Edison x Goldspot = Fantastic Pen (Fountain Pen Review)
Note: This pen was provided at no charge by Goldspot Pens for this review.
When I first got into fountain pens 10 years ago, there were a few pens on my “grail” list — pens I really wanted but couldn’t pull the trigger on. I had a Sailor and a Platinum, naturally, but Edison made a few of the pens on this list.
As time went on, I made the other purchases ahead of anything from Edison, and well, that particular grail pen has never made it into my connection…until now. I’m happy to say that a decade-long dream has been fulfilled; I now own an Edison. Specifically the Edison x Goldspot Pens Newark Fountain Pen.
So now the question is: can it possibly live up to my expectations? Let’s take a look.
A Look at the Newark
This is an exclusive collaboration design between Edison Pen Co. and Goldspot Pens, based on Edison’s Standard Edition 2020 release. It’s made from turned acrylic with a polished chrome clip and #6 Size Stainless Steel nib. The nib sizes come in EF, Fine, Medium, Broad, and there are two Stub sizes: 1.1mm and 1.5mm. You can also swap the stainless steel for an 18kt gold nib.
It comes with a converter, which I’ve chosen to fill with Robert Oster Forest Green. It also supports the international size cartridge if you don’t want ink bottles.
The colors on this collab are “battery blue,” as well as High Voltage green, which is what I opted for, and what’s featured in the photos. I really love the way the green looks in person.
Writing with the Pen
The first thing that struck me about the pen was how light it felt. I have other similar-sized, similar-looking pens that feel heavier than the Newark, and it was a pleasant surprise.
At about 1/2 inch wide and 6.10 inches long with the cap posted (my preferred way of writing), the pen is a really great size and feels comfortable in my hand. I wrote with it almost exclusively for several days, including some long-form writing, and I never got fatigued.
The pen I’m using has an F nib, and while I generally prefer an M or MF, I really like the #6 Size F nibs1. One thing I look for in the beginning is if the nib is blotchy or think when you first ink it up, and I didn’t run into that with the Newark.
Then I look to see if I have to work hard when I write, and once again, no troubles there. In fact, this has been one of the smoother writing experiences I’ve had.
Who is the Edison x Goldspot Pens Newark For?
What I really like about this pen is that it could be for anyone, from a seasoned collector like me to a novice looking for their first $150+ pen. It’s lightweight, beautiful, and easy to fill.
The price point also makes it a great gift. And if you are looking for the first gold nib, you can pick up the 18kt version for less than $300.
After a few weeks of using it, it’s still ab absolute pleasure and has made its way into my regular rotation.
- Probably because I’m usually writing with Japanese nibs, which as far as I can tell, run narrower than other brand nibs. ?