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Italix Parson's Essential Fountain Pen

Italix Parson's Essential Fountain Pen

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Can someone let me know if blue comes back into stock? Thank you!
Someone please give me a buzz if blue comes back into stock so I can give this drop serious consideration, all the other colours (nice as some of them are) look a bit second rate by comparison.
And if anyone made it through the whole list of nib options could you tell us how it ended? I fell asleep somewhere between the cursive stubs and the left-handed obliques...
I really loved the fine stub nib of Churchman’s Prescriptor version, but it was a little bit heavy to me. So I decided to join this drop with fine, fine stub and italic oblique nibs.
Am I wrong? I think description of #1 and #2 are inverted.... i would order number one, but I have ordered similar from other sources... with #2 description of #1 oblique mode. I m confused. As long as they stick to the graphic illustration I’m OK.
NypRodgz
I was actually going to say exactly the opposite, haha.
the way I understand it, a standard oblique is for right handed writers. A REVERSE oblique is for left handed writers. Being a lefty and an owner of a PE with a reverse oblique, I can say this with a high degree of confidence.
i was going to say that I liked the new bulleted Nib description, and I think MD could do away with the callout and the graphic.
I am absolutely loving my new pen, and I wish I'd bought a second! Almost immediately it became my favorite.
I ordered the burgundy with a medium oblique italic nib, and am using Diamine Oxblood ink. Next time this drop comes up I think I'll get the green with a fine cursive italic.
I like the oblique, but I'm not used to rotating my pen so much, and I wish it was a bit finer.
I joined the drop for the Parson's Essential Fountain Pen on 25 April 2018. Italix Parson's Essential Fountain Pen Order # MD-58602-2892023 Date Purchased Apr 25, 2018 Total $52.74 QtyOption1 Body Color: Canary Yellow Nib Size: Broad Drop Status: Order placed with the vendor Estimated Ship Date: May 16, 2018 PT The pen was advertised to ship on 16 May 2018. On the 16 May 2018 I received an email from Massdrop saying, "Due to an unexpected delay, these orders may ship later than the original estimated ship date. Our apologies for any inconvenience. If we find that the drop is going to be delayed by more than 30 days, we will let you know. " So far, 22 May 2018 there has been no further updates from Massdrop. - So I contacted Mr. Peter Ford, owner & operator of Italix regarding this. Yesterday I received a communication from Mr. Peter Ford of Italix who stated, " Peter Ford I love having Massdrop business but it can be long winded. We always dispatch the day we receive the payment. Sorry for your frustration. " ~ so now I'm thinking that Massdrop "forgot" to send Mr. Ford any money for the drop. I feel abused. My faith in Massdrop is shattered. I'm calling BS on Massdrop!
The drop was supposed to ship yesterday; any updates?
Celloman
Massdrop said an email was sent out yesterday as to delay in shipment but I have not gotten any email from massdrop
Got my pen, high quality - but I have to ask those of you who got the Fine Italic - does your nib work OK? Even though I take my time, mine cuts into any paper and in my upstroke to the right, my general writing motion, the nib cuts like a scalpel. I had to change to a spare nib - because this was for me unusable. :S
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Yikes!
NypRodgz
Yeah, I'm an unlucky one. :(
I bought the the amber version with a fine cursive nib in the last drop - it is a really lovely pen with a good solid feel to it and the amber colouring is beautiful. The cursive fine nib is still more of a medium in my opinion - I would have preferred a finer line. But it writes very smoothly - all in all a great buy.
I have this pen w a medium nib and it’s very smooth. Can someone with a regular fine nib tell me if the fine writes smoothly? Thank you!
Any news on this latest drop? Says shipment 19 March, but no news so far?
F00lw0lf
Shipment was delayed, but I just got my shipping confirmation yesterday. Weird thing is that it links to FedEx but the tracking doesn't look like a typical Fedex tracking number.
drunkenronin
Yeah I got mine too, so I guess just a few days. Now to wait for the gamble that is Swedish postal system ;)
Any theories as to why the medium 18k gold nib is almost half the price on Massdrop? From mrpen.co.uk it's £75 = $105 USD vs $55 USD on Massdrop.
This was a nice deal :) Even though Mr Pen had a discount for now, with VAT + Shipping - I can get thee pen I want from here a bit cheaper. Even the Amazon standard prize was cheaper than the Mr Pen prize - though they didn't have the Canary Yellow.
F00lw0lf
I'm seriously thinking about changing from Blue to Canary Yellow!
Yomri
I thought it was that kind of ugly that made it handsome in the end and when checking Amazon they had blue, marble and blue but I was already in love with the canary one 😃👍
Cheaper shipped to Australia from the MrPen site unfortunately.
Oh my, clerical purple? Be still my heart. And stop trying to creep out of my pocket, wallet!
Also, FWIW, total with shipping to the US from Mr Pen directly, for the Clerical Purple version, with a steel nib, $54.84 with today's exchange rates.
With the gold nib: $115.74 w/ shipping to US on MassDrop; $131.26 w/ shipping to US from Mr Pen.
Draw your own conclusions.
Received mine yesterday - way to go shipping ahead of schedule Massdrop! Very handsome pen. However I must emphasize that this pen MUST be flushed thoroughly before use. I tried inking it up at first but the flow was inconsistent and skipped a lot. I think there is probably residue from the grinding process beteen the tines or in the feed. After a few flushes it works great. The cursive fine seems to be a great letter writing pen! Would not use it to take notes with though ;)
EDIT: Also, you get better results with a lubricated ink like Noodler's Eel Black. Remember, italic nibs have a "sweet spot" phenomenon and are not that forgiving if you turn the nib while writing.
AtlantaTom
FYI - a comparison of cursive fine nib vs. regular fine nibs (sorry for the crappy cell phone photo)...

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write great, but I have ink starvation problem... Try to tinker with it a bit but no luck. Maybe I am being overcautious ?
This is a great value for money pen, and I can't recommend it highly enough. But the price here on MD doesn't make sense. The pen currently costs $47 at MrPen (where I ordered it a few months ago, for the same price) which is lower than the MD price, and without the wait...
edave
Shipping isn't way more on the MrPen site, though.
This pen was worth every penny. Can't say that about too many from my collection.
Hey Guys. I also love the Parsons Essential and now have 4 in differing grinds. Have even repaired a stub for a guy who took a razor blade to it in an attempt to get it to write wetter....lol...in my messing with these pens I've stumbled on the fact The nib unit can be unscrewed and removed from the pen just like a pelikan. Also, Edison Nib Units are a perfect fit. I now have one with an Edison Stub and it is one of my favorite writers.
A custom-grind Parson's Essential should be on every fountain pen user's path of discovery. This pen stands alone as the next step after a Safari, Metropolitan or similar intro. Or, in other words, this is the answer to: What do I get next?
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Agreed with the greater selection, but the Doodle’s options hit the sweet spot for Italics writing IMHO. I got the oblique nib, and I had to research to learn not only how to write with it, but why you would want to use one. It was incredibly rewarding.
I am also eyeing the Imperium State. I am a bit concerened though that only the black lacquer version is on Mr. Pen’s site, as I prefer the metal version. That clip is a head turner! The English Curate and Captain’s Commission are also interesting.
MrSharkbait
I joined a drop for the English Curate a while back, it didn't even hit the lowest price point. In the end I lost interest in it. I never liked the design of the section to begin with and I read one too many complaints about it. The English Curate and the Imperium State are the only two Italix pens made* in the UK, and the Curate seems to have quality issues.
*I am referring to the pen bodies here, not the nib work of course.
Such a nice pen, need more "requests" in here.
This drop makes a lot of sense if you want the gold nib: $115 on MD v. $157 (with shipping) on Mr Pen.
If you want the steel nib, not so much. Difference is pennies, with a MassDrop wait.
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I'm very sorry, I simply don't know anything about drawing pens. Perhaps someone else in the community can help.
If I'm stating the obvious, apologies, but have you tried searching or asking around in The Fountain Pen Network message board site? I'm not a member, but I go there all the time for fountain pen information. I don't know what kind of nib the Osmiroids had, but I do know you can get numerous nib grinds (like the ones shown here as options) on lots of fountain pens, be it steel or gold. (Although you sometimes need to pay more money to have the store do so.)
New here so be gentle. Very interested in the Parson's Essential pen. Reviews here in the U.S. have been very favorable. Here I was all set to purchase one. Alas, not available. I hope soon!
scripscan
Hello,
If you don't want to wait for Massdrop to offer this particular model again, you can go to mrpen.co.uk and order direct. Prices are comparable, and shipping much faster (even though the pen will be shipping from the UK). Having said that, Massdrop seems to like Italix products and will, like as not, be repeating this drop fairly soon. To help the chance along, click the blue "REQUEST" button to the right of your screen (if you haven't already done so).
As for the pen itself, it's a good one. I have a reverse oblique grind myself (for left-handed writers) and it's one of my favorite pens. Though if I had it to do over, i would probably just get the standard medium nib (or the 14k gold one; it's still a deal). Barrel colors are quite attractive, and it's a very smooth writer and well-behaved pen overall.
scripscan
Go to mrpen.com and order directly from them. It will most likely be cheaper and arrive within a week. They are very nice folks.
Joined thanks for setting this up!
Aargh! I can't decide on blue, burgundy, or green.
JV23
Green ;)
JV23
Just buy all of them. You'll even be able to create awesome combination of colours ! :D
$56 on massdrop. Just bought it from Mr Pen for $50 and no waiting. …
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US$57.44 With shipping.
jaredf
Wow! That's a good deal. Thank you for your answer and original comment. Now I c an figure out which nib I want without a deadline.
Left and right handed label is confusing. I ordered the right handed oblique and notice it more suites when I wrote with my left hand. I treat it like architect nib when write it with right hand.
Your best resource for nib information is at richardspens.com. There are several articles on nibs.
Left-handed people have a harder time because of the various ways of holding a pen (under writer vs over writer). Generally left footed (Richard's description) obliques are for righthanders.
But do check out Richard Binder's website. It has loads of information.
Am I the only one who notice this? - The Right handed oblique and Left handed oblique are switched whomever created the image didn't think about writers - they thougt about the sides of the nib[left vs right]! Check the internet .. I ordered a left handed oblique but the nib is suited for right handed writing! First I thought that I was sent a wrong nib and I contacted the support and now that I check the drop .. well .. it will be another long extercise to get the "Right Handed" (which should have been marked as left ) .. that to after waiting so long! .. I am tired already!
TearDrop
Those images are correct. If you are right handed, order the 'right handed' oblique. Put another way, a 'left' oblique is suited to 'right handed' people and is sometimes called a 'right handed' oblique or just a 'left' oblique.
cagenuts
I've got rid of the pen by gifting it to a right handed person. I did not want to deal with TearDrop customer support and go thru the exchange process after I realized that it will take another 45 days or may be more to get the suitable product! You win!
That said and done with, your image is incorrect - Labels should be switched!... Search for other "left-handed oblique" images online and carefully compare the nib edges with those in your image!