My fingers are so inky right now. I shot two pen review videos today and will do my best to get the next one up soon. Lots more pens to review so I think I can afford to do two in one week. Absolutely loving my day off. 🙂
So I got this pen while I was working in the Philippines last year. Through Instagram I got connected with the local pen collecting community in Manila / Makati. I worked nights but would stay up for pen meets in Ayala Triangle once a month when I could and that’s where I met Peter.
Peter is the local Bexley importer and always came with a big bag full of beautiful pens and tons of a Diamine ink for sale to boot. I really miss him and wish I could’ve taken him back to Toronto with me. Great guy. Anyway I would always ask him for interesting pens with broad nibs and one day this pen came out of his bag of goodies. It was left over from the actual Pen Show and Peter told me only around 15 pens were made in each material. I have no idea why nobody snapped this pen up at the show–it’s stunning.
Just so you know, I noticed Richard’s Pens has this same pen in stock as I write this. It’s Admiral Red and looks really pretty. Snap it up if you like what you see here. No affiliation with the site but it’s the only place I’ve found it.
The pen is quite large at 6 3/32″ capped and a silly 7 5/16″ posted. Measurements from Richard’s Pens and check out his pen size comparison tool to get a better idea. Cool stuff. I weighed it as 28g inked and capped. Great substantial pen. Sorry about the mix of imperial and metric. Whatever. It’s my blog–deal.
The material is lovely. The brown celluloid is marbled and super shimmery. I can just stare at it and spin it in the light forever. So pretty. If you’re not familiar, celluloid is an early form of plastic made by combining cotton and camphor or something like that. You can google the science bit. What you need to know is that it’s slightly greasy to the touch and extremely flammable. It doesn’t melt but burns quickly and violently. It’s also not so common these days so it’s a bit rare in modern production pens. I think the rods they use to make the pens take a long time to make too.
Got mine with a broad nib. It writes superbly out of the box. Wet line with no startup or skipping issues. The ink I used in the video is J. Herbin Lie de Thé. If you would like to read a great review of this ink check out my friend Christine’s blog Pentulant and make sure to read her other great reviews while you’re there.
SBREBrown also has a rather epic Inkcyclopedia on this ink as well.
I guess that’s about it. I really like this pen and don’t think I could ever part with it. Great steel nib and beautiful classy and giant design. Total winner. Let me know what you think about it.