Here’s the backstory.
I’ve wanted an Edison Collier for a long time, but never quite got around to pulling the trigger before the gold nib frenzy stole me away. A guy on Facebook (hi Nick!) posted an Edison Beaumont for sale for £75 (about half retail) a month or so back. I jumped on it, because I’d had a couple of beers and have no self-restraint at the best of times.
Then I did a quick Google and realised that the Beaumont is a tiny bloody pen even by normal people standards.
Go on, check it out on Goulet — they’ve got the best photos. It’s late here and I’m on my third blog post of the day.
See? Short, narrow section, the works. The nib is practically as wide as the section. I like big pens, remember.
Oh well, I thought. I’ll try it out and then flip it for what I paid for it.
Then it turned up and I rather fell in love.
Three facts were responsible.
For one, posting the cap (very deeply, incidentally) transforms the writing experience. Aside from a Kaweco Sport, I’ve never felt that posting a pen improves the feel. This one does.
For two, the nib is just amazing. It’s a generic steel #6, but it’s tuned to perfection. So smooth, wet, a delicious medium that’s practical and fun. Honestly this is in my top five nibs and it’s not even gold. I’m not sure what that does to my worldview.
For three, wow, everything that people say about the Edison fit and finish is spot on. The threads are great, polish is perfect, and while the Black Onyx flaked acrylic may not have been my preferred colour, it’s beautiful (I’m resisting using the word “chattoyance”) and harmonises perfectly with the design, down to the black section and finials with the simple silver cap band and clip.
Now I get it. The Edison personality is coming through loud and clear. Classic design, fantastic build quality, great writing experience.
Of course, now I really want a Collier.
I wonder if the Writing Desk will put me out of my misery and send me one for review?