Sunday, June 20, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 212

 ~ Happy Father’s Day to all dads, everywhere, for everything you do! ~ 💙

Today we're featuring the latest addition to Jerred's amazing Delta fountain pen collection...

(all photos courtesy of Jerred ~ please click on images to enlarge)

Jerred: "This lovely pen is a Delta Serena. The Serena was, at one point in time, Delta's entry level pen before being supplanted by the Unica in that role. Despite its station at the bottom end of Delta's lineup, the Serena still uses a high quality, turned acrylic. The red pen shown here is one of the three basic colours, and it was also available in black and blue. There is also a rarer green acrylic version that was made for the Oro Bianco men's store in Japan."

"The acrylic is very lovely and feels of good quality in the hand and it's not totally opaque, as when the pen is viewed with a strong backlight some translucency is visible. The Serena comes with gunmetal plated trims and a gunmetal plated, metal grip section. I believe the plating is done in ruthenium. One common problem with this model is plating loss, and this is visible on the cap band in two of the pictures provided.

One odd thing about the Serena is its ability (or inability) to use Schmidt converters. Despite ostensibly being a full-sized pen, the standard Schmidt K5-type converter will not fit as the converter is just a bit too long. To get around this, Delta actually shipped these pens with a converter with the top portion of the piston knob filed off. The company probably could've saved a lot of time and effort by just making the pen 3-4mm longer."

"This pen came with #6 sized, stainless steel nib, again plated in ruthenium. The Serena has a somewhat unique engraving pattern (shared with the Unica), which is quite a bit different than most other engravings on Delta nibs. I'm not sure why they did this, though the general pattern does pop up on some other pens, notably later variants of Journal fountain pen. My pen came in broad, and it was a lovely writer out of the box."

What a beautiful fountain pen! (I love how the gunmetal trim contrasts with the bright red acrylic material) Our thanks, as always, to Jerred for sharing his newest acquisitions with us!

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