Thursday, September 16, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 256

From one Italian-made pen to another! Today we're featuring a new acquisition belonging to Jerred:

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

Jerred: "This interesting pen is a Filcao 'Desiree'. Filcao was an Italian pen brand that specialized in unique cellulose acetate paired with relatively standard pen designs. Unfortunately the company went out of business as the owner died in 2015, and none of his children wished to maintain the brand."

 


"I am unsure of the name of the finish on this pen, but it's a cream-coloured 'lacy' pattern inset in semi-transparent clear celluloid, with some gold highlights. It is a unique finish that I don't think I've seen anywhere else. The finish is paired with gold-plated appointments, and I think the color choice quite pleasant."



"The pen is a cartridge-converter filler, and I believe the pen could probably be used as an eyedropper-filler as well. One possibly unfortunate design choice is that the pen has a 'false' blind cap, allowing it to be filled in a method similar to a piston filler. However, given that the pen is semi-transparent there's really no way to try and pretend that it's a true piston-filling body." 


"One interesting note on this pen is the nib. It's a relatively basic steel nib but was made by Reform in Germany, instead of Bock or Jowo. The nib was quite a pleasant writer when I received the pen, and it has a touch of spring that makes it rather nice to write with."

For some background information on Filcao writing instruments, check out this old Pentrace article by Giovanni Abrate, who was the North American distributor for Filcao before the company closed its doors (Pentrace also has an in-depth review of the 'Desiree' model by Len Provisor here).

Jerred--our thanks for the great photos and write-up about this unique-looking fountain pen!

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