Saturday, March 18, 2023

Newest Acquisitions (Virtual "Show & Tell") ~ part 469

At our February meeting, Jerred (unexpectedly) gave me this lovely little fountain pen as a 'thank you' for an inexpensive pocket pen I gave him. In my excitement, I forgot to photograph my new pen during the meeting, so I thought I'd post a few photos of it that I took earlier this month. I'll be posting photos from our March meeting (which was held last Thursday) early next week, but in the meantime, here's the pen I got from Jerred:

(please click on images to enlarge)My new Rosetta 'Napoleon' pocket fountain pen in "purple marble"

This diminutive fountain pen is a Taiwanese-made cartridge/converter-filler with an Italian acrylic body and shiny chrome trim. Because of its short length, the pen can only accommodate one standard international cartridge, or a mini converter in its barrel.

Despite it being a smaller pen, it has some heft to it -- 26 grams, according to the manufacturer. When capped, it's 4-1/2″ (11.5 cm) long....

...and with its cap posted (via screwing the cap onto the end of the barrel), it's the size of a full-sized fountain pen (5-3/4″ or 14.6 cm), and very comfortable to hold and use.

(I love the resin's purple shade and depth :)

My new Rosetta 'Napoleon' fountain pen immediately reminded me of my two Jean-Pierre Lépine 'Mini Indigo' fountain pens, which also post via a threaded barrel end. After I composed this review, I discovered that Stephen Brown (SBREBrown) had posted a comparison of the two models on his YouTube channel here !

The pen originally came with a monotone steel IPG (Iridium Point Germany) Medium nib which wrote smoothly, but I thought this replacement #5 size two-tone steel nib (above) by Dryden Designs would look even better on this classy little pen; the gold colour in the nib goes very nicely with the purple resin, and I like the interlocking double D logo engraved on it. The Dryden nib writes smoothly, with no adjustment(s) necessary.

Side note: The Dryden nib was part of a 3-pack of identical nibs, sections and converters that I got for the ridiculously low price of $6.97 via last March. Unfortunately, they are sold out there. is still selling them (link), but for $20.50 USD (incl. shipping to Canada) for a 3-pack :/

(image from: Rosetta's official blog )

Rosetta launched their 'Napoleon' model in June 2012 and it originally came in seven different colours (photo above) -- Rose Marble, Lemon Ice, Blue Marble, Onyx Black, Tortoiseshell, Red Marble, and Purple Marble. You can still find some new old stock online ( carries the Onyx Black version in fountain pen form).

Well, that's it---a short review of a short fountain pen! Many thanks to Jerred for this great pocket pen and his generosity:)

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