Friday, April 1, 2022

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 350

Well, we're in luck today because this blog post is courtesy of VPCer Andy, who has provided us with many entertaining posts since we started doing this virtual "show & tell" (we're up to post # 350 today - no joke!). He's a little late for St. Patrick's Day, but right on time for April Fools' Day ... so without further ado, here's Andy's review! (hey, that rhymes ;)

(all text & photos courtesy of Andy ~ please click on images to enlarge)

"Happy belated St.Patrick's Day everyone!

I’m a bit late to the party but this pen maker and his products are worth the lucky wait.

Irish pen maker Ben Walsh and his company Gravitas
have been lucky to pump out some good stuff as of late due to logistics and all those sorts of delays.

No...that’s not him in the picture up top...but take a lucky guess what movie this character is from. (answer will be at the bottom)

Speaking of lucky charms....this Pocket Fountain Pen like all from Gravitas come with a suede pen sleeve and a cloth like business card.

Some lucky fun facts...his symbol is the Walsh family coat of arms...the Celtic symbols (lines) on the pen sleeve translates to Gravitas Pens.

I was lucky to purchase a few pens from Ben along with the new years discount at the time.

The color is called Dark Olive Grey and if you’re unlucky like me, my pens sometimes roll around the table and almost fall off, but Ben has incorporated a clever flat spot on the barrel for just this issue.

Not a lucky coincidence here, Ben’s pens have been carefully thought through by design and engineering.

(Lucky charm rating 1
☘️ lowest..... 5 ☘️ highest)

The cap is equal length with the section and barrel.....☘️☘️☘️

A Jowo #6 nib (f) comes standard and has been tuned by Ben.....☘️☘️☘️☘️

The pen demonstrates some of the best machining I’ve seen on any manufactured pen.....☘️☘️☘️☘️

The grip section is solid steel with a PVD treatment and the fine milling gives a sensational grip.....☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

The cap posts nicely and securely.....☘️☘️

It is shorter than a Kaweco Al Sport capped and uncapped, but is longer than it capped which is lucky for me because I like that extra little bit of length for overall more heft.

Unlucky for Ben, I’m a tough critic and I’m only fretting about one thing.

Kaweco has mastered the capping/posting design with a step down on the end of the barrel and a plastic sleeve in the cap to match that. This design makes the cap post smoothly, securely and uniformly.

On Ben’s Pocket Pen, an unlucky design flaw where the edge of the barrel end only friction fits with the inside of the cap. This will cause premature wear from metal on metal rubbing and if you’re lucky, the cap may or may not be positioned uniformly.

With some luck, I’ll have the copper Entry coming soon and surely share it with everyone.

(picture answer)

***Here’s the quote and movie clip for Patty O’Brien***



Many thanks to Andy and to everyone who contributed to our online "show & tell" :)
Keep those great photos and reviews coming!

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