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  1. Pen Pit Stop : Edison Collier Burnished Gold Welcome to the Pen Pit Stop. Here you will find reviews of pens that already have some mileage on them. More specifically, these reviews are of pens that are in my personal collection, and that have been in use for at least a year. I thought it would be fun to do it this way - no new & shiny pens here, but battered vehicles that have been put to work for at least a year. Let's find out how they have withstood the ravages of time. The fountain pen that enters the pit stop today is the Edison Collier Burnished Gold. This is a production run pen from the Edison Pen Co, which is situated in Huron, Ohio. Edison is a small family business started in 2007 by Brian & Andrea Gray. They create beautiful acrylic pens that are top quality products. You really notice the love & care that these pens receive. The Collier is one of the bigger fountain pens that Edison creates. Hefty pens, but still light-weight - very comfortable pens for long writing sessions. I bought my pen in September 2016, so it's been in use for some time now. Let's take a closer look at it. Pen Look & Feel The cigar-shaped Burnished Gold pen is made from a black acrylic with golden swirls in it. An unexpected characteristic of this particular acrylic is that the golden swirls appear and disappear depending on the viewing angle. A beautiful effect, that has to be experienced and that adds extra depth to the pen's body. On the barrel the words "Edison Pen Co – Collier" are engraved in a discrete manner. The only other branding is the company logo etched on the nib. The Collier pen has a sturdy golden clip ending in a ball. This comes in handy as a roll-stopper. You use the pen by removing the screw-on cap. No posting with this pen though, which is not really a problem with a large pen like this. The pen has a decent size JoWo #6 two-toned steel nib, that works well with this large body pen. My Collier Burnished Gold came originally with an F-nib, that I recently replaced with a 1.1 stub. Brian makes sure that all nibs are tuned to perfection before shipping. And it shows - these are some of the smoothest writing nibs I have ever experienced. Simply perfect! The Collier Burnished Gold is a beauty. I can only find one minor flaw, which is a result of the production process. As can be seen in the above picture, the cap's end is a separate piece of acrylic - probably due to the way the clip is added to the cap. This clearly shows because the colours don't match up, but it's not disturbing at all. The pictures above illustrate the size of the Edison Collier in comparison with a standard Lamy AL-star. Capped and uncapped both pens are about the same size, but the Collier has a lot more girth to it. It looks and feels substantially larger than the Lamy, even though it's the lighter of both pens. Pen Characteristics Build Quality : the pen is very well build, and polished to perfection. Mine is four years old by now, and still looks good as new. The acrylic used is definitely of high quality and retains its beauty without getting dull and losing its shine. This Burnished Gold pen has aged very well. Weight & Dimensions : a fairly large pen - almost 15cm capped and 13cm uncapped. The grip section is about 1cm in diameter. Aside from nib and clip, there are no metal parts to be found. This translates to a very light pen, that is really comfortable for long writing sessions. Filling System : this is a cartridge convertor pen, that uses standard international ink cartridges. To use bottled ink, I simply syringe-fill used cartridges. Nib & Performance : the Jowo #6 steel nib is well-proportioned for the size of this pen. On the nib, the Edison company logo is engraved. All Edison nibs are tuned to perfection before being shipped. And it shows! These are some of the smoothest nibs I've ever seen, and they are a real pleasure to write with. I also appreciate that the nib units are easily replaceable, and can be bought separately. The steel nib units cost about 24 EUR (taxed included), and come in sizes EF, F, M, B, 1.1 and 1.5. Price : the Edison Collier costs 165 EUR including taxes, which is quite acceptable for such a quality product. In my opinion: excellent value for money Conclusion Edison Pen Co produces high quality pens, and this Collier Burnished Gold is no exception. A very comfortable writer with an excellent nib - this pen is made for long writing sessions. And the Burnished Gold acrylic is really beautiful: a subtle combination of black & gold with a lot of depth to it. I'm glad to have this pen in my collection.
  2. I was on a business trip and ordered some penny goodness in the form of a Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl, with an 18kt B nib. I also got a sample of sheening inks. It is a beautiful writer and the nib is gushingly wet. I’ve been playing around with the different sheening inks; both Iroshizukus, J. Herbin’s Emerald of Chivoir, and the Diamine Majestic blue. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but even with the super wet nib on Rhodia or Tomoe River paper, I only see the sheen in bright, direct sunlight. The Persimmon Swirl is beautiful, looking bright orange to a dark red, depending on the light. I bought from Goulet and they did a great job packaging the pen with lots of bubble wrap. Here’s a picture of the Collier and how it writes: Close-up of the pen body: And the nib: I am really enjoying this pen. I like bold nibs. Mediums are great for everyday use, but for letters and cards, a wet bold nib feels so much better.
  3. I'm thinking about buying an Edison Collier Fountain Pen (Persimmon Swirl), with a 1.1 italic stub nib, from Goulet Pens. Does anyone own, or has anyone used, one of these pens? They look great, and I like stub nibs, but I usually don't like cartridge converter pens. So, if anyone has any experience with these pens, I'd love to hear it.
  4. Well I already bought a Pilot Prera with a F nib not long ago. Right after I got it, I already wanted another pen. So the Edison Collier came in the mail today. This is my first expensive pen. I thought it was beautiful. It is my understanding it has a #6 nib. I got a F nib for it too. I initially wanted to see what a medium was like. I am so glad I didn't buy a medium nib now. I knew the Collier would not have as fine of a line, as the Prera, because the Japanese fine, and other fines are not the same. So I opened up the package today, and there is a lovely Antique Marble pen. I looked it all over. I thought the acrylic colors were gorgeous. I love the shape of the clip. However the clip had a small gash, on the left side, which was disappointing. I decided to try the most expensive ink I have. It was the Irshizuku Fuyu-syogun. (aka Old Man Winter) The nib did not have a hiccup. It flowed wonderfully. It was what I would call smooth. But since this is my second pen, I am not experienced to know how smooth. It was enjoyable though. The ink from my writing was much wider, not just a little wider than the Pilot Prera F nib. It looks like the writing from a medium nib to me, verging on a possible broad. Maybe this pen flows so well I need a less wet ink? I have bought 3 bottles on ink thus far. I have the Diamine Kelly Green, and J. Herbin Bleu pervenche. (plus the already mentioned Fuyu-syogun) The Diamine Kelly Green does not seem to flow as well as the Blue Namiki cartridge I had. But I love the color of the Kelly Green. The only one I have not tried yet, is the J. Herbin Bleu pervenche. Does anyone have any thoughts on this? I'd rather have great flow, than skipping. But my e's are sometimes hard to read because the ink is so plentiful. I wrote on printer paper initially. Then I wrote on a Moleskine notebook. Next I have a Rhodia dot pad, but I have not tried it there yet. (I also have a dot pad from Field Notes) Maybe a better paper would make the ink strokes less wide. I used the same paper, and compared it to the samples from the Prera though. It is a night and day difference in width.
  5. Hi Pen Fans! We are very happy to announce a new material that is is now available in the Production Line Collier! This new material will be called Blue Steel Acrylic. It's a very nice deep blue with lots of depth, and a rather subtle swirl. http://edisonpen.com/userfiles/image/Collie%20Blue.jpg http://edisonpen.com/userfiles/image/Collier%20Blue2.jpg Since this pen is part of the Production Line, remember that Edison will not sell this pen direct. The retailers that carry the Production Line will be selling this pen. You can find these retailers here. All retailers have placed their orders for this pen, so they all should be ready to ship! So this makes 4 nice materials that can be had in the Production Line Collier! http://edisonpen.com/userfiles/image/Colliers%20Production(1).jpg By the way.....do you notice something interesting when you look at the photo above? If you look closely at the Antique Marble Collier on the right, you'll notice that the color of the Antique Marble is a little darker. Some of you might remember when we made an announcement about 2 years ago regarding a slight color change to the Collier. Back then, the manufacturer that we were getting the Antique Marble from changed the color to be just a little bit lighter. Well, we have good news! The original darker amber color is now back! I personally like this darker color a lot more, and I think that most of our fans agree. So as of now, the Blue Steel and original Antique Marble materials are available in the Collier! Click here to see the retailers that sell these pens. Thanks! Brian at Edison

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