Posts Tagged ‘Bexley’

We’re shooting at Pinto Gallery in Antipolo. Stairs of stone and cement lead to and from pockets of gardens and ponds. There is a whiff of delightful dereliction about the place, a devil-may-care attitude towards cobwebs and lichen. There are sculptures almost indistinguishable in texture from the grass and soil and wood that surround them. There is a headless, armless Amazon in stone, a man overtaken by snails, a couple in clay staring across the pool to the trees beyond. There is a chapel, with Christ floating on the wall without a cross. There are stands of bamboo, succulent leaves larger than umbrellas, and unclothed wooden saints.

Ah, I thought, a perfect place to shoot my pens.

Blessed be the Tibaldi Iride.

St. Tibaldi Iride

Frog met frog, but nothing came of their encounter.

Frog versus Frog

The new Bexley sleeve filler got a taste of the limelight, in a sawn-off bamboo rod.

Bexley Sleeve Filler

And a tiny tribute to the overwhelmed man in the garden.

May you never be overwhelmed

I’d like to come back here. And sleep.

Time to sleep

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Sliced by time

This was a quick exercise using three different nibs on Moleskine reporter notebook paper: a Bexley fine (bright green ink), a crisp italic from Mr. Binder (spring green ink), and a vintage Parker Lucky Curve nib (burgundy ink). The Bexley fine works out better than the other two, which have a touch more tooth (in the case of the italic, more than enough tooth to qualify as a veritable bite!). For everyday use, a plain vanilla fine or extra-fine nib with a quick-drying ink will let you enjoy your Moleskine reporter notebook more.

PS. Thank you, moleskinerie.com, for featuring my Hello There 2008 image!

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The Tibaldi Iride arrived a month ago in a plain, ink-stained Pilot box. I’d asked the seller to not send it in its de rigeur crystal coffin, to avoid damage in transit. Besides, the box is never as important as the pen it holds. I liked the Tibaldi Iride for its celluloid. Celluloid is a classic pen material. It always looks like refined candy to me, creamy and iridescent all at once. It comes in many colors and combinations, and I have yet to see a celluloid I don’t like.

The Iride’s celluloid is warm, rust and orange and mocha and the wrong side of mother-of-pearl, like sunset caught in different shards of windows. It has a vacuum-type filler that requires a strong grip, so I get to exercise my carpal muscles as I load the pen with ink.

It is not a small pen. The Iride is almost as long as a Montblanc 149, with a similar girth. It feels more ergonomic in the hand, and I believe a lot of that is due to the celluloid, the warmth its natural origins impart.

The nib is fairly firm, with a hint of spring. I ordered a fine nib, and it wrote smoothly, with absolutely no hesitation.

In the picture beside the Iride is a Molteni Antonella. Molteni is a seller’s private imprint, and Bexley manufactures the pens. The Antonella I have is made of green ebonite, with gold trim and a two-tone Bexley fine nib. It is now filled with Caran d’Ache’s Amazon ink, a green of surprising intensity and freshness. I use it to write holiday cards and felt happy.

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