Additional Info about the Fireball
Until I was writing at my desk one evening with just the desk light on, I hadn’t realized that this pen SPARKLES. I’m not sure I have the right words for how very beautiful the resin of this pen is under lamplight in a darkened room. If I could give an extra star for this, I most definitely would. It’s beautiful.
Edison Beaumont Fireball
I’ve been thinking for a while now that I should get an Edison pen, but wasn’t ready to make the leap closer to $200 for a single pen. I’ve been culling the pen roll recently and really evaluating how and why I’ve kept the pens I have, and which ones I use the most. I’ve been into fountain pens for about five years now, and I’ve gradually worked my way up from cheap pens to better, sort of feeling my way through a wide variety to see what I like and what I don’t before taking the plunge into deeper waters.
Most recently I picked up a Pelican M200 and a Visconti Breeze, stepping calmly over the $100 line in the process. I also bought a Conklin All American in the past 6 months, and was given as a gift 4 years ago an amazing custom Cross Townsend. The Conklin was a great deal, and I was curious how it would be writing with such a large pen with an omniflex nib (still adjusting). The Visconti actually posed a lot of problems for me early on because there was a bur on the nib that took some work—we’re still working on that relationship, but adding Sailor Shikiori ink to the mix has improved things immensely. The Pelikan and the Cross have gold nibs, so that puts them in a different class of delightfully smooth and nuanced writing. I say all of this to give context to my purchase of the Edison Beaumont.
Enter Edison Beaumont Fireball, the new kid in the pen roll.
I’ve had a bottle of Diamine Sunset sitting around unused, and apparently I was saving it for my Edison. They are a perfect match. The Edison writes beautifully straight out of the box. I opted for the F steel nib, which still has a bit of flex to it—more than I expected, actually. Being a F nib I expected feedback, which it has—but not much. Rumors that Brian Gray fine tunes all the nibs before they go out must be true. This one feels like it was made just for me. It’s neither too wet, nor too dry, and there is absolutely no skipping or scratchiness. I inked it as soon as I opened it (well, after taking a bunch of pictures, of course) and it started like it had been in use for ages.
The size is also just about perfect. It’s larger than my Pelikan M200, almost like a larger sibling as their shapes are similar. It’s very light (as resin pens usually are), with a simple steel band toward the bottom of the cap, and nice, springy clip of the same color that is tapered to a ball at the end. The cap requires about 1 1/2 turns to remove. It posts very securely and actually adds to the balance when writing. In my experience this is rare. I’m not a poster, but I could write all day with this cap posted.
Other than the nib, the steel on the cap is the only metal on the whole pen, which means this would work as an eyedropper. I suspect this was the intent as the threads to remove the section from the body are many. It takes 9 1/2 turns to separate them! I’d feel pretty secure about filling this and not worrying about leaking any ink.
As I mentioned before, this is a resin pen, and it smells like it. I’m sure that will diminish over time, and since I don’t go around smelling the inside of the pens caps I doubt it will bother me. I did have a Noodler’s pen once that smelled so bad I threw it away after owning it for 2 years, so yes, the smell can be a problem. The lovely red-orange swirls make this pen stand out from pretty much everything else I have. This is an understated design in a stunning color that make this elegant pen worth every penny. The only thing that will keep me up at night will be the question: Should I have sprung for the gold nib?