New Materials New Pens Production Line

Special Edition Garolite Collier in the Production Line!

Hi Pen Fans!

I’m very happy to announce something very unique that we have never done here at Edison!

We now have a Special Edition Collier in Garolite! This pen is part of the Production Line, so this pen cannot be purchased directly from Edison. It will be sold only by our retailers that you see HERE.

There is a lot to discuss regarding Garolite, but allow me to give a rough outline of this pen before getting into all of the finer details….

  • Garolite is a glass reinforced thermoset composite. Put simply, it is a woven fiberglass laminate that is bonded with epoxy. It is extremely wear-resistant.
  • Price will be $199 with a Steel nib in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm or 1.5mm.
  • This is a Special Edition, so it is a limited quantity.
  • We have manufactured all of the Garolite Colliers for this entire Special Edition, and those pens have been shipped to our retailers. We will not be manufacturing more quantities of this pen. So once our retailers no longer have inventory of this pen, it will be gone.
  • This pen is available only for purchase from the retailers that you see HERE.

Let’s get into some details regarding this pen and material…

As stated, Garolite is a laminated glass-reinforced thermoset composite. Many people will want to call this G10. But G10 is a specific type of Garolite. There are G7, G9, G10, G11, and many other types with differing qualities. This is CE Garolite. But for the purposes of a pen, there will be no functional differences in the various types of Garolite.

Garolite is typically used for circuit boards. But most people know of its use for knife handles or gun stock handles, since it is very stable, very durable, and extremely wear resistant. It typically patinas to a darker color, leading to some nice character over the long term.

Along with this excellent wear resistance, Garolite is also lightweight. This Garolite version of the Collier is about 3 grams heavier than an acrylic version (26g vs 29g), so there really isn’t a perceptible difference.

Despite the excellent machining qualities, Garolite still won’t cut as clean as acrylic, especially when cutting threads. As you can see in the photo below, we have engineered the visible portions of outer threads from a solid butterscotch acrylic. This makes the pen much more attractive at that location compared to just using garolite for the threaded portions. This also makes the threads more accurate and feel very smooth compared to if we had threaded garolite-to-garolite.

There is roughly a 10-15% occurrence of some of these pens turning out darker. You can see how a darker version of this pen will appear by looking at the pen at the top of this photo…

We do not have control over the darker versions, and our retailers cannot honor special requests for a darker or lighter version.

Since this material is essentially a woven fabric, many people will wonder how it will react to ink staining. The short answer is that yes…the material can take on ink and show stains. However, we are finding that simply soaking the stain in water for a few minutes and then scrubbing with a test-tube brush or an old toothbrush works very well and has no negative effect on the material. The photo below shows Waterman Serenity Blue before and after a stain….

Of course, Waterman is a relatively gentle ink. But our tests are showing that just about every ink out there can be removed (we were actually able to remove Baystate Blue!). But more stubborn cases might require a household cleaner. If your pen develops stains that you cannot remove with just water, contact us for a more thorough method of cleaning.

But in the end…if you want to avoid the possibility of stains, we recommend not taking the pen ‘on-the-go’ where it might get bumped and jostled, causing ink to spurt from the nib. But if you do encounter stains, we can share excellent methods for removing them.

I think that’s everything! I’m sure that there will be questions regarding this new pen and material, so please reach out and we’ll be happy to help!

Brian at Edison


New Pens Special Offers

Small Run LE Collier Grande in Holiday Theme!

Hi Pen Fans!

We are very happy to announce a special Limited Edition Collier Grande just in time for the Holidays!

This will be a small run of only 30 pens. There will be two materials used. A solid red that we usually refer to as Fire Engine Red and a solid green that we usually refer to as British Racing Green.

This numbered edition is limited to only 15 of each pen.

We have placed a very nice engraving on the cap lip of these pens. Of course, the engraving is intended to be a snowflake. But if you look closely, it is subtly comprised of multiple Edison logos!

These pens are converter fillers. They will come with our new (and huge) #8 Steel Nib in your choice of F, M, or B.

Full specifications for this pen can be found here.

Lastly, each of these pens will come with a fun Edison ornament that we have designed!

The price of this pen will be $295 and shipping. If you were to order a custom version of the Collier Grande, the price would be $325. Since we manufactured this edition assembly-line-style, we can lower the price a bit.


Please reach out with any questions. I hope that everyone has a great Holiday Season!

Brian at Edison




New Pens Pen Shows

Ohio Pen Show! With Collier Grande Exclusive!

Hi Pen Fans!

We’ll be attending the Ohio Pen Show this weekend! This is our first Ohio show in three years (and only our 2nd show since early 2020) due to Covid. We are truly looking forward to seeing our friends and customers again!

We will be bringing a Limited Edition pen. It is a Collier Grande in Jonathon Brooks Galaxy Prime. This pen sports our new and huge #8 nib. This LE pen is exclusive to attendees of the Ohio Pen Show.

We were very excited to see how these turned out, as Galaxy Prime is quite stunning on a larger pen such as the Collier Grande. Specifications of the pen can be found here.

The edition will be limited to 15 pens. At past pen shows, our LE exclusives have sold pretty fast. Not everyone can attend each day of the show, and many cannot get off work to attend Friday. For this reason, we will limit our Friday sales of this LE to 10 pens only, and our Saturday sales to 5 pens. It will be first come, first served each day.

The price for this LE pen will be $300 with a Steel nib in Fine, Medium, or Broad. If you purchased a similar custom pen, it would normally be $345. We are able to lower the price a bit since we made these pens assembly-line style.

Outside of this Limited Edition pen, of course we’ll be bringing lots and lots of our normal inventory. We have been very busy making inventory specifically for this show. In fact, we’ll be bringing a pen show record 400+ pens!

So as of publishing this post, our Current Inventory Galleries have been updated with lots of new pens that will be available at the show. Any pens that don’t sell at the show will be available when we return. Feel free to email me with an inquiry if something appeals.

We will also have tester pens of all of our models available,  including versions of our new #8 nibs as well as our brand new #6 Steel Flex Nibs.

To get a sneak peek at the pens we’re bringing, please take a look at our Current Inventory Gallery.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Brian at Edison

New Pens

2022 LE Comet in Brooks Cool Tone Primary Manipulation and Calico Koi!

Hi Pen Fans!

Materials coming from our good friend Jonathon Brooks are always in high demand! It seems that every time we place a sizable order with Jonathon, our inventory of said materials are very quickly spoken for by custom orders.

For this reason, the largest Limited Edition that we’ve made from Jonathon’s materials has only been 35 pens until now. Most of our limited edition pens from Jonathon’s materials are even smaller editions of 10-15 pieces that are exclusive to the pen shows.

Not too long ago, we placed a larger order from Jonathon and we purposely stashed these amazing materials to be sure that it remained in our inventory for a larger and very special Limited Edition!

So this is the first Limited Edition from Jonathon’s materials that we’ve been able to do that exceeds 35 pens. This Limited Edition will be 100 PENS (50 of each material)!

So we are super proud to announce this Limited Edition Comet made from Jonathon’s Cool Tone Primary Manipulation and Calico Koi!


Cool Tone Primary Manipulation
Calico Koi



Cool Tone Primary Manipulation version has a complimentary finial made from a translucent red, while the Calico Koi has a nice translucent amber/orange finial.

These pens are available with Steel nibs only.

Also, we can offer these pens with our new Steel Flex Nibs.

Tip sizes can be EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, 1.5mm, Flex EF, and Flex F.

PLEASE NOTE – if you prefer to have a Steel Flex Nib equipped on one of these pens, please remember that we have these flex nibs in Polished (silver tone) versions only. So the Polished (silver tone) flex nib will match the Silver-tone clip on the Cool Tone Primary Manipulation version, but it will not match the Gold-tone clip on the Calico Koi version.

The price for these pens are $225.

So you know, our pricing for a custom Signature Line version of a Comet made from Jonathon’s materials would normally be $295 with a Steel nib. But since these pens are made assembly-line style in larger batches rather than one at a time, we can offer this discount while still attending to the same fine details.


Please email with any questions.

Brian at Edison



Current Inventory Pen Shows

Chicago Pen Show and LE Exclusive Comet for the Show!

Hi Pen Fans!

We’ll be attending the Chicago Pen Show this weekend (our first since Covid!)

We will be bringing a Limited Edition Pen that is exclusive to the Chicago Show! This is a Comet made from Jonathon Brooks Forged Patina. Please see the video below for all details.

The edition will be limited to only 15 pens. They will be priced at $275 with a Steel nib or $375 with an 18k nib.

We will limit our Friday sales to 10 pens only and our Saturday sales to the remaining 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 who wants this pen to have a shot at it.

If you cannot attend the pen show and like this material, we do have plenty of it left for custom pens. While we cannot make a pen identical to this Comet and also abide by the “rules” of a Limited Edition, we can still take custom orders for other pen models made from the same Forged Patina material. 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 to the show. Actually, we’ll be bringing inventory exceeding 425 pens! Please see the video above for all of these pens. We normally need 2 tables for pen shows, but we’re stepping it up with 3 tables this time! We will have pens made from materials that we’ve never brought to a pen show before, including lots and lots of pens made from craft materials by Jonathon Brooks and Tim McKenzie.

Click here to see all pens that we’ll be bringing to the pen show.

Click here to see all pens we are bringing that are craft materials from Jonathon or Tim.

We hope to see you in Chicago!

Brian at Edison


New Materials Special Offers


Hi Pen Fans!

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.


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.


If any one has any questions, please reach out!

Brian at Edison


New Materials New Pens Pen Shows

Collaboration with Carolina Pen Co! San Francisco Pen Show Exclusive Limited Edition!

Hi Pen Fans!

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 Show for 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…..

San Francisco Pen Show Limited Edition Menlo in Modified Japanese Autumn

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.

San Francisco Pen Show Limited Edition Menlo in Modified Japanese Autumn

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.

San Francisco Pen Show Limited Edition Menlo in Modified Japanese Autumn

(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.

Brian at Edison


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