I know it may be a bit strange that I’m reviewing this 2014 pen in 2015 but there’s a reason for that–a bit of a story and I can say it was well worth the wait. This pen is dreamy and so when Goldspot was looking for nominations for pen of the year I was first to nominate this pen and in the end it won. I guess I’m not the only one smitten with these beautiful pens.
So as you know I took part in the 2013 group buy Morgan and bought the 2012 Pearl from a local pen posse member and I have the acrylic variants of those pens. Every year there is an acrylic and an ebonite option. This time the acrylic was a super deep and chatoyant Pearlized Wine and the ebonite was Cumberland –a red black pattern that looks a bit like wood grain. It was an easy choice for me because I already had pens made of similar plastic. I made the popular choice too because of the more than 170 pens made, 108 of those were Cumberland like mine.
So one of the reasons this is coming so late is that Edison Pen Co had such a busy year that instead of early spring like the last two LEs they announced the Glenmont in mid August and I was super quick to hand over my hard earned cash. The pens are numbered in the order of purchase and I got number 006 of 108. 🙂 The next reason I’m late writing this is that the numbers were so much higher this year than in the past it lengthened production time and I got my pen sometime in early November.
When I got the pen I was floored by how pretty it was. I really like the size and shape and how it’s so light at the same time. There was just one thing that bothered me and bothered me quite a lot–the cap and barrel looked very different–like they came from two different rods.
Well of course they had been produced from different rods because it would make sense that they machined all the barrels then all the sections then all the cap components etc and not one pen at a time. The thing is the amount of black ripple was different so my cap seemed lighter than my barrel. I wrote to Brian about this and he said I could send it back and he’d make it match. The customer service of Edison is just so top notch. Since I was sending it back anyway I asked if I could exchange my steel nib for gold and he agreed. In order to get credit for the old nib I refrained from inking it up. Back in the mail it went.
And that’s ok because I was getting married at the end of November and then Our honeymoon then the holidays. Well Edison were busy too and my pen didn’t get repaired and sent to me until early January. To be fair I told Brian not to rush as he was doing me a favor and I had so much going on anyway. Brian did something awesome though that he totally didn’t have to–he gave me a substantial discount on the nib upgrade as apology for the delay. Again–love the customer care.
So now this pen has a perfectly tuned 18k broad nib that writes super smooth and wet with the littlest bit of tooth. I love it. Nib fits into a nicely concave section that is super comfortable. Edison pens have the best section shapes and are perfect for long writing sessions. The gold nib is matched to a gold plated ball clip which works perfectly with the retro looking flat top design.
The Cumberland ebonite is now perfectly matched after Brian made me a new barrel. The black and red pattern is gorgeous and this new Cumberland takes on a better polis than the previous Cumberland Brian used to make my Beaumont Pneumatic. I love it.
Already looking forward to my next Edison whatever that will be. Never a disappointment. If there is, Edison always makes it right.