What are some of the features FPNers want in a pen? A piston-filling mechanism, and silver/rhodium finish on furniture are among some of them, from what I read. Add beautiful pearly resin and smooth screw-out nib, and you get Stipula Vedo. Vedo is the 'economy' line of Stipula, and it comes in several different colors including Ruby Red, Topaz, Amethyst Violet, and Turquoise. It is available around $100 in the U.S. online according to a quick google search. I was lucky enough to get a practically new piston-filling Amethyst Violet one from a fellow FPNer at a very good price. (Note: there are C/C Stipula Vedos, too at a similar price. C/C filling version has a smaller ink-view window.)
First Impression: 5/5
The material is absolutely gorgeous. I've read some comments that the resin looks cheap, but I disagree. When light hits the barrel, the color looks lighter and it simmers. My photos do not do justice I have my pen filled up so it's not really visible in my photos, but the ink-view window has a frosted finish inside, and "Stipula Made in Italy" engraved outside. Another nice touch.
I was thinking this pen was a relatively large pen before I received it, but it is not. The length is slightly longer than Pelikan M400 capped (13 cm), almost identical length uncapped (12 cm). The section diameter is slightly larger than M400. It is very comfortable size to use for me.
The highly-polished, silver-tone steel F nib writes very smoothly. I used to have an 18K gold EF nib Stipula, and this one feels stiffer. However it does not affects the smoothness of the nib, and I actually prefer F width over EF (just my general preference). It screws out just like Pelikan nibs, but I could not find online sellers that carry spear nib for it. However, it certainly exceeded my expectation. Very nice!
Here's a photo of the nib next to a M250 nib I have on my White Tortoise...I should have wiped up the nibs first!
Filling mechanism: 5/5
What more can you ask? It's a piston filler. It is interesting that the blind cap does not move length-wise when moving the piston. To propel the piston toward the nib, the blind cap is turned to the right (clockwise). This is the opposite from Pelikan. Of course it holds a lot of ink, and I'm very happy. While I really don't mind C/C fill pens, it is nice to have a piston filling system. As I mentioned at the biggining, Vedo is also available in C/C filling system. There are some nice colors (Onyx and Pink) in C/C version, but if I have a choice I probably would pick a piston filler.
I have to admit this was an impulse buy. But I'm glad I bought this pen. It's an entry level Italian pen, but don't underestimate it. With it's Italian beauty and piston filling system, I think this pen is well worth the money. If someone is thinking about getting a piston-filling pen around or under $100, I would strongly recommend looking into Vedo.
Edited by Taki, 28 April 2008 - 22:31.