Congratulations on your beautiful pen and thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough and interesting review. Here are a few comments.
I'm not sure the Atelier versions look very good and your 888 is definitely the nicest iteration of the Pope Julius. Besides that rich and warm combination of red and gold, the cap seems proportionate to the size of the barrel, whereas I feel it looks too large on the white 4810 version (like an overgrowth).
It is interesting that they haven't filled the guilloche with lacquer and I concur that it gives the pen a lot more contrast.
I agree that those diamonds on the clip are probably distracting at first, but then they do seem to fit in with the wealth of the overall decor. Would the pen have been too sober had rubies been used instead on the clip?
I didn't know MB used ebonite feeds on their modern (XXI century) pens. Maybe they are as exclusive as those MOP snowcaps.
If words should carry weight, then those 79g
are indeed well placed. Besides, weight should not be an issue when appreciating such a work of art.
I do agree that such a sumptuous pen should lay down a thick and characterful line. A broad nib with Mr Binder's italic modification looks like an excellent choice.
PS Is that divine proportion something usefull in fountain pens?
Hey Rob -
Thanks for taking time to write such informed comments.
I agree that, for my taste, the 888 has a better look than the Atelier design. I think the Atielier editions are 18 k white gold, or platinum, but I could not confirm that independently, so I didn't put it in my review.
I initially went to the MB Boutique to look at the 4810 edition, but I agree with you - I was underwhelmed by the look of the 4810 pen. The 4810 edition just does not have the intricate detail to pull off a rich, ornate look. But many disagree with me. Each to his own.
I added the Divine Proportion ratio measurements just for fun. I just love the math, science, and biology themes behind Visconti's Divina Proporzione pen, and as you know Visconti includes a Phi Caliper with the pen to measure the divine ratio in nature. I used the caliper to amuse and annoy friends by objectively quantifying their personal congruity with Phi standards of symmetry and proportion. But it is true that there is something hardwired into our interpretation of beauty - across all cultures we perceive and interpret beauty in a way that seems mathematically dependent on this weird little ratio and on symmetry. I posted a couple of little rants on Phi in replies to GoodGuy's Review of the Divina Proporzione LE: http://www.fountainp...n...st&p=804527http://www.fountainp...n...st&p=804631
Wicked cool stuff. Makes the knees go weak in a math, science, or biology major.
Thanks again for taking time to comment on my review.
Edited by yachtsilverswan, 14 January 2009 - 20:11.