Feel the writing.
Bologna Italy is well known for its food, and I say, also for its pens. It is the home of Scrittura Bolognese, known as SCRIBO. The company, founded in 2016, may seem like a relatively new pen company, however it is based on the expterise of those who have previously worked with the iconic OMAS pen company.
The SCRIBO Feel is the flagship pen for the company. I had the opportunity to try out this pen in the fall of 2018 when I met Luca Baglione. We talked about SCRIBO and the Feel pen. I was impressed and I looked forward to the release of the pen.
I have a Feel as part of my pen collection and I have enjoyed the experience of writing with the pen, or as Scrittura Bolognese aptly puts it -- "Feel the writing".
I am also providing an update on SCRIBO on the Company Page. Here I will talk about my experience of writing with and owning the Feel fountain pen.
The Feel is produced in a Black-Blue and a Grey-Blue colour. The pen is hand turned from a solid bar of resin and from the moment you pick up the pen, the solid feel of the pen is very evident. Special versions, produced in limited quanitities, have been produced in other colours.
The pen has a bold look. It low light it may look like a black pen, however, with light, the blue tone in the pen comes across. Somewhat similar to Art Italiana line produced by OMAS in that it is based on a Doric column, but the Feel as a very distinctly different look in that it is bigger and there is a curviture of the cap to body. The body and the cap have a gentle curve at the section where the cap meets the body section. The curve is slight and gives the pen a distinctive look. I am not a fan of pens that have a substantial width change between the body and cap. With the Feel, the change is slight but yet gives the pen a very comfortable feel in the hand.
All parts of of pen are important, however I will first talk about the nib and the feed as these are two very important aspects of the pen that have a significant impact on the writing experience. The Feel pen is fitted with an rhodium finished 18 kt gold nib available in four widths: Extra Fine, Fine, Medium and Broad. There is also a flex nib produced in 14-kt gold available in the four widths.
When I met with Luca at the SCRIBO centre in Bologna, there were a number of Feel pens on the desk, and I found myself picking up various pens as I was talking notes. I had the opportunity to write with most of the pen widths. This also included the opportunity try out a yet-to-release triple broad nib. What surprised me was that I did not think I would like writing with a flex nib. In fact I did. The nibs even in Fine has such good flow I found writing easy with nibs that I would have previously though as not not for me.
The nibs reflect the writing chracteristics of the former OMAS pens. SCRIBO owns the tooling that exclusively produceD the OMAS nibs.
Supporting the nib, and the flow of ink to the nib, is a high quality ebonite feed. This is an important part of the pen and it regulates ink flow. In a workshop area, Luca demonstrated the unique charateristics of the ebonite feed. In its normal state it is firm. But when heated, th ebonite becames softer and flexible. This allows for a better fit of feed and nib, resulting in superior ink flow characteristics. Ebonite feeds are also pourous and retaining a wet surface supporting superior capillary action.
Finally, in terms of ink handling, the Feel has a quality piston feed that holds about 1.4 ml of ink. A good amount of ink for writing.
The writing experince is very good. It is a big pen, however, it never felt over-sized in my hand. The pen can not be capped, however, the body nicely sits in my hand. The body and cap are have facet, 12 sides, and this means the pen, when place on a flat surface is more secure than a fully round pen body can each all to easily roll off the desk.
It is a beautiful large pen. When closed, then pen is about 159 mm, just under six inches. When you write with the pen open, it is about 134 mm, or just over five inches. The width of the body is about 17 mm, or just over half an inch.
I have mentioned the soft contours of of the body. This gives the pen an inviting appearance. The body and cap of the pen are faceted with twelve sides. From my perspective the facet sided pen offers greater stability when laying flat on a desk.
The trim goes with the simplicity of a clean design of the pen. The Black-Blue Feel has rhodium silver plated trim. They Grey-Blue Feel has Ruthenium trim. The clip of the pen is important to me. The clip of the Feel has a solid look, yet not over powering to the pen. A simple single band at the bottom of the cap is engraved with SCRIBO, Feel the Writing. A small plate at the top of cap has an engraved quill. A single band divides the piston feed nob from the body of the pen.
It was very interesting to talk with Flaminia, the Designer at SCRIBO. She talked about her goal of creating a pen that was simple yet elegant. I believe she was very successful with this pen. I use my pens at work. I want a pen that feels good in my hand and is attractive. Pens that are too flashy can be a detraction.
Rather than put the Feel in an expensive presentation box, SCRIBO places the pen in a canvas and leather pen fold. The fold can hold two pens and comes with a cloth for cleaning the exterior of the pen. I like having the pen fold. It means my pens are safe and secure when I leave them on my desk, or place them in my briefcase. A fold I will use everyday. A presentation box less so.
Having the fold nicely sets off the ownership of the pen. And, since the holder has spaces for two pens, I needed two pens. In addition to the black-blue, I have the stunning Verde Prato.
So who could have only one Feel pen? Not me. I liked writing with the Feel so much that on my last trip of Rome, and I was at Novelli Pen, I saw the store had a Feel Verde Practo available. The Verde line was issued in the Spring of 2019 and sold out very quickly. There are two pens in the Verde group. Each has a limited production of 169 pens. The Verde Prato is a lighter green, and the Verde Bosco is produced in a darker green.
Of course, in terms of writing experience, it is the same pen, but with a very distinctive look. The beautiful green resin has smooth curving tones of green. As the light catches the tone various the pen radiates.
There is a translucence to the resin and accordingly use care with the pen. I would avoid inks known for staining.
I talk about some of the future Feel pens coming on in the discussion of my visit with SCRIBO.