Here’s to a great week!
Here’s to a great week!
My pens for the day are two Bexleys (Corona and BX802), both with 1.1mm nibs from Goulet and inked with two of the most fun inks I have in my collection; Bilberry and Apache Sunset. If you use a pen with just the right amount of wetness and broadness, on paper like Elias journal which is just the right amount of smoothness and absorbency, the result can be magical. It’s one of the reasons I try out many different paper with my fountain pen. Not all kinds of paper can show off the properties of ink, like shading or sheen. This combination hits the spot perfectly. 🙂
First Impressions (10/10)
I’ve always been curious about Bexley pens, but I admit the Corona wasn’t really very interesting for me because it’s not what I would call photogenic. The color Blueberry Cream especially wasn’t very appealing to me. The photos I saw online of these pens didn’t compel me to get one at all. It looked plastick-y and marbly. I thought the Lemon Merengue was a prettier color, but in the photos, it didn’t look overly impressive either. That all changed when I went to a pen meet with local fountain pen enthusiasts and collectors and I got to try one out.
My first impression on this pen was that it looked and felt very well-made. I liked it a lot on the spot. Enough to want one for myself.After the meet, I ordered one exactly like the pen I tried in the meet from the local Bexley dealer and a couple of days ago, I finally had it in my hands. It came in a quite a large black box (or pen coffin) with velvety lining and some paperwork.
Again, it just speaks to the uniqueness of each pen and doesn’t really take away from the overall look. The pen doesn’t look cold like marble, the off-white, creamy color plays really well with the blue, making it pop but not in a very loud way. It mellows down the bright blue swirls.
I guess the reason it’s not the most photogenic pen is that you have to feel the pen in your hand and look at it up close to see the depth of the material and the beauty of the swirling china blue (either that or Bexley needs to get better product photos). I feel giddy and happy just looking at the patterns. There’s nothing industrial-looking about this pen at all. It’s like blue syrup poured into rich cream and frozen mid-swirl.
There’s always something special about your first kinds of pens. Getting my first vintage Parker was a memorable experience, so was my first Wahl Eversharp. My first Bexley is no different. I just savored the experience of opening that box for the first time and enjoying the weight, texture and look of the pen. I wanted to get the Lemon Meringue but since that’s already out of stock, Blueberry Cream was my second choice. Needless to say, I enjoyed my first few moments with the pen a lot. It’s even more enjoyable because I was with pen friends at the time.
After leaving the mini pen meet, I settled down with my husband in a cafe and had a little “alone time” with the pen. *Insert happy sigh here*. I might decide to have it ground to a cursive italic, though. Maybe. Review to follow.