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Dani Brillante idiosyncratic review


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#1 petra

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 01:27

Not scientific, just wanted to share my thoughts on the Dani Brillante I recently acquired & am thoroughly enjoying. It's black with green abalone inlay & is a good looking pen with comfortable weight and balance. The abalone has wonderful depth and displays a rainbow of irridescent colors. Unfortunately I can't provide a picture, but you can see it at WNDpens.com, where I purchased mine (no connection, just a very satisfied customer).

5.5" capped, 5" uncapped, 6.5" posted, .5" barrel. Fills with a convertor. I'd describe it as medium weight (the inlay keeps it from being a lightweight). I ordered it with a gold stub nib. Not quite as wide nor as crisp as a Bexley stub, but very smooth writer with very good flow, no skipping or start up problems.

My question is: is it possible to screw too much? This pen has more thread than ANY pen I have ever come across! There is also thread on the back end to post the cap, although not quite as much as for capping. I never post any of my pens, so I don't particulary enjoy seeing the thread there, but I've noticed more and more pens with this feature.

I really like this pen & it instantly became a daily user because it's so good-looking AND reliable, and I love the nib. Caution however: the cap doesn't have a reinforcement ring around the edge & must be treated gently. The cap cracked when my three-pen leather case was squashed in my briefcase (no more soft pen cases for me). Or maybe I was over-zealous with all that thread and cap screwing. In any case, the good news is that WNDpens is sending me a replacement cap at no charge! (Great folks & customer service, and the Dani is still on sale there.)

Overall I think this is a great pen & I was happy to be able to get a stub nib without additional cost / replacement wait / customization charge.

Petra /:)

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Posted 23 December 2005 - 03:10

Thanks for the review - good, interesting info on a nice pen. Great to hear about the service also!
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Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:09

Ok, I have one of these...and it is a gorgeous pen, if I do say so myself! :P
The nib writes very well and I don't mind the threaded barrel end. Sorry to hear about the cap-cracking incident :( but glad that WND was able to help you out. I've heard that Ray is a great pen seller and a real gentleman.
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#4 Mr. Sweet

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 14:41

Do you have any photos to share? The dark green sounds wonderful!

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 15:29

I have the mother of pearl version of this pen and really like it. I'm not keen on the threads at the back end of the pen either, as I don't post caps, and think it rather spoils the appearance, but that's a minor point.
I hadn't used mine for a couple of weeks, and I just picked it up and it started immediately. I think the abalone version might be my next pen purchase.
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#6 BillLS

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:19

This was a really old thread, I don't know whether the original poster will reply or not to your request for pictures. So here are some of mine. The Brillante came in both black and white versions, I have one of each. The long white shells are mother-of-pearl; the little green triangles at both ends are the abalone. Here's the black one:
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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:43

I would put this in my previous post, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to edit it. Anyway, the Brillante series was sold out long ago. The only way to get one is to search for one on the second-hand market. Steel nibs were standard on these, my white has a medium steel nib. The nice 18K gold stub on the black one was an option that nearly doubled the price. However, the steel nibs are excellent nibs, I haven't adjusted mine at all and it's a very nice, smooth writer.

Also, I don't think Ray Adams is still in business. That's too bad because Ray was a wonderful seller. There is still a store named WND Pens (Wood 'n Dreams), but it is in California and I bought mine from Ray in Vermont. So I think perhaps Ray sold the name to someone else. None of the products now listed there look like the things that Ray used to carry.

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Posted 10 November 2012 - 03:58

Wow those are beautiful pens! Reminds me a bit of some of the very old Parkers.

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