From the depths of imagination surface a new breed of writing instrument tapping into the stream of consciousness with artistic beauty and elegance. Yes, the Narwhal fountain pen is a real pen! The swirling, translucent acrylic has a mystical aquatic quality. The Narwhal drinks deep of fountain pen ink with an internal piston-filling mechanism. The stainless steel fine writing nib has a consistent flow to keep up with an ocean of thoughts.
In Greek Mythology, Poseidon is the bad-tempered god of the sea. Taking on the dark complexion of a turbulent sea, the Narwhal Poseidon Blue fountain pen has a stormy blue swirled acrylic body and cap, matched with an art deco chrome clip and engraved barrel band.
Narwhal Fountain Pen Specifications:
Finish: Translucent Acrylic
Trims and Clip: Silver
Nib: No. 6 stainless steel, medium point
Filling System: Piston mechanism (bottled ink fill only)
Most beautiful pen in my collection. Lost a star because it arrived with the tines so tight it wouldn't write. After a little work on flossing and opening the nib a bit it writes p... view moreerfectly. Went with a fine nib instead of a medium because everyone says they write wide.... They are correct. Just slightly finer than most of my western mediums... That being said I still kinda wish I'd have stuck with medium. view less
I have a personal affinity for piston-fill fountain pens, so I jumped on this one as soon as I noticed it on Goldspot’s website. Glad I did, as I see 3 of the 4 colors are sold out... view moreas I type this review! This pen’s apparent popularity is fully merited, especially considering its price.
The first thing I noticed about the pen I received—and the primary reason I’m not giving it 5 stars—is that the actual color of the pen differs from what is shown in the product photos. The pen in the product photos (as viewed on multiple different monitors and screens) appears to be what I would describe as a midnight blue or blue-black, with just a hint of sea-blue/turquoise. The actual pen, however, is very much a deep sea-blue / dark turquoise color – clearly different from the product photos. The pen’s actual color is not at all bad, and it’s perfectly appropriate for the nautical theme, however I personally like the product photo’s color better than the actual pen color.
Color preferences aside, this appears to be a superb pen and an outstanding value, at least based on my initial experience. I don’t (yet…) have any Edison pens to compare, but I do have a sizable FP collection and Narwhal’s fit-and-finish appears to be top notch. The pen feels wonderfully balanced in my hand, and has a very comfortable grip section. IMPORTANT: the cap does not post, as I believe Goldspot mentions in their product description…which is fine with me because I almost never write posted. Two turns of the cap are required to remove it from the barrel, and it would be nice to see that reduced to just one turn or so (e.g. TWSBI Eco). Unscrewing the nib from the grip section unit required an uneasy amount of twist, probably due to the two small translucent white o-rings – one at each end of the nib/feed housing. I applied a small amount of TWSBI silicone grease to those o-rings prior to re-inserting the nib unit into the grip section, and it seemed better.
I personally would prefer a slightly smoother nib (*very* slightly smoother) but it’s probably the right balance between smoothness and feedback for most users as-is. Ink flow seems appropriately generous without being gushy, having filled the pen with Birmingham Pen Company ink which is moderately wet and comparable to most Diamine inks in my experience.
The Narwhal’s overall size is nearly identical to my Visconti H.S. Dark Age, which also happens to be inked up right now, although the Narwhal is obviously lighter weight. Anyhow, I hope you find this information helpful. This pen appears to be a superb value for its price, as mentioned above. Provided you like its color and overall design, you won’t be disappointed. Now how can I convince them to offer a silver/gray/black one? :o) view less
I'm blown away by this pen. I thought nothing could compare to my workhorse TWSBIs, but this one, at around the same price point, is more solid, prettier, and the nib is much smoo... view morether. I'm a fan, and will be watching this company for some less-bright options in the future. (Neon-ish colors aren't my jam, but I love the swirls, so....) view less