Edison Model Showcase

As many of you are aware, the Edison Pen Company offers a production line of pens that Brian Gray offers: the Premiere, the Hudson, the Collier, and most recently, the Herald. But there are many other models that Edison offers as part of their Signature line. The Huron, Pearl, Mina, Stillwell….

I get asked from time to time how the production line pens compare to the Signature models. I asked Brian if he would be willing to send me one of each pen to check them out, take some pictures, and shoot a video, and he did!

As you are already aware if you saw my post yesterday, I have a new 105mm Nikkor macro lens for my Nikon, and I’ve use been having a ball with it. The fancy Edisons were a perfect opportunity to try them out! Enjoy as I showcase what I’ve been doing the last two days (especially the last picture!).

Edison Lineup from Left: Herald, Stilwell, Pearl, Huron, Glenmont, Mina, Huron Grande, Herald Grande, Morgan, Collier, Hudson, Premiere, and Herald (again)
Edison Morgan in a green ebonite swirl, detail on the threads

Almost the exact same shot, but with a much wider aperture and a shallow depth of field, to really highlight the threads.

Same Morgan, but with a shot of the Edison logo on the nib.

Nearly the same shot, but with a really shallow depth of field to focus solely on the Edison name. That’s a small area!
Showcasing the finest details of the green swirled ebonite.

Edison Mina in a cross-cut and laminated striated acrylic, a wonderful effect.
Edison Stilwell, my favorite of the group for taking macro shots!

The detail of the overlay on the Stilwell is quite amazing, great for pictures!

One of the coolest things about the macro lens is the ability to really control what you want to highlight. I’m able to focus on such incredibly small areas of the pen such as the flowers on the vine running up this overlay.
Seeing how close in I could go, to the point where you can actually see the tool marks inside the vine, that must be 0.5mm wide. These marks are not even visible to the naked eye.

The shallow depth of field almost makes the pen look dreamy! Here I wanted to draw focus to the Edison name.

This picture is nearly the same as the next one, but with a wider area of focus. 
I tightened the focus on this one so that you can really only clearly see the “E”, which can’t be any more than 1/8″ tall.

And my favorite of all the pics I shot….this is the ball on the end of the clip of the Glenmont, and it can’t be any more than 1/4″ in diameter. When taking the picture, I saw that I could see a reflection in it, so I deliberately put my big smiling face in the reflection. If you look closely, you can see the whites of my teeth! That’s macro, baby!

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

2017-10-11T14:06:10+00:00 February 9th, 2012|Pen Reviews|22 Comments
  • rcmckee

    Nice toy.  That 105 MicroNikkor is a legendary design… get one from the 1960's and you'll be amazed what it can do.  (I say this as a confirmed Canon and Leica guy…)

    Now, about the PENS….     ;>)

  • So many pens, so little time 🙂

  • Brian Gray


    But dammit…now I gotta get a macro lens!


  • Muhahahaha! I'll save you a little work: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/647011-USA/Canon_3554B002_EF_100mm_f_2_8L_Macro.html

    It's even on sale right now! 😉

  • I know, right!

  • Oh yes, I am loving it. I am actually considering switching to Canon, Brian Gray is hard into Canon and their cameras have much better firmware for some tethering stuff I'm looking to do. It's a big decision though, especially once you get invested heavily into lenses!

    And oh yeah, the pens too…. 😉

  • anaximander

    It's nice to see all of these pens together for size comparison. For some reason I thought that the Morgan was larger and that the Collier was smaller. And I love that grey swirly material on the Herald on the left.

  • Gwynne

    I've got a Canon and have been jonesing for a macro lens for soooo long. This doesn't help a bit, I'll have you know!! Looks great however, glad you're having so much fun playing around 🙂

  • JD

    Awesome photos! Also saw your recent Platinum maki-e pen photos. You showed off the details nicely. Saving up for a nice Canon myself. Sadly means no cool pens!

  • Melinda

    Awesome, thanks for this! The more photos I see of the blue/gold check material, the more I like it! Now I wish I didn't have to wait for a while before ordering a custom Edison. 😛

    I know that whenever I get a DSLR, I will be investing in a macro lens. Looks like a lot of fun to toy around with! 

  • Anon

    You could also switch over to selling ballpoints and copier paper…  (just kidding!)

  • Nicky

    Such lovely pens! 

  • Thank you, Brian!  This is wonderful!

  • Haha!

  • Oh no, the Collier is a pretty big pen. And yeah, that grey swirl is pretty awesome! That's the first I've seen it live. 

  • Just go for it, haha 😉 No really, actually it's becoming another rabbit hole! My shots were always fine on my crappy aluminum tripod before, but with this big, heavy macro lens, the tripod isn't very stable with it. Not just because of how heavy the lens is, but because it zooms in so much with such incredible detail that the mirror flipping up is actually enough to cause the camera to shake so that I'm losing clarity on my more detailed shots. I could avoid this by shooting in 'live view' mode, but I can't do that on the D3100 if I'm tethered, which is a huge drawback! So now I'm looking at a new tripod for sure, but likely a nicer camera body as well. I'm sooooo on the fence about staying with Nikon or going to Canon, it's killing me!

  • Yeah, the Maki-e pens are the perfect subject for macro! They're coming out with more versions of them too, which means I'll just HAVE to take more pictures 😉 

  • Yes, that blue/gold checker is really nice, Rachel actually ended up buying that Mina from Brian Gray 😉 I would definitely recommend a macro lens, but only if you're getting a tripod too. Even with the really nice lens I have that's about as good as you can get for shooting macro handheld, it's only if my subject is absolutely flooded with light that it's even possible. But a tripod shot always turns out better.

  • Indeed! Brian does great work.

  • Which Brian are you thanking, me or Brian Gray? 😉

  • I suppose that's a really good question.  lol.  In the moment that I wrote this, I was actually referring to you, Brian Goulet, for taking the time to put the comparison video together.  This type of information is always so helpful.  But, thanks also to Brian Gray for sending all of those pens over to you, and making this video possible.   

  • You're very welcome 🙂 Brian actually has another model coming out called the Del Coronado that wasn't included here, and we're still developing our second Edison Nouveau pen.