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Hello, Who has (or had) the Rosetta Coronado Oversize fountain pen? I'm considering buying one to add to my black-tie pen collection, but I have a couple of pre-sale questions about posting. (I have fairly large hands and always write posted, so pens that don't post properly or are un-balanced when posted really bother me): 1. Does the pen post "squarely". What I mean is; if you post the cap, does it post securely and (most important) aligned with the barrel. My concern is that because the barrel is tapered, there will be a generic cap liner which will not post properly to the barrel without the user having to fiddle to re-align the cap and barrel. 2. How does the pen "feel" when writing posted? Is it top-heavy? Thanks for any replies... David
Oldtimer posted a topic in Fountain Pen ReviewsI have put down a few notes and some pictures on this Rosetta Napoleon II for anyone that may be considering a pen this size and budget. This is not a full review but a few notes of a newcomer to fountain pens and this forum (~ one year) who has taken a journey and is till learning. This pen comes into my hands because of my past experience with the Rosetta Explorer (excellent pen). I was looking for another one and couldn't find it, when I noticed the Napoleon on sale and was intrigued by the design and size. It is as small as a TWSBI Mini and you will see them side by side. I comes in beautiful colors; I chose tortoiseshell and had a long debate with myself before deciding among the many beautiful colors. I was also hoping that its nib would be as good as the Explorer, but it wasn't. Anyway for $33 I consider a very nice daily, next-to-my-pc pen. Bear with me. Please be lenient with this newbie. Sample writing and first impressions: Written on "Any-notebook" paper that I bought in a discount store and I use to test my pens. I test in common paper because that is where it will be used. INK: Chesterfield Mahogany (brown) http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/rosettanapoleonII_zps80233014.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/rosettanapoleonII-Rhodia_zps4d316624.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_2ndDay_1755_zpsc1bdc6c6.jpg Size comparison with TWSBI mini http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_close_1813_zps2d041d34.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_close_1814_zpsb65a850c.jpg Beautiful side portrait. Notice where the cap screws in on the barrel. That is a very nice detail and one of the main reasons that I like it. PLUS its SIZE http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_2ndDay_1761_zps1e5a0508.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_2ndDay_1762_zps8c44f2dc.jpg "Rosetta" engrave don the cap. http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_close_1818_zps986e594b.jpg Uncapped, showing 1.1mm italic nib http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_2ndDay_1756_zpsa9645cf7.jpg http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/Rosetta_2ndDay_1759_zpsa554df39.jpg "Verdict" I really like it, though i have a TWSBI that is of slightly better quality and a few above $100 and <$200 pens. This will make a very good pocket and every day writer. It looks great, is well balanced and once you grind out the scratchiness, it should glide over not so good paper. I am not an expert doing that, so, I may ruin the nib if I continue "fixing" the nib, In all other departments the pen fits my "every day pen budget". On thing, though: It is not sold with a converter and they point you to a Kaweco squeeze converter, which I bought. It holds very little ink, more of less the same as a small stander cartridge. For $33 you het the pen in a very nice box and one Private reserve cartridge which ink they advise to use with the Napoleon. Hope this is of some help. http://www.zoominto.com/zoomapi/ZoomButt.gif http://www.zoominto.com/zoomapi/ZoomButt.gif http://www.zoominto.com/zoomapi/ZoomButt.gif
This is a Frakenpen I created today. Tired of trying to make the nib of this Napoleon II by Rosetta work, I installed a fine FPR nib on it that looks horrific, but writes like a dream. Please someone, direct me to a replacement that matches the body trims of this pen. http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i82/anangeli/PENS/Rosetta%20NAPOLEON/napoleon_1177_zps8dakt0aw.jpg
... I think I may have a fetish for chatoyance. Left to right: Conklin All American Yellowstone Rosetta Napoleon II Tortoiseshell Rosetta Napoleon II Lemon Ice Edison Nouveau Premiere Spring 2015 Lilac Think Nebula Glactic Fudge Think Nebula Irish Spring Noodler's Konrad Coral Sea Noodler's Neponset John Mung Noodler's Neponset Bengal Tiger The Think pens are of questionable origin. No one seems to know anything about them. But they sure do look nice!