I stopped smoking on April 1st, 2012. The joke in my head was that I didn’t want to be a fool anymore. I had tried several times before but this was it and until now–over two years later–I’m still smoke free. When I made it to the one-year-smoke-free milestone I wanted to get myself a special reward and that’s where this pen comes in–my very super special reward. 🙂 Yes, I love this pen.
I wrote Brian of Edison Pen Co. and tossed around several ideas. At first I wanted a silver overlay pen but the designs of the two he had didn’t speak to me so I ended up deciding on an ebonite Beaumont Pneumatic (which had recently been released) with an 18k broad nib. I spent several hours pouring through Edison’s extensive materials galleries and settled on a red and black mottled ebonite for body and cap with black ebonite for section, filling knob and cap finial, gold trim and a solid gold nib. I sent the email to Brian asking if he could make me this pen and he replied with pictures that it was already made.
The pen was shipped soon thereafter and I got it in a few days. I was not disappointed. The pen arrived in the usual Edison packaging complete with a letter and description of the filling mechanism and a link to this video where Brian shows off how the pen works with a demonstrator and explains why the section is shellacked to the body. Do give it a watch. He mentions the pen design was influenced by a vintage Chilton.
This pen is quite small for an Edison with a rather slender profile and tapered section. I love it. It really makes the #6 size nib look absolutely huge which is visually very pleasing. The shape of the section is very comfortable to hold for long writing sessions and the pen, like most Edisons, is very light. The material is amazing and the fit and finish are perfect. If you’ve never had an ebonite pen I strongly recommend it. The material is very warm in the hand and not too slippery. It has a great feel and slightly peculiar rubber smell that is still there a year and a half later. It doesn’t bother me but might irritate some.
The pneumatic filling system works really well and after sale support with Edison is top notch so if something should fail, I’m sure it will easily be remedied. Basically you unscrew and extend the filling knob, cover the hole with your finger and push the knob into the pen while the nib is submerged in ink. This deflates the silicone sac in the pen and when you release the hole it returns to its original shape drawing ink into the pen as it does. Really cool design but the brass sleeve doesn’t lend itself as well to a demonstrator as the pump filler in the Menlo does.
Edison’s gold nibs are outstanding and this one is no exception. It’s set up for a generous flow with a touch of feedback. Truly magnificent and regardless of whether you choose steel or gold for your nib, it will be perfectly set up for your preference. One of the benefits of a signature line pen is that each pen is set up and tested by hand.
Any questions? Feel free to ask.