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  1. Pen Pit Stop : Edison Collier LE Red Dragon 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 Red Dragon. This is a Limited Edition pen that was a Goulet Pens' special back in 2020. Mine is number 79 out of a 150 pens that were produced. This pen is a beauty with a stunning red & black DiamondCast resin, made by Tim McKenzie. The defining feature of Tim’s resins is the real diamond dust that is incorporated in the mix, and that is responsible for the incredible shimmer and sparkle. The picture below is taken in sunlight, and accentuates the diamond dust sparkle, but it’s also present under normal lighting conditions. I simply love the looks of this pen, and use it on a regular basis – usually filled with an ink that matches its tones. Edison Pen Co – which is situated in Huron, Ohio – 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 and very comfortable pens for long writing sessions. I bought my pen in October 2020, so it’s been in use for some time now. Let’s take a closer look at it. Pen Look & Feel The cigar-shaped Red Dragon pen is made from a Tim McKenzie’s DiamondCast resin with a red and black colour pattern. Tim’s DiamondCast material is widely known for its stunning beauty, and the resin used for this red pen is no exception. On the barrel the words “Edison Pen Co – Collier” are engraved in a discrete manner. Because this is a limited edition, the individual pen’s serial number is also engraved below the logo. The only other branding is the company logo etched on the nib. The Collier pen has a sturdy silver 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 silver-toned steel nib, that works well with this large body pen. My Collier Red Dragon came originally with an M-nib, that worked well right out of the box. 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 pictures above illustrate the size of the Edison Collier in comparison with a standard Lamy Safari. 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 about two years old now, and still looks good as new. The DiamondCast resin used is definitely of high quality and retains its beauty without getting dull and losing its shine. This Red Dragon 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 (taxes included), and come in sizes EF, F, M, B, 1.1 and 1.5. Price : this limited edition Edison Collier cost 254 EUR including taxes, which is more expensive that the standard Collier pens. But personally, I found the price point quite acceptable for such a beautiful limited edition pen. In my opinion: excellent value for money Conclusion Edison Pen Co produces high quality pens, and this Collier LE Red Dragon is no exception. A very comfortable writer with an excellent nib - this pen is made for long writing sessions. And the Red Dragon DiamondCast resin is really beautiful – it’s definitely an eye-catcher. Needless to say that I’m glad to have this pen in my collection.
  2. I've just seen the new Edison Rock Candy Collier. http://edisonpen.com/index.cfm/2020/01/15/a-new-material-in-the-production-line-collier-rock-candy Oh wow. It's not exactly tasteful... but heck, what colour! As a long time Collier fan with six already (including the Black Rose LE and a custom) this one is definitely on my list!
  3. Hi, I am a fountain pen newbie. I have an Edison Collier in light blue/silver antique marble. I was wondering how I could stop what seems to be ink creeping between the nib feed and the section. The light blue section is getting stained with black ink at the top especially. Would silicone grease stop this? And how would I clean off the ink stain? This has made me pause when I considered turning it into an eyedropper. The ink is Diamine Havasu Turquoise. Thanks very much for any advice.
  4. Hello folks, first of all I want to say that I love my Edison fountain pens! I have a bunch of them with all kinds of nibs. Three of them are Colliers: one in Persimmon Swirl, one in Silver Marble and one in Antique Marble. The first two are visually gorgeous pens. They are not nearly as translucent as the Antique Marble, and this probably explains why this pen is the least favorite one of the three for me. I hope these photos explain my point of view. Here are all three pens: http://i1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag200/ristisorsa/Edison%20pens/edisons_zpszlsfqc9d.jpg A closer look to the cap and the barrel of the Collier in Antique Marble: http://i1368.photobucket.com/albums/ag200/ristisorsa/Edison%20pens/cap%20barrel_zpssukfvhxg.jpg As you can see there are very visible machining marks in the cap and also in the barrel. I'm sure that all of my Colliers have these kind of "stripes" but because of the non-translucent materials of the Persimmon Swirl and the Silver Marble they are basically out of sight. I was wondering if anyone else, who owns a Collier in Antique Marble, has as visible marks in his/her pen. Do they bother you or is it just me complaining for nothing?
  5. Morbus Curiositas

    Brilliant Brian.... My First Edison

    Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl Dear FPN Friends. . I am going to do my first Fountain Pen Review now.... It is a bit unusal as I normally do Ink reviews... But when I visited the Heaven on Earth.....La Couronne Du Comte http://www.lacouronneducomte.nl I bought a piece of sheer beaty and I found out that even a republic can have a king .. How is that???? http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/3Greats_zpsca059554.jpg I have found an AMERICAN Royal.... http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/BriantheFGrayd_zpsdea0d9df.jpg Brian the GrayT the King of Fountain Pens... Well nice to know for the Americans that they now have aKing too.... But why is Brian so GRAYT???? Well Look at this http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_104313_zps89613884.jpg The Edison Collier Persimmon Swirl Quality and Construction 10/10 Very well made from excellent resin wiht a nice touch and feel to it.. This is a screw on Cap.... The threads are excellent.You do not feel them at all during writing. They have a fine twist ....It needs more twists than my Pelikan M800 making it very secure... Oh it doesn't post but no need for that look at hte sizes Dimensions length closed: 150mm Length nib: 23.5mm Lengte barrelt 16.5mm Diameter grip section (max/min): 11.6/9.7mm Diameter barrel (max): 14.6mm Totale length uncapped, 129mm Total weight 30g My Pelikan M800 is not small at all... but http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_121858_zpscd3e6898.jpg The Edison Collier is even GRAYter http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_121948_zps981d4bf4.jpg And that Number 6 Nib is Grayt too... The Nib and Wrting experience 9/10 http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_104557_zps14966935.jpg http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_104459_zpseffcf0b5.jpg The nib is a number 6 Jowo nib I believe... I love it but first a minor thing-- Skipping... The nib is very nice but it sometimes skips when using Block Letters.... that being said let's start with all the good news. The Nib is A Steel Medium Nib.... It is a bit on the finer side for an M nib....I will show you that in the Handwritten examples down here http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/Scan_Pic0001_zps12aa53d0.jpg http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/Scan_Pic0002_zpsb8760a06.jpg Line width It is on the thinner side especially in comparison wiht the Pelikan and the WatermanLine Variation.... this STEEL nib even has line variation... Not as much as Pelikan and Waterman but those have 18 K gold nibs.... But cool or what.... Line variation in a steel (non flex) nib. Okay line width is thinner as I expeted it to be..... But it is excellent for the delicate work and Cursive writing King Brian the GrayT is the first politician to not talk Bull S.... (Colloquial for Faeces of a "male cow") Well in my beloved country the Netherlands.... The King William of Orange is part of Parliament hence some sort of a Politician.... Sorry King Brian you are the second politician to not talk Bull S.... My King William is the First of course King Brian the GrayT is telling the Truth in praise of steel Nibs On the Edson Website Brian the GrayT writes a very convincing story a bout the excellent quality of steel nibs today http://edisonpen.com/in-praise-of-steel-nibs-2 In short a Steel nib can be very smooth you need gold for line variation.... That is true but not completely.... Since this steel nib offers some line variation But Brian the GrayT is right.... Inspite of a minor skip every now and then.... It is absolutely SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH No skipping in cursive writing... It is a writing dream and my favourite for smaller cursive writng The looks 11/10 Eleven out of ten this pen is absolutely stunning for more reasons First of all I like the colour.... I am Dutch http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/media_xll_1631383_zpsa0403389.jpg And this is my Great King William and his lovely wife Queen Maxima of ORANGE http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_105138_zps8c18b1de.jpg Well It is Orange isn't it... Have a look at that lovely marble and the beatutiful shimmering in the light http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_105711_zps31152f6c.jpg or the distinctive clip http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_105754_zpse461eb4e.jpg Love that big two tone nib http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_104557_zps14966935.jpg and all it's lovely details... http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_104459_zpseffcf0b5.jpg The Price... 10/10 € 129/$150 Maybe not very cheap but a fair price.... Hand tuned GrayT quality ... Grayt size.... It is definately worth the money... Too Conclude I love Brian the Grayt... Oops... Er.... let me re-phrase that I will leave the loving part up to Andrea (The Royal spouse Andrea the Great) I love the works of Brian the Grayt King of Fountain Pens... I LOVE MY EDISON COLLIER PERSIMMON SWIRL I now have 3 instead of 2 certainties in live There is a Dutch Joke/Saying that you only have 2 certainties in live... You pay taxes and you will die one day I now have a third certainty..... I Will definately buy other Edisons in the future Regards Peter P.s. Will test thiose inks more extensively soon http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a617/Morbus_Curiositas/Edison%20Collier/20150107_121655_zps4fec4d4a.jpg Pens used for the line width comparison
  6. Lorna Reed

    Unpacking My New Pen

    Great excitement this morning when the postman brought my new pen. It's a good job the Goulet Pen Company pack exceedingly well, as it obviously had a rough journey! I think the 1.5 nib many be a little wide for everyday use, so I may get a 1.1 at some stage. Somehow it slipped through the HM Customs net, and was delivered straight to me without customs charges.

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