Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Introducing: Edison Nouveau Premiere Seasonal Special Edition Fountain Pens



Several years ago we launched the Edison Nouveau Premiere, the first collaborative pen with Brian Gray of the Edison Pen Co. We've offered it in four acrylic colors, and done three ebonite limited editions, to date. Through this process, we've thought about many, many potential colors and materials to use. We always end up going a little conservative because we know the pen has to have at least an element of mass appeal. There have been many materials that we want so badly to use, but often chicken out just because it seems to wild, too risky, or too unpopular to offer for years (potentially).

After going through this process for our 2013 Premiere LE, Rachel had the fantastic idea of doing seasonal Special Editions. The idea was that we would pick one color for each season of the year, to be used only for that season and then retired. This would allow us to constantly freshen up the line, get to choose at least 4 new pen colors each year, and have the freedom to choose some less conventional colors since they aren't going to be around for long anyway! Brian Gray was totally on board, and we immediately got to work.

For our first ever seasonal Special Edition, we let Brian Gray have the honor of choosing a color he'd been wanting to use. It's called Black Ice, and it's really cool (pun totally intended). The color is a silvery-white that is semi-translucent, with gray/black swirls and just a few streaks of cobalt blue mixed in. It's perfect for our Winter 2014 Premiere, and we're excited to kick off this new offering with this material.



How the Seasonal Special Editions Will Work

We'll be releasing 4 pens a year, one around each of the change of the seasons. We're a tad late with the Winter 2014 pen, but ongoing we'll have each pen available for around 3 months. Our next one will be late March, then late June, late September... and that leaves us just before Christmas for the Winter one, so we'll probably end up releasing that one either in early December or just wait until early January, we haven't quite decided that one yet.

We're very open to ideas about future colors, nothing is locked in. We'd actually love to know what you'd want to see us use! Brian Gray has an album of material samples here that you can browse, and we'd love for you to post which materials you think would look good in a seasonal Premiere in the comments below.

The Winter 2014 Premiere is available here for purchase immediately, in extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1mm, and 1.5mm stub stainless steel nibs. They are standard international cartridge/converter pens, and can be converted to eyedropper fill. They will be available for the same price as regularly offered Premieres at $149, from now until the end of March. After that, no more Black Ice pens will be made and what we have in stock at that time is all that will be left. We aren't numbering these pens or limiting how many will be produced during their season, but once the end date rolls around, no more.

We're really excited to be offering these seasonal Premieres, it's something we see as a great way to offer you a wide variety of materials and keep things really fun and interesting. What do you think?

Write On,
Brian Goulet

24 comments:

  1. This is an awesome plan! I love the Black Ice, too! And from Edison's material samples album, I pretty much love all of the "swirl" patterns. I also love the Flecked Autumn. I look forward to seeing what the future ones are!

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  2. I dunno about saving money... I keep buying pens...

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  3. Save money?? Yeah dream on. Not when you're as addicted as I am, I think the most I paid for a single pen was $1500.

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  4. awesome idea, Rachel! for one of the seasons, antique marble would be amazing. the collier is a bit too fat for me but I love that material.

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  5. I'm on board with the "Luddite" one. My sub-reason within that category is: If you're in the field, shooting with a 1960s medium-format film camera, it's just not right to make your exposure notes on an iPhone screen or an electronic voice recorder. (For the record: Noodler's original non-flex nib Creaper + Field Notes Drink Local notebooks.)

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  6. In the northeast, where I live, three things more than any other signify spring:
    Crocuses - yellow and green peeking through white snow
    Mud - brown and black swirls
    Magnolias - they bloom for a few days in April, white to light-pink with a little green barely visible through the petals.
    Any of those would be just right.

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  7. Pens are minature works of art. Who wouldn't want to write with; carry; collect and admire same?

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  8. Good suggestions, thanks! It'll be so hard (but fun) to choose each season!

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  9. Haha, ENP subscription! Maybe we can set up a direct deposit program to go along with that (totally joking). Thanks for the material ideas there.

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  10. Yeah, we naturally gravitate to the swirls ourselves! Flecked ones usually look pretty great, too.

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  11. Ooo...yeah, that's not gonna happen. I think the only off-limit colors would be ones that are currently used in Edison production pens or that have been used in previous LE's. That would look cool though.

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  12. Awesome plan, Rachel! for one among the seasons, antique marble would be wonderful. the miner may be a bit too fat on behalf of me however i really like that material.

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  13. Change the pen in the "Write On" figure from ball point to FP as the BP looks absurd after all the talk about FPs.

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  14. Purple! Something with really purple purple, like grape juice. Maybe swirled with a gold color. Like autumn asters.

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  15. Fantastic idea Rachel:), very exciting! I have several suggestions. Spring: Edison's Grass Green, Swirl-Neon Grass, Smeared Rainbow, and Swirl-Tree Frog. For Summer: Swirl-Caribbean, Swirl-Ultramarine, and Swirl-Light Blue Translucent. For Fall, I would love an ebonite! Mottled Red/Black Ebonite, Swirl Deep Red/Black Ebonite, Swirl-Orange Ebonite, and Scarlet Ebonite. My thoughts! Edison has so many fantastic colors and shades it will be very hard to narrow your choices down. Well done!

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  16. I agree! There aren't enough truly purple pens (those that do exist tend to tilt toward magenta or indigo), and a flash of rich floral gold or vivid green would set it off beautifully.

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  17. I see. hmm, i think would be a great spring season one. swirl - muddy
    jungle
    http://edisonpenco.smugmug.com/Pens/Material-Samples/20619572_RQwgkx#!i=1634804557&k=DtC2GXR

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  18. Ooh, fantasy pen time! Here's what I'd like to see for each season.

    Spring: 1) A light, delicate green, like new leaves, perhaps shot through with yellow and blue for blossoms or brown for soil. 2) I like Mari's crocus idea, with violet and gold peeking up through a snow-white base color.
    Summer: 1) Vivid green, like healthy foliage and new-mown grass. 2) Bright sky blue with cloud white. 3) Blue-grey swirl, like August thunderstorms. 4) A rainbow mix of colors, like a snocone!
    Fall: 1) Obviously any red/orange/gold blend, or a tortoiseshell look. 2) Artichokes' purple asters idea. 3) Apple red, like a harvest. Maybe a gold swirl, too, like straw.
    Winter: 1) Light blues, greys and whites are always good. 2) Golden like a roaring fire. 3) Black or navy shot through with a little silver, like a long winter night.

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  19. Great idea! Now I need help convincing my wife that I NEED these every season.

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  20. Would be great if you can limit the number of pens produced per quarter, like say 500 per quarter, would also be easier for inventory, sort of like field notes for fountain pens

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  21. Love the Black Ice Acrylic - would love to see Flecked Mixed Berry Flake for Spring - http://edisonpenco.smugmug.com/Pens/Material-Samples/20619572_RQwgkx#!i=2436205929&k=CB2fTrb

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  22. My handwriting is still awful :(

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