A big thank you to Laura at GoldPen.it for sending this delectable pen (and nib) over for review!
Body Material: Resin
Trim: Rhodium-Plated, Silver
Posts: Yes, friction
Length (capped): 141.8 mm/5.58''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 1302. mm/5.12''
Length (posted): 173.2 mm/6.81''
Barrel Diameter: 14.6 mm/0.57''
Section Diameter: 12.6 - 13.7 mm/0.49'' - 0.54''
Nib material: 14KT Rhodium-Plated Gold (fusion nib also available)
Weight (all): 40 g
Weight (cap): 10 g
Weight (body): 30 g
Fill type: Ratchet Piston-filler
Price: € 460,00
Where to buy: GoldPen
The Mezzanotte was presented in a box that suits its classiness. The box is relatively large, but not bulky and huge. The outer black sleeve says "Mezzanotte Limited Edition"in a lovely silver script. The side has the Delta logo and markings, along with the GoldPen.it logo. Inside the sleeve, there is a plain but really nice black box - sometimes plain is best, right? It looks like it holds a fancy bespoke tie made from unicorn silk. Okay. Maybe not, but it is elegant in its simplicity. The lid lifts off to reveal two compartments. One contains a small bottle of an exclusive Delta Mezzanotte GoldPen.It ink. The left compartment contains another box.
The cap, barrel, and section are all made from solid bars of black resin, turned by hand. The trim is rhodium-plated. The last piece of trim is in a band hear the end of the barrel, where the barrel thins a little to accommodate the posted cap. This is also the blind cap for Delta's ratchet piston-filling system. The knob has a metal inner sleeve, so it won't wear out as the threads on the barrel are also metal.
Overall, I think this pen looks beautiful. I enjoy bright, shiny, colorful, flashy pens, but I also really like elegant black pens. I also love the name of this pen: Mezzanotte is very romantic. The pen is also very well made. There are no sharp edges, unpolished pieces, or unnecessary gaps - such as any between the resin and trim. Spacing is tight, and parts do not wiggle around. It looks really good to the naked eye, and certainly passes a loupe test.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
This #6 nib is a 14KT gold, rhodium-plated nib, in a stub. Other nib sizes are available in both the 14KT gold and Fusion option. The nib is coupled to a plastic feed, which is probably the only thing missing when compared to the Oversize series, which have an ebonite feed. The nib is obviously a stub, as the tip has a generous amount of tipping in a squared off stub shape. It has a single slit and a heart-shaped breather hole. It is engraved with some flourishes, the Delta logo, Delta, 14K-585, and Stub on the right side.The left side has a hallmark, but I'm not certain what it indicates. It's funny that I feel like the nib is a bit small, only because I'm used to the #8 nib from the Dolcevita Oversize. I suspect that would be too big on this pen anyway. It's not that it's too small, my eyeball-brain has associated Delta with whopping huge nibs. This nib is very decent.
I really enjoy the shape of the stub nib. I think it's stubby enough to offer some interesting line variation and character to your writing, but not so stubby and wet that it's unreasonable to use daily.
This clip is more springy than I expected for one with a rolling ball on the end. Easy to use, and I did not struggle to remove it from an elastic strap pouch (my usual clip test). The rolling ball on clips is helpful if you put these in your shirts or something - no ripping.
The section of this pen is thick, but I like the shape. I do not find it too thick, like I do with the Dolcevita Oversize. This one has a nice indent and flare, which keeps my fingers right off the edge. It also helps that the nib is not huge, otherwise I would feel the need to grip lower to control the pen more - another advantage to this set up for me.
Delta's ratchet piston-filling mechanism is not a built-in converter, even though it looks like one. It sure as heck sounds like a ratcheting system - you can hear the clicking. I was alarmed at first time I ever used this system, but it works fine. Another advantage this pen has over something like the Dolcevita Oversize is an ink window!
This is a lovely pen, and a fine alternative to Delta's blazing orange celluloid if that's too flashy for you. The nib is very pleasant to use, the pen is well made, and the beautiful black Midnight pen is classy. Ink window, bottle of ink - doesn't get much better than that! I don't have any serious issues with this pen. I like it.
I received this pen free of charge 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.