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Edison Nouveau Limited Editon - Buying Period Re-Opened.....

Hi Pen Fans.

(before I get to far, please realize that full details regarding this are over at the Goulet Pen Co Blog.  I'm going to do a quick summary here.)

I wanted to make people aware of an issue that has occured with the Edison Nouveau LE Premiere.

Please remember that the buying period for this LE pen was actually closed about 2-3 weeks ago.

However, the ebonite that we ordered came to us as a much lighter color than the sample that we had previously received.  This sample was the rod that that we made the artist's proof from.

Since we had never bought this ebonite before, we had no idea that the sample piece was actually an anomaly, and we were pretty surprised to find that our larger order consisted of a lighter color of ebonite once we started turning it.  When we order ebonite, we have to accept a certain amount of variability from batch to batch, but this batch was rather different from what we had advertised.

This difference in color means that we need to make everyone aware that the pens cannot be delivered exactly as promised.

So here's what will happen.....

1.  People that ordered this pen and are disapponted in this new color will get full refunds, no problem.

2.  People who didn't like the original color that we promised can now pick up this pen if you like the lighter material.  We realize that it probably wouldn't be fair to not give people a chance to pick up this color if they like it better.

Please realize that the reasons for this decision is not simply an attempt to sell more pens.  In the end, we have two types of customers that we would like to keep happy.  #1 that I mentioned above who dislikes the new color, and #2 that I mentioned above who likes the new color, and would now like to participate.

The Goulets and the Grays thought long and hard on this, and I think that what we came up with is the best solution.

I will attach a photo below of the original and the new color.

But please go over to the Goulet Pen Co Blog for all all details.  There you will see a full explanation with more details, including a video where both Brian Goulet and I explain what's going on in more detail.  You will also see more photos, along with information regarding the new buying period, which will end on Januray 3rd.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments here or at the Goulet blog post linked above.  Or you can contact Goulet Pens or Edison Pens directly. Unexpected things happen to all companies, but we will always be transparent when these happen, and we want to make sure that all of our customers involved are satisfied in the end.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Double Ended Pens - An Update

Hi Pen Fans!

About 3 months ago, we announced an interesting double ended pen that a lot of people found to be a pretty unique option. 

I'll post photos below, and you can also read the entire announcement here if you have not already.





At the time of announcing this pen, some people had concerns regarding whether having an extra ink reservoir could lead to ink leaking out the nib, since one nib could be pointing down.  This concern is legitimate, and as a result, at the time of announcing this pen, I was recommending that this pen remains a desk pen, and not an "on-the-go" pen.

Well since then, we've sold plenty of these pens, and we've also been running our own tests.

I'm happy to share that there's no reason to be concerned with this issue anymore than you would any other pen.  I haven't had one owner report back to me with any leaks, spurts, or problems.  I've found the same results with my own personal double ended pen that's been residing on my desk for the last couple of months as a daily user.  I'll attach a photo below showing how I've been storing the pen among my daily users.


(I realize that a lot of you might want to know what my dailys are.  Left to Right....Beaumont Pneumatic, Encore Bulb Filler, Pearl Double Ended, Menlo Pump Filler, Encore 2012 LE AP, Parker Vacumatic, Chilton) 

So the Double Ended Pen has been stored with the nib down for a couple of months now, and has been used extensively with no problem.  When I test for nib weeping, I'll pay attention to whether or not a feed fin is saturated.  If 2-3 fins become saturated, then no big deal, that's what they are designed to do....contain ink burps.  However, this pen has not shown a single fin saturated.  I have also ran a twisted paper towel inside the caps, looking for any traces of ink.  No traces.  I also have customers reporting the same results.  And then I also have customers who are taking the pens to and from work, also with no problems.

So my initial speculation is showing to be true.  The ink reserviors are simply not large enough to have a significant effect on pushing ink out the nib when the nibs are facing down under normal conditions.

Now obviously, I wouldn't recommend putting one of these pens in your shirt pocket and then going for a jog, but I'm not sure that I'd recommend that with any Edison Pen!

I will keep running these tests, and I'll keep asking for owner feedback.  But for now, my recommendation is to use these pens on your desk confidently with the pen laying on it's side, or with a nib down.  If you want to take the pen with you on-the-go, then just use the same common sense that you would with any other fountain pen.  If this recommendation changes over time as we keep getting feedback and doing our own tests, I'll update my recommendation.

As a side note, we have been playing around with other designs as Double Ended Pens.  We successfully made a Morgan double ended, and we are currently playing around with a Beaumont, so if you have interest in a Double Ended pen, it looks like most of our models can be made this way.

If anyone has any questions, please reach out!

Brian at Edison

Have a Great Thanksgiving!

Hi Pen Fans!

It's that time of year for us to give thanks!  Here at Edison we have a lot to be thankful for!  Our business has been growing since the whole crazy thing started!  When I lost my pharmaceutical job about 6-7 years ago, I would have never thought that I'd be running a successful fountain pen business today! 

Thanks for supporting our business!

My wife and I just celebrated our 10th anniversary last weekend.  My wife's parents celebrated their 40th anniversary in June, and my parents just celebrated their 50th anniversary a couple of weeks ago!  On top of that, everyone is healthy and happy! 

Our 8 year old is doing great in school, is awfully well-mannered, and is truly a blessing in our lives!

So again, thanks for supporting our business, and everyone have a great Thanksgiving!  Please take a moment this week to recall all that you have to be thankful for. 

Below is a nice family photo of some fun time after the Chicago Pen Show!

We will be working today and tomorrow, but then we'll be heading to my parents for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, so if I'm slow with emails this week, you'll know why.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

 

 

The Edison Menlo is Goldspot's Pen of the Year, 2013!

Hi Pen Fans!

I'm very proud to announce that The Edison Menlo Pump Filler won the Goldspot Pen of the Year, 2013!

And not by a small margin, either!  The Menlo won by 57%!  You can see details and Goldspot's announcement here.  Thanks to everyone who voted!

So in the last three years, the Huron was nominated for a Pen World Reader's Choice Award, the Collier won Goldspot's Pen of the Year 2011, the Beaumont won Goldspot's Pen of the Year 2012, and now the Menlo Pump Filler Won Goldspot's Pen of the Year 2013! 

That's three years running for Edison in the Goldspot polls!

Again, thanks to everyone for voting.  Next week when we take a break, we'll have one more item to be thankful for!

Brian at Edison


Edison Donating a Pen to Benefit Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda Victims

Hi Pen Fans!

I've been following a lot of the terrible events in the Phillipines lately, and I was very moved by a gesture made by Leigh Reyes, who is a fountain pen fanatic, and resident of the Phillipines.

First off, Leigh is fine, as is her family and friends, but we can't say the same for a lot of others in her homeland.

Leigh is a fountain pen collector, and a pretty amazing artist!  I highly recommend checking our her blog, and well as some of her truly amazing art that she does with fountain pens.  Some great examples of her work are below...

Keeping the Art of Handwriting Alive

Strange Overtones - A Calligraphic Tribute

Writing on Water

I saw Leigh's blog post this weekend where she is announcing that she is taking some of her nicer pens, and auctioning them to benefit Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims.  The proceeds of these auctions will go directly to the Phillipine Red Cross.

You can see her blog post with the pens that she is auctioning here.

We at Edison decided that participating in this benefit would be a good idea, so we are donating a Menlo Pump Filler in Striated Blue/Gold with a steel nib of the recipient's choice valued at $350 for Leigh to include in her auction.  Pics are below.

So please go visit Leigh's page where the auction is being hosted, and see if there are any pens over there that appeal to you (there really are some nice pens that she's parting with!).  Right now, the Edison Menlo is set at $89 with no reserve!

I'll quote Leigh directly from an email that she sent me earlier this evening... "Today’s headline in the Inquirer says 'Millions still hungry' and the Red Cross is in the best position to help."

Please consider bidding to benefit the typhoon victims!

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Edison Nominated for Goldspot's Pen of the Year 2013!

Hi Pen Fans!

It's a great honor to have an Edison Pen Nominated for Goldspot Luxury Gift's Pen of the Year, 2013!

The Menlo Pump Filler is among good company of some excellent new pens that were introduced in 2013.

Goldspot's blog post regarding the Pen of the Year is here.

Click here to cast your vote for your favorite!

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

 

 

 

The Ohio Pen Show Was a Blast!

Hi Pen Fans!

As usual, the Ohio Pen Show was a smashing success!!!  Big thanks to Terry Mawhorter and his crew or putting on another great show!

Highlights....
Laurence Oldfield was able to visit from the UK.  Very nice guy, and he had a couple of incredible Fords.
I saw a pair of solid gold Parker T-1's.  Amazing!
Michael Sull was in attendance making us all jealous of his phenomenal script!
There's lots more!  All of these highlights, as well as more are within the slideshow below.

(if you cannot see this slideshow, click here)

We are pretty exhausted, and will not be in the shop today and possibly tomorrow, as well.  If you are expecting an email from me, I'll return it tomorrow or Wednesday.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Ohio Pen Show! Check Out Our Inventory!

HI Pen Fans!

The Ohio Pen Show is this weekend!  For those of you who will be attending, you are in for a treat!

We'll be set up Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We hope to see you there!

For those who can't make it, I have our Current Inventory highlighted in the video below!

So these pens will be at the Ohio Show!  If you can't attend, but are intererested in any of the pens in the video below, se sure to email me!


Thanks!

Brian at Edison

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