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  1. Dumatborlon

    Delta Yellow

    [TL;DR: Too bright to be of much use; difficult/awful performance on most papers; very nice hue; I am ambivalent about it.] Here’s another yellow ink, maybe the purest yellow ink there is. I’m talking about ‘Delta Yellow’, of course. Before I start talking, let’s have a quick look at it: http://null.aleturo.com/Dumatborlon/5EGr+sk;%E2%98%89;summaprada;jpeg-01136.jpeg Boy, this ink is BRIGHT! ‘Which glasses do I need to read YELLOW?’, my middle school teacher used to sigh in exasperation whenever someone wrote in yellow crayon (yes, some of us thought it was a good idea at that time―and to be host, just that sigh alone was worth it ^^). After so much time, I finally get what he meant: This ink is all but illegible. No matter what paper you’re using, it is so bright that you have to get real close to the page to be able to decipher what’s written there. From more than a few inches away, all you see are yellow scribbles. The scans and the photograph are lying: The markings all but glow on the page, which of course cannot be conveyed by an image. The ink is much brighter I.R.L. than on both of the images. And I thought that scanning ‘Mahatma Gandhi’ was difficult… http://null.aleturo.com/Dumatborlon/5EGq+sk;%E2%99%84;summaprada;ppm-00013.jpeg The colour is the essence of yellowness. The colour does not lean to either green nor orange, as most yellows tend to do. It’s a very pure, primary yellow. This at least becomes quite clear from the scans. Because of this, the colour is practically meant to be paired to other primary colours. You might have noticed that I like to colour-code whatever I am writing. The other two colours on the scan are Parker Quink royal blue (washable) and Montblanc rouge. I think Waterman red would work even better alongside this yellow. But as already said: This ink really pairs well, also with more difficult colours like Noodler’s Polar brown, but see for yourself: http://null.aleturo.com/Dumatborlon/5EGr+sk;%E2%98%89;summaprada;ppm-00015.jpeg Other than that, it’s a very difficult ink. I’ve used it in an Online ‘College’ pen with a medium, which probably was one of the worst choices that I could make, but that was the pen that just happened to need refilling. In hindsight, I should have known: That particular pen is prone to skipping and poor flow, the only ink that really worked with it so far was Montblanc rouge (you can still see the stains of that colour in the photographs). In my opinion, this colour really needs the wettest-flowing pen with the broadest nib that you can find. As soon as the current charge in my Safari is used up, I’ll redo the review with that one, that will be a fairer comparison. The more technical stuff will be somewhat biased because of this. Well, at least in this pen, the ink is extremely dry and just a pain to write with. If it starts up at all, it almost requires force to keep a flow going and is almost as if writing with a ballpoint pen. A day later, presumably as the feed is now finally saturated or whatever, the situation has somewhat improved. Given the right paper, it writes much more wetly. As long as the line is still drying, you can even see what you are writing. After that, you almost need special equipment, see below. ) Don’t use absorbent paper with this ink! It will make you really hate it. This ink is meant for good paper, which unfortunately I don’t have. Yet. Surprisingly enough, the University-issued notepads perform reasonably well with this ink. But with crappier paper, this ink will bite you. Seriously, don’t do it! Surprisingly enough, the ink does seem to shade to some degree. It is so bright that it’s really difficult to tell; since the colour on the scan is a little darker than on paper, one can see some shading, especially on the high-resolution scan. On the plus side, there does not seem to be any feathering. There is some bleedthrough, though. But it’s yellow, so it’s unlikely to be as annoying as with, say, a brown ink. http://null.aleturo.com/Dumatborlon/5EGq+sk;%E2%99%84;summaprada;ppm-00014.jpeg Here’s another close-up of the shading, done on somewhat glossy paper: http://null.aleturo.com/Dumatborlon/5EGr+sk;%E2%98%89;summaprada;ppm-00022b.jpeg As usual, the hand-written review is on a Steinbeis Classic White recycling paper, which is a poor choice. That paper is almost off-white (which is what I like about it), but of course that makes the already poor contrast even poorer. If I had some bright-white paper, I’d compare to that. On the recycling paper, the scribbles are all but illegible. Don’t even consider using a tinted paper. The ink is not very saturated and all but vanishes on brown, orange, red and green paper. On deep blue, you can still see it, about as well as on white paper (which is to say: not very much). I’ve tried scanning that, but it’s pointleß. As expected, there is no water resistance. An eight minute drop test removed all traces of the ink from the paper. On the up side, once dry it does not tend to smear. It dries rather quickly. So what to make of it? As opposed to De Atramentis’s Mahatma Gandhi, which is dark enough to be actually used, Delta Giallo is so bright that it’s more of a novelty ink than anything else. It’s too bright and unsaturated for use as a highlighting ink, and way too bright for headlines. It does not light up in blacklight; in fact, it remains invisible even there. Curiously, on the photograph that I took, the yellow line went pitch black, see below. So maybe it will make a good semi-secret ink. http://null.aleturo.com/Dumatborlon/5EGr+sk;%E2%98%89;summaprada;jpeg-01140.jpeg Also, it looks to be just perfect for a demonstrator pen; it already looks very nice in the semi-transparent grip section of my ‘College’ pen, but it should look absolutely gorgeous in a fully transparent pen. In conclusion, I certainly like the colour. As already said: It’s the essence of yellowness, a very nice colour. But I can’t see any good way to use it. I will try to use it in a more properly behaved pen and see if that changes anything, but until then I don’t think I will keep using this ink. I still have half a vial left, so if anyone wants to see the ink on paper, just drop me your address and I’ll send you a postcard or something. It’d be a funny experiment to write the address itself in this colour, but I have a feeling that the postman will hunt and murder me if I do so. ;o) Thanks for making it this far; I know I always write too much. ^^ Zefon Edit: Shading close-up
  2. PenChalet

    New Pens Reduced To 50% Off

    We just received a new shipment of pens that we have discounted at 50% off retail. Here is a list of some of the new items. We have each of these items in multiple colors: Stipula Etruria Magnifica ballpoint pen Stipula Etruria Magnifica fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10421.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Stipula Model T ballpoint pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10773.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Stipula Gladiator fountain pen Stipula Gladiator rollerball pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10418.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Fusion Gift Set - fountain pen with rollerball tip included http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10921.jpg ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________ Limited Edition Items: Delta Amerigo Vespucci fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10076.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Indigenous Peoples Indios fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10133.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Indigenous Peoples Hawaii fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10143.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Indigenous Peoples Maori fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10129.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Indigenous Peoples Tuareg fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10131.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Indigenous Peoples Maya fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10141.jpg ______________________________________________________________ Delta Indigenous Peoples Mapuche fountain pen http://www.penchalet.com/images/products/10139.jpg We have even more items discounted on our specials page
  3. Cdub24

    Delta Dolce Vita - Japan

    Hi All, Living in New Zealand there is no where to buy Delta pens and with crazy high customs and duties buying online makes them very expensive. I'm heading to Japan in September and one of my grail pens is the Dolce Vita...so I will try and pick one up when I am there (along with a few other goodies as well). Does anyone have any experience buying a Delta in Japan and any recommendations around where to purchase?. I will be in Kyoto and Tokyo and perhaps go to Osaka & Kobe, so those are my options... Thanks Craig
  4. I was just poking around, trying to figure out who makes new lever-filling pens today. This was once the most common, dominant method of filling fountain pens, and now it's almost extinct. The only ones I turned up easily are from Delta, plus some limited editions (which look particularly nice) from Conway Stewart. I think some other companies may have made limited edition lever-fillers in the recent past, but I can't find any in current catalogs. Have I missed anything?
  5. Cdub24

    Delta Pens In Japan

    Hi All, Living in New Zealand there is no where to buy Delta pens and with crazy high customs and duties buying online makes them very expensive. I'm heading to Japan in September and one of my grail pens is the Dolce Vita...so I will try and pick one up when I am there (along with a few other goodies as well). Does anyone have any experience buying a Delta in Japan and any recommendations around where to purchase?. I will be in Kyoto and Tokyo and perhaps go to Osaka & Kobe, so those are my options...and before anyone asks I will also be picking up some Japanese beauties as well....The price I have too pay for living on a island in the middle of the pacific with NO access to quality pen shops. Thanks Craig
  6. art8283

    Delta Fusion Nibs

    I would be interested in any opinions related to the use of Delta's fusion nibs and the claim that the two metals used creates a slight degree of heat, thereby improving ink flow. Thanks in advance for your replies.
  7. Hi all! I need to contact Delta about a dolcevita flea market find, but I haven't had any replies after using the form on their site. Does anyone know a more reliable way please? A phone number would be lovely, or a direct email address - ie not through a form where maybe the form is broken and they aren't getting the messages. Does that seem typical for them - no response after nearly a week? Are they the 'slow, but gets there' type, meaning I should wait some more, or are they generally quite quick to respond so if they haven't, it's probably time to have another go? I'd love it if you'd share your experience with these guys, I've never dealt with them before :-) thanks in advance!
  8. Hi guys! I haven't been around much lately, hope everyone's doing well :-) Tonight I picked up the little cutie below from an outdoor vintage stuff market, it's used and fairly grody. I'm really keen on using it, but before I start cleaning it I would like to identify it properly to make it easier to get accurate info on cleaning and such. But the furthest I got on IDing it is that it's a Delta Dolcevita (and only because it'ss helpfully written right on the cap...pen ID, ure doing it rong ). I found a blog post that says there are over 60 versions, and I would love to know more about which specific one it is. The nib looks like it might have some more numbers on it, but my loupe doesn't seem to be strong enough to read them - it's a 15x. Sorry for all the reflections in the picture, I know it could be better but this one's the first genuinely clear and sharp one in a dozen attempts - I'm just so klutzy tonight, I can't seem to get it right lol. I'm hoping this is enough, failing that I'll take another stab at it tomorrow in daylight. What do you guys think?
  9. Giorgia

    Delta Pen Information

    Hello everyone I'm Giorgia, a female university student and I'm studying the Delta pen. Could you give me some information about his fountain pens? What do you think about Delta ? Thank you for the kindness.
  10. I was playing with my lightbox and decided to photograph my entire Italian pen collection, which amounts to a grand total of two pens from OMAS and Delta. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2180/13053976833_dbe5846875_b.jpg The OMAS Paragon in Maroon/Rose Gold Trim. The distinctive 12-faceted pen body is meant to resemble a 12-sided Greek Doric column. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2677/13053842765_2314b152d6_b.jpg The maroon cotton resin body and the rose gold section match perfectly. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3832/12944875214_bdbccedf2e_b.jpg The Delta Stanfuffo Grande Circo. The celluloid literally glows in the hand. The pearlescent colour and depth of finish are unparalleled. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2829/12944582413_3289568e38_b.jpgThe larger #8 size nib on this limited edition pen matches the size of the pen barrel.
  11. Miles R.

    Delta Serena

    The Delta Serena is an Italian-made pen with an acrylic body, cartridge-or-convertor filling system, steel nib, and an unusual dark brushed-metal finish (platinum plating, as I understand) on the nib and the grip section. It comes in black, red, and blue, with nibs in sizes M and F. 1. Appearance and design I'm sorry that the photograph below makes the pen look as though the barrel is bent or does not fit squarely into the cap. This is an illusion due to the lens. The slight tapering of the barrel toward the tail is, however, a feature of the pen. I had never owned an Italian-made fountain pen before. When this one was announced on the Goulet site (no affiliation here), I was taken with its looks, and, given its comparatively modest price of $108, I judged it to be worth venturing the purchase. As you can see, the barrel is of a deep, lustrous color with a swirling pattern visible in it. I had a difficult time deciding between the blue and the red (there is also black, for those who have that preference) and probably would have been equally happy with either, but went for the blue. The dark, matte finish of the metal is an unusual touch, which will probably strike you either as giving the pen an air of distinction or as making it look a bit dull. Of course, it struck me in the first way and not the second. All the visible metal parts—nib, grip section shell, clip, cap band—have this finish. 2. Construction and quality The pen seems to be manufactured to a high standard, as one would expect. The first one that I got seemed to me to have something wrong with the nib: when I tried "writing" with it dry, it felt scratchy, moreso on the downstroke than on the upstroke, and when I looked at the tip through a loupe, it seemed to me that the tines of the nib were slightly out of alignment. When I sent it back for replacement, the person who inspected it at Goulet said that there was nothing wrong with it, though they sent me a replacement immediately anyway. I wish now that I had taken a photograph of the first pen's nib through the loupe. Anyway, the replacement certainly has no such defect. One detail worth noticing is the little wheel on the end of the clip. If you are subject to the same streak of childish fascination with such things as I am, you may enjoy lifting the clip with the index finger and thumb of one hand while flicking the little wheel to make it turn with the thumb of the other hand. That aside, the wheel also allows the clip to slide smoothly into place on a cloth pocket. The metal on the grip section is merely a shell: the bulk of the section is actually plastic, like the feed. So there is not as much weight in the grip section as there is in pens that have an all-metal grip section, such as the Monteverde Crystal. The pen has the usual sort of convertor filling system. 3. Weight and dimensions The pen is rather thick, which makes it very comfortable to hold for me. Those who like to hold their pens close to the nib can do that, and those who like to hold their pens further up can do so even though the visible part of the grip section is rather short, as one's fingers can rest comfortably even as high as the threads at the end of the barrel where the cap screws on. Length: capped, 13.3 cm; uncapped (body only), 12.0 cm; posted, 15.7 cm. Width at grip section: 1.1 cm Weight: 23.6 g; body, 16.4 g; cap, 7.2 g 4. Nib and performance It's a reasonably smooth writer, though nothing remarkable in that regard. Flow is well-measured and consistent. So far, using the pen with Architekt Blue Grey (=De Atramentis Fog Grey), a generally easily flowing ink, I have found it to be something of a slow starter, always requiring a bit of shaking or tapping before any ink emerges from the nib on the first use of the day. 5. Filling system and maintenance The grip section can be very easily disassembled and reassembled for cleaning. 6. Cost and value/conclusion The price seems to me reasonable for a pen of Italian manufacture with such a beautiful and distinctive design, but functionally, I don't think that it's anything out of the ordinary. If you are someone for whom anything in three digits is a lot of dollars to spend on a fountain pen, you should probably find a way to handle and test one of these pens before you buy one.
  12. betweenthelens

    Delta Mask

    Appearance and Design The bright Mediterranean blue resin body with veins of lighter blue throughout and the contrasting palladium cap, clip and faux blind cap create a fluidity that echoes the natural concept of flow. The end of the screw on cap has an embellishment of blue resin and the Delta logo of a mirror-image nib. The cap is also tri-faceted so that one may choose to get it engraved. Construction and Quality The pen is extremely well-made. It is hand-turned, and upon examination, I can find no seams and there is nothing flimsy about its construction or the materials used. I'd be fine placing it in one of my silk wraps and placing that in my purse to carry around without fearing damage to the pen. Size The pen is 5.25 inches capped, 4.75 inches uncapped and 5.75 inches posted. The circumference of the widest portion of the subtly tapering barrel is 1.625. With the cap posted, there is a significant heft when writing and this could very well lead to fatigue, especially if one has a lot to write. The weight of the posted cap can actually be felt in the way in which it pulls one's hand up and back. Without the cap posted, the pen is significantly lighter and more comfortable with which to write. The width of the pen and its weight when the cap is posted work well for larger hands. Nib and Performance This is a medium steel nib. The Delta site shows a fine nib option. The nib is smooth and firm. The line is medium in terms of wetness but could possibly be wetter as I am using Pelikan's 4001 Violet, which tends to be a dry ink. Even though I wouldn't describe the nib as flex, it can produce a nice variation in ink shading by alternately exerting more pressure as one is writing. The papers I've used to assess the nib's performance were Moleskine's lined Legendary Notebook paper; L. Writing Paper, made in Japan by Life Co.; 60 lb. Fabriano sketch paper; and 100% cotton Crane Monarch sheets with Ecruwhite Kid Finish®. The Crane and Fabriano give nice feedback- a little resistance- as the smooth nib comes into contact with the higher quality paper. The lined sheets (L. Writing Paper and Moleskine) provide a smoother writing experience. Filling System The filling system takes either a Delta or international cartridge and comes with a piston converter. The converter took up the ink fully on the first attempt and I've not noticed any leaks. Cost and Value I paid $95.00 and it's worth it to me. I'm extremely happy with the pen, its appearance, the superb craftsmanship, and the manner in which it writes. The pen was new and unused but belonged to a collector who displayed it. I paid $107.00 for my new Stipula Gladiator, another fine Italian made pen and I believe the cost of both pens is comparable and the cost is commensurate with the quality in both of these cases. Cost and quality do not always correspond but they do here. Conclusion The Delta Mask was a very small run of pens and was only sold in Italy. I initially fell in love with the color of the pen while I was perusing fountain pens online. I loved the cool blue barrel and the idea of the barrel, clip and faux blind cap being made from palladium intrigued me. Upon receiving the pen, I fell in love all over again and this time it wasn't just the infatuation I felt upon first seeing it online. This is a pen I will keep and use daily. I would certainly consider gifting a loved one with a Delta Mask and I would buy it again. I know this pen will be a dependable, beautiful addition to my fountain pen collection as well as to my daily writing repertoire. .
  13. So I've decided to buy myself a birthday pen, but my dilemma is choosing what pen. So I've decided to enlist the help of the FPN board members and base my decision upon your recommendation's. I've narrowed it down between 10 pens of which to choose from. They are as follows; Pilot Custom 742 SFM Black ~$163 Sailor 1911 Full Size Black w/ Silver trim FM ~$163 Platinum 3776 Chatres Blue F ~$84 *Delta Dolce Vita PISTON F ~$350* Franklin Christoph Model 19 '1901' Kings Gold Bands .9mm MM Custom stub ~$195 Aurora 88 Large Silver trim Fine ~$350 **OMAS Arte Italiana Noir Milord (331 made in each size) ~$395** *Stipula Etruria Rainbow Blue w/ T-Flex nib ~$230* Any combination of Edison pen e.g Huron Grande or Pearl in Lucite or Cobalt Flake or Molten Ores or ....... Franklin Christoph Model 66 Stabillis .9mm MM custom Stub ~$169.50 I just can't decide between these pens! I want them all! But alas I cannot afford that. In terms of pens I already own, I have an Edison Collier in silver marble, a Sailor 1911m clear and gold (These two happen to be my favorite pens, despite the massive size differences),Pelikan M600 EF in blue, a Montblanc 144 Black/Gold M-B, a TWSBI Diamond 540 EF, and a TWSBI Vac 700 EF in blue. I think I have plenty of blue and EF pens for now, and my goal up to now is to diversify my pen collection. I really like the OMAS. I really wanted an Italian pen, so the Delta, OMAS, and Stipula seem to be the most likely options for now. FYI: It will be my 15th birthday, so I want to make it a good and memorable pen. (* indicates pens I will most likely purchase at the time of this post, subject to change) EDIT: I should mention that the purchase date is later in August





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