Stipula Pen Company originates from Florentine, Italy and was established in 1973. Stipula is a historic term used by the ancient Romans to indicate faithfulness to an obligation. Stipula’s has accepted the obligation to its customers to produce quality pens utilizing ancient themes, designs, techniques and traditions. It sounds nice but from my limited experience with their pens it seems they doesn't really deliver what they promise.
Happily Stipula pens come with a limited lifetime warranty so the buyers are covered in case the pen fails.
Additionally there are rumors that Stipula has some problems and may cease operations. I'm not sure if it's the case but it seems their products availablility on the market (especially european) is limited and only few retailers carry their pens and inks. If anyone has some news / insights about Stipula situation I would appreciate the insights so that this review provides sound informations.
Stipula offers a line of eight inks sold in nice glass 2.4 oz bottles. Interesting feature of the bottles is the fact they have light polyethylene seal pushed in the neck of the bottle, visible when you unscrew the cap. The seal (is it correcy english term?) is rather hard to remove without splashing some of ink onto desk, wall, closest entourage.
The colors are:
- Blu della Robbia (Blue)
- Borgogna (Red)
- Nero (Black)
- Rosso Fiorentino (Florentine Red)
- Terra di Siena (Brown)
- Verde Muschiato (Musk Green)
- Violet (Violet)
- Zafferano (Saffron)
Terra di Siena is rather pleasant ink. On the other hand it's surprisingly light. I've bought a bottle and comparted to the ink I tired three years ago it's much lighter. I believe guys from Stipula buy some base ink and then mix it so the result is not always consistent. Here however the difference is quite striking. ANyway the ink flows nicely and doens't cause any feathering or bleedthrough.
The color is ok but it's niot the kind of brown I'm crazy about.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
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