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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



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.


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.


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