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#1 TheNobleSavage

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 22:35

Bexley 10th Anniversary Pen


First Impressions

Hey, I got a good deal on this one!! As you all know, I am a sucker for Bexley pens and I am in the constant pursuit of finding pens and adding them to my collection. I did a wild card search on EBay and I saw that this one was up for the auction. The price was low and the auction closed in 2 days. I put the maximum price I would want to pay for this pen and I won it with money to spare. How about that??

There are 4 pens in the 10th Anniversary collection and they are listed below

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Lemon, Lime, Chocolate and Orange are the colors. The first two, lemon and lime are made out of acrylic while the chocolate and orange are made out of ebonite. I happened to get the pen in Lemon color. I have no yellow pens and I think this would have been a great addition to my collection. The Bexley 10th Anniversary pens are Limited Edition release and only 250 pens in each color were produced. I happened to get #057/250, yippie!!! It took only 3 days to get to my doorstep from New York via FedEx. Boy, I was so stoked when I opened the package. The pen came in a nice sized brown leather pen case and inside was the papers to send in for the warranty, instructions for use and care.
One thing about this pen, it is one of a kind. There are no 2 pens alike and that is what makes it very appealing


Appearance/ Finish 5 out of 5

They call this color “Lemon” and there is a reason for it, ITS YELLOW, SILLY!!!
Along with this pen being yellow there are blue swirls all around it. Richard Binder says it looks like silly string, I have to concur!!

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The pen is semi translucent and there is the pen number at the top of the pen cap, above the clip. It took me about a week to notice it, this comes from a guy who looses his car keys all of the time. It drives the wife up the wall, but I guess that is what you call a brain fart!!!

The plated clip, cap band and rear band are done to a high gloss shine and it looks flawless!! Around the cap band is the raised lettering that has 4 X, this symbolizes the 10 years of Bexley being in business making quality pens.

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Design/Size/Weight 5 out of 5

This pen is a comfortable size and weight. Wile the pen is capped, it is roughly 5 ½ inches in length and with the cap posted the pen tops out at almost 6 ½ in length. This is not your mommy’s pen, that’s for sure. It’s not too big and I find this to be a nice comfortable size for taking notes and doing marathon type writing.
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Bexley likes to do either the total flat top on the cap or slightly raised point. Either way, they look like a classic pen design. One thing that I like about Bexley pens is that the top of the cap can be unscrewed so you can do some spring cleaning on your pen. I don’t know if they do this on purpose or not, but I do like it.

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I also noticed that there is a blind cap and you can actually fill the pen without having to unscrew the section from the barrel to fill it up. I CAUTION YOU that there is a silver ring that is between the blind cap and the barrel. It will come loose and you might loose the ring. If that happens, you will be up poop creek without a paddle!!! I don’t think it was meant to be filled that way but I always try to explore the pen when I first get it. It is a way to acquaint myself with the personality of the pen
On the Barrel of the pen there is the engraving that reads “Bexley Pen 10th Anniversary 1993-2003

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The weight and balance of this pen is typical Bexley. It feels natural with the cap posted or not. It seems to fit perfectly in my hands as I write and that is what I like about Bexley pens. They seem to make pens that suit my needs. The shapes and designs seems to always conform to my hand and to my writing style


Nib Design and Performance 5 out of 5

Ok, here we go!!! The Bexley 10th Anniversary sports an 18 kt gold nib made by the Bock Nib Company of Germany. I have always like Bexley nibs (Bock) they are smooth and a bit on the stiff side. They are not nails but then again they are not wet noodles.

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One thing that I noticed when I was cleaning the pen after its use is that the nib unit screws out just like the Bexley Sheherazade pens. Believe it or not, they fit!!! This makes it easy to swap out nibs with a different width. The nibs come in fine, medium, broad and Stub. This particular pen came with a fine nib. I am not really a big fan of fine nibs but that was the only choice when I won this pen off of EBay.

I filled this pen with some Private Reserve DC Super show Blue 2003 to see how smooth this pen would write. Man, I was surprised because I was expecting a scratchy nib but this one was very smooth and it almost wrote like a light medium. I compared both my medium and my fine Bexley nibs and there were very little difference in line width or variation.

As usual Bexley is on top for the quality of the pen and the selection of nibs from Bock. Bravo Bexley Bravo!!!

The Filling System 4 out of 5

A cartridge/converter system, what a shame!!! Regardless of the converter, the flow of ink is remarkable whether I go from a fine, medium or a broad. There are no issues with ink feed or skipping. This is a solid writer and that’s all I can ask for in a pen.


Cost 3 out of 5

Ok, the MSRP of this pen is around 310.00 or so but I have seen it for around $230.00 at some of the other larger pen stores on the internet. As far as I am concerned, this is a little too much to pay for this pen. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid pen with all the bells and whistles but I do not see why this is even selling past the $200.00 mark. The Sheherazade is a piston filler and is approximately the same size but at a price that is under $200.00. Regardless, this is a Limited Edition pen with 250 pens in each color and I really liked the color. So I shelled out about 160.00 with shipping on my winning bid. What I bought the pen for is what the pen should be selling for to be quite honest. I got a very good deal IMHO. IF you want to pay full price for the pen, then go ahead. I would rather wait until you can get a better deal on a used model or on an EBay auction.

Ok, the bottom line is I got a good deal so I will say I got a 4.5 on that. But having to buy it new and paying $230.00, I would have to rate that as a 3

Conclusion

Ok, what this pen boils down to was that I was at the right place at the right time. I actually had no intentions in buying this pen due to the cost but since the opportunity was there, I decided to go for it. I am 100% happy with this pen and it extends my Bexley Collection to 5 pens. These pens are well made and uses high quality materials and it is one of the last American pen companies. I like the fact that repairs are quickly resolved and the pen is returned within 1 week. I had this problem with my Prometheus but Howard Levy personally worked on my pen and made sure that it was working like it should before he sent it back to me.
The quality of this pen is no different. If you have some cash that is burning a hole in your pocket and you have done some bargain shopping, and then go for it. This is a wonderful pen and I am 100% sure you will not be disappointed!!! The colors are one of a kind and I am sure you will get plenty of compliments and this pen is really a joy to use.

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 00:32

Yet another jam up review, NS! THANKS!!!
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Posted 09 September 2005 - 00:52

Pretty pen, nice review and now I want one! But then, I want 'em all, so what's the difference? :P

BTW, Savage, my M1000 arrived a couple days ago :) and it's lookin' just lovely (if "lovely" can be applied to such a macho man pen).
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Posted 09 September 2005 - 00:53

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First Impressions

Always writes cool reviews !

Appearance/Finish, Design/Size/Weight , Nib Design and Performance, Filling System N/A out of 5

When contacted, The Noble Savage's family declined commenting on those matters.
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:lol: Seriously, you should consider making a pdf file with all your review NS. That could become a bedside item for nutcases like us. :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 01:15

You are one silly man!!! :P But I do keep all of my reviews on my blog site. The link is below. You can write to me and it would kind of be like fan mail!!! Yeah, fan mail!!! I like that idea!!!

But serious, I have not thought of doing a PDF but maybe I will. The only problem is that this whole review thing is a constant work in progress.

Edited by The Noble Savage, 09 September 2005 - 01:21.

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Posted 09 September 2005 - 01:18

Pretty pen, nice review and now I want one! But then, I want 'em all, so what's the difference? :P

BTW, Savage, my M1000 arrived a couple days ago :) and it's lookin' just lovely (if "lovely" can be applied to such a macho man pen).

Yeah that Pelikan M1000 might take a bit to get used to, thats for sure!! Do you write with the cap posted or not? Im just a bit curious!!
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Posted 09 September 2005 - 01:38

Great job. I think this forum is becoming one of the biggest successes of this site, and I hope I will be able to contribute too one of these days.

I have handled a few Bexleys, and they seem to be very high quality pens. The only issue I have with them is that they are often way* "out there" in terms of finishes or they are just too conservative. Just look at the picture: psychadelic swirly lemon and lime, next to good old black and red :lol:

* edited. was wither :rolleyes:

Edited by Stylo, 09 September 2005 - 17:40.


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Posted 09 September 2005 - 01:56

NS,

I never checked your signature, and just followed th elinks to your Review blogs. Great job !!!

Denis.

Edit : I missed your edit of your previous post...

Edited by Denis Richard, 09 September 2005 - 02:32.


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Posted 09 September 2005 - 02:55

Yeah that Pelikan M1000 might take a bit to get used to, thats for sure!!  Do you write with the cap posted or not?  Im just a bit curious!!

I'm a no post type. I check a new pen just to see how securely it posts, then don't post from that point on. That goes for smaller pens, too!
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Posted 09 September 2005 - 14:09

Great job. I think this forum is becoming one of the biggest successes of this site, and I hope I will be able to contribute too one of these days.

I have handled a few Bexleys, and they seem to be very high quality pens. The only issue I have with them is that they are often wither "out there" in terms of finishes or they are just too conservative. Just look at the picture: psychadelic swirly lemon and lime, next to good old black and red :lol:

Thats one thing I like about Bexley. There is something for everyone. I have many classic looking pens and I have a few really out there pens like the Lemon. I think Howard likes to bring alive the gems of the past and also keeping up with some of the new trends and being a trendsetter. I would really like to interview Howard Levy and post an interview of him here on FPN.
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Posted 11 September 2005 - 20:25

Thanks for another fabbo review, NS! :D
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Posted 11 September 2005 - 21:08

Hi NS,

Thanks for another great review!

You make it really hard for me to choose any pen once my collection of Etrurias is complete, y' know :D.

I really like the shape, colour and material of some of the Bexleys, so I guess I will end up trying one out sooner rather than later... :D And you're to blame for it, of course! :lol:

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 06:14

How is the pen holding up after the past few years?
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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:17

<span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'>Bexley 10th Anniversary Pen </span>


<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>First Impressions</span>

Hey, I got a good deal on this one!! As you all know, I am a sucker for Bexley pens and I am in the constant pursuit of finding pens and adding them to my collection. I did a wild card search on EBay and I saw that this one was up for the auction. The price was low and the auction closed in 2 days. I put the maximum price I would want to pay for this pen and I won it with money to spare. How about that??

There are 4 pens in the 10th Anniversary collection and they are listed below

Posted Image

Lemon, Lime, Chocolate and Orange are the colors. The first two, lemon and lime are made out of acrylic while the chocolate and orange are made out of ebonite. I happened to get the pen in Lemon color. I have no yellow pens and I think this would have been a great addition to my collection. The Bexley 10th Anniversary pens are Limited Edition release and only 250 pens in each color were produced. I happened to get #057/250, yippie!!! It took only 3 days to get to my doorstep from New York via FedEx. Boy, I was so stoked when I opened the package. The pen came in a nice sized brown leather pen case and inside was the papers to send in for the warranty, instructions for use and care.
One thing about this pen, it is one of a kind. There are no 2 pens alike and that is what makes it very appealing


<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Appearance/ Finish</span> <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>5 out of 5</span>

They call this color “Lemon” and there is a reason for it, ITS YELLOW, SILLY!!!
Along with this pen being yellow there are blue swirls all around it. Richard Binder says it looks like silly string, I have to concur!!

Posted Image

The pen is semi translucent and there is the pen number at the top of the pen cap, above the clip. It took me about a week to notice it, this comes from a guy who looses his car keys all of the time. It drives the wife up the wall, but I guess that is what you call a brain fart!!!

The plated clip, cap band and rear band are done to a high gloss shine and it looks flawless!! Around the cap band is the raised lettering that has 4 X, this symbolizes the 10 years of Bexley being in business making quality pens.

Posted Image


<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Design/Size/Weight</span> <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>5 out of 5</span>

This pen is a comfortable size and weight. Wile the pen is capped, it is roughly 5 ½ inches in length and with the cap posted the pen tops out at almost 6 ½ in length. This is not your mommy’s pen, that’s for sure. It’s not too big and I find this to be a nice comfortable size for taking notes and doing marathon type writing.
Posted Image

Bexley likes to do either the total flat top on the cap or slightly raised point. Either way, they look like a classic pen design. One thing that I like about Bexley pens is that the top of the cap can be unscrewed so you can do some spring cleaning on your pen. I don’t know if they do this on purpose or not, but I do like it.

Posted Image

I also noticed that there is a blind cap and you can actually fill the pen without having to unscrew the section from the barrel to fill it up. I CAUTION YOU that there is a silver ring that is between the blind cap and the barrel. It will come loose and you might loose the ring. If that happens, you will be up poop creek without a paddle!!! I don’t think it was meant to be filled that way but I always try to explore the pen when I first get it. It is a way to acquaint myself with the personality of the pen
On the Barrel of the pen there is the engraving that reads “Bexley Pen 10th Anniversary 1993-2003

Posted Image

The weight and balance of this pen is typical Bexley. It feels natural with the cap posted or not. It seems to fit perfectly in my hands as I write and that is what I like about Bexley pens. They seem to make pens that suit my needs. The shapes and designs seems to always conform to my hand and to my writing style


<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Nib Design and Performance</span> <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>5 out of 5</span>

Ok, here we go!!! The Bexley 10th Anniversary sports an 18 kt gold nib made by the Bock Nib Company of Germany. I have always like Bexley nibs (Bock) they are smooth and a bit on the stiff side. They are not nails but then again they are not wet noodles.

Posted Image

One thing that I noticed when I was cleaning the pen after its use is that the nib unit screws out just like the Bexley Sheherazade pens. Believe it or not, they fit!!! This makes it easy to swap out nibs with a different width. The nibs come in fine, medium, broad and Stub. This particular pen came with a fine nib. I am not really a big fan of fine nibs but that was the only choice when I won this pen off of EBay.

I filled this pen with some Private Reserve DC Super show Blue 2003 to see how smooth this pen would write. Man, I was surprised because I was expecting a scratchy nib but this one was very smooth and it almost wrote like a light medium. I compared both my medium and my fine Bexley nibs and there were very little difference in line width or variation.

As usual Bexley is on top for the quality of the pen and the selection of nibs from Bock. Bravo Bexley Bravo!!!

<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Filling System</span> <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>4 out of 5</span>

A cartridge/converter system, what a shame!!! Regardless of the converter, the flow of ink is remarkable whether I go from a fine, medium or a broad. There are no issues with ink feed or skipping. This is a solid writer and that’s all I can ask for in a pen.


<span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>Cost</span> <span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'> 3 out of 5</span>

Ok, the MSRP of this pen is around 310.00 or so but I have seen it for around $230.00 at some of the other larger pen stores on the internet. As far as I am concerned, this is a little too much to pay for this pen. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid pen with all the bells and whistles but I do not see why this is even selling past the $200.00 mark. The Sheherazade is a piston filler and is approximately the same size but at a price that is under $200.00. Regardless, this is a Limited Edition pen with 250 pens in each color and I really liked the color. So I shelled out about 160.00 with shipping on my winning bid. What I bought the pen for is what the pen should be selling for to be quite honest. I got a very good deal IMHO. IF you want to pay full price for the pen, then go ahead. I would rather wait until you can get a better deal on a used model or on an EBay auction.

Ok, the bottom line is I got a good deal so I will say I got a 4.5 on that. But having to buy it new and paying $230.00, I would have to rate that as a 3

<span style='font-size:21pt;line-height:100%'>Conclusion</span>

Ok, what this pen boils down to was that I was at the right place at the right time. I actually had no intentions in buying this pen due to the cost but since the opportunity was there, I decided to go for it. I am 100% happy with this pen and it extends my Bexley Collection to 5 pens. These pens are well made and uses high quality materials and it is one of the last American pen companies. I like the fact that repairs are quickly resolved and the pen is returned within 1 week. I had this problem with my Prometheus but Howard Levy personally worked on my pen and made sure that it was working like it should before he sent it back to me.
The quality of this pen is no different. If you have some cash that is burning a hole in your pocket and you have done some bargain shopping, and then go for it. This is a wonderful pen and I am 100% sure you will not be disappointed!!! The colors are one of a kind and I am sure you will get plenty of compliments and this pen is really a joy to use.



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Posted 14 February 2012 - 11:19

Good Review. It appears that you did your research and I hope you enjoy it.






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