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2014 LE Glenmont Group Buy!

Hi Pen Fans!

It's a pleasure to announce our 2014 Limited Edition Group Buy Glenmont!

For those of you who have participated in these Group Buys in the past, you'll realize that this is the only time that you can get an Edison Pen at any kind of discount.  We only do these once a year.

Please watch the video below, and then I'll get into some details and logistics as to how this will work.  (If you can't see the video below, click here.)

Logistics

1.  In order to participate, you will need to pay in full prior to any manufacturing.  We will have a set buying period starting today, and ending at 11:59pm, September 5th.  Once this buying period has passed, we will have a total number of pens. After this, we will not accept any more orders. We will then order materials. Once they arrive, we will start manufacturing.  Understand that this means that there could be 1 to 3 months between when you pay and when you receive your pen.  I'm giving 1-3 months as a ballpark.  The actual time involved will depend on how many pens we are making. Once we have a final number, I will have an accurate (albeit still estimated) timeline. 

2.  We will document the entire manufacturing process with photos and videos so you can watch the process of your pens being "born".  Updates will be posted here on this blog.  Since you will receive these updates, the exact shipping date will not be a surprise to you.  We will keep you updated.

3.  The pen to be made will be The Glenmont as a cartridge/converter filler in either Cumberland Ebonite, or Pearlized Wine Acrylic.  See the video above or pics below.

4.  Price for ebonite will be $190.  Price for acrylic will be $180, then shipping.  Normal retail price for either of these pens is $250.

5.  Steel nibs only in XF, F, M, B, 1.1mm or 1.5mm italic.  If you wish to have an 18k nib, then you will need to buy the pen with the steel nib, and then contact me after you receive the pen for an 18k upgrade (nibs unscrew to interchange). 

6.  There will be no nib customizations available.  Only XF, F, M, B, 1.1mm or 1.5mm italic.  You will need to handle any nib customizations aftermarket.

7.  The pens will be engraved as a Numbered Limited Edition.  The Ebonite Pens will be engraved "2014 LEE #XX of XX". (LEE is for Limited Edition Ebonite).  The acrylic pens will be engraved "2014 LEA #XX of XX"  (LEA is for Limited Edition Acrylic).

8. Requests for a specific number within the edition will not be honored.  You cannot request #1, or any other specific number. 

9. In addition to the cost of the pen, there will be shipping charges, of course. International friends can certainly participate, but appropriate international shipping fees will apply.

10.  These two materials will be exclusive to the Glenmont for a period of one year.  We won't be making any other Glenmonts from these materials for one year to respect the "rules" of a Limited Edition.

 If you have questions, please leave a comment, or email us.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

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Current Inventory Galleries Updated!

Hi Pen Fans!

We are pretty well settled in after the DC Pen Show!  Very exhausting, but it's always great to see our regulars, and also meet new customers!

We have the Currently Inventory Galleries updated to reflect what sold in DC.  So any pen that you see at the link here, or within the slideshow below is waiting to find a new home!  Email us to inquire.

(If you can't see the slideshow, click here)

As a side note, I am working on a nice video blog post to announce the 2014 LE Group Buy Pen right now!  This announcement should be up today or tomorrow!  Stay tuned!

Brian at Edison

DC Pen Show! Check Out Our Inventory!

Hi Pen Fans!

The DC Pen Show is this weekend!

Below, you'll see a video showing the inventory that we'll be bringing (if you can't see the video, click here).

You can also see all of these pens in the Current Inventory Gallery.

If you can't make the pen show, but are interested in one of these pens, just reach out to us!

Hope to see you in DC!

Brian at Edison

Limited Edition Group Buy Will be After DC!

Hi Pen Fans.

Just a quick note to make everyone aware that we will need to delay the 2014 LE Group Buy. My apologies!

We underestimated what we could accomplish post-vacation and pre-DC Pen Show.

We are currently sandwiched in between all of the catch up work that has to happen after our vacation, and all of the prep-work that goes into the DC Pen Show.

So the 2014 LE Group Buy will be announced after the DC Pen Show, which is the week of the 11th.

Stay tuned!

Brian at Edison

Back From Vacation!

Hi Pen Fans!

Well, our vacation was wonderful, and well needed!  We have our batteries recharged, and we're hitting the ground running today!

If you are expecting an email from me, I will say that I'm currently under a small mountain of emails!  I'm hoping to have all emails done today, but just in case, please allow until tomorrow if you are expecting an email from me.

Please remember that the 2014 Limited Edition Group Buy is just about ready to be announced.  Most likely, that project will be announced this week!

And the DC Pen Show is right around the corner!  We hope to see you there!

I'll attach a few vacation photos from our stay at the Grand Canyon below.

Brian at Edison

Vacation!

Hi Pen Fans!

We will be taking a much needed vacation for two weeks starting the 14th until the 25th.

We don't take a lot of vacations (and hardly ever two weeks), so it's definitely time to recharge!

I will finish up emails today and then I'll be doing my best to stay away from the computer until the week of the 28th.  So if I'm slow with emails, you'll know why.

Don't forget that the 2014 Limited Edition Group Buy will be announced upon our return, so stay tuned!

Brian at Edison 

No More Solid Ebonite Except Black....

Hi Pen Fans.

I wanted to make everyone aware of some materials that we'll be discontinuing.

We have found that over the years, our solid colored ebonites (except black) have been fading in a very unacceptable manner.  See pics below.
 

Looks like a couple of really nice ebonite pens, right?

 

Well, let's remove the caps......


I think it's obvious that the pens have faded everywhere except where the caps covered the barrels.  When these pens were fresh off the lathe, the original color would have been closer to the darker shade.  What makes this difficult to diagnose is that the pens above have been either on my desk out of sunlight or in my desk drawer for 3-4 years, so it's a very slow process, but still an unacceptable one.

So from here on out, until we can find a supplier that will give us an acceptable product, we will no longer be using any solid colored ebonite except black.  The black is not fading at all with normal care.  However, these pens above (and many other solid colored ebonite pens) have been fading even if they stay in a drawer, and never see sunlight or UV rays.  Even though this is a very slow process, it's still not up to our standards, and not a material that we'll stand behind anymore.

Does this this effect the swirl, mottled, or woodgrain ebonites?  Nope, those are perfectly fine, and will not fade with normal care.

Just so you know, I have already removed the unacceptable ebonites from the Material Samples Gallery.  If you want to look through this gallery, you will see only viable materials.  And you'll see plenty of solid colored acrylics there.  Of course, acrlyic will not fade with normal care, so there's still plenty of solid colored materials to choose from.

So what if you currently own a pen made from a solid colored ebonite that has faded unacceptably?  Refer to our guarantee here.  We can take the pen back.  With sanding and polishing, we can restore the original color, but of course, we realize that no one wants to do this every 4 years.  So if you are unhappy with a solid colored ebonite pen that has faded even with proper care, reach out to us, and we'll make it right.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Edison 2014 Limited Edition Group Buy Update....

Hi Pen Fans!

Every year (usually in the spring), we do a Signature Line Limited Edition Pen, and we do it at a "Group-Buy" price.

Since these pens are built assembly-line style, we pass this efficiency to the customer by giving a better price.  This annual group buy is the only time that you'll ever see a Signature Line Pen discounted in any way.  In the past, a pen that retails for $250 is offered in this setting for between $175 and $190.  This year, the project will most likely be identical in price, or certainly within that range.

If you are interested in seeing how these deals worked in the past, you can see the 2013 Edition here, and the 2012 Edition here.

The reason for this update is that this Group Buy is obviously happening later this year, as Spring has already passed.  We had a lot of ancillary projects this spring, and we just couldn't get the Group Buy happening then.  We also have received a lot of questions as to when this will happen, so I wanted to address this in a more formal manner.

Well, we do have a plan at this point!  We will be taking a vacation in July, and then we'll get the 2014 Limited Edition Group Buy announced right after that vacation.  Then the buying period will be extended until a little after the DC Pen Show, and we'll start manufacturing after the DC Pen show.

So this means that we'll anounce this pen around the 28th of July and the buying period will begin then.  The buying period will end after the DC Pen Show, so sometime the week of August 11th, maybe the week of the 18th, not sure yet.  Then we'll manufacture after that.

We already have some wonderful materials picked out, and we also have a good idea as to which model will be featured (can't tell yet!), so stay tuned!

Brian at Edison

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