Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies






Photo

Gate City Pen, The Belmont (0.8 Stub Grind)

gate city bexley belmont syringe review stub richard binder

  • Please log in to reply
22 replies to this topic

#21 mhosea

mhosea

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,182 posts
  • Location:Boston, MA
  • Flag:

Posted 26 September 2014 - 02:35

OP, I think your pen would have looked a lot better if it didn't have that transparent/demonstrator part in the middle..That look kinda cheapens the pen tbh..But that's just me..

 

I think that's right.  I think it would be improved if it had a 1cm ink window rather than an entire clear barrel.  But, that require a sleeve/facade, which isn't happening on that contour, so it's all ink window or no ink window.  Perhaps a compromise would be a much darker Lucite for the barrel.

 

The price of these things no doubt reflects their small-run circumstances--no economy of scale to speak of, and a custom-branded JoWo run was not in the cards for the Gate City pens.  It took Brian Goulet a good long while to work up to whatever the order size was at GPC to get his.  You can put any JoWo #6 on there, not that any of the steel ones look that much better, though an unplated one would match the color of the rhodium-plated trim better.  I had an 18K Cartier-branded #6 nib (snagged off Ebay for a mere $60) on one of my Belmonts for awhile but later moved it to a Bexley Poseidon Magnum.


I know my id is "mhosea", but you can call me Mike. It's an old Unix thing.


Sponsored Content

#22 georgeb

georgeb

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 483 posts

Posted 06 October 2014 - 23:07

I see the clear ink window as a piece of blank canvas that I can fill in with the color of the ink I am using.



#23 mhosea

mhosea

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,182 posts
  • Location:Boston, MA
  • Flag:

Posted 07 October 2014 - 17:57

I see the clear ink window as a piece of blank canvas that I can fill in with the color of the ink I am using.

 

I can see that, and I have received compliments on the gray Gate City Belmont, in one case referring to the pen as a whole and the other having to do with how the person liked the appearance of the ink in the reservoir.  Personally, the only thing I don't particularly like is the visible shellac'd threads at each end.  It's fine on my Galapagos model, but on the gray model it introduces an amber color that shouldn't be there.


I know my id is "mhosea", but you can call me Mike. It's an old Unix thing.






Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: gate city, bexley, belmont, syringe, review, stub, richard binder



Sponsored Content




|