FPG Scorecard Edison Beaumont Pneumatic fountain pen

Review Specificaitons

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler fountain pen

Pen Class: Premium ($200-499)
Street Price:: $350

Body Material: Acrylic
Nib Material: Steel
Nib Size: EF, F, M, B
Cap Type: Screw On/Off
Post-able: Yes
Filling Mechanism: Pneumatic
Ink Capacity: 1.1mL
Overall Weight: 20g/0.7oz
Cap Weight: 7g/0.25oz
Body Weight: 13g/0.46oz
Overall Length Capped: 131.6mm/5.2″
Overall Length Posted: 163mm/6.4″
Length Uncapped: 123.4mm/4.85″
Nib Length: 23.4mm/0.92″
Section Diameter: 8.7-11mm/0.34-.43″
Cap Diameter w/o Clip: 14.3mm/0.56″
Cap Diameter w/Clip: 16.9mm/0.66″
Body Diameter: 11.8mm/0.46″

If this pen were a movie, it would be…

The Air I Breathe (2007)

Review Dealer Prep

Dan: 6.25 – All Edison pens come in a faux alligator leather box. While the clamshell case is aesthetically pleasing and does its job well, the case does leave something to be desired; especially when you consider it houses a $350 pen. Granted, the box doesn’t affect the performance of the pen inside, but it does tend to influence your initial impression and experience with a new pen. For example, there are several boxes that I’ve held on to in the past because they were especially interesting or well-made; the box Delta provided with the Fusion 82 is a particular favorite of mine, and TWSBI always seem to produce some exceptional packaging. Sadly, this particular case will end up in the trash bin.

Eric: 7.0 – I’ve grown very fond of the alligator skin clamshell box in which all Edison pens are shipped. It is compact, utilitarian, and gets the job done. There was a time when I wished that all new pens came in a presentation box that rivaled the Taj Mahal in both size and beauty. I’m over that. Large boxes take up too much storage space and, after all, it’s the pen that really counts.

Review Filler Up

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler fountain penDan: 7.0 – It’s nice to see the return of the pneumatic filler on a modern pen, even though Sheaffer did use it more recently than I originally thought. Edison’s implementation is simpler, but works just as well. To fill the pen, you simply place your finger over the hole in the filling knob as you push down, remove your finger at the bottom of the stroke, and then let it fill for 10-15 seconds.

One advantage the pneumatic filling system has over other systems is the fact it fills the pen quickly with very little effort. One stroke was all it took to fill the 1-1.1mL capacity of the silicone sac. Flushing the pen, however, is where the system loses its advantage. I didn’t sit down and actually time how long it took to flush the pen, but it certainly didn’t feel faster than something like a piston filler.

My only real issue with this design is the lack of user serviceability. Edison uses a silicon sac which means it will last much longer than the traditional latex sacs used in other vintage and contemporary pens. However, the system will eventually require servicing, which means you’re going to be sending the pen back to Edison at some point. The good thing for many of us is that Edison is based in the US and has excellent customer service.

Eric: 9.5 – Until I experienced the Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filling system first hand, I would never have believed that it could be so much fun. Yes, fun! The pneumatic filling system makes the pen fun to fill and – much to my shock – fun to flush. Any system that makes flushing fun is a winner.

The Edison pneumatic filling system gets the job done easily and quickly. I have to admit that in my mind, this pneumatic system rivals the piston filling system of which I am usually so fond. Great job, Edison!

Review Test Drive

Dan: 8.5 – My initial experience with the Beaumont was very good. The filling process went smooth and was a treat to use, but most importantly, the nib was spectacular. My pen came with a two tone, medium steel nib that was stiff and velvety smooth. The flow was just ever so slightly on the wet side, which made for an excellent writing experience.

The only thing I didn’t like about my first use of this pen was the section. The concave shape is much too small in diameter at its thinnest point to be comfortable, and the shape is so severe that my fingers tend to slide down into the section. To combat this I found myself gripping the pen directly on the barrel threads which isn’t ideal.

Eric: 8.25 – My Edison Beaumont Pneumatic provided a superb test drive, an experience that I will once again describe as fun. The enjoyment may have been enhanced because I had just filled the pen (which was fun!) but the pen also worked and worked well. The fine nib glided through all the loops I strung across the page.

I did notice immediately that the Beaumont is a bit thinner than I like, but did I care much? Nope. The pen was doing its job and doing it well. If the Test Drive did anything, it made me look forward to the 21 Minute Road Trip.

Review Under the Hood

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler fountain pen nib

Dan: 5.0 – Despite how well the nib and feed performed, I just can’t get past the laser engraved logo and section design. Almost every other pen manufacturer stamps their logo into their nibs, which gives them dramatically different look to ones that have been laser engraved. I find the appearance of laser engraved nibs to be cheap and less desirable, so much so that it’s very nearly a deal breaker for me.

Where the nib redeemed itself was in its stellar performance when in use. This is one of the smoothest nibs I’ve ever used, and the feed did its job perfectly. It turned an otherwise boring writing experience into moments of pure bliss every time the tip hit the paper. It’s been a while since I’ve written with a nib this good.

Being a Signature Line pen, the buyer can control nearly every aspect of the design of the pen to fit their personal preference, which means one could have the section turned to something more comfortable. The problem is most people won’t know whether they like the profile of the section or not until they use the pen, which is too late to do anything about it. If the section on the Beaumont differs from any other pen you’ve ever used then I recommend talking to Brian about your options before buying.

Eric: 6.0 – As I have admitted many times before, I am a nib snob. I don’t mean snob in that I prefer gold nibs or rhodium plated nibs. I mean snob in that, for me, the nib is the entire reason for a pen’s existence. For that reason, the nib should be as close to jaw-droppingly beautiful as possible. To reach such status, the maker’s logo must be stamped into the nib. The Edison Beaumont Pneumatic nib, like all Edison nibs, has a laser engraved Edison Pen Co logo. It’s a nice logo. It’s a terrific laser engraving job. Call me demanding if you like, but I want the Edison logo stamped into the nib. I’m sure it’s a matter of cost, which I can certainly understand. What’s more difficult to understand is how TWSBI can sell me a $50 pen with a logo-stamped nib while for $350 Edison provides laser engraving.

Aesthetics aside, the nib is a true performer. If all my nibs performed like an Edison nib, I’d send less money to Mike Masuyama.

Review Performance

Dan: 6.0 – Overall, the pen performed very well except during one instance. I carry the majority of my pens in a 24 slot Aston leather case and it goes everywhere with me. During a particularly busy week at work I failed to open my case even once. When I did, I found ink had seeped out of the cap as shown in the images below.

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler
Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler

When I removed the cap I found ink on the section and inside the cap. I have no clue what could have caused this. I didn’t travel anywhere changing elevation and thus pressure. I didn’t operate the filling system with the cap on (although I can’t say with 100% certainty that someone else didn’t). All I did was travel from my apartment to my car to my destination. What’s even more strange is that the Beaumont was the only pen of the 20 in my case that had expelled any ink. No other pen even had so much as a drop of ink on the nib.

I’m certain this is an anomaly but it’s a hard one to ignore.

Other than that, I had no issues with the pen. The feed managed the flow perfectly and the filling system cooperated as expected. The clip held the pen exactly where I placed it and was easy to use with one hand. I’m happy to note that the cap does post securely and makes the pen more comfortable during use.

Eric: 8.0 – My Edison Beaumont Pneumatic performed extremely well. In the time it was in my possession, I found myself reaching for it often – and not because it was a review pen, but because I was hoping to reach for a pen that I knew would work and work well.

As will be noted in the 21 Minute Test Drive, I had one instance of problematic flow. It occurred only during the long writing session, never during normal use.

Review Design Notes

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler fountain penDan: 8.0 – The Beaumont is a great looking pen. It’s a bit thin and light for my tastes, but the design is very pleasing. I especially like the cap band and the way the edge of the cap tapers down to meet the barrel. Brian has a great eye for selecting the proper trim options and accent colors for the top of the cap, the filler knob, and section. And that two tone nib is a perfect match to the Antique Marbled Acrylic.

The maker’s mark on the barrel of the pen isn’t a feature exclusive to the Beaumont. In fact, Edison Pen Co. and the model of the pen is laser engraved into the barrel of every pen. Depending on the material, this engraving almost seems to disappear, which is a good thing. I wouldn’t want anything disrupting the beautiful material of this pen.

Eric: 8.75 – From an aesthetics standpoint, the Edison Beaumont has always appealed to me. The Pneumatic filling Beaumont is no exception. All of the Beaumont Pneumatics that I have seen have had black cap-tops, sections, and turning knobs, and from a design standpoint, I think this decision was genius.

As the Edison Beaumont Pneumatic filler is part of Edison Pen Company’s Signature Line, you can select your favorite pen material from an extremely extensive list. This ensures that you’ll get a pen that is very pleasing to your particular eye.

My only quibble with the Beaumont, and it’s specific to me personally, is that it’s a bit too thin for long writing sessions. I’ve no doubt that the pneumatic filling system will soon invade other models in the Edison line, including those with more girth. When that happens, I’m in trouble!

Review Detailing

Edison Beaumont Pneumatic fillerDan: 9.25 – Anyone who’s ever handled an Edison pen will know that fit and finish is a high priority on Brian’s list. Seams between parts are nearly nonexistent. Being as anal-retentive as possible during my inspection, I could only find a slight misalignment between the cap band and each side of the cap and I had to use my fingernail to find it. The seam between the cap and finial, and barrel and filler knob couldn’t be found.

Polishing is equally top notch, but this really isn’t a surprise as I’ve seen the focus Andrea puts into each pen during polishing. If there’s a mistake in the polishing it’s probably because Brian distracted her.

The only place I can really take Brian to task is the gap under the bend of the clip; it seems a bit large, and the chamfer on the hole in the filler knob isn’t as uniform as I’d like to see.

Eric: 9.25 – News Flash: The Edison Pen Company knows how to make pens! Hold any Edison pen in your hands and you’ll know what I mean. They’re elegant, they’re smooth, they’re simply well made and well put together.

It was very difficult to find a flaw in craftsmanship (or should that be artistry) on the Edison Beaumont Pneumatic that I had. Everything just fit and matched and aligned and was right were it should be. Only by running my fingernail over and around the pen did I find that it would slightly catch where the cap ring is installed. And I mean slightly. The fit between the cap top and the cap itself is so perfect that you would think the two pieces are actually one. If I had never had the good fortune to see how Brian does this, I’d be ready to call it magic.

Review 21 Minute Road Trip

Dan: 7.75 – I was a little worried that my issue with the grip section was going to spoil the Road Trip for me, but I found that placing my fingers on the barrel threads wasn’t all that uncomfortable. It’s certainly not the ideal spot to grip a pen, but the nib was so smooth and the feed so consistent that I didn’t find myself focusing on my grip as much as I thought I would. I did find the pen to be a bit thin even when gripping the pen on what is essentially the full width of the barrel. In the end, the Edison Beaumont proved to be an excellent writer.

Eric: 7.25 – With one exception, my Edison Beaumont Pneumatic performed very well during the road trip. The pen did not skip, did not hesitate between words/sentences, never hinted at a hard start. However, at about the 17 minute/mile marker, the pen stopped writing. Just stopped, mid sentence. In the world of fountain pens, this is obviously not the end of the world. The heat of my hand might have affected flow. A large storm cloud might have passed overhead and changed the barometric pressure. Mercury may have transited the sun. Who knows – it happens.

What was different in this case was that I was using a pneumatic filler. When the ink refuses to flow in a piston filler or a converter filler or a lever filler or a squeeze filler or any other type of filler, I know what to do. I know how to force a bit of ink into the feed to prime it and get it running again. With a pneumatic filler, I had to think – which was cool! I can’t remember the last time I had to think.

In the end it was an easy puzzle to solve, but I did take the extra precaution of priming the feed over an open bottle of ink. I just wasn’t sure how much pressure to apply and pictured an explosion of ink the likes of which would make the six o’clock news. The priming of the feed was as simple as it is with any other pen, it was simply a new way of doing it. After the pen began to write again, I finished the road trip without incident.

Review The Checkered Flag

Pros: Cons:
Pneumatic Filler Laser Engraved Nib
Material Selection Section Design

Famous Last Words:

Dan: Edison’s Signature Line offers the buyer a highly personalized pen as long as you’re willing to pay for it. The starting price for an Edison Signature pen is $200 and gives you the ability to pick the material for your pen and to speak to Brian about customizations that would make the pen uniquely yours. The pneumatic filling Beaumont starts at $350 with an optional gold nib for an additional $100, potentially making this a $450 pen. Overall, the Beaumont Pneumatic is an excellent writer that seemed to clash with my personal preferences.

Eric: I’m grateful that the review pen sent to me was not in one of my (many) favorite and gorgeous Edison acrylics. If it had been, I’d surely have sent Brian a check rather than return the pen.

This pen was provided for review by the Edison Pen Company.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/will.platt.39 Will Platt

    You guys need to get someone with smaller hands to put some input in these reviews, because although you didn’t kill the pen’s score because of the points you took off on the comfort sections, it would be a better review if you got someone with smaller hands to give their opinion of the pen. (Does edJelley or someone else have smaller hands?) I’m really bummed about that leak experience Dan. If anyone else has reports of that happening, I’m interested as to why it is happening.

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      The same thing could be said when someone with small hands reviews an oversized pen and gives it a low score.

      The important part is that you know the reviewer and can relate to their opinions. If you know that I prefer larger pens but those same pens are too large for you, then you’d probably like pens I feel are too small.

      • http://www.facebook.com/will.platt.39 Will Platt

        Yes. And two people with small hands would be just as bad. But if you guys think you have the best (most comprehensive) reviews out there, then I think using the other fpgeeks for the reviews would help people get a more broad spectrum of what the pen is like…they will have more of a chance to here from someone who is similar to them in hand type, taste…etc. Just a friendly suggestion. It was a great review otherwise (except for your super harsh comments about the box ;)).

        • Mike

          The thing I love about the awesome reviews is that I know what Dan and Eric’s opinions and tastes in pens are now so I can look at all the pens and compare the scores and kinda know which pens are “good” etc.

          If you keep mixing up the reviewers the scoring system becomes useless I think. Steven did a great job filling in when Eric was gone for the last couple awesome reviews but his opinion of what an 8.25 is is different than Eric’s. So the final score numbers for the awesome reviews that weren’t with Dan and Eric are almost on a different scale. If we had a bunch of different people doing these reviews the scoring system would be so inconsistent. You can read a bunch of different reviews on many sites and boards to get a variety of opinions on a given pen. I think keeping the awesome reviews limited to Dan and Eric is an important part of the series. Too many nibs can spoil the ink. Just my 2 cents of course.

          • http://www.facebook.com/will.platt.39 Will Platt

            You know what, you made a good point and I think I actually agree with you.

  • PeppWaves03

    Thank you for the honest and in-depth review. I initially had reservations about reading the review because I thought it would be hard for you to review a pen by a frequent guest on the tv shows. I found the review extremely informative and an honest assessment. Thanks again for all that you guys do for the community!

    • http://fpgeeks.com/ Dan Smith

      We appreciate the feedback!

  • http://twitter.com/TrentChad Chad Trent

    I have smaller hands. Send it to me to review…

    But, seriously, I get what you are saying about the nib. I would bet it is a money issue. I’m sure Brian does just fine in the money department, but think about how many pens TWSBI sells vs. how many Brian does. They probably have more to invest into such things.

    And, just to throw a different viewpoint into it… Brian’s logo has a lot of fine lines in it that wouldn’t translate well to stamping. So a lot of the logo would probably be lost if it was stamped instead of laser etched.

    • RagingDragon

      The minimum order for custom stamped nibs is large, and TWSBI no doubt sell a greater volume of pens than Edison. I prefer stamped nib logos; however, I find the laser engraved Edison logo looks better in person than in photos.

    • David

      “Brian’s logo has a lot of fine lines in it that wouldn’t translate well to stamping”.

      What? Laser etching is typically LESS resolute than properly done stamping. Take a look at the filigree pattern on a well done stamped stainless steel nib – on an older Bexley nib for example.

      Badly laser etching on a high-cost pen’s nib and/or furniture is a deal killer for me. It reminds me too much of cheap Chinese or Indian/Pakistani pens. It has no place on a $350 pen like this.

      • http://twitter.com/TrentChad Chad Trent

        Not true, actually. As someone who has been in the business for over two decades, I’ve seen all too many times a logo with a lot of fine lines lose much of the detail when it is transferred to a single level stamping die (as is done on nibs). Proper laser engraving can hold a level of detail that even multi-level stamping cannot. I own an Edison pen and honestly haven’t looked closely enough at the engraving to see what kind of detail it has. But, for me, engraving vs. stamping is not an issue. I realize it is for some, and to each their own.

        Brian’s logo was not designed to be reproduced across all media, which is a shame. It’s the first rule of logo design that the logo has to work across all media, and in sizes from super small to billboard size.

  • Writingrav

    Nice review geek guys. I disagree with Dan, I think the section is one of the most comfortable I’ve ever used and great for long writing sessions. To each his own!

    • http://www.facebook.com/will.platt.39 Will Platt

      again, why they should add more reviewers!

    • Akustyk

      I am glad this works for you, but for my hands, the Edison section is just not comfortable. I much prefer the Bexley Corona section.

  • http://monkeyphotomcr.blogspot.com/ John_the_Monkey

    I’ve not seen one in person, but I like the look of the logo on the nib – maybe that’s testament to Dan’s photographic skill :)

  • William Anderson

    Eric and Dan, you both gave a great review of the pen and the way you discuss the pros and cons are very objective. I know exactly what I am getting into now, were I to consider buying this pen. Thanks very much guys.

  • http://theinkednib.com/ Lee Smallwood

    I have two Edisons, and both happen to have silver furniture. On the silver tone material, the laser engraving looks great to my eye. It actually gives it a distinctive look that I prefer to stamping.

    From the photo above, it is a very different story when the laser engraving is on a gold tone nib. I’m glad to know that and will bear it in mind when I consider Edisons.

  • Breck

    Thank you, Thanks you, Thank you! for including the section diameter. I believe this is new? Anyway new to me. You are one of the very few reviewers to consider this dimension, which it seems to me is sort of odd. I mean this is where your fingers meet the pen! Most reviewers give the diameter of the barrel. One doesn’t hold the barrel when one writes. Giving both is perfect! Congratulations gentlemen!!!