The Edison Pen Company is a brand I've intended to try for some time. I've read many awesome reviews about their product line, mainly the Collier, Beaumont, and Pearlette, but was not quite sold on purchasing until I saw the Edison Nouveau Premiere on gouletpens.com. The free clothbound Clairefontaine notebook offered with the purchase was enough to get me to "Add to Cart." I'm a sucker for free stuff!
The Premiere is received in an attractive leatherette case. You'll find the case nicely padded to protect the merchandise during shipment. The pen also sits snuggly in the case providing a beautiful presentation. The Edison logo is an elegant touch as well. I'm impressed Edison! Included in the case are the pen and ink converter. No information regarding the Premiere or Edison line was included.
The Edison Nouveau Premiere is an exclusive line of Edison pens made for the Goulet Pen Company. The Summer 2015 Edition is made of swirly red acrylic resin. In the photos provided you can see the beautiful swirls; however, it is even more gorgeous in person and polished to perfection. The pen has a sturdy and springy rhodium plated clip with a swoosh design on it. It really adds character to its understated beauty. You'll find the name of the pen lightly engraved on the barrel. The engraving is not a distraction, so it won't attract unwanted attention.
The Premiere comes standard with a stainless steel JoWo #6 nib; however, you may upgrade to an 18k gold nib for an additional $125.00USD. Available nib sizes are EF, F, M, B, and 1.1mm or 1.5mm italics. JoWo is a German company that produces high-quality nibs for many other manufacturers as well, most notably TWSBI. I've read that Brian Gray of Edison Pen Company personally customizes and checks each nib before shipping. All nibs are laser etched with the Edison logo. Nice touch! I'd like to add that the Premiere accepts standard international cartridges and is supplied with a converter. By adding a little silicon grease, you can use this pen as an eyedropper to hold a larger ink capacity. I don't do eyedroppers, so I didn't test this method.
Honestly, I am blown away by the Premiere's writing experience! The fine nib is so smooth that I often forget I'm using a stainless steel nib. Don't anticipate that it will feel glassy because there is a slight feedback. During my testing, I've used Diamine Oxblood. Ink flow is consistent, so with little pressure, I am able to put down a clean wet line. I haven't experienced any start up issues unless the pen was unused for more than a few days. To compare, it provides a smoother experience than the TWSBI Vac 700 which boast the JoWo #6 nib as well. I've enjoyed the Premiere's nib so much that I'll be making another Edison purchase soon, perhaps the Collier or Pearlette.
At 17g, the pen is very lightweight. The thin design is surprisingly comfortable, but it may not be for those with large hands. The Premiere felt quite balanced unposted, but a bit top heavy while posted. Perhaps the length is throwing it off for me? I'm truly not accustomed to a pen of this length when capped (172mm). I would also like to see a larger grip as it felt a tad short. Nonetheless, the pen has provided no fatigue during extended use.
Penman's Final Remark
The Edison Nouveau Premiere is an excellent pen! The craftsmanship is hard to beat for this price range. All Edison pens are handmade right here in the good ol' USA in Milan, Ohio. Try it for yourself and let me know your thoughts!