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The first pen is a custom from Brian Gray of Edison Pens (not related, just wish I was, I'm assuming relatives get discounts). ;-)
I have to give huge props to Brian. I've wanted one of his pens for quite a while, but frankly didn't feel right spending that kind of money on myself. So here's how it went around Thanksgiving. I emailed Brian with a rough idea. Very rough. Over the course of back and forth email conversations I realized what I really wanted was a pen that reminded me of the Milky Way, something I grew up seeing, but no longer can due to light pollution.
Brian immediately sent me images of one of his acrylics that he thought would be perfect. I loved it. We also settled on the Mina for my small hands and desire for something with very simple clean lines. Finally he asked me questions about how I wanted the nib tuned (steel/gold, how smooth, how wet, thickness, etc.) I then told my husband about Brian and gave him Brian's email address. My husband knows nothing about fountain pens, so Brian must have made the whole process incredibly easy because there was a beautiful red box under the tree!
My only beef, Brian? This pen is impossible to photograph! The reflects light like crazy, it just has to be seen and touched to be appreciated, and umm, my house is REALLY dusty.
The Fine nib. Brian rates it as a 7/10 for wetness and it is smooth with just a hint of feedback. Exactly what I asked for. Apparently the Kom-peki ink I got for Christmas as well finds the nib irresistible. I rather like it all covered in that pretty blue.
A poor attempt to capture the pen itself. The lines are beautiful, and the material really is like looking up at a night sky. The depth is amazing. It really isn't done justice by the photos, but they were the best I got even with a good flash and macro lens. I think I'd need a nice soft light box to do better.
The pen is light and easy in the hand. The section is very comfortable to hold and frankly the way she lays in my hand naturally you hardly know the pen is there. Because of the shape of the body this pen won't post, but I like it that way. I really can't stress enough how lovely this pen feels in the hand. In fact I find myself just holding it (capped!), spinning it between my fingers, running my hands over it. It just feels lovely and solid and yet oh so light.
Top notch. In some ways this is my simplest pen. It has the least adornment and parts and just plain do dads. But the craftsmanship is amazing, the experience of working with Brian was great. I'd do this again in a heart beat.
I have a three pen holder that goes with me everywhere. It is where my three favorite pens live. This one immediately bumped one of my previous favorites and I don't see it leaving any time soon at ALL. For me this is a poor gal's Nakaya, in that it fills that zen simplicity niche in my pen case.
Thanks Brian, and thanks to my dear husband!
Edit: Duh, Yes Brian Gray of Anderson Pens. Too many names for my poor sick brain.
Edited by tandaina, 27 December 2012 - 22:40.