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 fourteen 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:
- Azzurro (Light Blue)
- Blu della Robbia (Blue)
- Borgogna (Red)
- Grigio Fumo (Fading Grey)
- Grigio Lava (Dark Grey)
- Nero (Black)
- Nottorno Giannutri (Dark Blue)
- Rose (Sweet pink)
- Rosso Fiorentino (Florentine Red)
- Terra di Siena (Brown)
- Verde Muschiato (Musk Green)
- Verde Risorgimento (Bright Green)
- Violet (Violet)
- Zafferano (Saffron)
A sample of Fading Grey (Grigio Fumo) was sent to me by Mmg112 - thank you a lot!
The color is rather nice. The ink is saturated enough to be used in all situations and will remain legible. Tfe flow is good and there's some plesant lubrication to it. It doesn't dry out if you leave the pen uncapped for, say, one minute.
I think it's nice grey ink. It won't become my grey no.1 (still searching) but I enjoyed trying it.
Drops of ink on kitchen towel
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