Delta - Dolcevita Oro
The pen is made from a solid piece of orange resin and offered with trimmings either gold or platinum plated and solid gold nib. The main distinction between the traditional Dolcevita is the lack of a contrasting black resin cap. Delta refers to the colour as terracotta orange, a colour common to Italy.
The pens are not limited editions, but Delta records the pen's number on the cap. Min pen is number 0749.
The pattern on the vermeil band around the cap references the antiquity theme of Italy. The top of the cap is crowned with a gold “coin” imprinted in the shape of a nib with feed. The pen sports another gold band to accent the rear of the barrel at the piston cap.
Screw the cap off the pen, and the beautiful stub nib, in 14K appears. The nib is one tone of gold and the single colour choice looks very good with the orange colour tone of the pen. The nib lays a very smooth line, and the stub is not overly broad. I would rank think of this as a drier flowing nib than some of my other pens. That does allow me to write smaller without too much ink on the paper becoming a problem.
The clip of the pen has a classic appearance. There is a small ball at the end to assist the clip to roll over the cloth of your shirt pocket.
I have a piston-fill model, and the pen does come in both piston and converter styles. The piston mechanism is accessible by screwing off a cap at the end of the barrel. Delta says that the piston line of this and the classic Dolcevita has an extra large ink supply chamber to as to extend the writing time of the pen.
There is a narrow, orange translucent ink window that is convenient to see if there is ink in the inner ink chamber.
The barrel is thicker at the back then tapers ever so slightly to the front. It was only when someone told me about the slight difference in shape that I was able to see it. The slight tapering on the piston filled pen is the end cap that screws off to allow the twisting to draw up ink.
The packaging of the Dolcevita Oro is restrained. An orange cardboard box with a small bottle of ink with the dolcevita marketing and a velvet box holding the pen.
I have the Oversized body, although the pen come in various sizes: slim, mid-size, regular and oversized. It is a big pen, with the body measuring about 1.5 cm across, 14 cm in length when closed. I typically post the cap of my pens when I write, that way they do not roll off the desk, and this pens has a length of 17 cm from top to the tip of the nib. Despite the size, this is a very light pen to hold.
Take care in filling the pen. The who pen is in orange resin, even the grip section above the nib. If you place the end of the nib fulling submerged, ink will be in the threads and be-sure to clean the threads or the end of the pen will have an ink-stained appearance.
Founded in 1982 through the partnership of Nino Marino, Ciro Matrone and Mario Muscente.
Delta produces their pens at the facility, located just outside of Naples, Italy.
I had the pleasure of visiting with the folks at Delta at their factory, located just outside of Naples.