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XXF and Finer Grinds by Gena with Custom Nib Studio!

Hi Pen Fans!

We are proud and excited to announce that we are now carrying XXF, XXXF, and Needlepoint nibs created by Gena Salorino of Custom Nib Studio! We met Gena at the San Francisco Pen Show in 2019, as she was our table neighbor. As the show proceeded, we got a chance to try some of her very impressive work. Her nib grinds and attention to detail is incredible! At the time, we were already thinking about getting some help with our more difficult nib grinds, and Gena agreed to work with us.

Up until now, I have always handled all of our nib grinds myself. But for me personally, XXF, XXXF, and Needlepoint grinds are the most difficult to accomplish. Since I’m primarily a penmaker and not a full time nib-technician, I honestly can’t always stay in proper “grinding-shape”, if that makes sense! I can always achieve a nice tiny grind. But without more daily practice, it’s been taking me longer and longer to get them to my standards. So lately my time has not truly been accounted for with XXF and smaller grinds. Rather than raise prices to account for my time, it’s a better idea overall to enlist the help of someone like Gena who does stay in excellent “grinding-shape!”

I am still personally handling all of our Italic and Architect grinds, as they are not nearly as demanding of my time. But as we move along, we might ask Gena for her help in those departments as well. So we now have XXF, XXXF, and Needlepoints created by Gena in stock and ready to be equipped on any pen! The additional cost for any of these grinds is $50.

We’d like to offer big thanks to Gena for agreeing help us in this department. If anyone has any questions, just reach out!

Brian at Edison

Always use a gentle touch with a Needlepoint!

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Current Inventory Updated and (gasp) No More Binder Flex nibs!

Hi Pen Fans.

A quick post with a couple of topics

First, the inventory that we made for the San Francisco Pen Show has been photographed and uploaded to our galleries. There are about 50-60 pens that are new to the galleries and ready to ship. Click here to see all of the pens that are ready with no waiting. Email me if you are interested in one of these pens.

Below is quick slideshow of these pens or you can click this link for the gallery.

Next, we can no longer offer Binder Flex nibs. 🙁

Say it ain’t so!

It’s been about 3-4 years since Richard Binder announced his retirement. Since then I’ve considered myself lucky that he was willing to continue making flex nibs for us, in spite of his mostly retired status.

I knew that the day would come when Richard would want to either back off or stop completely, and that day has come unfortunately.

So we can no longer offer Binder Flex Nibs, I’m sorry! All of the flex nibs that we have left are accounted for with backlogged orders. So if you have an order in with us that involves a flex nib, fear not! We do have your nib!

I’d like to take a minute to thank Richard for doing these flex nibs for as long as he did. Richard was essentially continuing to do me a favor as a friend after his retirement, and I’ve always been very grateful that he continued making these for Edison as long as he did.

Please don’t forget that we still do offer Edison Stock Flex Nibs. These nibs are definitely quite respectable as what I call “modern” flex, whereas Richard’s nibs were just like vintage “wet-noodles’, both having their place.

Please reach out with any questions.

Brian at Edison

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Updates to Edison Nib Adjusting and Tuning

Hi Pen Fans!

Just a quick blog post to make everyone aware of some recent happenings with regard to tuning, adjustment, and customization of nibs on Edison Pens.

In the past, I have personally tuned every nib that leaves the Edison facility. Very few pen companies bother with this step, but we find this to be an absolutely vital ingredient to our success. I have often said that a great pen with a bad nib is like a Ferrari with a flat tire, and I think that most agree that this is an accurate and interesting analogy!

Many of our customers have commented on how this extra step that we’ve taken from Edison’s first day in business makes a huge difference in how their pens perform, and we wholly agree.

So what is changing? Not much. I will still tune, adjust, and perfect every nib that leaves our facility, but with even more accuracy and better results as I recently finished extensive training with master nib worker Richard BinderI didn’t simply attend an hour-long seminar. Instead, Richard was kind enough to host a multiple-day visit for personalized instruction. I will also be planning future visits to continue my education with Richard.

While I already had a good foundation in nib work (over the years, we never received any complaints), Richard was able to take my skills to the next level when it comes to “Binderizing” a nib (an extensive general tuning), along with perfecting my italic grinds, oblique grinds, architect grinds, as well as EF to EEEEF grinds.

I think that most customers already realize this, but I will iterate what our nib tuning procedures have been and will continue to be….

With Production Line pens, we perform a “dry” tuning at no charge. This involves…

  1. Tine alignment
  2. Proper adjustment of tip gap and tine gap
  3. General Smoothing
  4. Feed alignment
  5. Overall inspection

With Signature Line Pens, we perform a “wet” tuning at no charge. This involves…

  1. Tine Alignment
  2. Proper adjustment of tip gap and tine gap
  3. General smoothing
  4. Feed Alignment
  5. Overall inspection
  6. Test with Waterman ink on Rhodia or Clairefontaine paper.
  7. Any specific tuning that the customer prefers. Wetness, feedback, high/low angles, etc. So you can request the nib to be tuned to your exact preferences.
  8. Custom grinds such Italic (stub, cursive, or crisp), Oblique, Architect, and EF to EEEEF grinds

So our entire procedure will not change, but the skills used to make each of your nibs to write exactly how you wish have been nicely enhanced!

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

 

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Edison Offering Richard Binder 14k Full Flex Nibs!

Hi Pen Fans!

I’m very happy to announce a collaboration between Edison and Richard Binder.  We will now be offering fully flexible 14k nibs.

Please see the video below…

These nibs are awfully impressive.  As you can see in the video, there’s little difference between the vintage flex nib and Richard’s work.  Actually, Richard’s nib is offering a bit more flex.

Pricing is as follows (this is the cost for the flex alteration only…the cost of the pen including the 14k stock nib is in addition to this cost).

Fine – $100
XF, XXF, XXXF – $150
XXXXF – $165 (not recommended for beginners.)

Please note – as per our agreement with Richard, we cannot sell individual flex nibs. Only equipped on an Edison Pen.

If you are not familiar with flex nibs, I would recommend visiting Richard’s site to read a bit about proper care of flex nibs.

Let me know if there are any questions!

Brian at Edison

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Italic Nibs Are Here, and LE Reminder!

Hi Pen Fans!

I’m very happy to announce that our 1.1mm and 1.5mnm Italic nibs are finally here!

These are steel nibs, and are available in the #6 size.

So this makes the Edison Nib offerings….

Steel #6 – XF, F, M, B, 1.1, 1.5.
18k #6 – XF, F, M, B
Steel #5 – XF, F, M, B, 1.5, 1.9, 2.3
18k #5 – F, M, B

For reference, the #6 nibs fit all of the standard sized pens.  The #5 nibs fit the smaller pens such as the Pearlette, Mina, and Encore.

These new italic nibs will be available on all Edison Pens.  This includes the Production Line, so you will see these #6 italic nibs being offered from our retailers as well. 

These nibs can be purchased separately and be placed in current Edison Pens.  Cost is $25.  Email me to inquire.

And remember that these new italic nibs are available on the 2013 Limited Edition Morgan.  The buying period for this pen ends on April 7th, so if you missed out on last years LE, now is your chance!  Click here for details.

Thanks!

Brian at Edison

 

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Enlisting the Help of Masuyama and Minuskin!

Hi Pen Fans!

Highlights from the video.

1.  From this point forward, the Edison Pen Co will be enlisting the help of Mike Masuyama and Greg Minuskin for a portion of custom ground nibs.

2.  Mike Masuyama with Mike It Work will handle all XF and smaller custom grinds.

3.  Greg Minuskin will handle all 14k nibs altered for flex.

4.  All italic nibs (stub, cursive italic, crisp italic) will remain in-house.

5.  This should not effect delivery timelines.  Both Greg and Mike will be getting nibs to me generally faster than my current timeline for a custom pen.  And in many cases, I will inventory the nibs pre-made, just in case.

6.  The Spencer Limited Edition Pen ordering window will be open until October 19th.

7.  We hope to see you this weekend at the Michigan Pen Show!

Let me know if there are any questions!

Brian at Edison