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#21 LiquidInk

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 16:44

Tempted by the new brown version. Also the medium nib looks good too. Might add to cart for next drunk order

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#22 g33klibrarian

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Posted 28 February 2020 - 20:46

On eBay, delivery-times from China on the new colors is slated for late-April to mid-May. I wonder how much of this is related to COVID19 quarantines resulting in plant shutdowns.


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#23 Paganini

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 16:45

A while ago I found a Kaco Edge on Amazon for around $10. I figured it was old stock that was priced low on account of the cap-cracking problem. I also figured that $10 wasn't much to spend on a nice pen, even if the cap *did* crack. I further figured that, if the cap did crack and I liked the pen, I could get one of the new and improved ones. Kaco International is now selling them on Amazon as well, albeit for three times as much money as my original one. 
 
Anyway, last week the cap on my Edge did indeed split overnight, so I followed my plan. The new Edge is definitely different from the old one. The new finish is sort of a dusty dark grey rather than the old quasi-shiny black. 

 

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It doesn't come out in the photo as pronounced as it actually is, but the new Edge is the top one. 

 

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The new one has a slightly different feel in the hand; denser, or slightly heavier, or something. I'm wondering if maybe they applied a reinforcing layer of some type of finish over the Makrolon. It kind of reminds me of a matt polyurethane over a textured surface. 

 

As far as the rest of the pen goes, the new one seems to be just as well-tuned as the old one. The new one didn't come with a converter, which led to me trying all of my spare converters to find that none of them fit, even the Jinhao ones that fit almost everything. However, what *did* fit was an old Waterman long cartridge. Go figure! 

 

Anyway, I've been assured by Kaco that thanks to the redesign the cap cracking problem will almost never happen, so fingers crossed! 

 

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#24 Honeybadgers

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 17:13

Kaco didn't include a converter from the factory, if you got one it was a bonus from the seller.

 

The converter that fits them is the schmidt standard one. it's what kaco rebrands as their "k1".

 

Keep us posted on whether or not it splits. If it's good, I'm going to start ordering them as gifts again!


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#25 Paganini

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Posted 14 June 2020 - 19:05

Kaco didn't include a converter from the factory, if you got one it was a bonus from the seller.

 

The converter that fits them is the schmidt standard one. it's what kaco rebrands as their "k1".

 

Interesting. The original one had the converter inside the pen; I guess the seller must have opened the original packaging and then resealed it. 

 

Keep us posted on whether or not it splits. If it's good, I'm going to start ordering them as gifts again!

 

Will do! I also have a blue one and a brown one on the way, but they're coming from China via Ali Express, so it may be a while before I see them. 

 

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#26 Aditlojs

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 04:00

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Anyway, last week the cap on my Edge did indeed split overnight, so I followed my plan. The new Edge is definitely different from the old one. The new finish is sort of a dusty dark grey rather than the old quasi-shiny black. 
 
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The new one has a slightly different feel in the hand; denser, or slightly heavier, or something. I'm wondering if maybe they applied a reinforcing layer of some type of finish over the Makrolon. It kind of reminds me of a matt polyurethane over a textured surface. 
 
 
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I just took delivery of one from Amazon. On your new one, is the finish consistent between the cap and the barrel?

My cap is lighter grey in color and more textured compared to the barrel.

Edit: Did you purchase your new one through AliExpress?

Edited by Aditlojs, 15 June 2020 - 04:01.


#27 Paganini

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 14:36

I just took delivery of one from Amazon. On your new one, is the finish consistent between the cap and the barrel?

My cap is lighter grey in color and more textured compared to the barrel.

Edit: Did you purchase your new one through AliExpress?

 

I got mine from the Kaco store on Amazon. It was a little more expensive than buying from AliExpress or eBay, but I got it in two days. :) 

The finish is consistent between the cap and barrel in appearance on mine; the barrel has the same slightly dusty grey look. In terms of texture, the cap does feel less smooth compared to the barrel. Kind of like old tree bark compared to new tree bark. 

 

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#28 Aditlojs

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 16:28

 

I got mine from the Kaco store on Amazon. It was a little more expensive than buying from AliExpress or eBay, but I got it in two days. :) 

The finish is consistent between the cap and barrel in appearance on mine; the barrel has the same slightly dusty grey look. In terms of texture, the cap does feel less smooth compared to the barrel. Kind of like old tree bark compared to new tree bark. 

 

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Great description there.  I think mine is very similar.  I might try a very light sanding on the barrel to more closely match the textures. 



#29 Mech-for-i

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Posted 15 June 2020 - 18:18

I must be a lucky one, my old model Edge , despite regular use show no issue with the cap , got the new one , like the brown, the black is really not black, just kind of dark / mid grey , , prefer the old black colour better. Anyone got the blue one and might be ale to comment on the colour



#30 Paganini

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 23:15

Well, it's been just over 2-weeks, and my new Kaco Edge is still uncracked. (Hooray!) In addition, a the blue and coffee colored ones finally arrived from Ali Express. I have to say these are some classy-looking pens.
 
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I don't like the gold-colored nibs as much as the original steel ones; they seem bouncier, and less well tuned. They remind me of some of the Bock nibs I have in my Kaweco Sports. The coffee colored one in particular has trouble with push strokes. They both are having some flow trouble, but that could be because (A) I was impatient to try them and didn't flush them thoroughly enough and ( B) I only have one converter (it's in the black pen) so the others are using syringe-filled cartridges. 
 
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Not sure why that last photo is so shadowed; the top photo shows their colors pretty well. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with them, in spite of the coffee one needing a little work. It didn't take them as long as I thought it would to get here (just about 3 weeks), and they were pretty inexpensive (<$10 each). 

 

- N


Edited by Paganini, 02 July 2020 - 23:17.






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