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#1 Celticshaman

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 01:51

Having read the review of the Ocean Blue Etruria by The Noble Savage,i was intrigued with this pen series.There were already quite a few Italians in my collection.But none were as large and mysterious.So i found a fellow FPN'er who was selling his Stipula Etruria Amber.Here are my impressions of this fine pen.

Weight/Size-5 out of 5

This pen is a larger one but not as big as i thought it would be.It looks like a cigar from a distance!!The pen fits the hand just perfect!!And the warmth it gives makes writing a delight.It is about the same length as my Omas Paragon but a wee smidgen larger in girth.

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Here it is with some of my other Italians to show a size comparison.

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Ink filling system-5 out of 5!!!

This pen holds a lot of ink!! I have been able to write for a week with it.The piston-filling system is my favourite style.But this pen has three options available:cartridge,converter or piston-filling.Nice to have these three options.

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The one issue i have had(as others with celluloid pens have also experienced)is that when dipping the end in an ink bottle,the ink can get behind the nib and discolour it a bit.This amber colour made it difficult to tell until in bright light and looking for it specifically.Fortunately it is an easy clean up.Just unscrew the nib,the lower section,and clean it up.It happens rarely.Still,others should know about it.

Nib performance 5 out of 5

Ok,ok.I have been giving high marks so far.But this nib is THE best writing nib in my entire collection.Even better than any of my Omas pens.This nib is a fine,which is my preferred size.It delivers a nice even line that is not too wet.And it is buttery smooth!!!Writing is effortless and a joy.None comes close to this.

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I would use this pen all day ,every day if i didn't own other pens.it is THAT good.
The nib is 18k gold.

Colour/appearance 5 out of 5

Again,a top rating from me.The colour is beautifully stunning.I love browns and greens.But i was taken aback at this pens brilliance.The colour stands out at every angle. it reminds me of an autumn day in the woods with its variation in hues and tones.I know that the Stipula brochure brings out that it reminds one of the Italian earth that bore the Stipula company.I agree!!The trim is silver with gold vermeil.it is classy yet does not distract from the amber tones of the pen.Please forgive the obvious fingerprints on the pen.Sometimes my photography shows how anxious i get to complete a project!

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All of the Etruria pens are numbered .This pen is #6062.


I wanted to show how this pen writes with Noodlers El Lawrence,my favourite waterproof ink.It is one of the few pens i have that flows well with this heavier ink.

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Price/Value 5 for 5
Again,the price for this pen is very good for a pen of such quality.I paid less than half of it's list.So it was a delightful find for me!!

In closing,i would most certainly buy more from Stipula,especially the Etruria.
I don't see them up for sale very often.Probably too many people feel the same way about them maybe??

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:10

Beautiful pen and nice review! I must admit some pen envy with your "Italian collection." blush.gif

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:16

Very nice review, thank you.
Does the nib retract into the barrel ? I don't own an italian pen yet, but it's on my list of pen I really want to buy.

Every teachers in my school got a back pay check today, some got 6000$, but I got 2.32$ since I'm a new teacher sad.gif

I might wait a little while till I get the pen.
If I'm not too indiscrete, how much did you pay for the pen?

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:37

QUOTE (Samovar @ Mar 30 2007, 07:16 PM)
Very nice review, thank you.
Does the nib retract into the barrel ? I don't own an italian pen yet, but it's on my list of pen I really want to buy.

Every teachers in my school got a back pay check today, some got 6000$, but I got 2.32$ since I'm a new teacher sad.gif

I might wait a little while till I get the pen.
If I'm not too indiscrete, how much did you pay for the pen?

Samovar

Hi Samovar.The nib does not retract.I paid $225 for it used.A great deal.I see them (when that happens,which is rare)for between $250 and 325.

It is a pen worth saving up for.if i had to sell every pen and keep two,they would be my Stipula and my Omas Paragon.

Heaven forbid that ever happen laugh.gif

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:45

Excellent review of a gorgeous pen, handlebar. I have two Stipula pens and agree the nibs are superb. They do, indeed, rival OMAS nibs of which I am a big fan also. Both my Stipula pens were perfect out of the box. I have put the Eturia on my short list of pens.

I have a question motivated largely by self-interest. It has to do with the pesky ink-behind-the-nib problem: Could one remove the large piston and fill it directly from the bottle? (Sure this would be an extra step, but it'd be easier than removing the nib unit as you describe.)


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Posted 31 March 2007 - 03:59

QUOTE (Sazerac @ Mar 30 2007, 07:45 PM)
Excellent review of a gorgeous pen, handlebar. I have two Stipula pens and agree the nibs are superb. They do, indeed, rival OMAS nibs of which I am a big fan also. Both my Stipula pens were perfect out of the box. I have put the Eturia on my short list of pens.

I have a question motivated largely by self-interest. It has to do with the pesky ink-behind-the-nib problem: Could one remove the large piston and fill it directly from the bottle? (Sure this would be an extra step, but it'd be easier than removing the nib unit as you describe.)

Good question.I'm afraid to do much more to my pen than clean it as i have described.Too chicken i guess~:>

JD

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 05:31

Great review, Jim! You have good taste in pens wink.gif
Ahhhh, I wish Wim weren't as busy so he could chime in with his opinion of your Stipula; I know he loves his Etrurias....
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 06:26

QUOTE (handlebar @ Mar 31 2007, 03:59 AM)
QUOTE (Sazerac @ Mar 30 2007, 07:45 PM)
I have a question motivated largely by self-interest. It has to do with the pesky ink-behind-the-nib problem: Could one remove the large piston and fill it directly from the bottle?


I also have an amber Etruria. The ink behind the section problem can be solved. Remove the nib--the whole nib assembly is treaded like in Pelikan pens. Then you can clean the section until it's clear. Before you replace the nib, make sure to put some silicone grease in the assembly, close to the nib, so it will seal it.

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 06:38


Handlebar, thank you so kindly for yet another great review. I have been eyeing this pen for awhile, and you are right--it's hard to find used ones. Absolutely gorgeous pen, and it's great to know that it writes like a dream. tongue.gif


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Posted 31 March 2007 - 09:40

Jim, great review and truly a beautiful pen. In my opinion, that pen (which I have kept on my "want" list for a long time) encompasses two favorite qualities: the warmth of earthy celluloid colors and the pen's organic hardware. I am very impressed with the consistent favorable reviews too! Enjoy the pen Jim! That would be one that I'd never, ever expect to see on the "Marketplace" forum.

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 12:09

Handlebar and Escribiente

Great review -- it just so happens that I have on loan an amber Etruria piston fill and a Nettuno Superba ltd edition. I am trying to decide on which one to keep as a trade for my Visconti Wall street. Both are amazing pens

I have a question: both of you mentioned that the nib can be unscrewed from the body just like a Pelikan. Are you sure, I tried with no success and I was afraid to force it so I just gave up. I need to clean it, but am afraid to force the nib in case I damage it.

Please let me know
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 13:54

QUOTE (penforlife @ Mar 31 2007, 04:09 AM)
Handlebar and Escribiente

Great review -- it just so happens that I have on loan an amber Etruria piston fill and a Nettuno Superba ltd edition. I am trying to decide on which one to keep as a trade for my Visconti Wall street. Both are amazing pens

I have a question: both of you mentioned that the nib can be unscrewed from the body just like a Pelikan. Are you sure, I tried with no success and I was afraid to force it so I just gave up. I need to clean it, but am afraid to force the nib in case I damage it.

Please let me know
Thanks

It does unscrew as i have done so with this exact pen.Similar to the Omas pens as well.I understand the hesitant reasoning though.

JD

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 18:08

Handlebar

Thanks -- will give it shot. My italian collection at this point only includes Omas; Visconti, and Stipula. Omas rank almost ahead of all other pens that I own.

I am curious; since you are fond of Italian pens, have you had any experience with the Nettuno Superba. I believe only 911 were ever made. If so, would appreciate your thoughts.

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 18:46

QUOTE (penforlife @ Mar 31 2007, 12:09 PM)
I have a question: both of you mentioned that the nib can be unscrewed from the body just like a Pelikan. Are you sure, I tried with no success and I was afraid to force it so I just gave up. I need to clean it, but am afraid to force the nib in case I damage it.

I have two Etrurias, one older convertible model (brown) and the newer built in piston filler (black) and I was able to swap the nib sucessfully.

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 18:55

Nice review and good photos. Thanks for the great description of your Stipula.

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Posted 31 March 2007 - 23:01

QUOTE (penforlife @ Mar 31 2007, 10:08 AM)
Handlebar

Thanks -- will give it shot. My italian collection at this point only includes Omas; Visconti, and Stipula. Omas rank almost ahead of all other pens that I own.

I am curious; since you are fond of Italian pens, have you had any experience with the Nettuno Superba. I believe only 911 were ever made. If so, would appreciate your thoughts.

Thank You

I have seen the Nettuno in person and say it is pretty.But so far have not "liked" it enough to buy one yet.Who knows though tongue.gif

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 00:51

Hi,

Unscrew the nib, then place the silicone grease on the outside of the nib unit. Do not get any into the feeding mechanism though! smile.gif

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 11:42

great review wink.gif is it me or did you buy an arte italiana paragon????
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Posted 01 April 2007 - 15:13

QUOTE (georges zaslavsky @ Apr 1 2007, 03:42 AM)
great review wink.gif is it me or did you buy an arte italiana paragon????

Indeed i did!!! And a beauty it is.I did a review of it here:
http://www.fountainp...showtopic=28572

My Italian collection is growing!!!

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 00:27

Hi Handlebar,

First of all, thank you for a great review! I do love my Etrurias, all 24 of them smile.gif, and all of them are great writers, too.

QUOTE (Samovar @ Mar 31 2007, 05:16 AM)
Does the nib retract into the barrel ? 
No, it doesn't, that is the Amber Retractible, at least, in this lovely celluloid.

QUOTE (Sazerac @ Mar 31 2007, 05:45 AM)
I have a question motivated largely by self-interest. It has to do with the pesky ink-behind-the-nib problem: Could one remove the large piston and fill it directly from the bottle? (Sure this would be an extra step, but it'd be easier than removing the nib unit as you describe.)

Yes, you can, although it is also a bit messy. Just like you can refill a normal converter straight from the bottle, you can also refill the large metal piston converter from the bottle. Actually, with some of the pens shipped recently, Stipula actually put in a little piece of plastic, that could be fitted to the big piston converter, with which filling it directly is less messy. These little widgets are part of the Stipula Netto ink filling system, too, which is another alternative for making things less messy smile.gif.

It is a little more tricky to put the big converter back in again, though, more so than a normal converter, because the turning mechanism at the end of the barrel has to engage exactly. You may have to try two or three times before you have it in the right position, when putting the barrel back on again.

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