Review: Stipula Model T

Photo of the Stipula Model T on a mirror

The Stipula Model T caught my attention for a couple reasons: the titanium nib would be unique for me and it could be used as an eye drop filler because it comes with a eye dropper and already has an o-ring. This was back when eye drop fillers were new to me.

Why I Got It

The pen was on my radar for the reasons mentioned above. Then it became available on eBay for a more than reasonable price back in Sept. 2012 so I bought one. I’ve seen the green/black color I got called Malachite, although when I got it the listing just said green/black. Malachite is a mineral that’s green in color, often a blackish green. Green is a favorite so it was an easy choice. The titanium nib is the only choice for this pen and is often referred to as a “T-Flex” nib.

What I Got

photo of the Stipula Model T nib

The Green/Black Stipula Model T with the titanium T-Flex nib. “Stipula Made in Italy” is engraved into the barrel. The clip is engraved and has a small (probably plastic) jewel in it. There’s two silver bands and the Stipula leaf logo as trim on the cap. The pen itself is resin (plastic).
The titanium nib is a subdued grey that makes all that engraving bearable. While engraving covers the nib, the only words are “Stipula” and “Titanio”.
The converter also has the Stipula name on it although it’s a standard international converter.
There’s already an o-ring in the barrel to prevent leaking if used as an eyedropper. It will also keep the ink away from the barrel threads which are metal.
The barrel and section are very tough to unscrew. I almost always have to use a gripping cloth to open the pen. This could be considered good if used as an eye drop filler but it is a pain.

The Numbers

  • Length Capped: 5.7925″ (147.12 mm)
  • Length Uncapped: 5.0810″ (129.06 mm)
  • Length Posted: 6.6″ (167.64 mm)
  • Section Length: 0.8435″ (21.42 mm)
  • Section Diameter (near nib): 0.3880″ (9.85 mm)
  • Section Diameter (below threads): 0.4750″ (12.06 mm)
  • Section Diameter (mid-section): 0.4115″ (10.45 mm)
  • Cap Diameter: 0.5960″ (15.14 mm)
  • Barrel Diameter: 0.5335″ (13.55 mm)
  • Weight: 0.7 oz (20 g)
  • Weight (body only):  0.3 oz (8 g)

Writing With The Pen

Despite its ability as an eye drop filler being a reason for me wanting the pen I’ve never used it as one. I’ve mostly used it with the converter and the occasional international cartridge.
The nib is certainly the most flexible one I own. (I don’t own any vintage flex so can’t compare it to them.) Flex is lost on me so a lot of the attraction of this pen is missing for me. I did encounter railroading in my flex writing attempts. Using it as an eye dropper may help more ink flow as could more skill with a flex nib. With normal pressure (which for me is a light touch) it writes as a thick fine.
The pen is comfortable to use. It’s a good size for me so it’s comfortable to grip. The ink flow is good when using normal pressure and the nib is smooth. Not buttery smooth, but with very little feedback.
The pen had a tendency to dry out if it wasn’t used for a couple of days, especially when stored nib up. It took a minute or so for the ink to reach the nib but nothing special was needed to get the ink flowing.
I don’t post my pens but this pen does post. It’s long when posted but still light and still feels balanced.
A nice enough pen, but not one that I get excited about. I found myself reaching for a different pen when I was picking a pen to write with. Yet, there’s nothing really wrong with the pen.

Cleaning The Pen

Like most cartridge/converter pens it’s easy to clean and flushes quickly, depending on the ink used.

Inks Used

I used several inks in the pen in the year and a half that I’ve had it. As mentioned, most inks would have a dry nib if unused for over a day. Other than that there haven’t been any issues.
Montblanc Midnight Blue was used for the review and it was never ready to write after being stored nib up overnight. Most other inks would survive one night but this ink was never ready to write in the morning. It only needed gravity and time to wake up. (I can turn the pen over while I have my morning coffee.)
I gave a cartridge a try in the form of Visconti Red. The flow was good, like all the other inks. The ink could go a couple days without use and still be ready to write but was dry the one time it was left unused for three days.

Wrapping Up

There’s nothing really wrong with the pen. And I could put together a list of pluses – good size making it comfortable to hold, light enough to avoid fatigue, good looking and more. Yet the pen is unexciting for me. It’s not a keeper, at least not for me.

Additional Reading and Viewing

So I finally get a Stipula Model T. at Leigh Reyes. My Life As a Verb
Stipula Model T Video Review – SBRE Brown
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