Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Edison Nouveau "Autumn Harvest" Fall 2014 Edition

Pen Make: Edison
Model: Nouveau Fall 2014 "Autumn Harvest"
Color: Yellow, Gold, light browns
Nib Specs: Fine point; two tone
Other: Cartridge or Converter filling system. Can only be purchased at Goulet Pens.

The Edison Nouveau. A pen specifically and ONLY available at The Goulet Pen Company. You can order an Edison pen just about anywhere. But you cannot get an Edison Nouveau unless you go through Goulet, as it is a "Goulet Exclusive" only pen. This pen is their 2014 Fall Edition. They will be discontinuing this pen very soon! So come get it while you can.

My Experience

This pen is beautiful. I have always loved amber or autumn colored pens and inks. So the beautiful colors of the acrylic resin are a bonus. Surprisingly this pen is very comfortable to write with as well. I would say that it is medium - light weight and very comfortable to hold. Even when it is posted, it is not top heavy. Which, by the way, this pen posts beautifully; very snug. The cap is a twist cap as well as the body.

This pen was pretty nice to write with. The first ink I chose to write with was Diamine Autumn Oak - which color fit this pen perfect! It brought out the shading and that ink definitely was true to it's name "autumn" as it brought out some very wonderful autumn colors. For a few weeks, it wrote great. Then I noticed that it was writing drier. It appears that the nib on this Edison pen likes to attract ink...ink that wants to dry on it. Such an issue may have caused what followed...

 The tines on the end of the nib tweaked out of alignment (one tine was slightly higher than the other). I tried writing with it and the pen was so horribly scratch, it was miserable to attempt to write! So I messed with the tines all that I could, since I was at work when that happened. I was able to mess with the tines to get them back in place and I was off writing...although it still seemed a bit off after that incident. It took a good cleaning and re-inking with a more "wet" ink (Noodler's 54th Massachusetts) to get back writing. Even with an ink that is generally a wet performer in most of my other pens, especially the Lamy's, the ink did not flow as expect at first. I finally had to twist the piston and let down some more ink flow before it started writing and performing better. I have noticed that even with the Noodler's ink, the nib still collects ink at the end of the tines and seems to dry there.

This pen does have some feedback and scratchy feeling while writing. Maybe it is due to quality control (nibs?) on the product, or maybe that is just how these pens were designed. But I may look into switching to a Goulet nib later on down the road. The nib would be great for those who like a little feedback and like knowing that the pen is on the paper. I tend to like a more buttery smooth nib most of the time. However, I will definitely be keeping this pen in regular use.

So, if this is a pen that may fancy you, head on over to Goulet Pens and order it before it is gone. This beautiful pen can be purchased for $149.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

INK REVIEW: Diamine Autumn Oak

Brand: Diamine
Ink: Autumn Oak
Color(s): Gold; yellow; orange tint
Price: $12.95 for 80ml bottle ( Approximately .16 cents per ML)

This is one of those inks that you purchase that ends up surprising you. Most of my past experience with light colored inks is that they are too light to write with. However, anyone who even knows a liuttle about me by now knows that I am a fan of Diamine and Noodler's inks. I probably should do a more in-depth review of this ink. Maybe down the road I can do a comparison review (since I have a decent collection of yellow/orange colored inks.

Inked up in an Edison Nouveau fine point fountain pen (2014 fall edition - so yes, it matched quite splendidly!). The shading of this ink is wonderful. As you can see from #1 writing sample, there is lots of character in this ink. Light strokes of yellow followed by darker strokes of a more orange tint. True to it's name "Autumn Oak" It definitely shows all the colors of autumn oak trees.

This ink definitely is not as wet as one may like, yet it performs beautifully. Dry times are fairly good too, depending on the paper you use. There is extremely minimal (if at all) feathering when writing, but again that also can depend on the brand of paper you are using. All around, this is a great ink for the fall months - or whenever you want to write with something bright and cheery.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Updates and future reviews

As you may know, I recently started a new career/job that will really put my education and skills to the test (finally!).  I get to work somewhere were I am making a difference and I enjoy what I do. Not to mention, I get plenty of time to spend with my family as well. Blessings from above!
So, I should probably let everyone know that November is a very busy month for me. Three birthdays to plan, Thanksgiving (oh, and Black Friday too!), and so much more. So I apologize to my followers for the delay in my postings.  I have quiet a few ink reviews to do as well as a few pen reviews too. I am also hoping to do a "Giveaway" in the near future to celebrate hitting our 100th blog post. So keep an eye out in the future for some pretty sweet Giveaways and really cool reviews.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

PEN REVIEW: Platinum Preppy @goldspotpens

This is another pen that I won in a giveaway from Goldspot pens recently. The Platinum Preppy. This one comes in a 05 nib size (which I would  classify as a medium nib based on the line that it lays down.

Name/Brand:  Platinum
Model:  Preppy
Nib Size:  05 (M) Medium (comes in other sizes)
Color:  Red
Price:  $3.95
Other: Takes Cartridges, but apparently it can take a converter too.
Great pen for Novice fountain pen users (or those just getting into fountain pens).

I have been writing with this pen for a few weeks. I am not usually a fan of ink cartridges that come with the pens, so I usually fill them with my own inks or ink samples. This was one of those rare times where I just popped in the cartridge and started writing. It wrote beautifully! Fairly smooth, yet had just enough feedback to let you know that it was touching the paper. I have not figured out if you can take it apart for cleaning yet (but it appears not).

It does appear that the ink is pink in the picture (left). However due to lighting, the color is a tad bit different. It is more of a bright red. Almost on the verge of going pink! I was using Ivory paper in a Piccadilly journal.

I love the demonstrator style and considering the price of the pen, it is a great deal for what you get! I highly suggest this pen for those starting out in the fountain pens and are trying to decide if fountain pens are for them. Smooth writing, easy to use, and cheap enough to throw away or even re-use! What more could you ask for!

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