We’re back again with another exciting fountain pen showdown. It’s Battle Edison here at Goulet Stadium, where the Nouveau Premiere faces off against the Collier. Edison certainly crafts some stunning pens with incredible care and it’s hard to pick a favorite. In this face off, Lydia and Colin bring you their opinions on two of the most popular Edison models we carry here at Goulet. Which pen will battle its way to your heart & wishlist? Read on for the full breakdown & be sure to vote for your favorite at the bottom!
Edison Nouveau Premiere
|Edison Nouveau Premiere Caribbean Sea|
Hey, friends! It’s Lydia. I am excited to tell you why I believe the Nouveau Premiere is the Edison pen you must own. I used a Collier for a Monday Matchup last year and fell in love but the Nouveau Premiere actually ended up becoming the first Edison I bought for my personal collection. I could not get over the gorgeous coloration and how well balanced it felt in my hand. This pen model is an exclusive between Goulet Pens and Edison Pens and you can only pick up the Nouveau Premiere here from us. That is pretty special if you ask me! The Nouveau Premieres have a broad range of color options. In addition to the three regular edition colors we carry (currently that is Cherry Blossom, Cappuccino, and Caribbean Sea), we also have our seasonal edition pens. So four times a year, you have the chance to get a limited run pen that won’t be available again after that season. I fell for this past spring’s Seaglass and snagged one as soon as they went in stock. The depth of color in these resin bodied pens is out of this world and you could get lost in staring at them for far longer than you’ll care to admit.
The “torpedoed” shape of the Nouveau Premiere can be a bit of a polarizing feature because of the pointed ends, but I feel it adds character. The pen is 12.4mm at its widest and tapers to symmetrical tips at both ends. It’s very sleek and clean. The grip section is comfortably curved and sits nicely in just about every hand size. When I first got into fountain pens, I loved the large pens with the thicker grip sections, but I found that the Premiere has the goldilocks of grip diameters for me and it is the smoothest, most comfortable pen I own for long writing sessions. I love that the Premiere posts as well. I have larger hands so the added length when posted makes this pen perfectly balanced in my hand. The Edison steel nibs flow like butter, but the ink flow is not overwhelmingly juicy. I have heard great things about the gold nibs too, even though I haven’t had a chance to try one yet. The steel nib is also just right for writing on most paper. My medium has never once given me any bleedthrough or feathering issues, even with a wet ink on cheap notebook paper.
To sum it up, the Nouveau Premiere is great because:
- There’s a huge variety of color choices. Between the three regular editions and the four yearly seasonal editions, you’re sure to eventually find a color pattern you love
- The swirled resin body is mesmerizing
- The pen shape is clean and symmetrically pleasing
- Perfect curved grip section for comfortable writing
- It posts! It is perfect balanced for posted of unposted writing
- Smooth writing Edison steel or gold nibs
|Edison Collier Antique Marble|
Colin here, bringing you my thoughts on the large and in-charge Edison Collier! This is actually the first Edison pen I’ve written with, and my wishlist has quickly filled up because of it. The nib is super smooth and there’s some great color choices. It’s hard to choose just one (though I’m leaning Burnished Gold)!
Beyond just the color of the pen itself, the Collier features gorgeous swirls of resin that has both depth & brilliance! I’ve found myself staring into these swirls multiple times since I started writing with it. Seriously, one of the prettiest pens we offer in my opinion.
The Collier is also one of the largest pens we offer, so you shouldn’t lose track of it too easily. When capped, it’s a tad bigger than the Monteverde Giant Sequoia and Conklin All American. It balances out the length by not being postable. This may be a dealbreaker for some, but I rarely (OK, never) post my pens, so the extra-length unposted is a welcomed addition. Also, despite the size, it’s fairly lightweight at just 26g.
Lastly, this thing isn’t going to come uncapped unless you want it to. No more inky disasters in the backpack or pants pocket because it takes at least 3 rotations to uncap this screw cap. I find that to be a major plus, a few extra rotations is worth the peace of mind of knowing how secure the cap is.
So to recap, the Collier is the winner in my book because:
- Four great color options, something for everyone
- Gorgeous resin swirled body
- Large, but lightweight, great for long-writing sessions
- Doesn’t post, but really well-balanced because of it
- Super secure cap
Now it’s your turn to weigh in! Do you prefer the Edison Nouveau Premiere or the Edison Collier?
Leave us a comment as well and let us know why you love this particular Edison fountain pen! We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Lydia & Colin