I gave Shawn another challenge, and he came through magnificently! Check out my new vacuum filling Newton Pens custom!
(L to R, Pelikan M800, Lamy 2000, TWSBI Vac 700, Omas "New" Paragon, Newton Pens Custom)
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This pen is a wonderful mongrel. The nib is a vintage Waterman Emblem. The feed is from…a well-known German company. The filling system is from a TWSBI Vac 700. Shawn fashioned the rest from tortoise celluloid. I love the smell of camphor!
It’s a bit long, as you can see in the pictures, but it had to be to accommodate the steel rod from the Vac 700. The pen is well-balanced and feels very good in my hand. I’ve also got an older pen from Shawn from back in his wood lathe days. That pen was good, for sure, but it’s clear that the upgrade to a metal lathe was beneficial. Seams are smoother and the pen feels super solid.
I’ve been using it as my main carry for three days so far, and it’s been perfect. The ebonite feed has supplied a consistent flow, the nib has a touch of flex, and the pen itself just fits my hand very well. Even in the consistent heat outside these days, I’ve gotten no burps nor blotches when transitioning from A/C to none.
I’ve not yet tried flushing. I’ll have to give a quick update when I get there, but I doubt there will be any issue.
If this were a Visconti or Delta, It’d have an MSRP of $995 and a street price of $475. Go buy one before Shawn figures out what his pens are really worth.