Photo of the Day: Franklin-Christoph Pocket 20 Thomas Hall Tibaldi Edition

I don’t often post photos of my pen stash but I’m making an exception today because this is a very special edition to my collection. I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a small edition of Franklin-Christoph Pocket 20s utilizing rare Tibaldi Impero Celluloid that Thomas Hall had acquired and wanted to have made into pens and shared amongst his friends. Any profits earned from the manufacturing would be donated to a charity of Thomas’s choosing.

What was decided was that the pens would be created in a transparent ice Pocket 20 or Marietta 20 style (with or without clip) and the end cap would be made from the Tibaldi material in order to maximize the number of pens that could be made from the material. A total of about 85 pens would be made.

As you can see from the close-ups, my pen cap is threaded with blue and is a walnut stone color. I think it looks stunning. I had it paired with Jim Rouse’s fabulous fine S.I.G. steel nib which he smoothed perfectly for my silly southpaw writing.

I eyedropper filled it with my go-to subtle ink, Sailor Jentle Chu Shu. It’s the picture of dignity and I’m so glad to have a part of history.

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  1. What a beautiful pen, and how generous on Thomas Hall’s and Franklin-Christoph’s part. I am envious of your new acquisition! Thank you for showing it to us.

  2. Wow, that’s really special. . . I love the subtle blue sparkle in the cap. I have the broad SIG nib — fun!


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