The Delta Jubilaeum was a year 2000 Limited Edition produced to commemorate the "ano del Jvbilaeum" (Holy year of the
Jubilee) that coincided with the beginning of the third millennium. The Vatican, being the center of the Jubilaeum celebrations,
is the visual theme of the pen: Delta contracted an Italian artist to create an engraved miniature of the Piazza of the Vatican,
which was both engraved on the pen itself and included as a separate piece of artwork inside the packaging.
Three versions of the Jubilaeum were produced, with 2000 pens in each batch: A black version with silver overlay, a red
version with silver overlay, and a red version with gold overlay.
Packaging and Presentation
Delta put a lot of thought and energy into the packaging of this pen. There are 4 separate features that have been added to
the pen, making the overall package special:
1. The red outer sleeve features a papercut image of the Vatican (pictured above)
2. The box itself is done in red leather, and a more elaborate image of the Vatican facade is embossed upon it (below)
3. In addition to the pen, buyers receive an actual solid silver miniature engraving of the Piazza of the Vatican, made by the
same artist who engraved the pen. This is the same engraving as the one on the cap of the pen, but the larger scale allows
for more detail. The engravings are attached to heavy cardstock paper that is described as "ready to frame" and numbered
using the same system as the limited edition pens.
4. Inside the presentation box, the pen comes with a sealed bottle of special edition red ink. The bottle is beautifully done,
with a heavy, raised engraving of the Vatican dome on the lid and a special "Jubilaeum" label.
I am not big on packaging, but when something is done well I feel that I need to give the manufacturer credit. With the
Jubilaeum LE, Delta has gone above and beyond in giving this pen a very special presentation -- while keeping everything
in good taste, and even with a certain look of minimalism to it. That is not an easy combination.
Visually, the Jubilaeum is one of the only Delta LEs I like, because it is tastefully done. My complaint with other Delta LEs,
is that they contain too many colours, patterns and design elements, that to my eye become cacophonous together. In the
Jubilaeum, there is only one colour present: an unusual shade of cherry red, that leans ever so slightly towards a muted
Venetian red. This goes beautifully with the silver overlay.
The overall form of the pen is a flat-top, but the barrel is elongated and narrows towards the bottom. This is not obvious
in photographs, but in person it is quite striking.
The clip, to my delight, looks like a clip and not a symbolic object (a pet peeve of mine in pen design), and is finished with
a rolling ball at the end that is characteristic of Delta pens.
All of the pen's symbolism is limited to the imagery on the silver overlay over the barrel and cap. The cap is engraved with
the miniature of the Piazza of the Vatican. The barrel is engraved with a "hammered" stone-finish, and the words
"JVBILAEVM" on both sides of the lever engraved in large Roman capitals, and the word "JOBEL" in a slightly different
font on the other side of the barrel.
Size, Weight and Comfort
The Delta Jubilaeum is about 5 5/8" capped, 5 1/4" uncapped including nib, and almost 6 3/4" posted. Diameter is difficult
to determine with a ruler, because both the top of the cap and the bottom of the barrel are curved -- but average diameter
seems to be over 1/2". This makes for a very comfortable wide gripping section, made even more comfortable by the "lip"
on which the fingers can rest while writing.
I do not have the means to weigh the pen, but I would not describe it as heavy. The silver is just an overlay, and it feels
quite light to hold both posted and unposted. To me it feels considerably more comfortable posted, but that is a personal
Like most Delta LEs, this is a lever-filling pen. The lever was an important feature for me, as this is one of my favourite
filling systems. The only companies that consistently offer lever-filling pens today are Delta and Conway Stewart, so I was
glad for the opportunity to own one. Delta's lever features a square tip and is surrounded by an enclosure/box, unlike
Conway Stewart's levers, which are built directly into the barrel material. The lever on the Jubilaeum pen is imprinted with
the text "AD 2000". The lever functioned well out of the box, despite sitting unused for 8 years. The pen fills with a decent
amount of ink, and there is no sign of the sack leaking or the lever box needing attention.
The pen came with a Medium nib, marked "Millenium / Delta/ 18Kt/ 750". It wrote with no problems what so ever out of
the box, putting down a smooth, wet line, more on the side of a Broad. I loaded it with the ink the pen came with, and it
resembles a watered-down version of Skrip Red (not sure who makes Delta's inks). Eventually, I will customise this nib to
a cursive italic.
I am actually unsure what the original MSRP of the Jubilaeum was, and what the current retail price would be. Given the
occasion for which the pen was produced and the very elaborate packaging, I am guessing it's "a lot". I bought the pen
earlier this year from an FPN member new in box, for what I am guessing was a small fraction of the price -- one of the
many beautiful LE pens that have been sold off in this manner recently on the marketplace. It was a great value, but not
representative of what one should expect to pay for it.
In my view, the Jubilaeum is one of Delta's very finest LEs. The design is both elaborate, symbolic, and tasteful. The
presentation and packaging are incredible. Comfort, performance, craftsmanship and attention to detail are impeccable.
The only problem people might have with this pen, is that the Vatican/Jubilaeum theme might make it too religion-themed
for some. I understand that, but do not think so myself.
Although I am not Catholic, this pen holds personal meaning for me: I lived in Rome during a pivotal time in my childhood,
and the Christmas and New Year celebrations there have attained symbolic significance for me over the years.
Whether personally significant or not, I feel that the Jubilaeum is such a beautiful piece of work and such a well-performing
pen, that it transcends any references to religion.
Edited by QM2, 16 January 2009 - 19:38.