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 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!
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 was about 2 months ago when we announced that the Menlo was coming to the Production Line and that the Pearlette was being phased out. We wanted to give our customers plenty of warning so that everyone that wanted a Production Line Pearlette would have a chance to pick one up before they are all gone.
As of yesterday, we have ceased manufacture of the Production Line Pearlette. Please note, however that we have not discontinued the Signature Line version of the Pearlette. So we can still make custom Pearlettes, but remember that the price of a custom Pearlette is higher than the Production Line version.
We still have a small amount of Production Line Pearlettes inventoried to ship to our retailers. But once those have been shipped, no more will leave our facility, and whatever our retailers have stocked will be the last of the Production Line Pearlette.
In the interest of making a clean transition and also for ease of our retailer inventory, we have lifted our normal fixed retail pricing and are allowing our retailers to discount the Pearlette.
This is the first time in our history that we’ve ever allowed an Edison Production Line pen to be discounted. There are no plans in the future to do this again. So if you’ve ever considered picking up a Pearlette, now is the time!
Again, this discontinuation is of the Production Line version of the Pearlette only. You can still order custom Signature Line versions directly from Edison.
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.
Unfortunately, we are experiencing Covid-related delays from one of our materials suppliers. At this point, we are completely out of the Rock Candy that we use for the Production Line Collier!
Our supplier will get Rock Candy to us as soon as they can, but they are working with a very small staff due to virus-related restrictions. So our order is significantly delayed, with no definite date of arrival.
Here’s our plan….
We need to temporarily stop manufacturing the Collier in Rock Candy. We will offer a replacement until our shipment of Rock Candy arrives.
And YOU can choose what it will be!
We have a poll set up so that all of our customers can choose between four excellent materials that will be the new Production Line Collier.
This new material will be temporary. We will continue to manufacture the Collier out of this new material until our shipment of Rock Candy arrives. At that time we will will stop manufacturing the new material and resume the Rock Candy.
So here are the four materials that we are allowing our customers to choose from!
The poll will remain open until Sunday evening. Then on Monday morning, we’ll begin manufacturing the new Collier! I will estimate that it will take about 2+ weeks for us to get proper inventory built and then get the pens into the hands or our retailers.
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.