We’ve been looking for an opportunity to add a permanent 5th material to the Production Line Collier for a while now, but we were waiting for something in particular that I think everyone will really like!
We are calling this new material “Nighthawk”.
This material is made from the same composition as the Collier in Rock Candy. If you remember my blog post from when we introduced Rock Candy, it’s a very neat composition of acrylic. It’s difficult to put into words, but it has an amazing amount of depth considering that it’s a flecked pattern. This gives it a pretty phenomenal shine. While this composition is not celluloid, it feels like celluloid. Honestly, its qualities remind me of the original Sheaffer cebloplast, which is hard to find in a modern acrylic.
So with this new composition having a bit of a celluloid feel compared to our normal acrylics, we decided that we’d like to emulate one of my favorite celluloids that I’ve ever worked with, which is Tibaldi Impero (now extinct to the best of my knowledge). Many of you might know of this celluloid, as it’s very highly sought after. We used to have some supplies of this, but they were used up very quickly years ago for good reason.
So this was our inspiration when having the material made. I didn’t want to copy it exactly, however. I wanted to take the qualities that I loved about Impero and keep them, but make a small change that I feel improves the look. What I really love about the original celluloid is the incredibly saturated and deep blue flakes, which Nighthawk definitely has, but featured even more. What I wanted to alter was the ratio of black and grey in the base. Impero has a bit more black vs grey in the base material, and I was happier with a bit more grey vs black. I want to be clear – this material is not celluloid. It is an acrylic that is inspired by a very popular and now extinct celluloid. So the appearance and the feel of this material do remind me of celluloid. I felt that our customers would appreciate knowing the backstory and inspiration behind this offering.
This pen will NOT be replacing any of the other currently available Colliers. So there will now be 5 offerings in our Production Line Collier. The Collier offerings will now be (L to R in the photos below) Nighthawk, Rock Candy, Burnished Gold, Persimmon Swirl, and Antique Marble.
We are proud to introduce a new Signature Line Limited Edition Pen with a bit of a winter theme. This pen is limited to only 50 pieces. It is a Glenmont that uses aRuthenium clip and a Ruthenium steel nib.
It was several years ago that we acquired a batch of steel nibs that were plated in Ruthenium. They are no longer available to us. Ruthenium is a unique plating. It has a darker shiny tone, as opposed to our normal steel nibs that are bright in color. They are not as dark as our Black Oxide nibs, but Black Oxide is a chemical treatment and usually comes out with a mildly satin finish, whereas ruthenium is a darker shiny plating.
We hoarded these nibs for quite a while! You can tell that these nibs go back into our history, as they have the “Edison” text on the engraving. Several years ago, we changed our nib engravings to have only the logo with no text. So these were a special purchase from years ago that we hid away for the right day!
We recently sent off some of our Glenmont clips to receive a matching plating in Ruthenium, and we feel that the effect looks pretty nice!
This pen is made from an acrylic that we call “Black Ice”. I’m not sure how the weather is treating you in your area, but here in Ohio, this pen is quite apropos, as it’s 7 degrees at the time of writing this!
The pen will be available with a Steel nib in Fine, Medium, or Broad. It is a converter filler.
The edition is limited to only 50 pens. We would have loved to have made more, but we only have so many Ruthenium plated nibs to use!
The price for this pen will be $225. The normal retail price for a Glenmont with a Steel nib is $275. Since these pens were made “assembly-line” style, we can manufacture them faster with the same quality. This allows us to bring the price down significantly compared to a fully custom version.
Specifications Weight – 22.5 Capped Length – 145mm / 5.70” Posted Length to Nib Tip – 167mm / 6.60” Body Length to Nib Tip – 128mm / 5.03” Body Diameter – 14mm / .55” Cap Diameter – 15.8mm / .62” Section Diameter at Narrowest – 9.8mm / .39” Section Length – 16.8mm / .66”
All of these pens are in stock and ready to ship immediately! Please let me know of any questions.
We have been offering our original Snake Clips for many years now, but we felt that it was time for a redesign that would be much more detailed, a bit slimmer and lighter, and one that would fit all of our pens, including the smaller designs. All details are in the video linked below.
These clips are made from a tarnish-resistant Solid Sterling Silver.
To clarify, these “clips” technically are not functional clips. They are not intended to be placed over a shirt pocket, since Solid Sterling will bend and not spring back. They are intended as decorative roll stops.
These are part of another collaborative project with my good friend, Dan Furlano. Dan has previously worked with us on overlays, as well as our current Spherical Roll Stops.
The details involved in these clips truly are stunning. The details of the scales, the forked tongue, the fangs, and the Swarovski crystal eyes really make this clip pop!
This Serpent Clip is available with either Blue Swarovski Crystal Eyes or Red/Pink Swarovski Crystal eyes.
These clips weigh only about 6 grams. So they really don’t affect the balance of a pen significantly and don’t make the pen cumbersome at all.
Please see the video linked above for all details, and also to see how these Serpent clips look on various models of ours. You can see a full gallery of examples of these Serpent Clips here, or you can watch the slideshow linked below.
These clips will be available on any custom Edison Pen and will add $149. If you are interested, please email me.
Many of you may already be aware, but our nib manufacturer (JoWo), has made a change in that Two Tone nibs will be transitioning to All Gold nibs. For clarification, I’ll show photos of both….
#6 Two Tone Steel, being transitioned OUT.
#6 Two Tone 18k, being transitioned OUT.
#6 All Gold Steel, being transitioned IN.
#6 All Gold 18k, being transitioned IN.
Obviously, all of these nibs are Gold Tone and will match clips and trim in gold, as well as materials that compliment gold. But Two Tone nibs have a strip of either polished steel or rhodium across the top of the wings. That is the only difference. It is only cosmetic and has no bearing on the performance of a nib.
So JoWo has been offering Two Tone nibs in all tip sizes until they run out, and they have already run out in some tip sizes. Then these nibs will be replaced with All Gold. This is effecting all pen manufacturers that use JoWo nibs.
At this point in time….
In #6 Steel, we have EF, B, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm left in Two Tone. F and M are now All Gold.
All of our #5 Steel nibs are Two Tone as we use less of these. So at this point in time, #5 Steel nibs are not yet affected.
None of our 18k nibs are affected yet.
Bottom line, with our Production Line and Signature Line Pens that use #6 nibs, some of our tip sizes will be arriving with All Gold nibs rather than Two Tone. Then eventually as tip sizes run out in Two Tone, every gold tone nib will become All Gold.
With Signature Line orders, I will always be in touch with customers as they place their orders to make them aware of which version they will receive.
If anyone is going to be missing Two Tone nibs, don’t forget that we can sell individual nibs, of course. Anyone is welcome to buy individual Two Tone nibs while they last.
There is no effect upon Polished Steel or Rhodium 18k nibs, which are all Silver Tone and will remain this way.
A couple of months ago, we were excited to introduce a Limited Edition Collier, which was our first LE pen made from Tim McKenzie’s DiamondCast™. At that time, we said that the Collier wouldn’t be the last time that we would use Tim’s materials in a Limited Edition pen, and we meant it!
We are happy to announce a Limited Edition Extended Mina with a Holiday theme, and just in time!
The more that we’ve been using “craft” materials like Tim’s, the more we fall in love with them. We are very happy with all qualities of these materials.
We also feel that it’s important for us to support fellow small US-based businesses like Tim’s. Tim’s materials in my opinion are better and more unique than overseas large-scale acrylic manufactures for many of the same reasons that Edison Pens are unique. Smaller scale production allow both Tim and Edison to give special attention to details that larger scale manufacturers cannot always take the time to deal with. We feel that it’s fantastic for a craft US-based penmaker to team up with a craft US-based material maker.
These materials are each a custom brew that we had Tim create specifically for this Holiday edition. We are calling them “Poinsettia” and “Alpine Green”. Both of them have nice and subtle silver additives (in addition to the diamond dust) to contrast the Holiday themed colors.
THIS EDITION WILL BE LIMITED TO ONLY 50 PENS FROM EACH MATERIAL, FOR A TOTAL OF 100.
With these pens, we decided not to do any special engraving on them. It’s always been our opinion that the Mina is such a nice minimal shape that it would be a shame to interrupt the shape with an engraving.
Pricing for these pens are $199 with a Steel nib. So you know, our pricing for a custom Signature Line version of the Extended Mina made from Tim’s materials would normally be $240 with a steel nib. But since these pens are made assembly-line style in batches rather than one at a time, we can offer this discount while still attending to the same fine details.
THESE PENS HAVE ALL OF THEIR NIBS CAREFULLY TUNED AND ARE READY TO SHIP IMMEDIATELY.
It was back in early July that we had to announce a temporary discontinuation of the Collier in Rock Candy. This was due to COVID effecting the labor schedules of one of our acrylic manufacturers. We are happy to announce that the manufacturer is back on track and Rock Candy is here again!
When Rock Candy was temporarily discontinued, we announced that we would use Pearlized Juniper as a replacement until Rock Candy returned….
The plan was to stop manufacturing Pearlized Juniper once Rock Candy arrived, but Pearlized Juniper has been pretty popular! We have enough materials to keep making Pearlized Juniper for a couple more months. So we will still offer the Collier in Pearlized Juniper, but my estimate is that it will last us only another couple of months, so it won’t be around too much longer.
All of our retailers have their orders in for Rock Candy Colliers, and the vast majority have received their shipments by now. You can visit any of our retailers listed here to find the Rock Candy and also the Pearlized Juniper Colliers, although the Pearlized Juniper will be around for a limited time.