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Grifos Mandragola Silver & Wood Fountain Pen

Grifos Mandragola Silver & Wood Fountain Pen

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Argh this pen looks gorgeous! Blah must resist but for a real silver pen at this price point with hand stamping by the actual maker make these individually unique. Especially with the wood grains being different on each pen.
I had a very close look at the 2 dents and I think they are probably silver hallmarks. Can Stubnib confirm that it is the case?
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Yes, they are identical to the marks on my pen.
I have a Grifos silver pen (different model) and mine also has the stamping. The stamping is well known with Grifos owners.
Massdrop has failed to resolve my issue with this pen, and Andrewpn has a similar issue. CS is not handling my claim, but "specialized team". I've heard nothing from them. Why a "specialized team" for a defect clearly visible upon inspection? After initial excitement and satisfaction with Massdrop, I fear I am finished with them. Will call Better Bus. Bureau soon.
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In truth is exactly the hallmarks. I confirm. I presume that they look a bit heavy since they was punched with strenght needed to make them readable on the squared Guillochè engraving of the silver. The issue is that the law on hallmarks require that they "must be readable" but to get this on some silver engraving like this one we need to add strenght on the punch. Sorry if this is a problem for you but again it was made as "warranty" . If you think this is a problem we could arrange for a return and a change. Best regards!
You're upset because the artisan actually stamped your pen with his mark and also labelled it as being authentic silver? I think the artisan stamps makes the pen more valuable to me. Though what would be cool is if Stubnib would actually put the names next to the marks so we know which maker actually made each pen with the history of each maker. :)
I noticed 2 dents too similar to what randywit described. Is it normal ? I also have problem with the nib drying out after a few hours not using the pen.
Received pen. Beautiful; however, I noticed two dents or depressions - one in the cap barrel, the other in the main body barrel. I sent two emails to Massdrop regarding the issue but have heard nothing yet. Although dented, the finished is unmarred. Anyone else notice depressions in barrel? Anyone else have return experience with Massdrop?
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Our CS team has confirmed that another email was sent out to you yesterday - if there is nothing in your spam or junk mail folder, please make sure you're checking with the email address associated with your Massdrop account. Lastly, did you send us a note through your Transactions page? Or did you send out an email directly to our helpdesk@massdrop email address?
Liz
I feel badly, but not too badly: I was looking for "Massdrop" and not an unrecognized name. I will search for other emails. Thank you so much ... could we mention to CS that "Massdrop" should probably come first in the sender's title and not last? Again, thank you very, very much.
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@Stubnib Got the pen and love it, but noticed some weird issues with the nib drying out constantly. Think there might be an issue with the lid, can you help?
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Sent another still waiting on a reply.
yash91
Sorry, may be I miss it. I will check again and better tomorrow. Regards
Why is the EF nib only available in SS. It would be fantastic to see a pen or two offered on Massdrop with EF/XF gold nibs. Willing to pay more if that is what it takes - the gold nibs are always more and are more than worth it.
I'd like to get that in all silver.
Boomtown
I agree. All silver would be very nice.
Just wanted to know when the pen is going to be shipped.
Is anyone else experiencing problems getting the https://www.grifos-pens.it website to function? All I get is an entirely dead site...
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Sentient
Hi Maurizio, thanks very much for clarifying that. I'm actually in New Zealand, we're not terrifically well known for our hackers... ;) Any chance you can release New Zealand?
Sentient
I’m in Fiji on holiday and it’s blocked here too. I think you just need a more secure website with https.
There's no photo of the wood barrel unposted. I'd like to know how the wood barrel terminates. Also, for people owning this pen with EF nib, how does that EF nib write? Well? Poorly? Scratchy? Hard starting? Skipping?
tantris
Hello, you are right, there isn't any pich showing it in big, but if you scroll the page you will find a line with three litte pic of closed pens that show how the end of the barrel look. Click on one of them and you will get very enlarged pic as the one I attacch here (hooping you vould see it enlarged). About how nib write I would not answer since we are the producer of these pens so I leave some other customers respond you. I would only add that all our nibs came from German company Bock and you may Google t ans see a huge number of review about this quality brand. All the best from Italy. Maurizio
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Stubnib
Thank you Maurizio for the information!
I received the pen yesterday and this is now my favorite pen! I like it better than the Grifos Bog Oak Wood Fountain Pen.
What is the diameter of the pen?
Tecroh
Hello, the maximum diameter measured on the middle pen ring is 15 mm while the body of the cap have diameter 12,6 mm. Let me know if you need of other information. Regards from Italy Maurizio
wish there was an all wood version
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dieyen
Hello "dieyen", hello Dr_bossimo In your intrested messages there is your answer too... we as craftman pen company could provvide both but also we have to remain on "Mass drop" level to meet price expectation, also pen tastes are tastes and same in resturants where people love T bone steak rare, other medium rare and other well done but on contrary of resturant chef we can't so easely meet each taste or better we could but not at same Massdrop great price. The righ way would be give to Massdrop staff feedbacks about and then if feedbacks and requests will be enough MD will be more easely intrested in run new pen version drops. Regards from Italy Maurizio
Stubnib
Ohhhhh makes sense, thank you!
Can anyone speak as to whether the gold nib is worth getting?
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It does, indeed. Thank you!
Crashspeeder
Grifos gold nibs are definitely softer and demonstrates a definite spring compared to their steel ones, although not flexy as in vintage-style line variation. Both are equally smooth, but the difference is certainly there, and worth paying the premium IMHO
Any chance for 18K gold nibs in fine?
I love, love LOVE this pen in Olive wood. Thank you..
Trinita
Thank you! Really appreciate and glad. Regards from Italy Maurizio
Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Grifos Mandragola Silver & 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 1/27.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 1/11.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Maurizio...do you recommend bees wax for the briar wood also? Great looking pens! Thanks for the opportunity to get one of these awesome pens. Happy holiday! Mary
mmg122
Hello, in truth we use bee wax for all our wood, Olive, Briar, Bog Oak, Wallnut as our elder was usual do with their wood furnitures. Thank you and Happy Christmas! Maurizio
mmg122
Sorry, only now I see your question. Sure we use bee wax for briar wood too. The though is that a pen is hold in hands and more is natural the thing less broblem we will have with health so no chemical varnish, only bee wax. Regards Maurizio
Does the pen come with a converter?
Shihtzustaff
Hello, yes it have the converter inside but you could also use it with international standard cartridges. Inside the packet you will find a box of these cartridges as well. best regards from Aosta Valley, Italy. Maurizio
Does anyone have any experience with the wood changing colors due to handcreams?
Trinita
Hello, our olive wood is covered with natural bee wax. In the chance of color chance will be enough use alchool on it to clean oll (handcreams and bee wax ) and then put a new layer of fresh bee wax (it is easely to find since it is used to polish old furnitures so in wood shop as well as on many internet shops and it have a very low price). Hooping to have helped you. Regards from Italy Maurizio Stura
All of the orders have been shipped and are now on the way to you! Once tracking is available, you will receive a confirmation email with tracking information. Please allow 24-48 hours for this information to update in the courier’s system.
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Thanks again for joining this drop! We have submitted the group's order with the vendor for the Grifos Mandragola Silver & 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 10/10.
We will keep the group updated throughout the fulfillment process. You can expect an update from us by the end of the day Pacific Time on 9/27.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (http://massdrop.com/helpcenter).
Hi Does the pen comes with an ink convertor. Also is the solid gold Nib (if chosen) comes in Gold or Silver color?
Bhangra
Hello, all our pens arrive with converter inside. The pens could be used also with cartridges and we always gift a box of cartridges with the pen. So you could use converter or cartridges as you prefer. Regards from Italy. Maurizio
Bhangra
Sorry I forget to answer on nibs. .. While we have available 18 kt white gold nibs as well, this drop was though and organized to offer yellow gold nibs only. Regards Maurizio
I participated several months ago in the Grifos Bog Oak Wood/silver pen drop. The pen I received is both beautiful and a smooth as glass writer and is one of the top 3 pens in my collection. I can't believe what an awesome discount Maurizio is offering for this pen! Even though this is a four man (actually 1 woman) company, my pen arrived in a timely fashion and it was obvious that quality control is practiced at Grifos. Highly recommend...you won't be disappointed.
mmg122
I missed out on the Bog Oak last time, procrastinated too long. Would be great to see it back with a similar discount!
SolitaryMan
Hello, we are currently work with Massdrop staff and in the nex weeks a new drop of Bog Oak pen will be launch I presume. So do not worry but also do not wait too long! Maurizio from Italy.
Is there an option to get both body and cap of the same material? It will be nice to have a wood+wood/silver+ silver combination.
Lotion23
Hello, there is no problem in doing so... But there will be need of a new drop done in this way. It will t are time. There is another way to do it... You may purchase the pens in both the version shown in this drop ( Look at the pen pics) and then when you will receive them you could exchange the caps getting the the silver and silver and the wood and wood. Best regards from Italy. Maurizio
Correction to my own note above: it is olive wood, not oak. Olive wood is supposed to have a pleasant smell, so the strange sensation I experienced could be my nose. I will be curious to see if my fellow backers have similar experience.
Kuantsai.Lee
Hello, thank you for your positive words on our pens. I would say that the smell is due to truly natural bee wax we use to give to olive wood tiny gleaming look. We do not want use chemical lacque preferring for natural wood natural and old well know things like bee wax that is still used for old furnitures as well. About your problem with the first cartridge it could be that a tiny air bubble was inside the feeder while you was trying to start to write, then awaiting some minutes while you was changing to converter it gone away. I say so since these cartridges are really brand new and work fine (usually) so I would humble suggest to give another chance to them. Thank you again for your purchases and regards from Italy Maurizio
Got mine yesterday. Here are the initial impressions: Both pens are beautiful, the pens are lighter (in weight) than they look. The oak smelled, not sure if it is the natural smell (I do not know how oak smelled), or if it is the chemical. Each pen came with a convertor and a small box of 5 ink cartridges. I pulled out the convertor and installed a cartridge on the pen with Broad nib for initial writing test. No luck, the ink just don't flow and, after I dipped the nib in an ink bottle in the hope of getting the flow started, it still does not flow well. So I pulled out the cartridge, threw it away, installed the convertor, and filled it with bottled ink. The ink started to flow right away and the pen writes beautifully. Morale of the story: the cartridge may not be much good, at least with this nib (I don't always have problem with starting a new pen on cartridge). The Broad nib is on the fine side of Broad, more like an M nib of my other Germany pens. In my 15 minutes of test, it skipped occasionally (I am using Rohrer & Klingner Verdigris ink). It could be the ink, or it could just be being a new pen (I did clean the nib as soon as I received the pens and let it dry overnight). Time will tell. My second pen came fitted with an M nib (I had wanted a B nib as I am more accustomed to B nib but made a mistake in selection, and by the time I learned of my mistake, it was too late to change). It write well (nice and smooth) but the line width is more like an F nib than a typical M nib (so my mistake really hurts). Even though the line width is thinner, I did not notice any skip. So, for someone who likes to write with fine lines (not me), this would have been a great pen. All in all, quite happy with the pen. My only slight concern is the skip, and I will change the ink to see if the skip goes away.
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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 6/20.
Expect another update from us on 6/21 or sooner if something comes up.
If you have any questions, please visit our Help Center (https://massdrop.com/helpcenter).