Thursday, December 23, 2021

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 301

We're back with our online "show & tell"! Today we're featuring a gorgeous fountain pen made by Gioia, an Italian pen company founded in 2014. VPCer Jessica is the lucky new owner of the pen, and without further ado... here's her review! (hey, that rhymes ;)

(all text below by Jessica)

"First and foremost, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Maja. She is the reason this pen is even in my collection. So thank you Maja!!

Some of you have had the misfortune of hearing me go on about pretty pens and this one is no exception:

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

 It sure is gorgeous from the colours to the engraving of the gulf of Naples on the cap:

This is the Gioia Partenope in Avorio:

The colour scheme apparently was inspired by a Naples cloudy day. This is my second Gioia and I adore both of them.

This exact pen was actually the first Partenope Avorio produced by Gioia as the serial number reads 001:

It was sent to Stephen Brown for the purpose of a review which you can find here: His gives much more insight about it than I ever could 😆 (Though I do disagree about the comment regarding the gray section and blind cap, now that I know what had inspired the colour scheme!) I had no idea the pen was even available for purchase on Stephen Brown’s website until Maja told me about it, at which point I harassed him until he responded and agreed to sell me the pen.😅

A few differences I would like to point out though, between this first pen and the newer ones produced today, after having seen other, more recent, reviews. The pen now comes in a sturdy cardboard box instead of the book shaped wooden box. Probably because it’s cheaper to produce. The enameled logo at the end of the cap now matches the gray at the other end of the pen, whereas this pen has a dark blue background. Lastly, the standard Jowo nib is now engraved with the Gioia logo and this pen has only the classic Jowo scroll work:

Also, the “rollerball” section Stephen mentioned is actually a “ballpoint” section.  I am unfortunately not familiar with the distinction between the two. Also, who uses a rollerball/ballpoint anymore?! 😜

This pen is now in my “to be buried with” collection and I do not foresee that changing anytime soon. 😆 "

You're welcome, Jessica--the pen definitely went to the right home 😀---and thank you so much for sharing your wonderful new fountain pen with us!

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