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No More Shopping Cart, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by on Nov 26 2009

Hi Pen Fans!

A quick website update, along with some holiday wishes….

I have eliminated the Paypal shopping cart.  Paypal has been making so many administrative changes this year that I just don’t have time to alter my website everytime that they make a change.

Not only that, but 95% of my orders are custom.  This means that hardly anyone uses the shopping cart, regardless.

So the way that the website will work now is that each pen page will have a slideshow showing variations and choices.  Customers can also browse through more than 300 photos on my FlickR website.

From there, customers can email me requests. 

I have also recently gained the ability to take credit cards.

On a lighter note, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

My family and I have a lot to give thanks for. 

About a year and a half ago, I lost my pharmaceuticals job.  At that time, I honestly thought that this pen business would simply be something to keep me off of unemployment until I found another job that I hated.  I never really thought that pens could be a living for me, but here I am…Edison is growing every month and we have never been happier!

What a difference a year makes!

I’ll attach a recent family picture. 

Blessings, everyone!

Brian at Edison

 

 

NYC Bound!!!!

Posted by on Oct 03 2009

Hi Pen Fans!

I’ll be heading to the NYC Pen Show next weekend.

I hope to meet more of my clients live.

I do have some pretty special pens that I’ve put into inventory.

Here’s a slide show to show some new and special pens that will be coming with me to NYC.

This includes…

Huron Bulb Filler in Crushed Shell Acrylic.  I recently completed a couple of these, and I love them…very elegant.
Huron "Stealth" Pen
#76 Bulb Filler
Huron on Burgundy Swirl Acrylic
Huron in Turqua Acrylic
Pearl in Red Pealized Acrylic 

Thanks,

Brian at Edison

Attack of the Bulb Fillers!

Posted by on Sep 18 2009

Hi Pen Fans.

When I went to the DC pen show, I had two special pens that I brought with me.  One was a Pearl Bulb Filler, and one was a #76 Bulb Filler.  They were both custom commissions.  One was for a customer, and one was for the Cherished Creations Charity Auction (which was a smashing success, by the way).

I’ve made bulb fillers before.  What made these pens unique was the fact that the barrels were made from a translucent material, in the spirit of the old Postal Pens.

Well, they were such a hot item, that I’m just now finishing up the orders from the DC show.  90% of the orders that were placed were for these bulb fillers.

Unless I’m mistaken, I’m the only modern pen manufacturer who is creating a bulb filler.  There are a couple of things that make these pens unique.  The mechanism has no moving parts to break down.  Long term, this will be a very reliable filling mechanism.  The only part that could fail would be the bulb sac, which is easily replaced.  The ink capacity is a whopping 2.5 to 3 mL.  The ink window will obviously tell you when it’s time to refill.  And lastly, seeing the pen fill is just plain cool!

Here is a video of a bulb filler pen being filled.

You will notice that some of the translucent barrels are tinted.  I have tinted barrel material in a myriad of colors, so matching a translucent barrel to any material type or color is possible.

Any of my pens can be made into a bulb filler, which the exception of the Herald.  I don’t think that the taper of the Herald’s barrel will accommodate the bulb mechanism (but I haven’t tried yet).  I have not made a Huron into a bulb filler yet, but I can’t wait to.

After putting together a decent collection of these, I thought that I would present photos of them. 

Pearl Bulb Fillers…

Hunter Green Acrylic

Black Rose Acrylic

Tortoise Lucite


 

And #76 bulb fillers…

Tortoise Lucite

Granite Acrylic

Mandarin Yellow

Black Rose Acrylic

 

And here is a complete slideshow of the recent pens (press play to start the slideshow).

 

The price of making any pen into a bulb filler adds $75 for an opaque barrel, and $100 for a translucent barrel.

Email me if you have any questions.

Thanks for reading!

Brian at Edison

 

 

Charity Auction of Two Edison Pens…

Posted by on Aug 27 2009

Hi Pen Fans.

It is with pleasure that I’d like to announce the Charity Auction of two Edison Pens to benefit Cherished Creations.  Cherished Creations is a charity that benefits seriously ill and underprivelaged children.

The kind folks over at The Fountain Pen Network have agreed to allow me to host the acution on their website.

Rather then repeat a rather long and lengthy thread that already exists at the FPN, I will simply include some pictures here and post a link to a thread announcing the auction.

CLICK HERE TO GO THE THE AUCTION THREAD AND READ ALL ABOUT THE AUCTION.

Here are pictures of the pens that are going up for auction.

Please click the link above to learn more about the auction, about Cherished Creations, and how a donation or bid can help seriously ill and underprivelaged children.

Thanks.

Brian at Edison

Back in Production Tomorrow…

Posted by on Aug 16 2009

Hi Pen Fans!

Andrea’s recovery is going fine.  She needs help getting up and down, but everyday is better and better.

I have family coming to help tomorrow so I can get to work full time.

I’m going to try to do some very early morning hours, and maybe even some evenings after Andrew goes to bed, so that there is less burden on family.

Due to this, my webcam schedule will not be 9-5, and may be quite sporadic.

I’m hoping that Monday of next week everything will be back to 9-5.  We’ll see.

For those of you backordered, I will send emails with estimated dates tonight.  Please allow flexibility until we’re completely in the clear.

Many Thanks!

Brian at Edison

Recovery, Please Bear With Me….

Posted by on Aug 12 2009

Hi Pen Fans!

My wife’s surgery went fine, and now we are into recovery mode.

Her gall bladder was actually about 3-4 times enlarged, and her stones were so big that they needed to widen the laparoscopic incisions to get them out. We’re just glad that the surgery remained laparoscopic, and that they didn’t need to make larger non-laparoscopic cuts.

So her recovery time might be longer than the typical laparoscopic recovery, but the outcome was fine outside of this.

Here’s the plan…

Andrea should be coming home tomorrow.  I will have help from family with our 4-year-old.  I’m going to get a couple of pens done in the next few days with their help.

Then I’m planning on going back into full production mode on Monday, with family helping with the little one.

By Monday, I should have a good idea as to what Andrea’s capabilities are (very limited, I’m sure), and also what family can do to help.

On Monday or Tuesday, I’ll send emails with tentative dates to everyone who is backordered.  I will ask everyone to still be flexible with these dates for expected delivery of their pens.

I’m pretty sure that family help will allow me to work 9 to 5 every weekday next week, but I’m also sure that there will be exceptions.  I’m anticipating that Andrea will not be able to deal with wrangling our four-year-old for another two weeks (?)  Who knows at this point?

I’ve received so many emails from people giving good thoughts, and I’d like to thank each of you.  It’s really tough to see a loved one in pain when you are helpless to assist.  It seemed like I got an email on my phone every 15 minutes from one of you that lifted my spirits.  I shared each of these emails with my wife, and she was overwhelmed with gratitude.  Many thanks!

A lot of my clients have told me to not worry about pens, and focus on family.  Don’t worry, I definitely have, and I will continue.  However, I love making pens, and it’s quite therapeutic for me.  I’m not going to neglect my family obligations by any means…don’t worry, family comes first, but I also need to run the business and our family will be helping with Andrea’s recovery and watching the little one.  There’s no paid vacations when you are self employed! My family knows this, and they, along with friends are lining up to help out.

Updates to backordered clients will remain timely.

Also – I will include a recent family picture that I like.  It won’t be long before Andrea will be healed up enough to hoist Andrew like this again!

Many thanks.

Brian Gray
Edison Pens