Encore Teaser Pics, Day Four (New Feature #2)

More reveals! This is the second new feature ever done on an Edison pen….engraved #5 nibs! Edison launched their engraved #6 (larger) nibs for the first time with our Edison Nouveau Premiere, and this time the engraved #5 nibs coincide with the launch of the Encore! We’re honored to have it as a part of our pen, and thrilled to see nice touches like this on the Edison pens.

This is all of course, leading up to our big release on April 18th, where we’ll be showcasing the pens in full, and making them available for purchase. Feel free to check out the other pics revealed yesterday, the day before, and the day before that.

Edison #5 nibs, engraved for the first time on the Encores.

Encore nibs will be available in fine, medium, and broad. For this image, I purposely positioned my lights to glare directly into the reflection on the nib, and I exposed the image for the nib, leaving the rest of the pen underexposed. I wanted to emphasize the engraving apart from the rest of the pen. I’m not sure if I’m crazy about how it turned out as a photograph, but it was something different and I’m glad I tried it. 

Revealing a little more than yesterday, the metal bands are in fact centerbands! An Edison first…

The Encores have tapered caps, to flow effortlessly from the cap to the body.

We had this smooth taper on the cap to the body on the Premiere and really liked this design aspect, so we kept it for the Encore. 

You can also see that I’m starting to show just a little bit of the clip…

The Edison #5 nibs are removable, just like the Edison #6 nibs. The best part about this is that you can swap out the nibs to get a different writing experience without having to buy a whole new pen. I’m a big fan of this, as a pen user! I had some fun with different color filters on the image here 🙂 I took one image and copied it into 4 of the same ones, then applied different filters to each. The Canon 5D3 in large RAW format shoots about 24MB per image, so this compilation of 4 images was actually close to 100MB in file size! I love having a full-frame camera, but I tell you I’m tearing through some hard drive space!

The Edison #5 nibs for the Encore (also used on the Mina, available custom from Edison) will be available separately from the pens, just like the current line of Edison pens using the #6 nibs.

Now I’ve shown off two of the three new features, just one to go! Keep checking back and I’ll reveal it here on the blog (probably on Tuesday).

2017-10-11T14:06:09+00:00 April 15th, 2012|Pen News|24 Comments
  • Rocky Huang

    Yeah really loving the streamlined effect that the taper gives the pen. Yeah shooting RAW is hefty but so worth it, once you go RAW you can't go back. =P I reckon I'll love the smaller nib size. ^_^

  • Really like the turquoise pen. And your photo technique is great Brian.

  • A little tip for photo trickery:  When you want to get detail in a region like the nib, shoot it twice.  Once for the nib, once for the pen body.  Use a different shutter speed, instead of a different aperture, to avoid changing what is in focus.  Then, bring both into photoshop, and make one image out of them.  Make the longer exposure (the one for the pen body and the background) the top layer, and then use the erase tool on the nib (at maybe 50%) to erase the blown-out nib, and let the properly exposed nib underneath show through.  You might select the blown-out nib area first.  

    You might already have thought of this, and just be busy.  But it's a useful technique when you want to get -everything- properly exposed.  I've done this with as many as four images, using a circular polarizer to eliminate different areas of glare/reflection in each. 

  • Doctoralberto

    I loved the blue swirl pen. What a pictures!!!!!

  • RAW is the only way!

  • Thanks! Yeah, the turquoise gets more flattering as the pictures get larger 🙂 

  • Oh yeah, I'm familiar with this technique. I was purposely not doing this, leaving the image underexposed (except the nib) for 'artistic' effect. I'm not sure it's as artsy as I thought in my head, it just looks like I don't know how to properly expose an image, haha! Thanks for the tip though.

  • Thanks! I'm loving the blue too 🙂 

  • MR McC

    I like the narrow clips with the tear-drop (ink drop) like bulbous end, beautiful.

  • Melinda

    Those photos are great! I hope that when I get my own DSLR, I'll learn as quickly as you! 

    Looks like the Pearlette clip is used on this pen. And I'm guessing that the third feature is a different section none of the other Edisons have… 😛 

  • write to me often

    Oh my Gosh! I cannot decide which one to adore or for which one to start saving for. They are all beautiful. 

  • Marc Bloom

    So, it's a big cap small pen model?

  • Tossup

    The materials look great, and Brian your photography is quite skillful! I especially like the blue one, it seems to have a deep lustre to it, even on the computer monitor.
    The tapering cap is a bit of a worry for me though. Unless the material is truly durable, it presents too easy a target for spontaneous cracking (though the metal band might keep it usable if it is low enough). On a more positive note, really like that engraved #5 nib!

  • Ted Allen

    Why do they only come in variations of blue? I like blue, but I like brown and red and green too.

  • David

    Thanks for the close-up of the Edison nib. The shot is excellent. I've seen some before, and this confirms what I suspect. The Edison "embossing" looks like it is done by a laser or perhaps some form of low-precision etching. To be frank, it reminds me of cheap-mid priced Chinese pens using Bock or similar third-party nibs (not IPG crap an attempt at a step-above) where the nibs are branded after-market. I compare what I see in the Edison nib pic in this post with the "branded" embossed  name and flourish on my Bexley nibs, which are far better IMHO. Hmmm…

  • Thanks! Yeah, these clips work well on this pen.

  • I wouldn't say my learning has been 'quick', it's been about 18 months since I got my first DSLR and I would guess I've taken somewhere around 20,000 pictures in that time. It's like an instrument, it takes a lot of practice to get good!

    You're right about the clip, it's the same one (but plated in Rhodium). 

  • Thank you! We're really happy with how they've all turned out 🙂 we went through hundreds of materials and made about 25 prototypes to settle on these ones!

  • Not really, the cap itself is pretty small too. You can really only make a cap but so small because you have to fit the whole nib in there, plus all the threading and whatnot. 

  • Thanks! Yeah, the thing to keep in mind that as good as I can take these pictures, I'm still only trying to ever make it look as good as it does in real life. The luster of these pens (and pens in general, really!) just doesn't come across on a computer monitor like it does in real life!

    We'd talked with Brian about the tapering of the cap, and he was confident that it was okay. He knows the materials and what tolerances he can work with on every component of the pen down to the thousandth of an inch!

  • That's kind of just how it worked out. We went through hundreds of materials, narrowed them down based on what would look good in this size, with the hardware, and also to get the material in a reliable quantity too. From there we made prototypes based on what we thought looked best, and it so happened that these are the ones that we found most appealing. We could always look to add a 4th color down the road like we did with the Premiere after about 8 months from its release, and we'd look to do something different than the other 3 in that case.

  • I'll mention this to Brian Gray and see what he thinks. I can't be 100% certain about Bexley because I don't currently represent their brand, but I know that they use 3rd party nibs by either Bock, Schmidt, or Jowo, they don't make their own. There are actually very few large pen companies that even make their own nibs. The reason most companies don't is because it's incredibly hard to do well, and you have to be doing some SERIOUS volume, like in the millions of pens per year, to be able to justify the expense of making nibs in house. Small companies like Bexley and Edison don't do anywhere near that volume, so there is no alternative except getting 3rd party nibs. Edison nibs are made by Jowo, a well-repsected German nib maker. As for his engravings, I don't know if stamping/embossing is something he can accomplish or if engraving is his only practical option. One thing I can pretty well assure you though, embossing will most certainly be more expensive.

  • David

    Oh, so now Bexley is getting their nibs from Jowo. I think they used to use Bock. My youngest Bexley is four or five years old. Well, even if the Bexeley nib is laser etched, the quality appears far better than what I'm seeing in these pictures. I'm looking at the nib on my Intrepid right through a loupe. Big difference in my opinion.

  • Yes, I don't know when they made the switch but I don't think it was all that long ago. Most certainly since your last pen was made. I can't speak for how Bexley's nibs look, I'm not a retailer for them, and none of the pictures I can see of their pens online show the nib in enough detail for me to compare 😛