Custom Newton Gibby Pen Review

Hey everyone! I received another pen this week that I am really excited about – a Newton Pen! When I first started reading about different pens, I was really interested in Newton Pens because of how amazing Shawn Newton’s products are as well as the message he brings to the fountain pen community with his scholarship fund for highschool students.

I did not create the design for this pen, it was all Shawn Newton. It was a pen that he had listed on his “Sales” section of his website. I have started at this pen for a couple of weeks now, wishing I could purchase it. I was able to pick up a couple hours at a local gaming store so I decided to buy the pen.

Custom Newton Gibby Pen – Small

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About

Specifications:

Body Material: Ebonite and Acrylic
Color: Black, Blue, and Brown
Nib material: Stainless Steel
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Price: $250

Packaging

One of my favorite things to see when it comes to packaging is that the packaging is one that protects the pen and is attractive. Shawn’s packaging not only accomplishes these things, but is also very practical! Whenever you order a pen, it comes packaged in a pen wrap made by Elizabeth Newton, Shawn’s wife, and delivered in a very nice tumbler mug! I think this is the best packaging anyone could do. Having something practical that someone can use everyday is much better than a case that will just be sitting in a box. On top of that, the pen wrap is very good for keeping your pen protected.

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I really hope that other pen makers will adopt this practical style of packaging. Love.

Appearance

Like I said, I stared at this pen on Shawn’s website for weeks because of how amazing it looked.

The pen is absolutely beautiful with the blue and brown acrylic body and the black ebonite for the grip and the cap. I love how much dimension that the blue and brown acrylic has in it – it’s things like this that I find beautiful and artistic. Another thing that caught my eye are the sliver bands. It shows off the acrylic even more because of the barrier it makes between it and the ebonite.

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Nib and Performance

The nib is amazing, absolutely amazing. Shawn did a great job with the custom grind. When I sent him a description of I wanted, it was a mangled mess of words and Shawn did a great job interpreting it. The fine stub nib is the exact width that I want – a nib that can I use for everyday writing with a little bit of flair. And this is the exact thing that I received. No complaints whatsoever. I think I’ve fallen even more in love with steel nibs than I originally thought I had.

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In Hand Feel and Balance

For me, the pen is a little large (I have small hands), but the pen is lightweight so that doesn’t matter too much. It is much more balanced unposted, but I can’t help but write with a pen posted. Even when it is posted, it still feels pretty good in my hand.

The ebonite is a great material for the grip as well. It is easy to hold, not slippery at all, and a beautiful material. I love how this pen feels in my hand.

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Keep in mind that this is a SMALL pen if you get a custom pen. Shawn offers slim, small, medium, large, and oversized pens. If you get one, just make sure you are getting the right size.

Pros and Cons

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Conclusion

Overall, I absolutely am in love with this pen, even if it is a little big. I think when I graduate I’ll design a pen of my own to order from Shawn, but this time I’ll do it in a slim size. The fine stub nib is amazing and I can’t wait to get another one!

If you want to read more and Shawn Newton and Newton Pens, visit his website here and see The Pen Addict’s interview with Shawn here.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Edison Nouveau Premiere Fall 2015 Edition – Midnight Thunder Review

I recently purchased my first Edison pen from Goulet Pens and have so far have enjoyed my experiences writing with it. I just thought I would share my first impressions and overall review of this pen.

Hope you enjoy!

Edison Nouveau Premiere Fall 2015 Edition – Midnight Thunder

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About

Specifications:

Body Material: Resin
Color: Blue
Length (capped): 150mm
Length (posted): 172mm
Barrel Diameter: 23.5mm
Nib material: Stainless Steel
Weight: 17g
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Price: $149
Where to buy: Goulet Pens until December 2015.

Packaging

When I received the pen, it was in a nice case. The red color and the pattern on it are very attractive and are a great way to present the pen. Since this is a special edition pen, I would think that it would be better to put it in a case that matches the pen a little more – maybe a nice navy blue. Nevertheless, the case is beautiful.

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After opening up the case, you see that the pen is fit very snug inside it. This is great because it shows that the pen was protected during the shipping. It takes a little bit on umfph to pull it out but that is okay. I also enjoyed the Edison Pen Company logo on the inside of the box. It is very professional, and bring the whole ensemble together.

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Overall, I think the presentation is great. The Edison Pen Company really has the art of this ensemble down to a T. You can tell that the packaging is the result of a lot of effort on their part.

Appearance

One of the reasons to buy  one of these pens is that the Edison Nouveau Premiere line is the color choices that the Grays and the Goulets decide on for each of the pens. The color scheme for the Midnight Thunder pen is fantastic. The pen has a dark navy blue base with white and red accents; the dark blue almost seems black but in the light the blue shows itself and sparkles.

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The design of the Premiere pen has two points on the ends, one on the cap and one on the bottom of the pen. I could see how this could turn people off to this pen. The points are bold and make a statement and that is something I personally like about it.

Nib and Performance

I ordered a fine nib when purchasing this pen and have been overjoyed with its performance. The line thickness and variation are very similar to the TWSBI Eco nib I have. The Edison nib needs almost no pressure to put down a nice line and that is something I have enjoyed. A lot of my experience with cheaper steel nib pens is that sometimes they take a bit more pressure to write with. You can tell when writing with this nib that it is not cheap. It writes very well and has had no startup or stopping issues when I’ve been using it.

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I have little experience with gold nibs, as the Vanishing Point is my only gold nib pen, but I currently think I prefer steel nibs and the Edison nib is by far my favorite I have tried so far.

In Hand Feel and Balance

The pen is a very lightweight pen at 17g. It is also a very slim pen which is good for me because I have very small hands. Overall, I like the balance and feel in my hand. I prefer the pen posted when I am writing versus unposted. When it is unposted the pen feels a little small and off-balance – for anyone who has larger hands I would suggest keeping the pen posted when writing.

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Overall, the weight of the pen and the slimness of the pen are two qualities I find very nice in a pen. It is easy to write with for long periods of time when I am taking notes at school or when I am having a long writing session when journaling or writing letters.

Pros and Cons

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Conclusion

Overall, I love this pen. The appearance, the nib performance, the balance of the pen, and the overall pen in general are great. The quality and craftsmanship in this pen are great for the price. The steel nib is phenomenal and I am excited to see what other colors and designs the Grays and the Goulets come up with next.

For more information about The Edison Pen Company, visit their website here. If you would like to see more pens that The Goulet Pen Company is offering, you can visit their website here.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!

Pilot Vanishing Point Pen Review

Guys, I did it. I bought my grail pen – the Pilot Vanishing Point. I am super excited about this pen, and wanted to share it by reviewing it! I have been very happy with this pen, and it was a great first gold nib pen.

Pilot Vanishing Point Desert Orange

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About

Specifications:

Body Material: Metal
Trim: Black
Length (capped): 140mm
Barrel Diameter: 13mm
Nib material: 18k gold
Weight: 30 g
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Price: $140
Where to buy: Goulet Pens, Anderson Pens

Packaging

The packaging of the Pilot Vanishing Point is pretty simple, but effective for this pen. It isn’t an outrageous design, but it does show off the pen quite nicely.

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Under the part of the case the pen sits contains the cartridge and the cartridge sleeve. The converter comes already inside the pen so you’re ready to go with bottled ink.

I like how the case has a leather-like look – it’s a nice added flair to the simple case that Pilot is using.

Appearance

I really like the Desert Orange Vanishing Point. The orange finish has a sparkle/glitter to it that is hard to see in the pictures, but it a very nice touch to the pen. The contrasting matte black accents on the click part of the pen, end of the pen, and the clip helps bring out the orange on the pen.

Another thing that is very nice is the black-plated nib. It matches the black trim on the pen while also having that same quality you expect out of the 18k gold nib on the Pilot Vanishing Point.

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NIB AND PERFORMANCE

The 18k gold nib on this pen is superb. It is a very smooth writer and just glides across all of the types of paper I have used it to write on. The pen has no starting or stopping issues – I click it open and it writes as soon as it touches the paper. Another thing I noticed that is a good aspect of the pen is that the nib and feed can keep up when you are writing fast – there is no skipping, etc. The performance of this pen is fantastic.

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IN HAND FEEL AND BALANCE

The pen is very balanced in the hand – it sits right in the middle and isn’t top heavy or bottom heavy. It has a little weight to it at 30g, but I think that gives it a nice feel when writing. It is a metal pen and because of how the nib unit is set up I can see why it has a little more weight to it, but that isn’t a bad thing. It is a quality I enjoy from the pen.

The one thing that could be a turn off for people would be the clip placement. Because we have to store fountain pens with the tip up so ink doesn’t get anywhere, the clip is on the side with the nib. For me personally, I do not mind the clip and I think that it helps my grip from slipping. I can see how this would not be good for someone who has a strange grip on their pen.

The click mechanism is very easy to use and makes this pen great for on the go notes, etc. I love that about this pen.

PROS AND CONS

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CONCLUSION!

Overall, I am very happy with this pen and would recommend as a must-have for any fountain pen user. I think that this is a great first gold nib pen for anyone. If your grip doesn’t think that the clip is obtrusive, then you should pick up this great writer.

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If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or requests don’t hesitate to comment here or email me at lexie9894@live.com.

Thanks for reading!