Rainy day finds

18 Aug

Some pens follow you home. This one dropped me off and got invited to stay for a while.
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After a rainy August pen meet, Leigh and I hitched a ride with Peter to avoid getting drenched. Leigh saw a box in the back seat and asked Peter if she could peruse the merch that had just arrived from Ohio. She found a nice looking Bexley that wore an orange barrel mated to a black cap.

Peter mentioned that it was the 20th Anniversary model and Leigh clearly liked it.  I queried Peter if it came in other colors and he said there was a black version or two in the pile. I asked almost rhetorically if it was a C/C feeder.

“It’s a piston, ” he replied.

One block later,  Peter’s car was two passengers and two pens lighter. After our grocery run, we parked our butts at a nearby café to scrutinize out impulse buys. I inked my copy with Diamine Twilight and gave her a spin.

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As a Bexley piston filler, it is inevitably compared to its elder sibling, the Corona. They share the same long section that accommodates a host of hands and grips. The XX lacks an ink window but unlike its straight-walled predecessor, the Anniversary model has a contoured shape that I find more comfortable to use. Its silhouette reminds me a lot of an Aurora Optima.
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If you like posting, the barrel sits deep enough into the cap to keep length and weight on an even keel. And unlike Bexley’s first piston model, fiddling with a posted cap does not unexpectedly actuate the piston knob.

The jet black resin betrays no hint of thinness or translucency. The rhodium plating appears to be evenly applied. I would have preferred a ball end clip but that would have painted too busy a picture, given the wide, stamped cap band. I also would have appreciated a white monotone nib to match the trim but that’s asking a lot from a pen in this price range.

Bexley’s steel nibs are decent. The ones on the BX802 and America the Beautiful that I once had were trouble-free, and the Fine on this pen is no different. Nothing dramatic about the lines, just smooth and steady scripts. The line is about as wide as a Japanese Medium, which makes it a usable daily driver.

Plain black flattops may look so ordinary but I’ll take one that works over a high-dollar tortoise reissue that required lengthy fiddling before it penned a single line.

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