the photos below and any damage you see on the nib is my own damned fault. These photos were taken by Greg Minuskin and he kindly allowed me to use them here because my i-Phone camera is not up for the job of close-ups.
In closing, the Edison Collier is a classic design, Persimmon Swirl is an amazing material, and Greg Minuskin is a Nib Wizard. I have only positive, glowing remarks, and profuse praise for the pen and the service at the Goulet Pen Co. It's simply been a pleasure and continues to be a pleasure every time I pick up the pen.
Edited by Mr. Sweet, 24 November 2012 - 06:48.