Review: Taccia Staccato

Taccia Staccato engraving
engraving on the barrel

The Taccia Staccato is the pen I won in the Pen Addict 100th podcast giveaway. Of the available prize packages this pen was my first choice. The Taccia was donated by Anderson Pens and they list the pen for $85.
In musical terms “staccato” means disconnected notes. Taccia marketing material says the pen is intended “as a reminder of this intriguing musical technique.” I’m not seeing it but maybe a musician will. I guess the pen has to be called something and Staccato is short and easily remembered.

Why I Got It

This is a little different than most pens since there wasn’t much research and there were only five choices. Three choices actually, since I only considered fountain pen options. Plus, the Staccato came with a set of Doane Large Utility Notebooks which I’ve yet to try despite being a fan of Doane Paper and their regular utility journals.
But don’t think I’m saying this was the best of bad choices. It’s true that a broad nib would rarely be my choice these days and that gold trim isn’t a favorite either. I do like black pens and this one has a professional look to it. Plus, it’s a nice big pen which I’ve favored lately. So not a bad choice at all.

What I Got

Taccia Staccato cap jewel
Taccia Staccato cap jewel

The pen arrived in an over-sized pen box. A little more elaborate than I’d expect from a $100 pen but not extremely elaborate. Two international cartridges of black ink along with a converter are included.
The Taccia logo is engraved on the nib and “Taccia Staccato” is engraved on the pen barrel. So there’s plenty of branding but it’s subdued enough. The barrel engraving does line up perfectly so that it rubs against my hand when writing so it may wear down quickly.
The Taccia Staccato is a big pen as shown by the numbers below. It’s made of plastic (although “hand turned Italian resin” does sound better). There’s a lot of gold trim on the pen. The clip is gold, there are three gold rings on the cap and there’s a gold ring around each end cap jewel. The steel nib is also two-tone and one of those tones is gold. Did I mention that there’s a lot of gold on this pen?
The pen is big, as shown by the number below. It’s also a heavy pen but lucky for me more that half that weight is in the cap and I don’t post my pens. When posted the cap adds significant weight to the pen. It also becomes a bit top heavy but not as much as I expected. That heavy gold clip presses firmly against the pen making it difficult to slide the pen over material.
The pen is cartridge/converter fill but there’s no signs of metal inside the pen so it appears it could be converted to be a eye drop filler. If converted, it would hold a lot of ink.

The Numbers

  • Length Capped:  5.8675″  (149.03 mm)
  • Length Uncapped:  5.3035″  (134.70 mm)
  • Length Posted: 7″  (177.8 mm)
  • Section Length:  0.5970 ”  (15.16 mm)
  • Section Diameter (near nib):  0.4335″  (11.01 mm)
  • Section Diameter (below threads):  0.4625″  (11.75 mm)
  • Section Diameter (mid-section):  0.4470″  (11.36 mm)
  • Cap Diameter:  0.6335″  (16.08 mm)
  • Barrel Diameter:  0.5640″  (14.32 mm)
  • Weight:  1 oz  (28 g)
  • Weight (body only): .5 oz  (14 g)

Writing With The Pen

Taccia Staccato nib

The first thing that struck me about the pen was that removing the cap was a journey. It takes three full turns of the cap to remove it. It’s also a big nib, which appears to be a standard #6 nib, with the breather hole up where the nib meets the section. So there needs to be a lot of ink in the bottom of the bottle, otherwise it’s easy enough to fill.
The broad steel nib is a smooth writer. Unlike my typical fine nib there’s plenty of tipping material which helps on coarser paper. The nib puts down enough ink but I wouldn’t call it juicy.
The glossy black surface showcases fingerprints (and dust for the photographs) but it’s an otherwise pleasant writing experience. No hard starts or skipping. Actually there was a little skipping, but that was when the pen was low on ink and I rotated the pen to a sharp angle while writing on a laptop desk. As soon as I fixed my grip the pen wrote fine and the skipping seemed to be due to me, not the pen.
When I looked at the pen under a loupe the tines seemed slightly misaligned but since the pen’s writing fine I’ve left them alone.
The pen is a large size, which I find comfortable to write with. Unposted it’s still light enough for fatigue-free writing. The broad nib, any broad nib, just doesn’t fit my writing style.

Cleaning the Pen

It’s a cartridge/converter pen so it’s easy enough to clean. A few flushes with the bulb syringe and all traces of ink are gone.

Inks Used

The first ink used was Rohrer & Klingner Scabiosa. The ink works well with this nib so this pen showed it off nicely. See the R & K Scabiosa ink notes for a writing sample.
Iroshizuku Yu-yake was the ink that got the most use with this pen. I do like this ink with a wider nib so I ran through a couple converter fills with the ink. It performed well and puts down a nice orange line.

Wrapping Up

A broad nib and a pen with so much gold furniture would have a hard time getting high marks in my book. That said, I was pleasantly surprised by this pen. It’s comfortable to write with and it doesn’t cause any fatigue when writing.
Whether or not this pen is a keeper is a difficult question. Because it was a giveaway I won’t sell it. It’s a very comfortable pen to use and based on that it’s a keeper. Yet the broad nib and all that gold trim keeps it from being a keeper. Nibs can be changed but that gold trim is here to stay. So while I’ll be keeping the pen, it’s not a keeper, but strictly for subjective reasons.

Additional Reading

Reviews of the Staccato are scarce but here’s a couple reviews of the Staccato in other material.
Taccia Staccato Olive Ebonite thread on FPN
No really a review but there’s this discussion thread on FPN

One thought on “Review: Taccia Staccato

  1. I want to try writing with the Taccia Staccato after reading your review. I appreciate all of your reviews and mostly agree with you. I’m not afraid of gold trim either.

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