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#1 mava

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:41

Edison Pearl

Bexley ’09 Anniversary Blue Ebonite | Extended Length | Larger Section



First Impression

This is my official review of Brian Gray’s Pearl since my photo essay here: Photo Essay



As soon as Brian from Edison Pen Company introduced the Pearl I knew I had to have one. At the end of ’08 I started talking with Brian regarding a custom Pearl. It wasn’t until the LA Pen Show in February ’09 when I was able to meet him and finalize the specs of my order. I took delivery March, 09.



Appearance – (10/10)



This is as custom as custom can be. Extended length was chosen so that the size compliments my Nakaya Piccolo as two medium sized clipless pens. A larger diameter section was also selected.



Dressed in Bexley ’09 Anniversary Ebonite, this is a truly unique Pearl and one that I truly enjoy. I specified a matte finish as well which I feel is a better fit for this material and I think it looks stunning; the smell is strong as well so this pen isn’t for the faint of smell!



Nib – (10/10)



I specified a fine Edison 18k gold nib. With a requested wetness rating of 4 out of 10, I find the writing characteristics perfect for me. As a left-handed overwriter that tweaks the nib 130 degrees clockwise, I have very unique and specific needs. Brian met my challenges without issue by ensuring that he test the nib first according to my needs. I love this nib.

Filing System – (10/10)

No complicated filling systems or multiple parts to disassemble for cleaning, etc. The Pearl is outfitted with a very large capacity eye-dropper mechanism.



It’s no surprise that I prefer the eye-dropper mechanism over others. Its simplicity speaks volumes; form over function is the name of the game here.

Cost and Value – (10/10)

This is where the true value of Edison pen comes into play. This pen was fully configured according to my specifications. I had full involvement in the design of this pen while Brian created it to my requirements. That alone is worth the price of admission!

At a very reasonable retail price, I think Edison has a perfectly suited product in a competitive segment of mid-priced pens.



Conclusion – (40/40) <--- PERFECT

Where else can you work with a manufacturer and perform modifications based on your needs? The Pearl delivers on so many areas: value, design and function.

This is my 2nd Edison pen (1st is a 1st generation Herald in grooved ebonite) and I find great enjoyment with it every time I write with it. I happily endorse Brian and his company, Edison Pen Company.


Edited by mava, 17 March 2009 - 05:53.


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#2 MidnightBlue

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 21:17

Hi there. Re pic number one: Is the cap out of alignment or is it an illusion. Great pics of a great looking pen by a good maker.Thanks

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 23:27

QUOTE (MidnightBlue @ Mar 17 2009, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi there. Re pic number one: Is the cap out of alignment or is it an illusion. Great pics of a great looking pen by a good maker.Thanks


Hi MidnightBlue,

That looks to be an optical illusion. Interesting effect nonetheless! Thanks

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 23:59

"Edison has a perfectly suited product in a competitive segment of mid-priced pens"

I suspect that were this to be sold by a big name manufacturer such as Mont Blanc, the price would be at least double and possibly more. There is considerable overhead which these firms incur which you are not paying. It might be accurate to say that this is an upper end pen even though you are paying something in the upper edge of the middle range of prices.

Regardless of price, this is one of my "drool pens" and one I will get when the economy -- and my personal finances improves.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 00:56

Incredible pen and Thank You for pointing me to my next pen purchase. I was not aware that you could get the barrel made larger and longer.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 01:13

Gorgeous pen, mava. That blue-and-black ebonite is very appealing. And, of course, it's an Edison.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 02:18

What are the dimensions?
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 03:36

QUOTE (Rufus @ Mar 17 2009, 09:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What are the dimensions?


I'm curious about this also. How much longer is it than the standard sized Pearl?

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 04:26

I just came across Edison for the first time the other day. On a grad student salary (er... moderate wage at a part-time job), they are a little out of my price range, but the #76, ED, in tortoise or one of the swirls is at the top of my list of self-congratulatory presents for the next time I feel I've done something praiseworthy. Simply stunning pens! I'm glad to hear that their quality holds up to their impressive looks.
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 22:47

Nice pen! I too like the thicker section, as the standard section on my Herald is a shade small for my hand. Next time I order a pen I will go for the larger straight section. Nice pen, JC

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 23:23

QUOTE (Rufus @ Mar 17 2009, 07:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What are the dimensions?


QUOTE (reprieve @ Mar 17 2009, 08:36 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Rufus @ Mar 17 2009, 09:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
What are the dimensions?


I'm curious about this also. How much longer is it than the standard sized Pearl?


Sorry for the delay folks... Re: comparison vs. the Pearl, if I remember correctly from the LA Pen Show the standard Pearl is approx. the same length as the Nakaya Piccolo. It's about a 1/2" longer than the Nakaya Piccolo; 5 1/2" vs. 5" I had a couple other shots in the Pen and Photography section before I wrote up the review. Here are some pictures:









Thanks for your comments! Don't forget that with Brian you can customize your pen according to your specs. If you wanted a really long desk pen in the Pearl shape I'm sure he'd accommodate just as well.

Edited by mava, 19 March 2009 - 14:04.


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Posted 20 March 2009 - 22:34

you beat me to it. i just got mine on 3/9 (with a bexley nib, dropper fill, ink window and clip in black ebo.) absolutely love it... but now no need to review it... you have a lovely pen.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 23:52

QUOTE (sam235813 @ Mar 20 2009, 03:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
you beat me to it. i just got mine on 3/9 (with a bexley nib, dropper fill, ink window and clip in black ebo.) absolutely love it... but now no need to review it... you have a lovely pen.


OF COURSE you should review it! Everyone can always benefit from different perspectives. Lovely pic BTW. I love the ink window on your Pearl.






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