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Edison Glenmont in Green/Black ebonite.


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#1 statius

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 20:06

This is a brief, and uneducated (being a noob), review of my new Edison Glenmont. The pen arrived packaged in a small, clear plastic tube, well-secured within the box within which it was shipped. Upon opening I found the pen astoundingly light for its size; though significantly larger than my VP or my Sheaffer Intrigue, the Glenmont weighs less. Take into consideration that the cap cannot be posted and the pen is very light. Despite the girth of the barrel, the pen holds very well, sitting nicely in the hand and with a nice balance. The ebonite finish is quite nice, being neither super glossy, nor matte.

I ordered the pen with an ebonite section and a Taccia Fine nib. With these extras and the shipping charge, the pen came to around $300 Canadian (210 for the pen, plus the ebonite section at 30 and the Taccia Fine nib upgrade at 25). The pen has a very classic styling, and is pleasant both to hold and to use.

Perhaps my only complaint would be the Fine nib. I'm used to my VP's fine, which is well known to write a very fine or extra fine line. My Sheaffer Intrigue is also a Fine. The Taccia nib is clearly a fine, but as it writes a bit wetter than my other two, seems to write broader. That said, the nib writes very smoothly and, as Brian noted in the letter he included with the pen, it is tuned towards the wet side (a 7 on a scale of 10 for wetness, says Brian). I like my lines a tad drier. That, however, is purely a personal thing ands so highly subjective. Below are some pics, as well as a brief writing sample in my terrible hand. All pens are filled with a blue Parker Quink (as a noob, I've no idea if this is a good ink or not; it's simply what I have). Overall, I'm very happy with the pen.















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#2 Russ

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 20:19

I really like the understated appearance of the outer finish and the elegant simplicity of the nib ... but then I'm a Lamy 2000 kind of guy. rolleyes.gif

Great pen! Thanks for posting!

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Posted 22 September 2008 - 20:22

Thanks for the review

Is this the cheapest Nib on offer I thought Bock were also available ?

Seems you have more shading with it compared to the other samples but I wonder if its because its so new & whether this will settle down.

I always use quink Blue Black for my first dip test of a pen (watch this fade in a few days)

Is the paper your normal paper ?

Edited by Have Fun, 22 September 2008 - 20:23.


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Posted 22 September 2008 - 20:43

QUOTE (Have Fun @ Sep 22 2008, 02:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the review

Is this the cheapest Nib on offer I thought Bock were also available ?

Seems you have more shading with it compared to the other samples but I wonder if its because its so new & whether this will settle down.

I always use quink Blue Black for my first dip test of a pen (watch this fade in a few days)

Is the paper your normal paper ?



Ha, ha! I think I figured it out. Brian flushed out the pen after he'd adjusted the nib. In his letter he mentioned there might be a bit of condensation remaining. I've noticed now, having used it for a bit, that it's writing much better. I think there may have been a bit of moisture in there at the start that was affecting its performance. It's still a bit thicker than I'm used to, but is writing very nicely now after only about a page or two of use. Very smooth! I expect it'll just get better with time. Brian offers a standard steel nib. I upgraded to the Taccia as I'd heard good things about them. Brian has a gold Bock nib for $96.
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#5 MYU

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 03:20

Brian also offers a Bexley nib. And he showed me a variation on the Taccia nib with a different imprinting. Very nice. Brian does outstanding work--very meticulous and thoughtful about what goes into his pens. It's clear he has a passion for it and is quite responsive to feedback. I also like how he has an open mind to other considerations, instead of being locked into "just his design". smile.gif

The sample writing does not look very much thicker than the VP or Intrigue. I think you're right--the condensation must've influenced the flow as you can see quite a bit of variation in opacity. So that's good it cleared up and is flowing more consistently now. One other suggestion--try writing "lighter" than you usually do and see what happens. And of course, congrats on the pen Statius.

Edited by MYU, 23 September 2008 - 03:21.

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#6 jmkeuning

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Posted 23 September 2008 - 04:31

That ebonite is totally cool!
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#7 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 20:36

one stunning pen wink.gif enjoy
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 11:43

What happens if you try to post the cap? Damage?
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Posted 28 September 2008 - 12:54

QUOTE (katfisch @ Sep 28 2008, 07:43 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What happens if you try to post the cap? Damage?


No damage. You just physically can't post.






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