The nib is probably the most important element of the fountain pen, as it plays the crucial dual role of bringing in contact and spreading the ink onto the paper. It is also the element that gives the writer the physical sensation and character of the pen. Historically, universally recognized material to manufacture the nibs has been gold, as the noble metal par excellence, due to its high resistance to corrosion.
However, technological developments have allowed the production of alloy steel nibs that have been proven to have an even greater corrosion resistance compared to gold and its alloys. Despite this characteristic, even if accompanied by writing experience comparable if not superior to that of gold, the fountain pen nib with steel is commonly synonymous with low value and modest appeal. Contrary, in fact, to date we are led to associate a fountain pen with gold nib, as an object of higher value despite having technical characteristics similar, if not lower, than steel. However steel has characteristics of flexibility and mechanical strength that gold, because of its extreme malleability, does not possess.
“FUSION” HP new solution
The invention relates to a new type of fountain pen provided with a nib, which will improve the technical features of the fountain pen, by improving the quality of writing through increased viscosity of the ink; this new process adds pleasing aesthetic characteristics to the nib as value is bestowed upon the pen, while keeping the price affordable.
“FUSION” is a new nib developed by Delta. It consists of a combination of different materials that make the fountain pen even more functional, enhancing the physical-chemical properties of the ink with an assembly system adapted to increase the efficiency of the pen itself. Hence, the fountain pen is more precious and at the same time less expensive.
Thanks to its production characteristics, the ink is made more viscous in the vicinity of the tip of the nib, because FUSION features a “plate” of precious material (gold, palladium or other noble alloys), that due to its high thermal conductivity, will tend to heat the underlying metal (steel, titanium or other) and the underlying metal, in turn, transfers heat to the ink in transit between the conductor and the tip of the nib.
The higher temperature makes the ink flow more smoothly. At the same time, the nib has characteristics of strength and durability for long writing sessions, higher than those of nibs completely in gold.
Efficiency and adaptability to all
The pleasure of writing by hand using a good fountain pen is sometimes impaired by how incrementally difficult it becomes when used during extensive periods of time. Users, enthusiasts and experts in handwriting, cannot deny the difficulty when writing with a fountain pen, especially when using a gold nib: continuous corrections in the tip of the nib are needed since it becomes deformed frequently, even by imperceptible amounts.
FUSION is a nib that has higher resistance characteristics, adapting to any hand, even the untested hand of the novice new consumer.
Aesthetic appeal and value
The foundation of the FUSION nib is in steel alloy or other metal, covered and decorated with a “layer” of precious metal: the combination of several metals assembled in this way offer the nib a greater aesthetic value, and enriches it since it’s properly “stamped” 18 carat gold (or other stamp that identifies the precious metal employed).
The new FUSION pen, consisting of two or more overlapping metals, precious and otherwise, and all their possible combinations from the point of view of graphics and aesthetics, is fully covered by international patent, which is exclusive property of the Limited Company Delta srl, Italy, VAT no. 01237070618.
The Delta Fusion 82 Fountain Pen
Fusion 82 is one of the collections chosen to launch Delta’s new and innovative nib. The writing instruments are turned by hand from solid bars of special resin and polished to a mirror finish in three colors: blue and brown marble and solid black. The fountain pen comes equipped with a Fusion nib of steel alloy and 18k gold. It will be offered in five point sizes from EF to B, including a stub, preferred for distinctive signatures.
The cartridge/converter filling Fusion 82 will be available in mid-October at a MSRP of $265, street price of $212.
[Editor's note: La Couronne du Comte also list the Fusion 82 available in White, Fuchsia, and Green. I'm waiting to hear back from Yafa about availability in the US. Also, just as a heads up, we will be receiving a pen with a Fusion nib in it for testing.
Just heard back within seconds of publishing this. Yafa will be carrying the Fuchsia in addition to the blue, black, and brown, which means it should be available from US retailers. ]