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