Dearest members of the fountain pen nut house, and especially those who voted for an FPN pen already ,
It has been some time since an update, so we thought it would be time to do so. Let us go through the options remaining one-by-one, with an indication what to expect.
1) FPN LE Passaporto
We currently have reached a total of 200 Passaportos, if we add Chrome and Gold Coloured trim together. Based on our discussions with Stipula, considering a split of approximately 150 Chrome ones and 50 Gold coloured ones, we should be able to get both produced. For the Gold coloured ones that would mean no nib selection possible however, only an M nib will be available. For the Chrome version there will be the option of an F or an M nib.
Gold and/or titanium nibs will unfortunately not be available, as we would need at least 100 votes for each, which we don't even get close to.
Even so, it would still mean both pen options will be produced.
2) FPN LE Modello T
Here too the total is approximately 200 pens. Considering the votes, a gold coloured option is not in the cards, and neither is a gold nib. Also, palladium section ends (close to the nib) would make it extra expensive considering the relatively small numbers, so we do think that an azurite section from barrel threads to nib end is the way to go. However, we will have the option to select the clip jewel as we'd want to, and the nice thing is that that won't add to the cost. Currently there are about 65 MOP clip jewel choices, and about 135 azurite ones. Therefore, also two models.
3) FPN LE Etruria
Here it gets a little more complicated. It looks like we can and will do both the cellulose acetate version, and the azurite version. Considering the overwhelming majority for PF systems, they would be made as piston fillers.
We did ask whether it is possible to have a choice of nibs on any model between the 14K rhodinated ones and the 18K duotone ones, but we haven't received a clear answer yet. Furthermore, we have learnt that maybe, on a select few, it would indeed be possible to use vermeil trim rather than silver trim, but here things are not 100% clear either.
IOW, we will certainly produce both an azurite, and a blue cellulose acetate version, and both in silver trim and 14K rhodinated nibs, just that we don't know yet if other choices are available too, for nibs and trim.
Next there are two important issues still remaining, and that is how we handle shipping and VAT etc. Shipping appears rather expensive outside of the USA (€ 10) and the EU (€ 10), namely € 35 for any country except USA and EU. We are therefore still looking at shipping alternatives.VAT is another problem because we are not a registered company in Europe. This could possibly mean that VAT will be levied on all pens, at the Italian VAT rate of 20 %. We are also checking if this somehow can be prevented or handled differently.
Until we are sure about the solutions for VAT and Shipping, we will not be able to complete our web store yet, and the same really is true for the Etruria voters.
We have agreed with Stipula to try and resolve all outstanding question by means of a telephone conversation if we can't move quickly enough with our current email exchange. However, this will not (yet) solve any VAT or shipping issues.
Summarizing, it looks like we will produce
- both Passaportos
- 2 Modello Ts, with azurite section, one with MOP clip jewel and one with azurite clip jewel
- at least two Etruria models, the silver trimmed azurite and cellulose acetate ones, and possibly also a few vermeil trimmed ones of each
And we still have a few outstanding issues/questions
- nib options for the FPN LE Etruria
- shipping options
- tax issue
As mentioned, we do hope to resolve the remaining questions and issues next week, hopefully early next week, so we can finally go ahead with the ordering process, on our soon to be FPN Store.
HTH, warm regards,
The FPN Admin Team