Review: Edison Nouveau Premiere LE 2012

Goulet Pens recently announced this year’s Edison Nouveau Premier LE ebonite pen. Edison and ebonite push the right buttons for me and my reflex was to click the order button right then and there. I already had the 2012 edition, Cherry Cordial ebonite and it had been awhile since I used it. So rather than order the new Macassar ebonite I pulled the Cherry Cordial pen from the pen case and inked it up. Would this convince me to order this year’s version or satisfy my ebonite appetite?

Why I Got It

Edison and ebonite for less than a Signature Line price. Plus I like the cigar shaped design, even though the ends are much sharper than the traditional cigar shape.

What I Got

The Edison Nouveau Premiere I received was #69 of 100 in Cherry Cordial ebonite. I received the pen in August 2012.

I chose the fine steel nib with a two-tone finish. Given a choice I would typically choose the single-tone silver finish but I thought the gold looked good with cherry cordial.

The pen is a cartridge/converter fill and takes short international cartridges.

It’s a long pen. The tapering makes it look shorter and much thinner, but it’s actually a pretty big pen. Rather than a simple tapered section, the pen has a concave section which makes it easy to hold. Like most Edison pens it’s a light pen despite it’s size.

The Numbers

  • Length Capped:   5.959″  (151.26 mm)
  • Length Uncapped:   5.071″  (128.81 mm)
  • Length Posted:   6.875″  (174.625 mm)
  • Section Length:   0.606″  (15.41 mm)
  • Section Diameter (near nib):   0.401″  (10.19 mm)
  • Section Diameter (near threads):   0.427″  (10.86 mm)
  • Section Diameter (middle):   0.360″  (9.16 mm)
  • Barrel Diameter:   0.505″  (12.83 mm)
  • Cap Diameter:   0.556″  (14.12 mm)

Using The Pen

Edison Nouveau Encore LE 2012 nib

The pen is long and with the concave section is fits comfortably in my hand when I’m writing and the ebonite has a nice warm feel. When I scan the pens in the case I see it a thin pen and figure it will be uncomfortable for me so it often stays there. But it’s a normal size pen, other than the length and quit comfortable.

The extra fine Edison nib just glides along the paper and is a joy to use. It’s a light pen and no pressure is needed to keep the ink flowing. Long writing sessions are fatigue free.

The pen is light, and if I hold the pen at the end a drag it along the paper it does write a consistent line under its own weight if held at a high angle.

There’s not much else to say. In the year I’ve had the pen I can’t remember it ever skipping or having a dry nib when I uncapped it. The pen is comfortable to hold and I can write all day without getting fatigued. The concave section also adds another level of comfort.

The pen is long and I don’t post my pens anyway, but while the cap does technically post it would have to be pushed down quit hard and I’d be concerned about marring the pen over time. Even then it doesn’t seem very secure and works its way loose if I move my hand around a lot.

Cleaning the Pen

The pen is easy to clean. I use a bulb syringe and it’s quick and easy. But even without the syringe the section can be flushed and then the converter can be used to flush out the section. It’s not as fast but it’s as effective with this pen.

Inks Used

I’ve used several brands and colors without a problem and all performed well. To re-acquaint myself with the pen I used Montblanc Irish Green prior to the review. I don’t have any inks noted as not being friendly with this pen.

Wrapping Up

So, did I decide to buy the 2013 edition? No. But only because I already have one and prefer the cherry cordial color. If I didn’t have one, or had lost it, I would be seriously considering the 2013 as a replacement. It’s only drawback is it looks so thin that it often gets overlooked.

Review: Edison Menlo Pump Filler

Edison Menlo Pump Filler photo

Brian Gray announced his latest Signature Line pen, the Menlo Pump Filler, just before the Washington DC pen show. It interested me because it was a different filling system from Edison. I already have Parker Vacumatics which are similar to the Menlo filling system, so it wasn’t new for me. I had budgeted for a new Signature Line pen this year but was holding out for DC since I wanted to check out the available materials in person. While the filling system is very Vacumatic like, Brian makes it clear that this isn’t intended to be a Parker Vacumatic pen. That said, the filling system is so Vacumatic like that the same tools used to repair a Vacumatic can be used take apart the Menlo filling system.

One thing going against the Menlo, at least for me, was that I prefer thin nibs. Parker Vacumatics with thin nibs are less expensive than the $350 price of the Menlo. So I wouldn’t be getting one just for the filling system. Still, I looked forward to checking it out at the show.

Obviously I changed my mind once I saw them in person.

Why I Got It

Number one reason – the pen is gorgeous. But there was more.

I’m a fan of Edison Pens, this is my seventh, the second that’s a Signature Line. For my next Signature Line pen I was looking for an acrylic that had some translucence. Not a demonstrator, but some translucence. This particular material fit the bill perfectly.

The design has the classic cigar shape which I also like and find comfortable to hold and to write with. This ended up being the design I wanted.

What I Got

Since I could see the material I never thought to ask what the official name is, but I’m pretty sure it’s the red tortoise acrylic. The pen has an extra fine steel nib which I have found to be smooth writers suitable for daily use. They aren’t a Japanese extra fine, but thin enough for me. They aren’t a wet noodle, but they are some of wetter extra fine nibs that I have.

The Numbers

As usual, there’s some wiggle room to avoid scratching the pen with the calipers.

  • Length Capped:   5.755″ (148.18 mm)
  • Length Uncapped: 5.131″ (130.34 mm)
  • Section Length (incl threads):   0.776″ (19.73 mm)
  • Section length (below threads):   0.564″ (14.33 mm)
  • Section Diameter (top – below threads):   0.446″ (11.33 mm)
  • Section Diameter (near nib)   0.380″ (9.68 mm)
  • Barrel Diameter:   0.514″ (13.07 mm)
  • Cap Diameter (at band):   0.564″ (14.33 mm)

According to the Edison Pen website, the pen weighs 21g with the cap and 15g uncapped.

Using The Pen

Edison Extra Fine Nib on the Menlo

Like my other Edison Pens, the Menlo is a light pen, made of acrylic with very little metal. It takes two twists to unscrew the cap. Not two full rotations, but two twists of my fingers. The pen is comfortable and a good size to use unposted. The cap does post securely, although friction is the only thing keeping it on the pen. It didn’t seem to heavy or unbalanced when posted but that’s from someone who uses their pens unposted..

The nib and feed are smooth and easily keep up with my writing, putting down a consistent line.

The pen has a large ink capacity and is easily filled to capacity. Although doing so may have been a mistake. I’m still working on that first fill. It takes awhile with a extra fine nib.

The threads are high on the section but my thumb still touches them a bit. I hadn’t noticed because they aren’t sharp at all.

One thing to note, the nib/feed units are modified and the nibs from other Edison Pens can’t be used.


Edison Menlo with Montblanc Toffee Brown ink

As I mentioned, the pen is still on its first fill. The only ink I’ve used so far is Montblanc Toffee Brown which gets along really well with the pen. I also like the way it complements the pen material.

Cleaning the Pen

I’ve yet to clean the pen but since the nib section comes off it should be easy to clean out any stubborn ink residue. A supply of silicone grease is provided so it can be applied to the threads when reattaching the section.

Even though I can, I’d prefer not to disassemble a pen every time I clean it. Based upon my Vacumatics I don’t think it will be too difficult to flush it out, although the repeated filling and emptying may become tedious. I’ll probably take it apart if I’m cleaning it in preparation for storage, but cleaning for a color change shouldn’t be too difficult.

Wrapping Up

No disappointments at all with the pen. It’s light and comfortable and for long writing sessions the ink capacity keeps it going.

Appearance is subjective, but I still really love the material and the look of the pen. Gold accents aren’t typically my first choice but in this case it works well with the color. My eyes ignore to accents and are drawn to the red tortoise material. The inner workings and ink show through just enough to add character. I also like the way the nib shows through the cap. It’s not blocked by any inner cap except at the very top, where it’s still somewhat translucent and the inner cap looks to be the same color as the pen. I find myself staring at the pen just admiring it and getting lost in the acrylic.

If I had to find a complaint, it would be that the red tortoise acrylic looks like ink has leaked inside the cap when I look quickly. Not really much of a complaint, especially now that I’ve gotten used to it.

The problem with doing a review so soon after getting the pen is that I’m still in the honeymoon phase. I haven’t noticed anything that I expect to annoy me over time but will update the review if I do.

Additional Information

Munro Pump Filler announcement and product page at Edison Pens

I was eager to ink up the pen and didn’t get any photos pre-ink, so the barrel’s translucence is disguised by the MB Toffee Brown Ink but it’s similar to the cap. While the pen is inked in the photos, only the barrel has ink inside, the rest is the design of the pen and not ink splatters.

Review: Edison Pearl 2012 LEE

This Edison Pearl was the first Edison Pen I ever ordered. It was a group buy back in early 2012 but since it was a group buy I had the Edison Collier in hand before it arrived so it was my second Edison Pen. Not that it matters. The Peal is part of Edison’s Signature Line. I got mine as part of the 2012 Group buy where the materials were chosen by vote which allowed the pen to be bought at a discount from the regular price.

I chose the ebonite version which was a beige/black ebonite. Mine is numbered 8 of 79. If I remember right the numbers were assigned randomly. The nib was one of the few choices not decided by a vote and I picked an extra fine steel nib.

Edison extra fine steel nib
Two-tone EF steel nib w/Montblanc Oyster Grey

The specs, according to the Edison Pens website are:

  • Weight:  w/cap 22g  w/o cap 16g
  • Diameter: Cap .610″  Body .610″
  • Length: Capped 5 3/8″  Uncapped 5″
Edison Pearl 2001 Ebonite

It’s a cartridge/converter pen that can be converted to an eyedropper fill. I’ve been using it with the converter and haven’t had any problems. I like to change up the inks and the converter empties faster and is easier to clean.

I love the classic cigar shape of the pen. The ends taper slightly to a point which is a nice change from the typical rounded ends. Ebonite gets bonus points from me no matter what the pen is like. I’d have preferred a silver clip but the simple gold clip goes well with the dark ebonite. I like the overall look of the pen. It’s not my favorite looking pen, a little too dark for my current tastes, but I like it.

This is one of the most comfortable fountain pens I’ve used. The ebonite is light. The shape and size of the pen is perfect for my writing grip and the ebonite feels good. There’s a sharper than typical drop between the barrel and section but it fits perfectly with my normal grip. Others may find it uncomfortable.

The extra fine nib is a smooth writer that never fails to write. I’m pretty sure Brian Gray tunes the nibs before sending them out, at least for the Signature Line pens, and it shows.

I use the pen as a daily writer with a wide range of inks. The comfortable pen is suitable for long writing session and I just don’t get tired when using it.

The pen is easy to flush and clean using the bulb syringe.

I’m really pleased with the Edison Pearl 2012 LEE and it’s a big factor in why I’m a fan of Edison Pens.

This Just In: Edison Huron Grande

Technically this is a pen I bought last year so I haven’t bought a new pen this year, but my Edison Pen Huron Grande arrived today. This is my sixth Edison Pen, but the first in their Signature Line. I’d been eyeing various Signature Line pens for awhile but decided to pull the trigger when the Spencerian pen was cancelled. I’d already spent the money on it, no sense putting it back in the bank.

I got the Huron Grande in Red/White/Blue Flecked acrylic with a 1.1mm cursive italic nib. I also ordered an extra fine nib and a pen rest.

Photo of the Edison Huron Grande

Why I Bought It

This is unlike my other pens. It’s the largest pen I have when capped although it’s not the largest pen in my hand when I’m writing. It’s only my second clipless pen, although I’m warming up to clipless designs.

I wanted something different and also bright. This pen fits the bill.

I was considering a couple different designs and this pen was completely different than the other Signature line pens I was considering. In the email exchanges with Brian at Edison none of the questions pertained to this pen. But it was the one I was most sure that I would like. The other designs may get picked in the future, but that would be after visiting a pen show where I can see most of the material choices and pens in real life. Plus, they were more along the lines of my existing pens.

I debated getting a gold nib but eventually decided against it. I’ve been happy with the steel nibs and decided the extra $100 would be wasted on me. I went with the single tone nib. Despite my desire for a bright pen, I didn’t think the two tone would look right and I do like the plain looking nib.

Since it’s clipless and prone to rolling I ordered a pen pillow too.

First Impressions

I love it! I didn’t realize it from the pictures but there’s some slight translucence to the material. Despite the large size the pen is light. The cap can’t be posted which isn’t a problem since I never post the cap.

The pen came with a converter and some extra silicon grease. I did specify eye dropper fill so the threads were already treated with silicon so this is extra (which I used when I swapped nibs).

I wrote briefly with the italic nib, using Apache Sunset. It wrote well but I need to improve my italic skills, so I swapped in the extra fine nib and will use as a daily writer for awhile.

I don’t have a pen case that can handle the pen, at least not one I can throw in my bag as a daily carry. Either the pen is too tall or the .675″ cap diameter is too big. So for now this pen is a home body. This wasn’t a surprise and I’m still debating whether or not I even want to bring it with me on the days I head into the office. It’s not a pen easily carried around while working so might not get a lot of use there.

The pen is extremely comfortable for me to write with. I’ve had the pen less than 6 hours, so have only written a couple pages but I’m extremely happy. And of course, I’m biased towards liking a pen I put so much thought into.

First Ink

Technically, the first ink was Apache Sunset with the Italic nib. But that was barely enough ink to saturate the feed. After swapping for the extra fine nib I filled it with Iroshizuku Fuyu-syogun (Light Cool Gray). Actually, the converter is only about 1/3 fill so I can try different inks. Eventually I’ll use it as an eye dropper fill.

I think my ink choice got more complicated once I saw the translucence. I’m not sure how much the ink color will be visible or enhance the pen color. It could be interesting.

Edison Nouveau Encore LE Flecked Tortoise photo

This Just In: Edison Nouveau Encore – Flecked Tortoise

The Edison Nouveau Encore Limited Edition in Flecked Tortoise that I ordered back in November arrived on Saturday. This is one of the special editions that Goulet Pens has done in conjunction with Edison Pens. This was a limited edition of which I received #07 of 70 so it’s no longer available for purchase new.

Why I Bought It

The color, plain and simple. Other contributing factors were that I’m a fan of Edison Pens and this is a model type I don’t currently have. The only negative was the small size of the pen.

I purchased mine with the fine steel nib which has become my preference for Edison pens.

First Impression

The looks of the pen did not disappoint. I especially like the translucent nature of the pen. Right now I’m using a convertor so I can try different inks with relative ease. I look forward to seeing how this pen looks as a eye dropper with the ink in the barrel.

The pen is small, at least for me. But it’s big enough to use without posting, which is my preference. The fine nib has a nice smooth flow so I can use a light touch when writing. This should help avoid fatigue although I’ve only used it for short sessions so far.

First Ink

I picked Diamine Ancient Copper as the first ink for the pen. I like the ink and it seems to get along with the pen quite nicely.


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