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My Experience With Newton Pens

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#1 BigPenFan

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 19:56

Newton Pen (comparison).png Newton Pen (nib out).png 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. 



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#2 gary

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 20:32

First post - welcome!

And it's going to be tough to top that,

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Posted 19 June 2016 - 21:01

You have a beautiful pen.  I have thought of creating a pen with Shawn he has certainly produced some beautiful and unique pens, perhaps in the future.  I have two pens created for my by Renée at Scriptorium Pens and had a like experience.



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Posted 20 June 2016 - 13:47

I'm so glad to hear you like your new pen.  Thanks so much for posting.  :)


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Posted 20 June 2016 - 19:50

So how does it write for you? Is it drawing that book out of you? :)

I am a big fan of Shawn's work and his generosity towards school age children.

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#6 BigPenFan

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 00:56

Zaddick -- It writes well.  The key is that I sent Shawn another pen of mine that wrote the way I wanted the new pen to write.  Throughout the process, he communicated with me, and in the end, he got it right.  The book is a work in progress...but now it is a little more fun.



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Posted 22 June 2016 - 01:24

Thanks for letting us know. Appreciated.

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 02:24

I was one of the backers on Shawn's Kickstarter campaign in 2012.  He demonstrated an uncanny knack for turning my sometimes badly worded wishes into an extraordinary pen.  Pictures at the link below.  Communication was great and the two nibs were exactly what I wanted.  It is an absolute joy to use and is one of the few pens I own that always draws comments from others who see it.

https://www.kickstar...ds/posts/263837

 

Now imagine the pen in the pictures filled with Noodlers Turquoise or KWZI IG Turquoise.


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Posted 25 June 2016 - 02:36

I hope to buy one of Shawn's pens one day. He is a great artisan, wonderful review. 



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Posted 25 June 2016 - 15:46

Mmmm. And I'm having fantasies about one of those wrapped silver feathers on a cap.

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Posted 25 June 2016 - 23:09

Thanks guys.  :)


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Posted 26 June 2016 - 10:05

Congratulations on your beautiful new pen, and welcome to FPN!  

 

What nib have you installed in your gorgeous pen?


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Posted 26 June 2016 - 17:24

It's an oversized custom nib my jeweler made for it.  I've made some of them quite flexible, but this one was to be fairly stiff.  :)


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Posted 27 June 2016 - 13:39

Do you have a photo of the nib, Shawn?  Thanks!


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Posted 27 June 2016 - 15:30

here go

 

https://newtonpens.w...er-medium-long/


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