First off, I hope that everyone had a great Holiday Season and a great New Year! Part of our plans for 2020 includes refreshing some of our materials within the Production Line, and the first to be announced is a new material for the Collier! Rock Candy!
This material is something that we’ve never used before, and it’s an interesting composition. 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, it’s qualities remind me of original Sheaffer cebloplast, which are hard to find in a modern acrylic.
The Collier in Rock Candy will be replacing the Collier in Blue Steel. So the Collier offerings will now be Rock Candy, Burnished Gold, Persimmon Swirl, and Antique Marble.
So if you’d had your eye on a Blue Steel Collier, now is the time! Whatever is left within the inventories of our retailers is all that’s left!
We’re packing for the San Francisco Pen Show! We’ll be set up this weekend Friday through Sunday. This is the first time attending the San Francisco Pen Show, so we truly hope to see some of our fans that we haven’t been able to meet face-to-face yet.
We will be bringing a Limited Edition pen that will be exclusive to the SF Pen Show. See here for all details regarding this pen or watch the video below.
Besides the LE Exclusive Pen, we’ll be bringing more than 360 pens to this show. All of these pens are shown in the video below.
If you see something that you like but can’t attend the show, feel free to email me to discuss.
It’s been a long time that I’ve been admiring Jonathon Brooks’ work as a penmaker, but also as a maker of pretty amazing materials. I have always wanted to work with Jonathon and some if his great materials. Last year at the DC Pen Show we started to hatch some plans….
Jonathan sent me some material samples not too long ago, and I really liked what I was working with. After making a few pens with these samples, I started to think of some kind of Limited Edition, but something that would remain small and simple to begin with.
Since we are attending the San Francisco Pen Showfor the first time ever later this month on the 23rd, we figured that this might be a great time to set up an exclusive pen for the San Francisco Pen Show, and Jonathon’s materials looked to be perfect fit.
So we recently put the finishing touches on a pen design that we’ll bring to the San Francisco Pen Show, sold exclusively at the show…..
This is a Menlo, but without a centerband. This is a material that Jonathon made exclusively for Edison that is loosely based on his “Japanese Autumn”, but Jonathon added some more reds and oranges to set this material apart. The Menlo is typically a Draw Filler, but we made this pen as a converter filler. You can see in the photo above that we created a nice engraving to note the exclusivity of this pen to the 2019 San Francisco Pen Show.
This pen will be available at the San Francisco Pen Show as a Limited Edition of only 10 pieces. It will be first come, first served at the show when we set up on Friday the 23rd. We will not take pre-orders for this pen.
(if you would like to see higher resolution versions of these photos, click here,here, and here.)
We are going to price this pen at the same rate as our normal Menlo set up as a Converter Filling Pen. $275 with a steel nib or $375 with an 18k nib.
Now I realize that some of you might feel left out if you love the looks of this pen, but cannot attend the San Francisco Pen Show. But I think that we can still help you out!
We do still have some of this Modified Japanese Autumn material available, and we can make a few more custom pens from it. But abiding by the rules of a Limited Edition, we cannot offer it as a Bandless Menlo, and we cannot offer it at the same price. Jonathan’s materials are significantly more expensive than what we normally use. In the case of the Limited Edition, we can absorb this cost since we made these pens “assembly line” style. But a custom pen made from this will be a bit more expensive due to the materials cost. Exactly what the additional cost would be, I don’t know yet, but if you are interested, please reach out and we can figure it out.
It’s truly been a pleasure working with Jonathon’s materials (and Jonathon!) If anyone wanted Edison to create any custom pen made from any of Jonathon’s materials, it can certainly be done, so feel free to inquire.
If anyone has questions, please email me! Otherwise we’ll look forward to seeing you at the San Francisco Pen Show! next week!
Lastly, expect to see another blog post next week highlighting all of the other pens that we’ll be bringing to the SF Show. We are putting the finishing touches on some other items, and will be bringing more then 350 pens! I’ll be showing those pens next week.
I wanted to make everyone aware that we will be refreshing the materials used in the Production Line Beaumont in a few weeks.
We have new materials chosen, and are manufacturing them now. I’ll wait to disclose what those new materials will be, but in the meantime if anyone has been sitting on the fence about a Production Line Beaumont in Bordeaux, Black Onyx, Sapphire, or Bedrock Flake, now is the time!
Our inventory closets are completely bare with these original materials, so what’s left at our retailers is it. Just in case you were up in the air regarding these Beaumont materials, they will not be returning to the Production Line.
The new materials should be ready to be announced within four weeks, hopefully around three.
Many of you know that we recently invested in all new machinery, replacing what we’ve been using for the last 10 years or so. With this machinery arriving, my time has been dominated with tons of setup and tooling, but mostly programming. Every program for every part for every pen has to be re-written, de-bugged, and proofed. This has truly been a second full time job for the last 2-3 months. We have been doing 50-60 hour weeks, but it’s actually been fun and rewarding since all of these changes are awfully exciting for us!
As a result of being this busy, we’ve admittedly been kind of dark on social media. However, I’m starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and things are coming together. So it’s time to get some announcements out there!
1. We have a LOT of new translucent materials that we’ve never used before. Some of these are just downright stunning. I’m so excited to have them available, especially in the Draw Fillers. Watching the ink slosh around in these pens is just super-cool. If you like translucent materials like I do, you’ll see lots to peruse here. This link shows some of our newest translucent materials, but I’ll be sending an update to showcase all of them soon, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can see photos below of a few of our new favorites.
2.With this new machinery, I feel that it’s time to raise the curtain again and give an updated “Behind the Scenes” video. We’ve done these in the past, and our fans always love seeing these kinds of videos displaying our processes and equipment. This new video should be very enlightening as we moved to a new and much larger location last year, and this year the new machinery is truly a huge deal for us. So a lot has changed since our previous videos of this type. Expect to see a video tour of our facility and processes in the next few months, as well as some kind of “making-of” video, likely showing how we make our Draw Fillers.
3.This new machinery has already opened up some opportunities within our Production Line, so expect to see an announcement regarding something new in these regards within the next month or so.
4.What’s up for 2019? Well the possibilities for us are a lot wider now, so expect to see more changes, more announcements, and more good stuff as we get settled in!
Below are a few examples of some of our favorites from these new translucent materials.
We are happy to announce that we have 2 new materials coming to the Production Line!
First is Burnished Gold which will be used in the Collier. This is a really nice pearlized material with a good mix of gold and some green tones. The material can be a bit random in that at some points it can have a real burly grain, and at some points it can be streaky.
Next is Lapis Lazuli Flake in the Pearlette. This material has a bit of a Royal Blue or Lapis Blue base to it, but with some nice gold accents within the flake. This material will be very uniform due to the flake pattern.
This Lapis Lazuli Flake will be replacing the Deep Indigo Flake, which is discontinued in the Production Line Pearlette as of today. If you like the Deep Indigo Flake, I’d recommend that you buy one now, as whatever our retailers have left is all that there is. Once they are gone, they are gone.
Over the years, we have had a lot of ebonite offerings from a lot of different manufacturers.
As a result, when one looked through our Materials Samples Gallery, our ebonite selection was sometimes daunting and confusing.
We have decided to simplify ebonite choices by condensing our selection to the best ebonites that we’ve used from the best manufacturers. All of these ebonites have very consistent patterns and they also take an excellent shine. This is an “All-Star” lineup of sorts. We’ve also made sure to have a good selection that represents all colors that our clients might like.
In the end, we think that this will make selection for our clients easier, and it will also be easier for us to inventory. Previously when we had a wide selection, sometimes we would have to wait months for a certain color or pattern to arrive. By keeping this narrowed down, we can be sure to always have our inventory plentiful.
So without further ado, here are the ebonites that we will be offering from here on out….
I wanted to make everyone aware of some materials that we’ll be discontinuing.
We have found that over the years, our solid colored ebonites (except black) have been fading in a very unacceptable manner. See pics below.
Looks like a couple of really nice ebonite pens, right?
Well, let’s remove the caps……
I think it’s obvious that the pens have faded everywhere except where the caps covered the barrels. When these pens were fresh off the lathe, the original color would have been closer to the darker shade. What makes this difficult to diagnose is that the pens above have been either on my desk out of sunlight or in my desk drawer for 3-4 years, so it’s a very slow process, but still an unacceptable one.
So from here on out, until we can find a supplier that will give us an acceptable product, we will no longer be using any solid colored ebonite except black. The black is not fading at all with normal care. However, these pens above (and many other solid colored ebonite pens) have been fading even if they stay in a drawer, and never see sunlight or UV rays. Even though this is a very slow process, it’s still not up to our standards, and not a material that we’ll stand behind anymore.
Does this this effect the swirl, mottled, or woodgrain ebonites? Nope, those are perfectly fine, and will not fade with normal care.
Just so you know, I have already removed the unacceptable ebonites from the Material Samples Gallery. If you want to look through this gallery, you will see only viable materials. And you’ll see plenty of solid colored acrylics there. Of course, acrlyic will not fade with normal care, so there’s still plenty of solid colored materials to choose from.
So what if you currently own a pen made from a solid colored ebonite that has faded unacceptably? Refer to our guarantee here. We can take the pen back. With sanding and polishing, we can restore the original color, but of course, we realize that no one wants to do this every 4 years. So if you are unhappy with a solid colored ebonite pen that has faded even with proper care, reach out to us, and we’ll make it right.
1. We have LOTS of new ebonite to offer. Click here for the Materials Samples Gallery showing only new ebonite.
2. The Pearl LE Group Buy purchasing period will conclude Sunday night. If you have ever wanted a Signature Line Pearl at a Production price, this weekend will be your last chance. Click here to go to the Goulet Pen Co. to place your order.
3. I thought that I’d include some pics of some of my personal favorites from the new ebonites…..
There’s LOTS more…be sure to check out the link above!