Body Material: Acrylic and Ebonite
Trim: Chrome and Gold (respectively)
Length (capped): 5.75"
Length (uncapped nib-end): 5.37"
Length (posted): 6.41"
Barrel Diameter: 0.51"
Section Diameter: 0.2"
Nib material: Steel or 18K gold (respectively)
Weight: 21 g
Fill type: Pump
Price: $350USD with steel nib, $450USD with 18K gold nib (respectively)
Where to buy: Edison Pen Co
same colour reviewed by SBRE Brown). First of all, it's translucent. You can see the nib through the cap, the threads, the filling system, and all that juicy ink. Second, the swirls are stunning- accented by white, and fading to light blue, with an overall blue translucence that is really captivating. It's really just magnificent to look at. LOOK AT IT!!!
Brian has tuned both nibs to write smoothly and to flow well. They are quite lovely - no skipping, no hard starts, no baby's butt (over polished so that ink cannot reach the page). They are very pleasing to write with. With nice weight and balance to these pens, whether posted or unposted, my writing is consistent and uniform. It's easy to write for extended periods without feeling fatigued or weary. God. I just love these Menlos.
I love these pens. Like I said, I have rather fallen in love with these pens. I mean, I've been drooling over Edison pens forever but I just have not yet settled on a model (or finish) and I kept thinking, well, I'll wait until I make it to the DC Supershow and pick something in person but these are really getting me... Anyway. The point is, these pens are lovely. For my hand, they have the perfect size and shape.
Did I mention I love their size? Here they are, hanging out with an Edison Beaumont.
The Menlo (particularly the utterly stunning translucent acrylic blue) has captured my heart. I knew they would be unique, interesting, and attractive, but I didn't think I would fall so deeply in love with them. It's because they fit so beautifully in my hand, they feel so wonderful, they write so nicely, and their filler is so nifty. The price is a dinger, but given that it's a custom pen, and given that you can pick an absolutely stunning translucent acrylic (like this blue), I can get past that pretty quickly. Highly recommended, and Brian is a pleasure to work with.
I borrowed these pens for the purposes of this review. I was not compensated monetarily for my review. Everything you've read here is my own opinion. There are no affiliate links in this review.