I first came across Kevin’s (winedoc’s) FS posting of this very impressive instrument. Bathed in uniformly smooth, glossy, deeply rich urushi, the initial impression it leaves is undeniable; it screams class yet whispers elegance. This is a review of the Danitrio Octagon in a clipless Tame-midori and clipped, raw matte finish.
Appearance – (10/10)
The Octagon is the only faceted pen in Danitrio’s product line. Eight (8) facets surround the body and cap. Positioning between the body and cap is uniform because there’s a natural “give” to the threads that ensure consistent alignment. At roughly the same size as the Danitrio Takumi, the Octagon shares it’s dimensions with the Montblanc 149.
I had the unique opportunity to purchase the pens in person while attending the 2009 LA Pen Show. I already knew I wanted the Octagon in Tame-midori finish. What I didn’t know was that I would walk out of the LA Pen Show with five (5) Danitrio’s including a very rare raw matte Octagon being jointly reviewed here.
Nib – (9/10)
Variety is the spice of life and the nib selections are no exception. Adorned with a wonderful 18k two-tone nib, the Tame-midori is outfitted with a Fine Flex while the raw sports a Stub Flex nib.
Out of the box, the writing experience is what I expect from Danitrio; juicy, wet writers with smooth writing characteristics. Danitrio nibs are typical western sized – fine is generally a broader fine/narrow medium and I’ve experienced similar properties from the rest of their nib lineup.
The feed provides dependable ink delivery with no skipping even with my high angle, unorthodox left-handed, over writing position. (say that fast 3 times!)
** Note: As previously suggested, it’s always a good idea to flush your nibs/feeds before inking. This ensures that any remaining oils from the manufacturing process are removed ensuring consistent ink delivery. I make it a point to flush the pens with water and soap before I ink any new pen.
Filing System – (8/10)
The Octagon’s are configured with Cartridge/Converter filing mechanisms. It performs the job with aplomb. Little details such as the Danitrio brand on the metal housing of the converter are nice little touches.
Cost and Value – (10/10)
A painstakingly handmade writing instrument. Check
Unique urushi finish. Check
The profound experience of holding the organic properties of urushi. Priceless
Conclusion – (37/40)
One can spend hours mesmerized by the finish properties of the Tame-midori urushi. Alternatively there’s a true rawness to seeing ebonite in its unfinished glory that begs to be taken on any adventure you throw at it.
The Octagon is a pen with universal appeal; casual in nature and formal in execution. That’s the secret with Danitrio. They’re adaptive instruments that can morph in any environment.
If you haven’t tried these wonders you owe it to yourself to try. I hope you’ll find yourself amazed with the technical, aesthetic, visceral and organic properties of this writing instrument. I know I have. I walked out with 5 remember?
Edited by mava, 21 February 2009 - 00:10.