Dearest members of the digital fountain pen nut house,
We're getting extremely close to actual shipping of our pens, and we can feel the excitement building up, probably just as all of you who ordered one of these beauties do . Let's look at a couple of points of interest:
The first shipments will leave the factory on Monday. Pens are currently being prepped for the courier service to come and collect them. Shipping will be done in the order of Passaporto only orders (next week), Modello-Ts with or without additional Passaportos the week thereafter, and any orders containing Etrurias thereafter again.
This is the order of pen complexity, actually. Not all parts for the Etrurias have been received yet from the suppliers, but we have been promised all pens will be in the hands of our members before Christmas.
As discussed with Stipula almost two weeks ago, we sent out a complete shipping list at the beginning of this week, and as usual it took more time than anticipated to prepare the list . We are updating this list on a regular basis, as and when we receive any address changes.
The courier service to be used, will be DHL, worldwide.
2) Shipping address changes
To anybody who would like to change his or her shipping address prior to the pens are actually collected for delivery to the happy owners, please do so in two ways:
Just a quick recap: Inscriptions on the pens will be all the same, namely Stipula, and Made in Italy on one side of the barrel, and 180 degrees across, they will all have the inscription, as follows
Passaporto, Chrome trim:
FPN 2011 x/200
Passaporto, Gold coloured trim:
FPN 2011 x/50
Modello-T, Azurite cabouchon (clip jewel):
FPN 2011 x/120
Modello-T, Mother-of-Pearl cabouchon:
FPN 2011 x/31
Etruria Azurite, Silver trim, 14K nib or 18K nib:
Notte di Luna
FPN 2011 x/20
Etruria Azurite, Vermeil trim, 18K nib:
Notte di Luna
FPN 2011 x/10
Etruria Blue Celluloid, Silver trim, 14K nib or 18K nib:
Notte di Stelle
FPN 2011 x/49
Etruria Blue Celluloid, Vermeil trim, 18K nib:
Notte di Stelle
FPN 2011 x/21
Here x stands for the individual serial number, and the number after the slash for the total number in that particular series (2 or 3 digits, depending on model and variant).Do note that this means there will be separate serial number sets of the Passaporto with Chrome trim, Passaporto with Gold trim, Modello-T with Azurite cabouchon, Modello-T with Mother-of-Pearl cabouchon, Etruria Notte di Luna with silver trim, Etruria Notte di Luna with vermeil trim, Etruria Notte di Stelle with silver trim, and Etruria Notte di Stelle with vermeil trim.
4) Specific pen number requests
Stipula will see what they can do with the specific pen number requests we have received, but this may not be possible, due to the fact that production runs for similar pens were filled up as much as possible, which may mean that pens have been produced in small batches here and there, and getting mixed up completely number wise for the different variants. Considering the pressure currently, with people working overtime and on Saturdays as well, it is just not feasible to select specific pen numbers, unless they come across one accidentally, and haven't prepared a shipping package for the person requesting that pen number yet.
5) Selling of prototypes/production overrun pens
FPN has asked for all complete and working prototypes and production overrun pens to be sold through FPN as well, which means that there may be a few extra, but possibly unnumbered pens available once production has run its course completely. We will update the store as soon as we have definite numbers of each.
6) Sales so far
Finally, here is an update of pens sold up to and including today:
As you can see, we now have only 3 (!) Etrurias left for sale. As a result, we are well past break-even point, which is really great, and we even make a little profit now for the upkeep of our site!
For those who still want to be in on this deal of the year, check here:
The FPN Admin Team
Edit: corrected numbering scheme of Modello-Ts.