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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Introducing: Edison Nouveau Premiere



If you've been keeping up with Write Time at 9 anytime in the last, oh, 2 months, then you're quite familiar with the collaboration between Rachel and I at the Goulet Pen Co. and Brian Gray of Edison Pen Co. But for those of you who know nothing about this, I'll give you some background info.



How The Collaboration Started

Brian Gray and I have similar backgrounds with regards to our introduction to the fountain pen world. We both began as 'hobbyists' in pen making, starting out turning small wood pens by hand on our lathes. Brian began this many years ago, I was a little later to the scene just about 3 years ago. By the time I was into pen making, Brian had already gotten more serious equipment, and began making a name for himself and Edison pens in the fountain pen world. I actually looked up to Brian as a model for how to take my own pen making 'to the next level'.

Brian and I had talked about a collaboration well over a year ago, but at the time I was a bit conflicted about spending my efforts making pens or retailing ink and paper. Clearly, I chose the latter! But Brian and I kept in contact even after I gave up my pen making. It was nearly a year later that we began to seriously talk about developing the Edison Nouveau pens. Interestingly enough, all three of the colors we selected for these pens are ones that I'd used for my own Goulet pens at one point in my pen making career!

What does the name mean?

Edison Nouveau Premiere is a name we chose with much careful consideration. It has multiple meanings:
  • Edison represents Edison pens (duh), and Nouveau represents Ink Nouveau, which has been an integral part of getting feedback and interest in this pen line, especially on Write Time.
  • Nouveau also represents a 'new' foray for Edison into the more affordable, non-fully customized pen market. Previously, all Edison pens were one-of-a-kind pieces, with pricetags starting at $250 on up.
  • Premiere means 'to present publicly for the first time', which is not only symbolic of Edison's new foray but also the Goulet reintroduction of a custom pen, which was after all, where it all began for us. 
We opted to name this pen Premiere with an 'e' to mean an introduction, as opposed to premier with no 'e', which means 'premium' or 'limited'. The Edison Nouveau line of pens are not only UNlimited, essentially meaning that Brian Gray can produce as many of these pens as our fans request, but it's also to counter the hoity-toity limited edition fountain pens that seem to be coming out left and right. We don't want exclusivity, we want inclusivity! This is the custom fountain pen for the people!

Brian and I have expressed an interest in wanting to develop other Edison Nouveau collaborative pen designs down the road as well. I am incredibly interested in this because I'm getting to vicariously live out my custom pen making dreams I pursued for several years, all with Brian's expertise. We both feel it's the start of a wonderful collaboration that will hopefully last for years and years. We are both very like-minded in the way we operate our businesses, as well as how proactive we are in building online communities of enthusiasts around the writing paraphernalia that we love.

All that said, let me just show you some pictures already!! I must disclose that these are prototypes as of this posting. The actual color of the clips and nibs may vary slightly, and the final pens will have the Edison Pen logo on the nibs! This will be an Edison first on a steel-nib pen.


Pen Details
  • All-resin bodies, available in 3 different colors
  • Priced at $150 with steel nibs available in fine, medium, or broad. An 18k gold nib upgrade will be available for an additional $100 (gold prices are insane right now!), in fine, medium, and broad
  • Cap is a screw-type, and is postable on the pen body
  • Filling mechanism is a cartridge/converter (provided), and is convertible to an eyedropper
  • Clip is tension-hold
  • There will be a subtle engraving 'Edison Nouveau Premiere' on each pen body
  • Overall weight: 17g (.6oz)
  • Cap weight: 7g (.25oz)
  • Body weight (with converter, no ink): 10g (.35oz)
  • Overall length (capped): 150mm (5.9in)
  • Cap length: 68mm (2.7in)
  • Body length (no cap, nib to back): 128mm (5in)
  • Overall length (posted, nib to finial): 172mm (6.8in)
  • Cap diameter (no clip): 14.5mm (.6in)
  • Cap diameter (with clip): 17.5mm (.7in)
  • Body diameter: 12.5mm (.5in)
  • Nib size: #6 (pretty big)
  • Nib length (from grip section to tip): 23.5mm (.9in)

Edison Nouveau Premiere: Satin Black


The first of the three pens is the Satin Black. This color was Brian Gray's suggestion. We really debated between making this pen gloss or satin, but we opted for satin. The reason for this was that we saw we could achieve a nice ebonite feel to the pen, but without the potential UV damage and cracking issues that can develop with ebonite over time.


The overall shape of the pen is rather 'torpedoed'. I would say there's some meaning behind it, but really there isn't. This is simply what Rachel and I liked, and we chose a clip to match the taper of the finial.


One of our favorite parts about this pen is the grip section. It has a tremendously comfortable feel, and it's a pleasure for both Rachel and me, despite the fact we have much different sized hands and an entirely different manner of holding our pens while we write.


Edison Nouveau Premiere: Cobalt Blue


This pen is 'my' pen. It is a pearlescent, swirly cobalt blue with rhodium trim. Of all of the resin colors I ever used to make a pen, this one was my favorite. Here's a pen I made with it (and before you email me, this pen is long gone....):


This color is extremely hard to photograph accurately, because the resin has such depth to it. It glimmers as the light hits it, and you can see the depth of the pearlescent swirls in it as you move the pen in your hand. It's quite captivating!


I personally prefer to write with my pens unposted, so I wanted a pen long enough to do so comfortably even with my large hands.


The pen is a bit long when posted, I will not lie. But it is very light weight and writes very comfortably whether posted or not. Those of you who are posters (most of you) will not find any hindrance of balance when posting this pen. That's one of the best aspects of an Edison.


Here is Rachel's much smaller (and less hairy!) hand holding the same Cobalt pen.


I keep swearing to Rachel that these pictures make the Cobalt appear more purple than in real life, but she doesn't see any purple. I suppose this is a classic instance of men and women seeing color differently (especially blues/purples). But for those of you that are seeing purple, there is none. This is a pure, true blue in real life.


Edison Nouveau Premiere: Cappuccino Swirl


This color was Rachel's choice. It's very similar to the resin she used to turn her very first Goulet pen back when she had a VERY brief stint in pen making. It's a fun material, with a lot of depth, and personality to it. Much like Rachel! There are swirly bands of tan coloring going through the pen, which make every pen that's turned appear unique, like its own 'fingerprint'.


This is the one Premiere with gold trim, because it really complements the color of the pen. The nib is a two-toned gold with a rhodium trim.


Here's a comparison of the length of the pen to a few others you may know. From top to bottom: Platinum Music Pen, Platinum Plaisir, Edison Nouveau Premiere, Pelikan m800.


We wanted a big nib, and a big nib is what we got! The nib on the Premiere is comparable in size to a Pelikan m800. Here's a group of pens for comparison, excuse the fact the nibs are inky, I use my pens! From left to right, Platinum Plaisir medium nib, Edison Nouveau Premiere fine nib, Pelikan m800 1.5mm italic nib, and Platinum Music Pen 1.5mm italic nib:


Here are the dimensions for the Edison Nouveau Premiere, all three pen colors will be identical in size and style:


We (Rachel, me, and Brian Gray) are all really excited about the Edison Nouveau collaboration, and specifically excited about our first pen, the Premiere. If you are equally excited about them and would like to consider getting one for yourself, they are going to be ready for delivery around the second week of March. At this point, we are waiting for Brian's new Edison logo steel nibs to arrive from Germany, so as soon as they show up we will be ready to begin sharing our pens with you!


If you are interested in getting one of the first Premieres, we are taking pre-orders for them right now. A pre-order will guarantee that you get your pen as soon as it is ready to ship. Steel nib prices for any of the three pens is $150, with an 18k gold nib they are $250. The pens are being sold exclusively at GouletPens.com.

Whew, okay, so this has been one epic blog post. What do you all think of the pens?

49 comments:

  1. I think you guys managed the right combination of colors: you have the formal matte black, the glossy eye-catching blue, and something-inbetween in the form of the cappuccino swirl.

    The cappuccino swirl material is something that has caught my eye for the longest time, but i couldn't find the right pen body for it. The Premiere gives me the perfect chance to view it up close!

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  2. I think they look great! The gold trim really does compliment the cappuccino colors beautifully. Personally, the vibrant blue is my favorite by far (and all my pens are blue, it's kind of a theme). It's so electric!

    Will you put up pictures of the line widths that the nibs put down?

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  3. Line widths! That's a great idea. I've been hesitant to do that since these are actually different than the new nibs, but I don't think they'll be that different. I'll work on it and do an update soon.

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  4. That blue is a knockout !!!

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  5. These look really nice! I thought the blue would be my favorite, and I do really like it, but now I'm sort of leaning toward the cappuccino swirl. I'm normally not a big fan of gold trim, but it looks like it was the right choice with that color. :)

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  6. They look nice, but I can't imagine spending $150 on one. I can get nice-looking pens that write very well for much less--ones from big, brand-name companies like Lamy, Pilot, etc. I'm not trying to discourage you--I imagine you'll find some buyers--just letting you know that at that price, I imagine your market will be quite limited.

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  7. Amazing. I want all 3! I'm so glad they are unlimited since it may take me over a year to get all three, and who knows what other new Edison Nouveaus will come by then!

    Something that amused me: I didn't see the exclamation point in the following quote the first time I read this post. I was puzzled.

    "Much like Rachel! There are swirly bands of tan coloring going through the pen, which make every pen that's turned appear unique, like its own 'fingerprint'."

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  8. Congrats!! beautiful result to the collaboration, I really like that cobalt blue.

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  9. Rachel has good taste! ;) I've had a Cappucino Huron in my sights since...goodness, 2008?

    Decisions, decisions! Leaning toward that deliciously outrageous cobalt, just because it's so different from anything else I own...

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  10. These are excellent! Congratulations on an fruitful collaboration. My pre-order is placed.

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  11. I agree with you Adam, but also take into account that while it is true that the price might be high compared to a large company and that you could get a Lamy, Pelikan, whatever, remember these pens are made by hand and not in an assembly line so that probably explains the retail price and its allure.

    I really like the Cappuccino Swirl, but for me as a non-US resident (I'm Mexican) it really is beyond my limit if I take into account import taxes and the shipping.

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  12. @Adam, I can't disagree, $150 is no small change. Of course some could argue that even a Lamy is expensive compared to a Preppy or a 78g. I think 'most' people would argue that any fountain pen is expensive compared to a bic stick!! What you are paying for is the craftsmanship that Edison pens is known for, which typically starts at $250 on up, so I supposed it's all a matter of perspective!

    @Truppi, there may very well be more models this year, it all depends on the success of the Premieres. We don't have anything planned yet but we're definitely open to it.

    @Julie, I love the cobalt too!

    @honorless, the cobalt is quite different. I'm surprised actually that more pen companies don't use a bold blue like this, it's attractive and bold, but not 'ugly' bold!

    @anonymous, congrats and thank you!

    @César, this is an excellent point. One of the benefits of the Edison Nouveau collaboration is that you are getting to speak directly with the creators. Brian and I each have blogs, are active on Facebook and FPN, and we both do live video broadcasts. We are as in touch with our fans and customers as you possibly can be, and that's something that the 'bigger' companies simply don't offer. Not only that, but these pens are made in the US, something that is incredibly rare! I'm sorry that the price is unattainable for you in Mexico because of taxes and shipping. That's an unfortunate barrier for all of our international customers :(

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  13. Congratulations on this collaboration and your excellent decisions on design, colors, and price. Now I just need to decide between Cappuccino and Satin Black. Glossy black pens aren't my thing, but the satin black is very, very tempting.

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  14. @Donna, that's another reason why we went with satin black instead of gloss....it's different. Every single pen company out there has a gloss black. Now, it's popular, so that's why, but we still felt a satin would be nice to have. I can definitely see gloss black coming in down the road, though, because both finishes really are so appealing.

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  15. Are the nibs interchangeable? Just curious for the future. I have placed my pre-order for Satin Black. :)

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  16. @Donna, yes they are. I'm not sure yet whether we'll be carrying replacement nibs or if they'll all go through Edison. We still haven't worked that out yet.

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  17. Very cool, Brian. Another good decision.

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  18. @Donna, thank you! Another great benefit to this is if someone wanted a gold nib but just couldn't swing it right now...they could get the steel and upgrade to the gold down the road. Or, you could get one of each size nib and have extras to swap out! Dang...that's actually a good idea...I didn't really think of that before just now. I'll have to talk to Brian and see about purchasing extra nibs (steel or gold) apart from the pen. Currently we don't have this available on our website, but we probably could without much fuss. Right now Brian Gray is at the LA show so I doubt I can get a hold of him, but when the dust settles in the next few days, I'll see what we can do about that.

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  19. If you ask me to choose between a $150 Pilot or Sailor and a $150 Edison pen, I'll pick the Edison pen without hesitation. For one, my Edison pen writes better than my $200 Sailor and $250 Pilot pens.

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  20. Finally, glad to see these are almost out. Of course, these pens are out of my price range... for now.

    To the naysayers I will say that there are different strokes for different folks. Some people consider the $14 Noodler's pens to be very expensive. These people usually use 10c BIC ballpoints. For them, a $40 fountain pen is already a luxury beyond their comprehension. So to each his own.

    There's definitely a place for these pens in the world of fountain pen lovers. I'm sure Edison makes awesome pens and this is an opportunity to get an Edison pen at a much lower price. I'm willing to bet that a lot of these will sell.

    More choices = always a good thing.

    I really dig the cappuccino and the black. If I were to buy one, I'd go with the cappuccino, just to have something different. The blue, it's too bright for me. I do hope it comes with a free bottle of Bay State Blue though :) Just kidding!

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  21. Wow - pretty pens at a terrific price! My budget will only allow me to choose one - but which one??? Nice going! I see me being a customer of Goulet Pens for years to come :)

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  22. @Kite, Brian does great work, that is for sure. His pens didn't get nominated for Pen World's 'East Writer' category for nothing!

    @Peninkcillin, yes, price is all a matter of perspective, as is the case with anything, really. I agree with you that there is definitely a place in the pen world for $150 Edison pens, and we're thrilled to be a part of making this introduction!

    @Connie, I'm glad to hear you like the design and the price! Choosing will be difficult! ;) I'm happy to hear you'll like us for years, we will do our absolute best to keep doing what we do for a long, long, long time! ;)

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  23. There was some talk about customizing nibs (a cursive italic, for example). Is that still possible? cost?

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  24. Wow - when I saw the prototypes on Write Time @ 9 I thought for sure the cobalt blue would be my favorite - but now seeing them complete I thought....the cappachino is my favorite....but I really like the satin black....but the blue is stunning...but the cappachino is gorgeous...but the black is satin finish. Such choices! Can't wait to get one! Good work & thanks for putting out such a wonderful product made right her by hand in USA! Kudos!

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  25. Should have checked my spelling first but I was so excited about these pens!
    I mean CAPPUCCINO ..and.. made HERE in the USA

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  26. I think I would prefer the blue with gold trim. Oh well, I guess I can wait.

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  27. @Francis, currently it's just F/M/B. We've had quite a few inquiries about custom grinds though, so I'm going to talk to Brian once he's had a chance to recover from the LA show this weekend and see what he thinks. I know he does custom grinds and definitely would be willing to exercise the thought, we would just have to plan logistics. I'll post back here once I chat with him and see what we can work out.

    @Rhea, I know, I know! I'm back and forth about my favorite too, to be quite honest! I really like each of them for different reasons. And don't worry about the spelling, it hpappesn al the tim! ;)

    @Vargouille, I hear you. We debated that one but really felt the blue and rhodium went together well. I'm sorry we let you down on that one, I'll keep that in mind for future pens!

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  28. The new Edison Nouveau Premiere fountain pens are beautiful -- the satin black has just the understated but subtly distinctive quality that I might look for in a nice pen. I'd order it in a minute... if I had a whole lot more money than I do.

    To put it another way, I was puzzled as to what is the niche or positioning of these pens. Brian's post says, "We don't want exclusivity, we want inclusivity! This is the custom fountain pen for the people!"

    But as others have pointed out, a $150 price places this well towards the high end of the pen market. [For comparison, see Gail Rhea's excellent article & chart, "Best Fountain Pens for Everyday Use," which lists dozens of FPs priced from $150 down to $3, including Parker, Platinum, Pelikan, Waterman, even Pilot Vanishing Point. http://www.gailrhea.us/Pens/bestbuyfp.html
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    Maybe because they're "custom"..but are they? they may be hand-turned and assembled, but I haven't yet seen that they're customized for individual customers.

    Brian further commented, "What you are paying for is the craftsmanship that Edison pens is known for." I.e. hand made.

    I tend to think that mass-produced items can also have excellent craftsmanship -- in an industrial design sense, rather than a hand-craft sense. My Lamy Vista, for example, seems to me notably well designed and made, overall and in many details. Mass produced products can also have very exacting quality control, analogous to the personal inspection that a hand-crafted piece might enjoy.

    I guess I see the niche for the Edison Nouveau Premiere now... artisan production, direct contact with the creators / craftsmen, perhaps input into design choices, possibility of custom models. It's just that these are, in the context, luxury values, or at least artisanal values. In our world, truthfully, these aren't exactly "inclusive", because there are excellent mass-produced alternatives at much lower prices.

    But anyway, more power to you, I applaud your design and making of these new pens, and maybe I'll have the good fortune of getting a satin-black Premiere one day!

    Tim McCormick
    http://tjm.org

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  29. @Tim - I see where you are coming from but I look at it another way.
    It's like your local "Mom & Pop" store - you patronize them because they are your neighbors and give you personalized service unlike the "big box" stores. They may be a little more expensive but if you value their commitment you're willing to pay a bit more.

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  30. @Tim, you make some great points, and I cannot disagree that a $150 pen is not an 'everyday' pen for the vast majority of the world. My response about 'inclusivity' perhaps needed a bit more background. You see, Brian and I developed these pens with our customers in mind. We talked about them constantly during live broadcasts with our fans and customers and gauged feedback with things ranging from materials, nib offerings, and even the clip design. Though every individual pen isn't custom, it was effectively built custom by a 'group' of our fans. My declaration of a pen for the people is in response to commercial pen companies that are releasing themed 'limited edition' pens every few months, and charging insane premium prices for them on the basis of exclusivity. These pens were designed on the basis of writability, with a collaborative input from dedicated writing fans, with a price lower than ever. That's what for the people means to me :)

    That said, these pens are the first ones that Brian Gray is making that are not 100% custom for each individual....he has built his reputation on custom pens that are built one-at-a-time for each customer, and his prices range anywhere from $250 on up to $1000. And he still offers this option for those who know exactly what they want and are willing to pay for Brian's specific one-on-one attention to them. For the Premieres, Brian is still producing and inspecting every single pen individually as he would with his one-of-a-kind pens. The compromise for the lower price is that these pens are pre-designed, as opposed to 'bespoke' like his previous pens.

    The bottom line is that these pens are made 'more attainable' than previous Edison pens have been. And the pairing of Brian Gray's quality and service as well as my own is something that is going to be hard to beat with any pen company.

    @Rhea, we literally are mom and pops! Granted, things have changed with the internet and all, but Brian and his family are running Edison, and Rachel and I are doing the Goulet thing. We appreciate all of the loyal support, though we try to also be competitive in terms of prices and availability like the 'big boys'. But you don't see Staples or Borders posting pictures of their kids on their blog :D Hehe.

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  31. Looking forward to seeing the examples of line width before deciding which nib.
    As I continue on my re-discovered passion for writing by hand (I remember LOVING my fountain pens when I was a kid) I am finding that I used to prefer M ballpoints but with fountain pens, I'm leaning toward F if not even EF. I'm part of the Learning Copperplate topic on FPN and fine lines are not only a neccesity but beautiful when paired with the flex downstroke.
    I'm hoping in the future you'll offer a flex nib on the Premiere's.

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  32. I'm really impressed with this collaboration, and I wish it was in my budget right now. The cappuccino is definitely my favorite - it looks like an ice cream sundae : ) Though I like each of the colors, for different reasons. The satin finish on the black looks like it is a dream to hold. And the cobalt is so bright, it will be a definite conversation starter for anyone who owns one.

    There has been a lot of discussion about the price. I think that $150 is an excellent price for a handcrafted, artisan designed piece. I don't know how anyone could expect something so beautifully and carefully made for any less than that. To me - this pen seems like an affordable introductory pen for those who have been yearning to add a fine custom piece to their collection but find that the prices of such things usually make them unattainable.

    And the difference between dealing directly with the creators of this object of art, rather than some sales rep at a faceless online retail outfit...kind of priceless. Seriously...where else can you find the kind of service you'll get when you order from the Goulets? Or the peace of mind that comes from knowing you are directly supporting people who are in business because they love what they do? Cheaper is not always better.

    I do plan on ordering one, hopefully sooner than later. I'm also interested to hear if we'd ever be able to purchase the nibs separately. I might like to buy the pen with the steel nib now, and upgrade to a gold nib later on. But if that's not a possibility, I'll probably just wait and save up for gold option.

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  33. @Rhea, I'll be working on writing samples soon. Doing them is easy, taking pictures/scans of them to accurately display them is what takes all the time! :P

    @Karen, wonderfully put! I should have you write my blogs from now on, haha! To answer your question about nibs, Brian and I just talked about that about 20 minutes ago. The nibs are going to be available separately, so you can exchange/replace them as you wish. So you could get it in a F/M/B with exchangeable nibs if you like! We'll be working on updating our website with that option over the next day or two.

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  34. @Karen, and just to clarify...you can buy now with a steel nib and upgrade down the road. I likely won't stock the gold nibs, you will need to purchase them directly though Brian Gray, but he's just as easy to deal with as me ;)

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  35. I'll bet the people who buy Cobalt Blue will spring for a bottle of Baystate Blue in the same order! :-) That's a bright blue!

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  36. I'm going to have to do a blog post on the Cobalt with BSB in it...they look so amazingly similar!

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  37. I'll bet the people who buy Cobalt Blue will spring for a bottle of Baystate Blue in the same order! :-) That's a bright blue!

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  38. @Rhea, I'll be working on writing samples soon. Doing them is easy, taking pictures/scans of them to accurately display them is what takes all the time! :P

    @Karen, wonderfully put! I should have you write my blogs from now on, haha! To answer your question about nibs, Brian and I just talked about that about 20 minutes ago. The nibs are going to be available separately, so you can exchange/replace them as you wish. So you could get it in a F/M/B with exchangeable nibs if you like! We'll be working on updating our website with that option over the next day or two.

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  39. I think I would prefer the blue with gold trim. Oh well, I guess I can wait.

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  40. Wow - when I saw the prototypes on Write Time @ 9 I thought for sure the cobalt blue would be my favorite - but now seeing them complete I thought....the cappachino is my favorite....but I really like the satin black....but the blue is stunning...but the cappachino is gorgeous...but the black is satin finish. Such choices! Can't wait to get one! Good work & thanks for putting out such a wonderful product made right her by hand in USA! Kudos!

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  41. Finally, glad to see these are almost out. Of course, these pens are out of my price range... for now.

    To the naysayers I will say that there are different strokes for different folks. Some people consider the $14 Noodler's pens to be very expensive. These people usually use 10c BIC ballpoints. For them, a $40 fountain pen is already a luxury beyond their comprehension. So to each his own.

    There's definitely a place for these pens in the world of fountain pen lovers. I'm sure Edison makes awesome pens and this is an opportunity to get an Edison pen at a much lower price. I'm willing to bet that a lot of these will sell.

    More choices = always a good thing.

    I really dig the cappuccino and the black. If I were to buy one, I'd go with the cappuccino, just to have something different. The blue, it's too bright for me. I do hope it comes with a free bottle of Bay State Blue though :) Just kidding!

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  42. Are the nibs interchangeable? Just curious for the future. I have placed my pre-order for Satin Black. :)

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  43. @Adam, I can't disagree, $150 is no small change. Of course some could argue that even a Lamy is expensive compared to a Preppy or a 78g. I think 'most' people would argue that any fountain pen is expensive compared to a bic stick!! What you are paying for is the craftsmanship that Edison pens is known for, which typically starts at $250 on up, so I supposed it's all a matter of perspective!

    @Truppi, there may very well be more models this year, it all depends on the success of the Premieres. We don't have anything planned yet but we're definitely open to it.

    @Julie, I love the cobalt too!

    @honorless, the cobalt is quite different. I'm surprised actually that more pen companies don't use a bold blue like this, it's attractive and bold, but not 'ugly' bold!

    @anonymous, congrats and thank you!

    @César, this is an excellent point. One of the benefits of the Edison Nouveau collaboration is that you are getting to speak directly with the creators. Brian and I each have blogs, are active on Facebook and FPN, and we both do live video broadcasts. We are as in touch with our fans and customers as you possibly can be, and that's something that the 'bigger' companies simply don't offer. Not only that, but these pens are made in the US, something that is incredibly rare! I'm sorry that the price is unattainable for you in Mexico because of taxes and shipping. That's an unfortunate barrier for all of our international customers :(

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  44. These are excellent! Congratulations on an fruitful collaboration. My pre-order is placed.

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  45. Amazing. I want all 3! I'm so glad they are unlimited since it may take me over a year to get all three, and who knows what other new Edison Nouveaus will come by then!

    Something that amused me: I didn't see the exclamation point in the following quote the first time I read this post. I was puzzled.

    "Much like Rachel! There are swirly bands of tan coloring going through the pen, which make every pen that's turned appear unique, like its own 'fingerprint'."

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  46. That blue is a knockout !!!

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  47. Watching the webcast phone / meeting with Brian Goulet and Brian Gray, I’ve got to say I didn’t like Brian’s answer to the question "why would anybody buy a $150 pen". So let me help Brian out:

    There are certain patterns you just can’t get with injection molding. Casting the acrylic is a bit of an art form. Some acrylics are made by cracking up bits of set acrylic and poring another color over it giving you that crackly look (there is some compacting and vacuum degassing involved here to). You just can’t do that with injection molding. In the case of the Cappuccino pen paper thin sheets of white acrylic are curled up and then get brown acrylic poured in-between. You can’t do that with injection molding because the plastic must fit through a really small space to get into the mold.

    Injection molding leaves those really ugly lines running down the middle where the mold splits. Very apparent on my Pelikan M200 (black part the nib screws into). They tried to polish it out of the Pelikan M400 but they could not do anything inside the body threads for holding the cap. It actually collects quite a bit of dirt there. You can see what they do to the Lamy 2K to hide the casting marks. I should say hand turning does leave its own marks, but it’s not going to be an ugly seam.

    All that stuff like "Made in the USA", "Hand Craftsmanship" and "Support Local artist" is just stuff we tell ourselves after we have already decided we’ve got to have one as post justification. That said I am saving up for mine.

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  48. A very thorough and thoughtful explanation, thank you!! Very well put. I think Brian and I both were just a little gun shy giving the explanation in a live broadcast, so thank you for adding to it.

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  49. I agree. This Edison writes so smoothly with just the right amount of wetness - I'm using PR Burgundy Mist in a Cappuccino pen. It's the best writer I own, but then most of my pens cost less. The Edison just makes me feel special when I write. Thanks to the Brians.

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