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Monday, March 14, 2011

Edison Nouveau Premiere Nib Comparison (With Video)



**A note of clarification on the video: towards the end when I'm actually writing with the pens, I refer to the nibs as having a 6 or 7 out of 10 rating on flow....that rating scale is a subjective rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being dry or 'stingy' with the ink, and 10 being a gushing firehose. The 6-7 rating I gave means the pens write on the wet side of a medium flow. Sorry for any confusion!

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Many of you have been asking for writing samples of the Edison Nouveau Premiere pens, so here you go! I wanted to standardize on an ink I felt most people would be pretty familiar with, so I went conservative with Noodler's (bulletproof) Black.

There were three different papers I used for samples, Rhodia Dotpad 80g, HP 28lb Color Laser Paper, and Office Max 20lb Multipurpose Paper (cheap stuff). I tested the three different size Edison nibs against each other, as well as compared them to same size Lamy nibs. Why Lamy? For one, a lot of people are familiar with them. The main reason though is because that is the only other brand of pen where I have a fine, medium and broad nib in the same model of pen (Lamy Vista).

Rhodia Dotpad 80g

So we'll start off with the Rhodia Dotpad No. 16. It's smooth 80g paper, and nib feels great on it. Brian Gray uses Rhodia paper when he tests out his own nibs, so this is sort of a baseline paper for his nibs. The reason I chose the dotpad is because the dots don't compete with the writing, but it does give you a reference for the size of the line the nib puts down, as the dots are all 5mm apart from each other.


The very first thing I noticed was how different the Edison and Lamy fine nibs are. The Lamy seems more like the Edison medium! Edison nibs hail from Germany as do Lamy's, but they are clearly different. If you like to write with a finer nib, the Edison fine should do well for you. The Lamy extra-fine is probably closer to the Edison fine. The Edison fine is smooth though, smoother than most fine nibs I'm used to. It is actually a pleasure to use, even though I'm usually more of a broad/italic kinda guy.

The Edison medium seems to me to be just a bit closer to the fine than the broad. It's not so much the size of the nib that makes the difference, it's the flow. The broad puts down a fair amount of ink, as you can tell by the darkness of the ink. The Lamy broad was still wetter even than the Edison broad.

HP 28lb Color Laser Paper

Next I used it on HP 28lb Color Laser Paper (no affiliation). This is the paper Rachel and I use for all of our Goulet Pens invoices, and it handles fountain pen ink really well.


This paper spreads the ink just a tad more than the Rhodia does, so the lines appear a little thicker. This paper is comparable to a 'nice' office paper that you may encounter. Pens performed really nicely, consistent with the Rhodia.

Office Max 20lb Multipurpose Paper

Last is the Office Max 20lb Multipurpose Paper. This is my 'cheap-o' paper test. It's comparable to whatever cheap copy paper is probably being used around your office for internal documents and inkjet printing.


The paper performed well all things considered, but this isn't a paper review. It's good performance is more of a testament to the ink than anything! It spread a little more than on the other two papers, but nothing unmanageable. No feathering or anything, which actually surprised me. In any case, you can still get an idea of the difference in nib sizes on any of these papers.

My Reaction

I'm very pleased with Brian Gray's work. People have been raving about his pens, especially the way they write, for years. These pens met my expectations for writing quality, and actually exceeded it with the fine nib. Most of my experience with fine nibs have been pens like Platinum Preppys and Pelikan Pelikanos, which aren't always so smooth. I will say all of the Edison pens write very smoothly with just a touch of feedback, and I didn't have any skipping or starting problems at all during my testing. The flow is smooth and consistent, with a medium to wet feel.

Now, I'm as biased as one could possibly be, so take my review with that in mind. I didn't so much intend for this to be a full review of the pens, more just a reflection of the lines each of the different nib sizes put down. I'm eager to hear how Premiere owners like their pens once they are using them for themselves.

Hopefully this helps to give you an idea of how the pens write, let me know what you think.

6 comments:

  1. Have you used any of the pens in eyedropper mode yet? I'm wondering about the capacity of the pens, I assume they hold a pretty good amount of ink since they are fairly large.
    I can't wait to have one of my own!

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  2. I haven't yet! I definitely need to though. They're going to hold a lot of ink, there's plenty of room inside the bodies of these pens. I'll try it out and report back!

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  3. I got my Cappuccino Pen today(yeah!). It is a beautiful looking pen. I already inked it twice. I bought 2 new inks. Diamine:Golden Brown and Private Reserve Sepia. I wrote in my QV habana journal. I tried it writing unposted and posted. I preferred my pen posted. Thank you for a very expensive looking pen without the price tag.

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  4. That's wonderful Lourdes! Thanks for sharing that, I'm really looking forward to getting feedback now that the pens are starting to land :) I see you like to match your ink to your pen!

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  5. I received my COBALT pen Monday late morning and have been enjoying it since. I agree w/ your nib assessment Brian, it is "very smooth with a touch of feedback". Been waiting for two years to get an Edison pen! It was worth the wait. I filled it w/ P.R. DC Show Blue and it is a good match for the cobalt color. The coloring of the pen is more intense in person. Job well done Brian & Brian.

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  6. That's great! The cobalt was my choice ;) I'm really glad you were finally able to get your Edison after two years, and I'm even more thrilled that it was our collaboration that helped to make that happen for you. I'm sure that you'll enjoy your Edison just as I am enjoying mine! And I agree, PRDCSH Blue is a nice match for it.

    The color IS more intense in person! I did the best I could to take pictures and do video on it, but it really is just hard to capture the depth of that color on a 2D screen. I think once cobalt owners like you start to talk about the cobalt, it will generate more interest. It's just one of those things that you just have to see for yourself ;)

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