I bought my first “real” pen nearly 20 years ago—a Montblanc 149—to celebrate my first job after I was discharged from the military. My collection has grown over the years, and I have looked at this forum for information and reviews of ink and pens. On more than one occasion, I have made decisions about what to purchase because of the posts I have read here. I am hoping this review serves as a way of paying forward my own good fortune. It was through a search on this forum for the pen that had everything I wanted in a writing instrument that I discovered Shawn Newton.
To sum up the experience with Shawn in one word, it would be this one—WOW! For years, I have had a concept in my head, but I never found it. After attending more than my share of shows, I realized that I had to find someone who could actually create what I wanted.
A short history is in order. I have always admired the Montblanc Hemingway, but it always seemed unattainable. A few years ago, I saw one at a pen show and I knew it was a great piece of work. I was not in a position to pick up that particular pen, but the experience made me think. What if I could have something that was similar to the Hemingway, but it would be unique to me? Not just a pen that you use to do some work at the office—the kind of pen that inspires you to pick it up and create the book that has been in your head for years or something else that is totally new. Shawn has produced a pen for me that exceeded my expectations.
Larger pens work best for me, but to understand the sizing of Shawn’s models, I included a comparison picture. The picture shows my Newton Pen next to my Montblanc 149, Pelikan M1000, and a Parker Duofold Centennial (in order) . The size of the pen is a Medium and is designed around a nib that is similar to a Montblanc 149 size. Shawn has better pictures of my pen on his website, at https://newtonpens.com/gibby-blue-marble-and-black-ebonite-sterling-silver-medium-long/.
The real important thing I wanted to share was the experience of working with Shawn to create my custom pen. He was patient and accommodating to all of my requests. Want a piston filling system? Done. Want silver or gold? No problem. Want your initials engraved on the cap? Sure thing. Simply put, if you have an idea for the pen that you have always wanted, Shawn can make it happen. He can actually make dreams come true.
In summary, if price is a factor, save for it. You will not be disappointed. A one of a kind piece of art like the ones Shawn creates is worth every penny.