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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Delta Serena Overview



The Delta Serena is a new pen that I've been very excited to review ever since I first laid eyes on it back in August of 2013 at the DC Fountain Pen Show. It's taken until now for Delta to begin distributing them to retailers like myself, so I wanted to share them with you.

The Serena is the most affordable pen available from Delta today at $135 list ($108 at my site, the price you'll find at most online stores). It's available in three colors, black, red, and blue. Guess which is my favorite? ;) The pen comes with a stainless steel #6 size nib in fine, medium, or broad, and is coated with a brushed titanium finish that matches the trim of the pen. I'm digging it.

Delta Serena in blue
The thing I like the most about this pen is the way it writes, it just gushes. Those of you who like tiny little Japanese nibs with tight lines that eek out ink, stay away from these. These suckers are like little firehoses and gush ink gloriously from the nib. You'll have to check out the Nib Nook to see how it compares to other pens, I find that the Serena nibs write about a full size broader than other nibs. In the video I compare it to a Lamy Al-Star. The nibs are smooth, not glassy but smooth. They give me just a touch of feedback as I write with them on my favorite Rhodia paper, but don't slip and slide all over the place. Unfortunately, the broad nibs are backordered for me, so I wasn't able to review them. But I don't know that I'll honestly even want to carry them since the fine and mediums are so broad as they are. I can't imagine that there will be that many people that will even want the broad nib on this pen, so if you do want it, let me know in the comments and I'll pick it up if enough people clamor for it.
Delta Serena with a medium nib
I also like the design of this pen, it's sleek and classy, but fairly subtle with the gun metal colored trim. The resin used on these pens is a cast resin, rather than an injection-molded plastic. The blue and red pens have a bit of translucence to them, giving a pearlescent sheen that catches the light as you spin the pen. The black one is just a deep, glossy black with no sparkly stuff in it like the other two. A few nice Delta logos and accents jazz up the pen around the center band and finial.

Delta Serena in black
The only thing that might be hit-or-miss on this pen for you might be the grip section. It's a relatively short grip, so it's almost hard not to have your fingers on the threads that hold the cap. However, the threads are rounded over nicely, so even though I have my thumb resting right on them, I don't find them bothersome in the least. But if you are hypersensitive to touching threads, you might just want to take that into consideration.

Nib and grip section of the Delta Serena
All-in-all, I'm thrilled to see a reputable pen company like Delta release a more affordable pen. Over the last several years I've seen a trend of established pen companies raising their prices and discontinuing entry-level pens, which saddens me because it discourages newer fountain pen users from getting into a brand. Typically I see the more affordable pens being introduced by newer companies like Noodler's and TWSBI, so it's refreshing to see a company that typically sells pens in the $500-$1,000 range offering pens that someone starting out can reasonably aspire to buy. $108 isn't 'cheap' by any means, but for a nicely designed and smooth, wet writing pen like this, I think is quite fair.

I'd love to hear what you think of the Delta Serena, please leave me a comment below!

Write On,
Brian Goulet

11 comments:

  1. I got the red one on Tuesday with a fine nib. And I'll definitely second Brian's fire hose observation. The fine nib is easily any other maker's medium, which I've found to be true for most of the Delta pens I've owned over the years. For me that's good as I like juicy writers. I'm happy that the nib has good ink flow as I plan to swap out the Delta fine for a Goulet stub nib when I finish the first converter fill (Noodlers Ottoman Rose), and have no fear of the feed being too dry to support the heavier flow requirements of the stub. Weight and balance are very easy to use, and fit and finish are excellent for a pen of this price. A winner in my book.

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  2. Interesting pen. It's one of the very, very few fountain pens that look traditional and that I like the aesthetics of. I don't like chrome or shiny accents, which almost all classic pens have.


    I use either a 1.5mm stub or an XF, so I think Tom's got the right idea - putting a Goulet stub nib in there. (I use an XF on my moleskin, and a 1.5mm stub on my Tomoe River and Rhodia pads). Any chance there'll be any matt finish Goulet nibs coming along?

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  3. Is it just me, or just the slit between the two tines look too wide? Not only do they look like they aren't touching, they look wide apart enough that one can easily fit a sheet of paper between.

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  4. The blue version is honestly one of the most beautiful non-vintage pens I've ever seen. The matte gray look is awesome. My only gripe is with the Serena logo. Why etch it sloppily into the resin when they could engrave it crisply in metal opposite from the Delta logo on the band? The design would more coherent that way.

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  5. Same here! I guess this is the reason that it's such a juicy writer.

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  6. Looking forward to seeing the broad nib. I love fat juicy nibs.

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  7. Hi Brian, Interesting pen.

    Does the converter disassemble?

    Is the converter Glass?

    Can you disassemble the nib/feed?


    What size nib is it? Will it take a Goulet or Noodler's flex #6 nib?

    Making the barrel too just short to accommodate a standard International converter must be a design flaw. Maybe that's why these go for cheap?


    Sorry for so many questions... David

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  8. I never thought I'd find you discriminating against B nib lovers!!! Some of us are OBB kinds of writers & no nib is too wet.

    I'm going to pass on this model because of the threading & short section, but adore Delta B & stub nibs, so I'm pleased to see the brand creeping into your arsenal. Suspect I'll be chatting about some special orders when my wallet recovers from my latest purchase.

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  9. I am definitely interested in a broad, not sure of what color yet that blue looks like it has much more marbling then the red and the red looks kind of pinkish or is that just the photos and lighting? If you don't have enough interest to carry broad can you special order and if so how much more would that be?

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  10. The grip section looks to be the same metallic material as the logo banding? In general I don't care for metal grip sections, as they can be slippery, and over long writing time put pressure on aging finger joints. Everything else you say about this pen, though, makes me want one. Can you confirm the material on the grip section? If it is metal, it looks like it has a sort of brushed finish, which might not be so slippery. I am so tempted, but am already struggling with a new Visconti that isn't making my hand happy.

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  11. I live in the UK and have recently bought a Delta Serena in the Netherlands with a medium nib. Mine is as dry as a bone and the nib is not smooth; it is not scratchy but it gives a great deal of feedback. I am a little disappointed because I expected it to be wet which is how I like my pens. Also, because of the Delta name I thought that more care could have been taken ensuring that the nib was smooth. Either standards are slipping or I have been unlucky and got a Friday afternoon pen. I have ordered another Serena, this time with a broad nib to see how that performs.

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