Hang on.... I've glanced at all of the posts and I can give you some feed back from my experience.
I ordered a pen in 2017 but never got filled because the person I was in touch with from ASC left the company and by the time I got to checking with them again to see what was going on they were out of the Extra Bologna Arco Brown. (bleep)! I heard so much about this pen and all of the reviews about the pen were glowing. FINE! I can live without one. Then at the beginning of March I decided to e-mail them showing my origonal e-mail and price. I received,"Thank you for contacting us at Armando Simoni Club. We will respond to you within 48 hours." To my surprise I received an e-mail from Armando. An e-mail with an invoice number and a place to click to order my pen. WOW! The offered me the pen at the old price and I wrote them back as I was confused.
I'm a bit confused and overjoyed. I thought this pen was out of stock. If this is a real offer for a new pen then I will gladly accept your offer. Are there options for types of nib? I'm partial towards fine.
My sincere thanks,
The pen is available.
Nib is magic flex 18k750 gold
FROM ME: "Great! I'll take it. Thank you! I will follow the email link to but it. Super! Dave."
I never heard anything from them after I clicked to buy the pen. I figured they were in the process of making more pens and eventually I would hear something. Sure enough a week and a half went by and I received an e-mail that my pen was on it's way. It is number 450. If true, then ASC grossed about $500K off of the material. GOOD FOR THEM! From finial to end-cap the pen must cost at least 50% of the asking price to manufacture. I saw on the web site they were available for a few days then the SOLD OUT showed up. It's is very nice but it isn't perfect.
1) The pen is a gusher for ink. I can't control the width of the line unless I write very fast. The nib doesn't close at the tip so it sends ink out as fast as it can until the paper is saturated. It writes upside down very nicely but even upside down it sends enough ink on to the page that it ghosts through my Habana Quo vidas notebook.(85g ivory paper)
2) The inside of the clip doesn't have a plastic insert so I can see the end of the clip and the screw holding the clip to the cap. Even a TWSBI has a plastic insert to finish off the inside of the pen AND give the clip a finished look from inside and seal the air from the ink.
I wouldn't give up on ASC though. Even after waiting almost two years for the pen. I asked and they sent shards of Arco shavings with my pen. It's interesting material. I don't know why they can't make more OR something very close. As a pen aficionado I'm glad the company is around and doing something different. Don't know if I can get the flow reduced or maybe the nib worked on. I'm going to keep the pen even with it's less than perfect status. I wish I knew how to extract the nib. Does anyone know if it is a push on? I don't want to force anything. If I could get to the feed I'm sure I could fix the flow. The feed has too many channels to supply ink in my opinion.
I picked up an Aurora Optima in Silver with a fine nib and BOY is that a nice pen. I had no idea they wrote like that. NO hard stars. NO skipping and it writes every time. It will be a while before something pushes that pen out of my pocket. The only problem is I shows the pen to my girlfriend and she likes the pen so we will see.....
Hope this helps...
Edited by Dave_g, 28 March 2019 - 23:48.