Review by Laura Cameron
A few weeks ago, Ana told me she had a pen for review that she thought I would like. She brought me the Diplomat Excellence A, Rhombus Guilloch Lapis Black Fountain Pen ($225MSRP). I’m not going to lie; when I first saw the pen I thought “now THAT is a fountain pen!”
When I received the pen, it was truly like opening a present. The pen comes in a white cardboard box bearing the Diplomat logo. Once “unboxed”, there is a metal sleeve that slides aside to reveal the gorgeous pen sitting on white satin, again with the logo.
The Diplomat pen body is an all-metal casing with a multi-layered lacquer finish and laser engraving. The nib is a fine steel nib and bears the Diplomat logo. The postable cap is a screw cap, and the very top of the cap also bears the Diplomat logo as well.
One of the reasons Ana thought I might like to review the pen is because of its weight. This is a metal pen and has a very pleasing heaviness to it. The body itself, with converter filled, weighs 29gms and, with the cap, it weighs 45gms. While the cap is postable, I found that posting the cap made the back end of the pen fairly top heavy, so I preferred not to post it.
This pen was a joy to write with. The ink filled quickly and the pen itself wrote very smoothly. The fine nib is more of a Western fine, so not as fine as a Japanese nib, but still very nice. I really enjoyed the quantity of ink that the pen put down; it gave excellent coverage without being too wet. I was able to test this pen on both the Crossfield Journal and Field Notes Byline and it performed very well.
To be honest, my favorite thing about this beautiful pen is the thought put into all the little touches, specifically the aesthetically pleasing logo tying all the elements of the pen together. They are executed in a way that isn’t fussy, but really lend an air of elegance to this pen.
The great news for you is that this pen was generously sent to “the Desk” for a giveaway – one of you lucky readers will get to keep this pen!
THE GIVEAWAY: We are giving away this very Diplomat Excellence A Rhombus Guilloch in black with a steel fine nib. This is a tester model so it has been inked and tested here at The Desk but will be cleaned, re-boxed and shipped directly to you in like-new condition. Please leave a comment below and tell us what ink you’d put in the Excellence A Rhombus Guilloch in black for your first fill? FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Saturday, September 16, 2017. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Saturday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. We will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 10 days, we will draw a new giveaway winner. Shipping via USPS Priority Mail is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will be paid by the winner upon request. We are generous but we’re not made of money. US residents/APO only.
Laura is a tech editor, podcaster, knitter, spinner and recent pen addict. You can learn more about her knitting and tea adventures on her website, The Corner of Knit & Tea and can find her on Instagram as Fluffykira.