I'm sure a few people on FPN would've taken notice when the retailers of Bexley started advertising the Bexley Poseidon in the marketplace. Nice pen, vintage styling, and interesting resins. I'm no expert on vintage pens, but I assume the styling of this pen was based on old style Pelikans.
Anyway, I liked the look of the pen but didn't really like the range of resins offered, they just looked too messy. Tortoise was nice, but looked a bit mature for me. I also have a thing against gold trim, so don't even need to think about that. I then saw an eBay seller started offering the Bexley Poseidon in custom resins, including "B&B", Butterscotch, and White. I pounced on one of the earlier auctions for the Blue & Brown, and so ended up with pen #9 out of 28.
Appearance & Finish
The appearance of the pen is very nice, excellent styling and beautiful resin. This resin was described as Blue & Brown by the seller, but since then the Bexley BX701 was introduced with this resin, and the colour named as Shimmer Blue. I'm not sure which would be the official name, as even the pen box was labelled as Blue & Brown by Bexley.
I would describe the resin as a delicious blend of blue water and brown chocolate, with the top and end caps being plain brown. I never thought I'd like a brown pen, and even now I'd rather the top and end cap were a darker shade of brown, but the overall appearance is very nice. The finish of the pen is top notch of course, as expected from Bexley.
The pen is a flat top with rounded edges, long cap and short body, small B logo at the top of the clip. The size of the pen is a bit unique, as it has a long cap with a low clip, and the body is quite short considering the width. When capped, the pen appears quite short. The length is long enough to write with without posting (I don't post), but the pen is quite fat. The pen is constructed mostly from resin, so it is light and balanced.
Size comparison: Bexley FPN Simplicity, Poseidon, Sailor 1911 Naginata-togi
Nib Design & Performance
The nib is the typical Bexley 18k two-tone gold nib made by Bock. I got mine in Medium, which is quite fat... I would've preferred Fine probably, as I usually prefer the japanese medium. But that aside, the nib is nice and smooth, tiny bit of springiness without flex, and the ink flow is generous. Great writer, no complaints here.
Cartridge/converter filling system. Most people don't like this, but I sometimes actually prefer C/C because it is easier to clean, easy to see ink level remaining (need to unscrew section of course). The Bexley is a little bit different from other pens however, since the end cap can also be unscrewed (the FPN Ltd Edition Simplicity is the same), you can actually use it like an integrated piston.
This pen was not cheap, by my standards anyway. I bid the pen from an eBay auction and ended up paying almost $200 including shipping (shipping to Australia was expensive). I usually prefer pens at the $100 or less mark, so this was a big spend for me. I don't regret buying it either way, as it is a great pen.
Great pen, but the shape is a bit different from normal pens. Fat, short, with a long cap. Quality is top notch as expected for Bexley, same for the 18k gold nib.
Edited by MYU, 25 October 2008 - 05:13.