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Philly Was a Great Show, Article, and LA Coming…

Posted by on Jan 25 2010

Hi Pen Fans!

The Philadelphia Pen Show was fantastic once again.  I’m pretty exhausted, so I’m taking a little time today and tomorrow to myself!

It was nice to see friends from the area, and also to shake hands with some new friends.

Big thanks to Bert Oser and his crew from Bertram’s Inkwell for hosting another fantastic show.

The Phidelphia Inquirer wrote up a nice little article, with a certain someone photographed doing some nib work!

Click Here To Read this Article

The LA Pen Show is right around the corner, so I look forward to seeing more friends in about three weeks!


Brian at Edison

Philly Bound!

Posted by on Jan 19 2010

Hi Pen Fans!

I’ll be at the Philadelphia Pen Show this weekend.

I’ll be set up all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Here’s a quick slide show of some of the inventory that I’ll have available at the show. 

(if you can’t see the slide show above, try this link.

Hope to see some of you there!

Brian at Edison

Pen Raffle – A Winner Has Been Drawn!

Posted by on Dec 27 2009

Hi Pen Fans!

A winner has been randomly generated for the free Herald Pen.

I used a random number generator, and came up with #223. 

An email will be sent to the 223rd email on my subscriber list, alphebetically.

There are some subscribers on my list who’s emails bounce, or are no longer valid.

In this case, If I don’t hear from this recipient before the New Year, I will randomly generate another number to find another winner.

I will send an email to the winner immediately after posting this entry, so check your Inbox (and your Spam folder, just in case).

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Brian at Edison



Happy Holidays From Edison….A Free Pen!

Posted by on Dec 10 2009

Happy Holidays everyone.

In the spirit of the Holidays, I am going begin an annual raffle of a free pen.

Here’s how this will work.

I am going to donate a free Herald Pen in Black Ebonite with a Steel nib, retail value of $250. Cartridge/Converter. This pen is shown with gold trim, but if the winner prefers rhodium trim, no problem. The winner can have the nib size of their choice F, M, or B, and I will tune the nib to the winner’s preferences.

I will randomly generate a winner from my blog subscribers between Christmas and New Years.

To sign up for the raffle, go to the upper right-hand corner of this page, and you will see a window that says…

SUBSCRIBE – Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to This Blog

Enter your email address. Once you have done this, you will receive an email confirming your subscription. You will need to click on a link within this email to verify your email. If you do not verify your email, you will not be eligible for the raffle.

Be sure to check your spam folder for this email, just in case.

If you are a current blog subscriber, and already receive my blog entries via email, then you are already and automatically entered into the raffle.

The pen will be shipped free within the US. International friends can certainly enter the raffle, but shipping charges will apply.

If the customer wants a custom grind on the nib, I can do that at the cost of the grind.

By subscribing, you will receive my blog entries. Just so you know, I do not saturate my blog subscribers.

I only do about one entry a month. So I will not be spamming you or flooding your Inbox! And you can certainly unsubscribe if you wish.

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Brian at Edison

Herald in Black Ebonite Herald in Black Ebonite

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 


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