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.
We are all set with a pretty exciting Limited Edition pen made from Tim McKenzie’s DiamondCast™! This will be our first Limited Edition pen made from Tim’s material, although we already have plans for more!
We’ve been exploring more and more with “craft” materials for over a year now, and honestly we should have been using these a long time ago! We are very happy with all qualities of these materials. As opposed to our normal acrylics, they really open up some amazing creative iterations that otherwise aren’t always possible coming from our overseas large-scale acrylic manufacturers.
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.
So our Limited Edition Collier is made from two of Tim’s DiamondCast™ materials. “Metallurgy” and “Smoke on the Water”. Full resolution versions of these images can be seen here.
This edition will be limited to only 50 pens from each material, for a total of 100.
The edition is numbered from 1 to 50 in each material.
These pens have all of their nibs carefully tuned and are ready to ship immediately.
Pricing for these pens are $225 with a Steel nib or $325 with an 18k nib. So you know, our pricing for a custom Signature Line version of the Collier made from Tim’s materials would normally be $290 steel, or $390 18k. 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.
It’s been a while since our last limited edition urushi collaborative project with Ernest Shin at Hakumin Urushi, but we are very happy and proud to announce the Limited Edition Maki-e Collier!
Some of you may have already heard, but Ernest at Hakumin Urushi is in the process of restructuring his lacquer business and unfortunately this will be the last collaborative project with the Edison Pen Co. for the foreseeable future. Ernest is also ceasing all new custom orders at this point, although all existing orders will be completed. Going forward, Ernest is hoping to shift his lacquer-work to a different direction, allowing more freedom of expression in his work, although where exactly that will take him, he’s not completely sure. If you have any questions about this or his future work, please feel free to contact him directly via his website.
Title: Hotarubi 蛍火 (Firefly light)
Motif: A pair of fireflies among the bamboo on a summer night. One firefly placed on the cap, one placed on the barrel.
Techniques: Koboku-shiage for the base and bamboo silhouettes, with maki-e and abalone raden for the firefly glow
The maki-e is .999 fine silver powder
Clip has been lacquered with Koboku-shiage to match
Signed and numbered limited edition of 10 pieces
Full Resolution of the above photos are available here.
This edition is Limited to only 10 pens.
These pens will be available with 18k nibs only in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm Stub, BB or OBB.
The price for this pen is $1,250.We will only ship FedEx fully insured at a price of $28 domestic. For international customers, you can purchase the pen but we will contact you to add the appropriate additional international shipping costs after your purchase.
Last week we explained an issue with one of our materials suppliers who is experiencing delays due the virus. As a result, we are completely out of Rock Candy for the Collier! 🙁 Click here if you did not see this post.
So we ran a poll and allowed YOU to decide what the next Collier Production Line Material would be! The results are in, and Pearlized Juniper will be the next Collier Production Line Material!
At the beginning of the poll, Lapis Lazuli Flake had a hearty lead, but as the weekend passed, Pearlized Juniper took the lead!
So we are manufacturing the Collier from Pearlized Juniper literally today!
Remember that this will be a temporary replacement for the Collier in Rock Candy. Honestly, we have no idea how long it will take to get more Rock Candy. It could be a month or it could be several months. But as soon as it does arrive, we’ll stop manufacturing the Pearlized Juniper, and resume with Rock Candy.
I estimate that it will take us a little over two weeks to get these manufactured out of Pearlized Juniper and into the hands of our retailers. I’ll keep updates timely.
It’s been a while since we’ve introduced a new model to our Production Line, but now is the time!
The Menlo has been a very popular pen within our Signature Line since we introduced it. The Signature Line version is typically a Draw Filler, but we have engineered the Menlo to be a Converter Filler for the Production Line!
We will be offering this in three materials. Sweet Honey, Blue Grotto, and Fingerpaints.
All three of these pens are available at the retailers listed here.
Specifications Weight 18.5 grams/.652 oz Capped Length 143mm/5.620” Posted Length to Nib Tip 165mm / 6.490” Body Length to Nib Tip 128mm / 5.030” Body Diameter 13.1mm / .515” Cap Diameter 14.4mm / .560” Section Diameter at Narrowest 9.6mm / .38” Section Length 17.1mm / .670”
Sweet Honey is a material that we’ve never used before. This comes from the same supplier as our Rock Candy Collier, so it has that nice “near-celluloid” feel.
Blue Grotto is a fantastic Dark Blue/Pale Blue combination. We have also never used this in the past, and it comes from the same supplier as the Rock Candy Collier, so it also has that “near-celluloid” feel.
Lastly, Fingerpaints might look familiar to many of you, as we are currently using this material in the Pearlette. It’s been very popular, so we wanted to continue using it in the Menlo.
Speaking of the Pearlette, we will begin a phase-out of the Pearlette from the Production Line. We will continue to manufacture the Pearlette for the Production Line for about a month then we will cease manufacturing the Pearlette for the Production Line. So if you’ve ever thought about a Production Line Pearlette, now is the time! Of course, we can still manufacture custom Pearlettes, but we can’t offer those at the same price as the Production Line version.
First off, I hope that everyone is staying healthy! If you are not sure about how the pandemic is effecting Edison, please see this blog post. Bottom line, it’s pretty much my wife and myself holding down the fort for the foreseeable future. We are taking all precautions at work and also outside of work. If we are slower with communications or order fulfillment, please bear with us. But everyone here is healthy and I hope the same for each of you!
I’m happy to announce that we have refreshed the Production Line Beaumont with two new materials!
For those of you who like the originals, I see that some of our retailers still have these 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, follow this link to see all of our retailers that are carrying this pen.
So below is the entire new selection of Production Line Beaumonts. From left to right…Aurum, Unicorn, and Fireball.
For those who like the materials that these are replacing (Twilight Embers and Amber Glass), I’d recommend deciding quickly, as whatever our retailers have inventoried is all that’s left!
The last three pen shows, we’ve been featuring a Limited Edition Exclusive for each show, and they’ve proven to be very popular! Once again, we will use a special material obtained from Jonathon Brooks of the Carolina Pen Company.
Please see photos below. This is our newest model, the Brockton. It is made from Jonathon’s “Combustion”.
The edition will be limited to 15 pens. They will be priced at $275 with Steel nib or $375 with an 18k nib.
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, we do 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 Combustion 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 new inventory. We’ll have just over 380 pens with us.
Unfortunately, we haven’t had time to get all of the pens that we’ll be bringing to the show photographed and uploaded to our galleries, but we’ll have the galleries updated when we return from the show. In the meantime, here’s a link to the vast majority of the pens that we’ll be bringing.
Lastly, we do have exactly ONE LE Herald in Rose, left and we will bring this to the show if anyone is interested. We also have a small handful of the Group Buy LE Brocktons left, and those will also be with us.
We are proud to introduce a new Signature Line Limited Edition pen. This is a Herald in Rose´ Acrylic. This is the first time that we’ve offered Rose Gold as a plating option, but I doubt that it will be the last!
This is a numbered Limited Edition of only 50 pens.
As you can see, the pen is accented with a Steel Nib and a clip that is plated in Rose Gold.
The Herald is a design that was part of our Production Line from 2012 to 2015. Around the time of the arrival of our new machinery last year, I redesigned the Herald from the ground up. I was never totally happy with the posting qualities of the original, so the barrel was altered for more secure posting. The section has been redesigned to a totally different shape. The interior of the cap now has a little more nib clearance and is a touch longer overall. The finial seam is a touch lower to keep the clip in the same position in spite of the cap length alteration. The cap lip of the Herald used to be kind of a sharp edge that didn’t visually transition from the cap to the barrel as well as I’d like, so the cap diameter is a touch smaller, and the cap lip is a nice smooth transition to the barrel step. The transition from barrel threads to section is much less abrupt, so fingers will glide over that transition with little notice.
This pen is a converter filler. We are offering Rose Gold Plated Steel nibs in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm Italic, or 1.5mm italic.
Since the pen is inspired by Valentine’s Day, we included a nice little heart engraving on the back of the cap, infilled with a Rose Gold pigment. The engraving remains small and subtle, so it doesn’t “scream” a Valentine’s Day theme. And for me personally, this is extra special as my beloved wife personally drew the heart, which we later digitized. I might have to keep one of these for myself! 🙂
Price for this pen is be $225. The normal retail price for a Herald with a Steel nib is $275. I want to mention more about this pricing since in the past, we’ve only discounted our Signature Line pens in rare “group buy” settings. As we’ve grown, and with the acquisition of our new machinery not too long ago, we are able to take on more ancillary projects like this. So from here on out, discounted Signature Line Limited Editions like this will be a bit more frequent than just once a year, and not just in a “Group Buy” setting. So stay tuned!
If you would like to see full resolution photos of this pen, click here.
Specifications Weight – 18.5g Capped Length – 145mm/5.7″ Posted Length to Nib Tip – 161mm/6.37″ Body Length to Nib Tip – 122mm/4.8″ Body Diameter – 13.5mm/.535″ Cap Diameter – 15.3mm/.6″ 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.
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!