Grifos Bog Oak Wood Fountain Pensearch

Grifos Bog Oak Wood Fountain Pen

Grifos Bog Oak Wood Fountain Pen

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This drop is limited to 50 units, but over 213 sold.... hmm.....
akshayc
All is correct. This drop is limited at 50 pcs but 213 was sold from when we start to offer it to MD customers some years ago in many drops. Is a long sucessfull story and I would take occasion to tanks all the customers who have purchases and appreciate this our handmade pen and continue to do that drops after drops! Best regards from Italy. Maurizio
I've seen The Beverly Hillbillies. I know what black gold is, and it's not Ruthenium.
kmansell1243
Sorry but i confirm. It is ruthenium and I have all the proof (invoices and thickness test) that came from plating company which we collaborate from 25 years long. Something more science based then a Sit-com... Then I think not so nice plate pen parts with crude oil.. your fingers non so happy. :-)
Extra fine
Any chance of adding an extra-broad nib option? I am already in the drop, but have another Grifos pen with an extra-broad nib that I really love!
Dang it. Just missed it
At risk of sounding like a peasant, is there no way of getting the Roller ball pen on its own? I don't do enough writing to require a fountain pen, but I do need a roller ball pen for life, and love this one...
Tazor
Hello, have you check in the order phase? I'm not sure but all the choices are there and I presume that there is the roller only choice too. Best regards from Italy Maurizio
Tazor
We've added an option to the fountain pen selection in checkout to allow you to only purchase the rollerball. :) We've also extended the drop another day so that anyone else who wanted this option can join in. Shipping times will not be affected.
Man, this drop couldn't have come at a worse time for me. I wanted it the last time it dropped but had to pass. Couldn't pass again, and this time we got the option for a matching roller ball, which I jumped in on. Shipping is close to my birthday so I can call it an early present to myself. It's my priciest purchase on massdrop with the white gold option which is my first gold nib. The roller ball will be for work use. My expectations are high but seeing the support from the owner I feel really secure with my purchase. March couldn't be further away!
Boomtown
Happy early birthday!
Apologies for the yellow gold photo - this was an error. Due to the overall design and color of the pen's hardware, the gold nib upgrade is a matching white gold. :)
Liz
Thanks! I wanted white gold anyway :)
I'm looking forward to this drop. It will be my first "fine" fountain pen and after looking up the Grifos site there is another pen that caught my eye. I did have two questions. The Bog Wood has been Carbon Dated. I'm fine with taking the digital copy from the link but will there be a printed copy in the packaging? The age of the wood makes it an interesting conversation piece. I'm not the most experienced with fountain pens and I opted for the fine nib to go with my fine hand writing. If I find that I would like to change the nib can I order an additional one, that is, if the nib is replaceable?
*update* I'll start by answering my previous question. The pen does come with a copy of the carbon dating. The carbon dating was done in Greek with some English translations. Honestly, that's pretty cool. I'm extremely satisfied with this pen. It's a handsome piece that does get a lot of attention. I ordered my pen with the gold nib in fine and it writes very smoothly. It is fluid but not "wet." If I play with it a little it's easy to get some variation with the line boldness/thickness. I do find that it's good to have a bottle of ink because it's just fluid enough that it will consume its tank relatively quickly.
I'll reiterate how satisfied I am with the pen. I'll be ordering more from Grifos as I've seen a few other models I like.
One of these days I am going to order a Grifos Bog Oak... @Stubnib do you do custom nib grinds?
Theroc
Hello, thank you for your kind words and hooping to add you soon among our customers. While we have a pretty good range of nib points available I must say that no we unfortunately we can't customize your nib as you would like. But I know that over internet there is more then one guy offering such service. Best regards from Aosta Valley, Italy. Maurizio
This is my first order from Massdrop and I'm having a difficult time containing my frlustration. Tracking the item indicated it sat for three days in a warehouse in Pennsylvania. Two more days to get it to Mn. Scheduled for delivery today 5/18/17. I just received an updated tracking from FedEx informing me the package is now scheduled to be delivered on Monday, May 22.
Massdrop may offer great products and great prices, but to be honest, 10 days to deliver a package fro NJ to WI is BS.
Great poll - posted or not posted! As far as the European angle, I am from the U.S. and I not only prefer not posting, I will not ever post a pen. I just cringe when I see someone with any FP, but especially an expensive FP, post the cap. All I can think of is how much the body of the pen is getting scratched. What about cracking caps? I think you would only get a cap to start splitting if it was a really cheaply made pen, and/or one without cap rings, but any cap is going to scratch the body.
I also agree with the poster who said that the pen may be made to be balanced when the cap is not posted. In this case, your pen may not only be uncomfortable, it may cause other issues with writing sessions as well. Depending on the pen and its materials, the pen may be way too top-heavy. Who hasn't seen at least in a video demonstration, a loose, heavy cap falling off of a pen? Even with that, I would say posting or not posting is a matter of preference. However, at least some pens are designed to be posted if the writer wishes - those with threads on the posting end of the barrel. Personally, I still do not like the look of the cap posted as much as the cap not posted.
seahunter
Seem that most part prefer use unposted pens and is what we too prefer even if we try to meet all the tastes obviously. Thank you and if possible we would love know further from you pen users. Maurizio
Love the pen, it's very nice! However I'm having a hard time with the nib working well. Seems to have flow problems and doesn't consistently flow ink in writing. Adding some pressure helps, but I'm not sure if that's normal. My $15 Lamy doesn't have these issues :( . I'm using Sailor Jentle inks with it. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Hello, thank you for your encouraging words on my English! I understand your point of view and I'm glad you like your your 15 $ pen and pleased you have read positive feedbacks on our pens and is for these reasons I would tell you again that there is no reason why you have to keep our pen with defect. We are disposed to fix it even if many months are passed. Just contact me in private ( Google Grifos pen Italy to find our contact) then I will glad to send you a new feeder and nib at your home address. Best from Italy. Maurizio
Stubnib
Thank you, Maurizio. I appreciate that, and will keep it in mind!
Ty
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It will be great if MD can post writing examples for different nibs type.
AutoPointer
The Fine is just slight finer than a medium faber castel but thicker than Lamy fine. Hope this helps.
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Hello, i post a pic with different line and write made with the different nib points. Hooping this could help you! Regards from Italy. Maurizio
I ordered the pen in the last drop but had to return it. Maybe it was just an off piece but I found a few quality control issues with it. - the cap wouldn't post - barrel and grip transition was a bit sharp and uncomfortable but these can be attributed to the barrel being ever so slightly off. Other than that, great customer service from MD especially though the Christmas season.
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Thank you! One point for unposted cap party! ;-)
Not posted. Cap posting is for cheap pens using in school.
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Bulk order shipped! The vendor informed us that the group's order was picked up and is on its way to our warehouse in New Jersey. Based on the tracking provided, the order is scheduled to arrive on 12/16.
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Awaiting confirmation! We are still in contact with the vendor and just awaiting updated shipment estimates from them. We have a call scheduled first thing tomorrow morning and should get a bit more visibility in regards to when we can expect these in our warehouse.
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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Grifos Bog Oak Wood Fountain Pen and they are working hard to prepare it for shipment.
As soon as the group's order is ready at the vendor's location, they will send the bulk shipment to our warehouse in New Jersey where our warehouse team will break it up into individual orders and ship them. The current estimated ship date from our warehouse is 12/15.
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Maurizio, I placed my order yesterday. I'm not sure if you are making the pens as the drop ends but is there a possibility to opt out of the photinium finish on the silver hardware? I think I would really enjoy the pen better if the the silver would not be coated. Please let me know if this is something you could help me with. Cant wait receive it!!!
AttilaVass
Thank you for your kind order. Your preference would be possilbe but not here on Massdrop. See srtong point of Massdrop purchase id into the title of this site "Massdrop" through a mass drop they are able to purchase from us companies bundles of item at very discounted prices and we are able to produce them since they are in quantity and they all are the same item. If was possible to each customer ask for customisation like your one we will be forced to produce each pen different from the other and the reduced "quantity" price would not be possible. If you was purchaseing the pen on our own company site your preferences was easy to follow but at the same time the sellin price if the pen was more costly. Best regards from Italy! Maurizio
I have really sweaty hands at times and I'm afraid that I would destroy this work of art. Could you guys please advise me weather or not that would create a significant issue for the wood ? would it crack or discolor ? It may be a silly question. but the reality of it is that I would hate myself for destroying something so beautiful. Plz advise.
AttilaVass
Hello, thank you ,vede are glad you like it. I do not think there will be problems. This solid wood have survived for 5000 years into bog and I think it will survive to your hands as well! Joke aside it a really strong oak wood and we have had no problem about . I mean we have it in our catalog from 4 years and hundreds of them are now spread worldvide with no prolems. Also is not possIble ant discolor since it is the wood color not a paint. May be a small amount of bee wax ( the same sold for furniture care) may be needed seldom but again I think one time year no need more often. Always at your disposal and best regards from Italy. Maurizio
Stubnib
Thank you very much for the reassurance. Hope you have a great weekend.
Hi Maurizio, Is this pen available in stub nib or italic nib? Thanks,
Syzygium
Hello, yes and no... We have available stub nibs in our company but actually this drop was not tought to offer them since they are only in solid 18 kt gold and worst their color (yellow or white gold) do not match at all with pen look so we have avoided to put the nib availability on the drop... Regards from Italy Maurizio
stubnib, I recently received my stingray leather pen with a steel broad nib and it is a beautiful pen which is well made and writes very nicely. I want to make this statement in support of both your workmanship and the Bock nibs. I do have a question regarding those of your pens which have a great deal of silver. I have not ordered a silver pen because I am concerned about whether the silver will tarnish and what maintenance will the silver require. Could you comment on what we can expect from the long-term experience with such beautiful silver? Thanks, again.
SunsetShores
Hello, sorry for my late reply but your message come overnight here in Italy.Thank you for your positive words on our craftman made pen! We are glad you enjoy it. About silver and silver care: First the real silver will tarnish. No discussion about. Be aware from silver that not tarnish since could be also fake. There is many feeling about in the world. I could say that in Latin counties like Latin America or Spaign but also in Italy and Greece the people like natural silver and it MUST tarnish for a double reason, first is a warranty that it is real silver, second there is the saying that silver must become old as it owner and with its owner. There is also some thing we usually do as rhodium plating the silver bodies of the pens, with the rhodium protection silver never became tarnish but also the color of the pens change slightly becaming "steely". Also under the rhodium plating there could be any kind of metal (brass,copper) and since it is covered with rhodium plating you will never know if it is indeed silver or not what you purchase. At this point you have to ask to see the hallmarks and take note of the number stamped on the hallmarks and make a search to see if these numbers are or not registered in silversmith lists of the country of production (for example we have hallmark number 28 AO and in the European Union comunity only our silversmith company have the right to stamp with that number and grant you customer that the object came from real silversmith people). Last: tarnished silver isn't difficult to take clean: if you use daily the pen it will remain clean due to the use, but if you leave it in some place and months will pass it will tarnish and at that point you could purchase in stores special clothes to clean it (we too sell them on our website) but be aware that the chemical substances on the cloth clean the silver but corrode the gold plated pen parts (if any) so avoid to clean these yellow parts. A very usefull and easy way is use baking soda powder. Put a spoon of it on a cloth and on it put some drops of water just to get a paste, then polish the pen with it and just after wash it under tap, the silver will shine again. Note that backing soda too is slightly abrasive so do not do it every day! Last note: Tarnish process isn't the same in all the world, it is related to air pollution since is the sulfure oxide in the air that make tarnish, less sulfure less tarnish. Sulfure oxide came from engines expecially diesel engines. So if you silver pen became fast and easely tarnished be aware that the air you breath isn't the best for silver but in special way for your health... An our wholesaler customer in Mexico City (one of the most polluted city of the world) could not purchase silver pens without rhodium plating otherwise within 2 weeks only all the pens became near black. A nightmare... Hooping my rough english was enough good to understand what I mean! Regards from Italy Maurizio
SunsetShores
Thank you for such a detailed answer! It is so obvious how passiona you are about your work and customers.
how does the pump converter work ?
ExiledEnigma
Hello, is very easy to work with it. It work as a small pump and you couls see on You Tube many video about. I send you here below a couple:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZxU89iWX0A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNSOyoGlfug
Please remember that our pens could be used both with converter but also with international standard type cartridges and we always pur a box of these cartridges into our pen boxes.
always at your disposal! Best regards from Italy Maurizio Stura
I am so surprised at the popularity of this, given a steel nib. Infact, one can say shocking at the MSRP price of $344.99. Infact, there are very few pens at that price that do not have a gold nib.
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it-man
Hi Maurizio, point taken!! Is your nib friction fit?
it-man
Hello! Thank you! Nice meet reasonable people! Sorry but rought english do not allw me to full understand your question. What you mean about "nib friction fit"? Regards ! Maurizio
I purchased this pen several months ago on the last MD and it is one of the best pens I own. Actually, it's better than several pens I have that cost twice what this pen is going for. The craftsmanship is impecible on the body of the pen and the nib is excellent right out of the box. I disagree with the poster who said bog oak isn't a precious material. It is certainly as precious as petrified wood, which also commands a premium...and this bog oak has a great tactile feel and no imperfections. The guilloching (sp?) on the silver cap and section is the work of a master craftsman and very impressive. I am very satisfied with this Grifos pen and commend Mauricio and his family for making this work of art available at such a reasonable price.
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mmg122
I know what you mean! I have an Esterbrook J that took me thru highschool, undergrad and grad school. Cost me $2. at a flea market. Great pen!
Hello, thank you so much for your review! Best regards from Italy. Maurizio
I have owned one of these for over a year, and have no problem with it. It's well made, and obviously much of its value lies in the sterling silver and hand crafting of the body, which is indeed of a high standard. The nib is a regular German steel nib, very smooth and no flex, exactly as expected. You could easily purchase a 14 K #6 Bock gold nib from a third party and fit it yourself if you want gold. The only minor issue is the ruthenium plating appears to be wearing off the threading a little. Not really noticeable, so not a deal breaker for me. If I could make a suggestion to FP manufacturers in general, it would be to ditch the expensive packaging and apply that saving to testing and basic tuning of each individual installed nib that leaves your factory. It's the writing that matters to most users, not the silly box.
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squawker
Thanks stubnib for clarification on the age of the oak. I can see that the extra age is a favorable point for the pen, and I will now think of this every time I use it. I do like the pen very much; the dark coating matches the wood perfectly and gives the whole thing an understated feel. I urge people not to get hung up on the gold vs steel debate. Stainless steel nibs normally perform very well, only occasionally requiring some tuning. I have never had a problem with Bock nibs - their quality control appears to be excellent.
squawker
Hello, you are right. From my point of view nowaday Bock nibs (no matter if steel or gold) are the same in the hands of 80% of people. i mean that only a 20% are indeed able to feel in their hands the flexibility difference between steel and gold (it exist for sure but is so little). Another issue are the people who like have a nib made of precious metal for the value and in my opinion they are the most part (and I agree with their needs and desire). The 5000 year old wood is closer to coal color a beauty black and also it is more lighter then younger woods because the fossilization process have had more time to subtract substance from the wood tissue giving it lighter but still sturdy feature. So we prefer it for these two reason, nicer color and wood feature. Rgds!
Come on, no gold nib for $200? 🙄 No substitute for the flexibility.
IamNateDavis
Couldn't agree with you more! I actually write with most of – okay, okay! some of - my fountain pens. A nib of stainless steel is . . . well, steel, sturdy steel, inflexible steel. Stainless steel nibs won't stain - this is important in a nib because . . .? Stainless steel inhibits the flow of ink across paper. Stainless steel never develops that characteristic penmanship that comes from use over time. I have some. They're as scratchy and resistant to flowing ink across paper today as they were when I first acquired them. [sigh] Why, oh why does this Grifos Bog Oak Wood fountain pen have to be so well manufactured and stunning in every other regard?
LeadingEdge
Because it's made in Italy by an ancient guild of Silversmiths?
very happy that a Grifos fountain pen is available. Hoping to be able to purchase it.