'Tis time to update the post. Temptation came calling, in a few separate ways, but all leading to more Bexley pens. Let's start at the beginning...
After reading a lovely review of the updated/downgraded Bexley Prometheus in ebonite from member Bobje, I started to reconsider the pen model. I had written it off as I wanted one of the original Prometheus pens from 10 years ago. They came with #8 size Jowo nibs that were specially tuned by a nibsmith in Japan (though I am not sure who). They are integrated piston fillers and have a nice girth. While I did not love the cracked ice look of the barrels, I wanted to try the nib. As noted above, The lovely people at Vanness still have a few of the Prometheus pens made for Jim Gaston as Holiday edition pens. Unfortunately for me I have not been able to pull the trigger on that rather brightly colored red and green combo. I have come close a few times and may still give in one day. I am just kind of hoping they sell out before I give in. If they still had a stub, I would have bought one.
Howard has been posting these new models on eBay for a while now, many months as of this writing. When he first started he posted two that were made with the old Tibaldi celluloid. One in my favorite Impero and one on the Rosso Verde. They pens carried a premium due to the material. I sat on the fence too long and someone bought the Impero pen, another member here in fact. I have not see the Impero celluloid again and I even contacted Howard who confirmed he is out except for a small rod. He said there will be no more pens in that material newly made. But the other day another of the new Prometheus pens appeared in the familiar Tibaldi Rosso Verde celluloid and I jumped upon it. The pen is a nice shape and form factor and I figured it was the cheapest way i was going to get some more of that special celluloid.
The hardware is gold plated, but sturdy feeling. The nib is just a steel B, but I find these to be smooth writers and to provide a nice line width. They are suitable for modification and at the price these pens are selling for the quality of materials, worth throwing a few more $ into making them even better writers.
I know the color is not for everyone. Some people have compared it to a tomato soup, but it just have that lovely feel and smell with a good amount of chattoyance. The top of the cap, bottom of the barrel and section are all just black acrylic. Nice, but nothing special.
Once nice feature of these pens is the fact you can screw off the blind cap to twist the converter instead of having to remove the pen body. It works both ways, but you have the option to go "fancy" or "regular" in the refill process.
You can see you get a good thick celluloid barrel.
Packaging was, let's say minimal an environmentally friendly. The pen came wrapped in recycled newspaper. The pen itself was in a ziploc style plastic bag with some written paper instructions for care/warranty card. I don't need another box and for the price I am fine with no box. These are from the factory pens so I assume if you pay more for a pen from a dealer you get a decent box.
Would this pen really be much better with a gold nib or 10K solid gold furniture... frankly no. This pen represent a good value in the acrylics and a great value in the ebonites and celluloid materials. I can recommend it if you want a nice full size pen that is not too long.
Please note, though suggested above, it is nowhere near as large as a Bexley Giant.