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Bexley Celebration- Mardi Gras


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#1 Titivillus

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:11

For your viewing, and my writing, pleasure I am pleased to present this little vignette I call a review of the Bexley Celebration.

To start off if you are a lover of all pens that are totally black with gold trim and think that marble celluloid is going way too far. Then read no further because this pen cannot be considered conservative or even mild. It is in fact marble resin in purple, green and gold. A combination of colors only a colorblind house painter might think goes together or anyone in the greater New Orleans area. For these three colors are the traditional colors of Mardi Gras purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. These colors were chosen in 1872 a few years after 1699 when the tradition came to the american shore. So enough about the holiday behind the pen. ( If you'd like to know more just PM me and I can give some useful information/ links)


Onto the pen:

Bexley is an American pen company that still manufacturers their pens in the states, Ohio to be exact.

The pen itself has a nice heft being in the M600 to M800 size ( see pic for more facts).

The nib is a nice wet medium that puts your usual medium width line down on the paper. I can feel no real give beyond normal tine movement so I won't say it is flexible.

It is called a button filler but rather than the usual bladder and armatures inside it has what seems to be an integral Namiki pump filler. No complaints from me as I like that type of filler and have found that it can hold a bunch of ink.

The slight gripe I have is that because of the bright marbled finish you can see that the material of the blind cap ( which comes off to access the filler) and the body of the pen do not line up. I have a Marlen that does the same but it is a more mild color. The wall thickness of the body is thinner than I have seen on other pens but I'm not sure whether this is a bonus or defect just yet.

So to sum it up it is a very nice pen that puts ink to paper. Maybe after I've written with it awhile there will be a followup to this review.


thanks,

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 01:12

Another shot with some more throws. To the left is my mask from two years ago. It's the one from my avatar.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:19

Good one, Kurt. Thanks.

I've heard good things about Bexley's converters and feeds. Have you written anything semi long with it? No ink starvation from the converter not allowing the ink to get to the feed nipple?
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 03:59

Thanks for the colorful photos & nice review. The pen colors make more sense, learning that they signify something. It just wouldn't be right for you NOT to have a Celebration with your Mardi Gras connection!

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 07:21

Looks pretty good for a pen that isn't black :P
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 12:02

Good one, Kurt. Thanks.

I've heard good things about Bexley's converters and feeds. Have you written anything semi long with it? No ink starvation from the converter not allowing the ink to get to the feed nipple?

Roger,
I did a letter last night and so far no ink starvation. But I will keep writing and if there's trouble will psot.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 15:41

I love colourful pens, and it's great to know that these colours have significance. :) I also like the streamlined cigar shape of the pen. Real celluloid? Great review.
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 15:59

I love colourful pens, and it's great to know that these colours have significance. :) I also like the streamlined cigar shape of the pen. Real celluloid? Great review.

Leslie,
I don't think the pen is real celluloid more likely a acrylic resin ( just from feel and look PLEASE someone correct me if I'm wrong!) I just used celluloid as a reference.

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Posted 08 July 2005 - 16:58

T - thanks for the review (and the history lesson)!
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 17:49

Thanks for the review, Kurt. If you ever use a pen as your avatar, this should be it!
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 18:53

Thank you for the review Kurt. I just bought a Independence Celebration because Mr. Binder believes in them enough to sell. And it's great to hear another good opinion.
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 19:13

I love colourful pens, and it's great to know that these colours have significance. :) I also like the streamlined cigar shape of the pen. Real celluloid? Great review.

The Bexley Celebration are NOT celluloid. It would be nice though!!!
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 20:48

I love colourful pens, and it's great to know that these colours have significance.  :) I also like the streamlined cigar shape of the pen.  Real celluloid? Great review.

The Bexley Celebration are NOT celluloid. It would be nice though!!!

Darn! I see after rereading Kurt's text that I made an error. Wouldn't it be just lovely in celluloid, especially at the price it goes for. Even so, I think the button-filler mechanism would be enough to justify the cost as it is. :)
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 21:37

The Button filler is really a converter with a button on the top of it. Namiki/Pilot used these on some of their pens. So it is not an intergrated button filler, unfortunately!! I have one of the same fillers on my Bexley LE Snowfall FP. I do not think that Bexley makes a true intigrated button filling pen. They only have 2 models of pens that use a true piston filling pen on a mass production, thats the Sheherazade (and its Hybrids for LE release for Shows) and the Prometheus. I own 2 Sheherazade, 1 SnowFall and a Prometheus, they are all made out of some sort of acrylic resin. I do not think Bexley has made Celluloid pens, they have dabbled with Ebonite but as far as I know, they have not mass produced a pen out of celluloid. God, I wish they did!!!
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Posted 08 July 2005 - 23:41

I need to check my reading comprehension skills! :P I have been looking at the Bexleys lately too. They have nice nibs, don't they? I only have 3 celluloid pens, and they are all special to me. I *love* the smell of celluloid too. ;)
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