The "regular" pens come with stiff plated nibs that are excellent writers. I have heard
about the 14K nibs but never had one. I asked quickly for pictures and when I saw that
the pen had a Filcao 14K nib and it was in the Tuscan Sunset celluloid one of the most beautiful
patterns, I pulled the buy trigger (thanks Charles).
I got it today, the celluloid is as beautiful as ever with orange/cream/light blue/dark
blue flakes in an orange translucent plastic. The nib is a very nice soft (modern flex - vintage semiflex)
that can give you a nice line variation with some pressure. An excellent wet writer that made me very pleased...
The size of the pen is 5.25" (133mm) closed, 6.3" (~160mm) posted with a maximum barrel
diameter of 0.53" (14mm). A sizable pen which is not very heavy (the celluloid models - the
brass-based laqueurs are a bit heavier) with excellent writing characteristics. It is a cartridge/converter
filler (which is not a disadvantage for me. The cap is a slip cap with a clutch that posts well (but I never do).
The end of the barrel is screwed in and can be removed (in principle you could twist the converter's
end from there. I have had few Filcao Leaders 1918 in my collection for a while. Gorgeous eye-candy
beautiful celluloids, very good writers they have been favorite of mine for a while. Their only weakness
was the gold plated trim close to the nib which is subject to corrosion. I use them with cartridges so I do
not dump them in ink. If it were not for the section ring it would be a near perfect pen. Giovanni is
covering them in terms of warranty thoroughly. The newer Leaders are button fillers and FILCAO got
rid of the troublesome section ring.
I take the opportunity to post the following pictures which are a parade of the incredible italians
celluloids I found these in my hard drive - I believe they were posted at some point by Giovanni Abrate
(celluloid connoisseur extraordinaire - who is the importer of filcao pens in USA). I hope he does not mind
posting them here - Gio, let me know and I will take them down if you dont want them here.
The first page from the left.
1. Early Cracked Ice (gorgeous!)
4. Arlecchino (my understanding is that this was made by mixing WWII scraps of cellulloids into one.
6. Tuscan Sunset (gorgeous translucent celluloid)
14. Red/Orange Laqueur
15. Mandarin Laqueur
Missing from the picture is the "flighter" (all stainless leader)
I believe most of the pens below are prototypes. Drool on..
Edited by antoniosz, 28 January 2006 - 20:01.