It’s been since at least 2011 that we’ve been working with the Goulet Pen Company on some very nice exclusive and special edition pens. Many of you are very familiar with the Premiere, which is been the flagship design of the Edison/Goulet collaboration since the beginning.
Well, it’s time for our collaboration to bring about a totally new model…the Ascent!
This is a pen that I began designing some months ago. The idea was based on many people stating that the Premiere’s pointed ends were less desirable and wishing for an alternative. So this design (while completely different than the Premiere) had the main goal of rounded over ends. In the end, the design ended up being a kind of “mini-Collier” in many aspects, especially the bull-nosed shape of the finial.
So anyone who isn’t a fan of the pointy ends on the Premiere and have also wished for a similar (but smaller) Collier-esque design should love this pen!
Below you can see Brian Goulet’s announcement video…
When we brought an exclusive Limited Edition Pen to the San Francisco Pen Show, it proved to be pretty popular. So we’re going to do another Limited Edition pen for the Ohio Show. Again, we will use special materials obtained from Jonathon Brooks of the Carolina Pen Company.
Be sure to see the video above for all details, but below are photos of this pen. It is a Collier in a material that Jonathon “custom brewed” for us that we are calling Nebula. While the photos below are nice, be sure to see all of the subtle details in this material by seeing full resolution photos here, here, and here.
The edition will be limited to 15 pens. At the San Francisco Pen Show, our LE Exclusive Pen sold pretty fast, and we realize that some people were disappointed in this. For this reason we will limit our Friday sales to 10 pens only, and our Saturday sales to 5 pens. First come, first serve each day. We realize that a lot of people can’t get off of work to attend a pen show on a Friday and we want everyone to have a shot at this pen who wants it.
If you cannot attend the pen show and like this material as much as I do, we have a bit more of it. While we cannot make a pen identical to this one and also abide by the “rules” of a Limited Edition, we can still take custom orders for other pen models made from the same Nebula material. So be sure to email me if you’d like to speak about a non-limited edition pen made from this material.
Outside of this Limited Edition pen, of course we’ll be bringing lots and lots of our normal inventory. Actually, we’ll be bringing a pen show record exceeding 380 pens! We will have lots of pens made from materials that we’ve never used before, especially some amazing translucent materials. We’ll also have more than 60 Menlo Draw Fillers.
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.
We have chosen two new materials and will be discontinuing one material.
Canyon Trail is the material that we are discontinuing. If you like the Canyon Trail Pearlette, now is the time to buy one. Whatever is left with our retailers right now is all that is left. Once they are gone, they are gone!
So the materials being added are being called “Quantum”….
Sonoran Sunset and Azure Skies are staying, so this will mean that there are now four materials available in the Production Line Pearlette.
Just like the rest of our Production Line, these pens are only available from the retailers listed here. You cannot buy these versions directly from Edison.
We are pleased to introduce a new modification to our Extended Mina called the “Level.”
The Extended Mina Level is the result of experimentation with our new translucent materials and a desire to create ways to check ink levels in an Extended Mina without affecting the simple aesthetic of the pen.
In addition to seeing your ink level, the pen is symmetrical when capped. Our employee Jake likes to refer to it as a “palindrome pen.” That’s one of the reasons we used the palindrome “level” as the name! Combined with the fact that it looks like a bubble level and you can check your ink level, it seemed like a no-brainer.
One cool feature of this pen is that the design only allows clear portions of the converter to be seen. So this makes the pen appear to be like an Eyedropper or perhaps one of our Draw Fillers. It’s kind of an optical illusion. So this feature allows you to discern ink levels in a converter filling pen that doesn’t look like a converter filling pen.
With this perfect symmetry, some people might wonder “how do you know which end is the cap and which end is the barrel?” This actually pretty easy. The barrel side of the ink window will be totally seamless. The cap side of the ink window will have a very small .020″ radius that’s only visible if you know what to look for. See towards the end of our YouTube video above for more on this.
The “Level” version of the Extended Mina will add $50 to the normal cost. There’s a lot of labor involved in building the ink window, epoxying it into place with an overnight cure, and then the additional boring, sanding and polishing that has to happen to make the interior as nice and shiny as the exterior. Sowith a Steel nib this pen is $275. With an 18k nib, $375.
I’m happy to announce that we have refreshed the Production Line Beaumont with new materials! All three of these materials are based on fan-favorites.
For those of you who like the originals, I see that some of our retailers still have some stocked, but once they are gone, they are gone!
So here are the new materials! (if you cannot see the images below, please click here).
If you are interested in these new materials, all of our retailers should have received their shipments by now. You can follow this link to see all of the retailers carrying this for purchase.
I’ll discuss a little regarding each material.
Amber Glass is a material that we’ve used in the past, but only in our Signature Line with the exception of a small limited edition from several years ago. Up until now, we’ve called it Flecked Tortoise. This has been a very popular material within our Signature Line, but the material is pretty expensive. For this reason, it never really lent itself to the price structure of the Production Line. However, with our growth in the last 2-3 years, our volume is getting to the point where we can negotiate larger quantities at a better price, making this material a lot more attainable for us in our Production Line.
The material is lightly translucent as you can see by looking at the cap in the top photo. Held up to a stronger light source, you’ll see through this material. It does have some nice pearlization, but the tighter flecked pattern breaks this up. So there is definitely depth, but small “chunks” of depth.
Twilight Embers has a base color that is dark, but also with some hints of indigo. The swirls are orange and yellow, making a nice contrast. Some of you might recognize this from our custom line when it was called Elderberry Neon.
Of the three materials, Twilight Embers has the most uniform depth and pearlization.
This material has been very popular in our Signature line, and I feel that it’s a welcome addition to our Production Line.
Unicorn has a pretty interesting backstory, and has been awfully popular in the past. The whole thing started about 4 years when we introduced this as a new material at the DC Pen Show. A customer (@faustine2012) loved it, bought it, and said “this looks like Unicorn Barf!” She hash-tagged this on social media, and as a result the name took off and stuck (even though we had always called it Hawaiian). If you look up #unicornbarfpen on Instagram or social media, you’ll see how popular this moniker has been! After this, the pen was used in a successful limited edition, and now we are happy to add it to our Production Line.
While I personally love the name Unicorn Barf, I’m not sure that I want to ask our retailers to put the word “BARF” on their websites! So we shortened it to “Unicorn”. This way, it still has the same panache, and is perhaps inside joke! 🙂
While the slightly outrageous colors speak for themselves, there is also a good amount of depth and pearlization contained within in the blue portions.
So these are the new materials! We are considering adding a 4th to this line over time.Let us know what you think would be a good addition, and we’ll certainly consider it!
For those of you that have followed the history of the Edison Pen Company, perhaps you’ve noticed that literally,we have never had a price increase in the last 9+ years, nearly the entire history of our company.
When this business began as the Edison Pen Company 10 years ago, we started offering some of the models that we still do today in our Signature Line. For the first 6 months or so, our pricing was a little lower than the present. After this 6 month period, prices on these Signature Line pens became what they are today. Then when we started with our Production Line in 2011, that pricing structure began and remained the same as today.
Over the years, this pricing has worked fine for us. My thoughts have always been “it ain’t broke”. But things also remained relatively simple for us until early 2017.
At this time, we moved the business from an outbuilding next to our house to a commercial building with a heck of a lot more space. This means going from no rent, utilities, real estate taxes, etc., to pretty high rent in addition to all of those other expenses at commercial rates. It seems that this transition triggered some other events, as well.
Many of you remember when we had a machine go down in the late Summer (I’ll never forget!). The primary machinery that we have utilized were bought used years ago and quite frankly they are just outdated and becoming more difficult to repair when required (which is becoming too frequent). This is what led to our issue in the summer. I can’t have another problem with our machines like we did in the summer (it took us about 3+ months to become fully caught up), so we are investing in brand new machines that are much bigger, faster, more accurate, but also pricey!
In addition to the machinery upgrades, we are also more than doubling the number of machines from what we have had up until now. We hired another employee in the Spring of 2017, and as these new machines are up and running, it’s likely that we’ll be hiring even more employees in 2018.
While there are actually more factors occurring than what I’ve mentioned above, the big items here are lots of additional machinery, more employees, and commercial real estate along with the associated costs.
For these reasons, it’s time for us to increase our prices effective January 1st, 2018. This will occur as outlined below….
Production Line, All Models (Collier, Beaumont, Pearlette)
Steel nib – $149 will be raised to $169 18k Nib – $274 will be raised to $299
Signature Line, All Models Raised by $25
Mina from $200 to $225, Steel Nib
Pearlette from $225 to $250, Steel Nib
All other models from $250 to $275, Steel Nib
Herald and Huron Grande $275 to $300 Steel Nib
Along with these changes and growth, I think that we can expect the new machinery and employees to increase our productivity significantly. This means that my time will most likely be freed up a bit so I can focus on designing new models, introducing new materials within our Production Line, designing new filling systems, publishing video blogs that I’ve had in my head for sometimes years, as well as more Group Buy Limited Editions, and higher volume of Seasonal Premieres (which always sell out very fast). It might take us a bit to settle into our groove with the new machinery and employees, but I’d expect all of the above to gradually take place in 2018.
I’m super-excited to share our latest filling system. The Draw Filler!
Have a look at this video and I’ll give some more details below.
What do you think?
This is a new filler, not a new model of pen. This filler can be added to any of our pen models.
This filler uses chemically resistant o-rings rather than latex, so there are no restrictions regarding inks that you can us in this pen. Pens that use latex such as our Pump, Pneumatic, and Bulb Fillers need to avoid a few inks or the latex can be damaged. This is not the case with the Draw Filler. However, if the pen has an ink window or is translucent, we still don’t recommend harsh inks as they could certainly stain the interior of the pen.
The Draw Filler works just about the same as the Pump Filler, but there is no spring to retract the piston unit. So you will need to push and pull the Draw Filler mechanism, rather than only pushing the Pump Filler mechanism.
Due to the Draw Filler mechanism displacing more volume, it will fill faster, empty faster, and have a greater ink capacity than our Pump Filler (Draw = 2.0mL, Pump = 1.7mL).
The mechanism is made of a sturdy anodized aluminum.
We do have some of these Draw Fillers that are currently inventoried and ready to ship! You can see them here.
Price is the same as our other more “exotic” fillers. This mechanism will add $100 to the price of what a pen would have been as a converter filler. So ballpark of $300-450 depending upon model and Steel vs. 18k nib.
(First, and most important…some of you may already be aware, but Andrea’s surgery went fine! Flying Colors! She’s in recovery mode now and most likely won’t be back to work for a couple more weeks, but everything is as planned! We had quite the outpouring of good thoughts and well wishes, so many thanks! Our fans are the best!)
Hi Pen Fans!
We are very excited to announce our new lineup of Pearlette materials within our Production Line! These pens certainly are a smorgasbord of chatoyance (perhaps my favorite word)!
Each year my family takes a nice vacation to Arizona. When we organized these three materials, we were quite inspired by the Arizona landscape. We decided to name these pens after our favorite vacation spot!
So the new Pearlettes will be somewhat of a “Desert” theme.
From left to right…Sonoran Sunset, Azure Skies, and Canyon Trail….
Sonoran Sunset is a nice deep copper-ish color with some pretty amazing depth and pearlization (chatoyance). Many of you will remember the Pearlized Wine that we used on the 2014 Limited Edition Glenmont as well as plenty of custom pens. If you’ve seen that Pearlized Wine material live you can certainly appreciate the amazing chatoyance that this material displays. Well, this Sonoran Sunset is the exact same composition as the Pearlized Wine, but obviously a different color (which I like better, personally). So expect these photos to not do the pen total justice. When you see this pen live and rotate it in the light, you’ll see all of that beautiful chatoyance that can’t always be captured accurately in a photo.
Azure Skies is also made from the same composition as the Pearlized Wine and the above Sonoran Sunset, but is obviously a nicely saturated blue. Being the same composition, expect the same chatoyance!
Canyon Trail has a very similar chatoyance (notice a pattern here?) to the other Pearlettes, but rather than a random mottled pattern, you’ll see some neat speckles within the material.
All of these pens are part of our Production Line, so you will not buy these directly from Edison, but through any of our retailers listed here.
We are pretty excited as each of these materials is a personal favorite of at least one person here on our crew. We’re taking bets on which one turns out to be the most popular!
Be sure to give us your thoughts on this new lineup!