It’s a pleasure to announce our 2015 Limited Edition Group Buy Mina!
We are pretty excited with this pen as we’ve changed the shape of the Mina slightly, and we’ve included a very unique nib that we’ve never used in the past. Details are below…
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 this video, click here).
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, October 26th.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 begin manufacturing. Understand that this means that there could be 2 to 4 months between when you pay and when you receive your pen. I’m giving 2-4 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. If you use Periscope, we’ll also have updates there (our handle is @edisonpenco). 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 Mina or Extended Mina as a cartridge/converter filler in either Denim Ebonite or Silver Amber Acrylic. See the video above or pics below.
4. Price for ebonite will be $175. Price for acrylic will be $170, then shipping. Normal retail price for these pens is $200.
5. Steel nibs only in XF, F, and M in this new and unique shape. 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). If you wish to have a Steel B, 1.1, or 1.4mm italic, you can switch to a standard Edison Nib with the same procedure, but these will be standard Edison #5 nibs, and not the newer uniquely shaped nib.
6. There will be no nib customizations available. Only XF, F, and M. You will need to handle any nib customizations aftermarket.
7. The pens will be engraved as a Numbered Limited Edition. They will be engraved “XX of XX” on the top of the cap, depending on how many pens are purchased.
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 Mina for a period of one year. We won’t be making any other Minas from these materials for one year to respect the “rules” of a Limited Edition.
Weight w/ Cap
Weight w/o Cap
Diameter at thickest
Diameter at thinnest
If you have questions, please leave a comment, or email us.
Most of you know that we are rather choosy as to who carries our line, and this addition to our retailer lineup is no exception. I’ve known of Mike and Lisa Vanness and their excellent pen shop in Little Rock for a while now. We had a chance to meet each other live at the DC Pen Show last year and also this year. During those visits, we figured that our businesses compliment each other’s very well!
So have a look at their Edison selection, and tell Mike and Lisa that we sent you!
Just a quick blog post to make everyone aware that we will be discontinuing the Herald from the Production Line.
This has nothing to do with popularity. Actually, the Herald has done very well for us in the Production Line. We are simply interested in refreshing the line from time to time. We have something new in mind to add to the Production Line, and it doesn’t make sense to keep the Herald with this one coming.
We hope to introduce this new pen to the Production Line in the next month or two to replace the Herald. We have our materials on the way now, and will begin manufacturing as soon as it arrives.
So for those of you who have contemplated a Herald purchase from the Production Line, now is the time! All Heralds are currently in the hands of our retailers, and once they are sold out, they are sold out. Go here to see the retailers that carry the Herald.
And for those of you who love the Herald design, fear not…we can still make custom Heralds for you. Of course, we can’t offer custom versions at the Production Line price, but we can still make them for you.
We are proud to announce our 2015 Limited Edition Production Line Collier!
See the video and photos below….
This edition will be limited to 150 pieces.
Price is $159.
The material is Black Rose Acrylic, which has been a favorite in our Signature Line as a custom material for a long time, but we’ve never been able to find it in large enough quantities for a series of pens this large until now.
Since this is a Production Line pen, you will not buy this pen directly from Edison. Instead, you will buy this pen from any of our retailers that we list here.
Some of you might remember way back in the day I when used to broadcast penmaking live via Ustream. You could watch me make your pen! Back then it was quite a production! I had a firewire connected camcorder going into a clunky desktop, and it was a pretty cumbersome operation. I essentially had an entire cart with an old desktop, a huge CRT monitor, and a custom-rigged tripod rolling around my facility to film me making pens! It took a lot of effort to keep it running.
Back then, it just became too much of a production to keep up, and I let it go over time. But I’ve heard over and over that people would love for me to find a way to start broadcasting again.
Well, I recently discovered Periscope. If you aren’t aware, it’s a pretty hot new video platform for social media. I won’t go into all of the details of Periscope here, but be sure to watch the video at the site to learn more about it and download the app for your mobile device if you like it.
Bottom line, this looks to be a great way for me to get back into broadcasting what happens here at our facility. Lathe work, milling, sanding, polishing, nib tuning, nib grinding….you name it. Whatever happens here at our facility, I’ll be broadcasting it. And of course, the conversation doesn’t have to focus on whatever I’ll be doing during that specific session. I might broadcast with no agenda at all, so feel free to show up with any questions.
So if you like the looks of Periscope, be sure jump on and follow us.
We had a wonderful and greatly needed vacation. Jake and Wendy did an excellent job of holding down the fort while my wife and I were gone, so we didn’t come home to a mountain of emails or other tasks.
If you are expecting an email from me, you probably received a response last week, but there might be a few stragglers. I’ll have all of my emails done today just in case you are waiting on me to write back.
The DC Pen Show is right around the corner, so save the date! We’ll look forward to seeing you there. And then we will have some pretty exciting announcements coming in the next few months, so stay tuned!