Delta - Dolcevita Oro Stantuffo
The pen is made from a solid piece of orange resin and offered with trimmings either gold or platinum plated and solid gold nib. The main distinction between the traditional dolcevita is the lack of a contrasting black resin cap. Delta refers to the colour as terracotta orange, a colour common to Italy.
The pens are not limited editions, but Delta nicely records the pen's number on the cap: 0749 is mine! Don't know the significant of the five digits, and if they will stop product in the 1000s, but I will be sure to ask Delta when I visit their factor in the summer of 2012.
A classical imprint on the vermeil band around the cap references the Italy of antiquity. The top of the cap is crowned with a gold “coin” imprinted in the shape of a nib with feed. The pen sports another gold band to accent the rear of the barrel at the piston cap.
Screw the cap off the pen, and it the beautiful stub nib, in 14K appears. The nib is one tone of gold and the single colour choice looks very good with the orange colour tone of the pen. the nib writes a very smooth line, and the stub is not overly broad. I would rank this as a drier flowing nib than some of my other pens. That does allow me to write smaller without too much ink on the paper becoming a problem.
The clip of the pen has a classic appearance. There is a small ball at the end to assist the clip to roll over the cloth of your shirt pocket.
I have a piston-fill model, and the pen does come in both piston and converter styles. The piston mechanism is accessible by screwing off the end of the barrel. Delta says that the piston line of this and the classic Dolcevita has an extra large ink supply chamber to as to extend the writing time of the pen.
There is a narrow, orange translucent ink window that is convenient to see if there is ink in the inner ink chamber. light enough to easily identify the color and quantity of ink in the reservoir. The only thing I must admit is I wish the ink chamber was completely covered by the cap, when the pen is closed. A bit is the ink window shows below the cap when the pen is closer. It gives the visual appearance of the cap floating on the top of the pen, and there must have been a purposeful design consideration. I would prefer, however, if it was not visible at all when the pen was closed.
The barrel is thicker at the back then tapers ever so slightly to the front. It was only when someone told me about the slight difference in shape that I was able to see it. The slight tapering on the piston filled pen is the end cap that screws off to allow the twisting to draw up ink.
The packaging of the Dolcevita Oro is restrained. An orange cardboard box with a small bottle of ink with the dolcevita marketing and a velvet box holding the pen.
I have the Oversized body, although the pen come in various sizes: slim, mid-size, regular and oversized. It is a big pen, with the body measuring about 1.5 cm across, 14 cm in length when closed. I typically post the cap of my pens when I write, that way they do not roll off the desk, and this pens has a length of 17 cm from top to the tip of the nib. Despite the size, this is a very light pen to hold.
Take care in filling the pen. The who pen is in orange resin, even the grip section above the nib. If you place the end of the nib fulling submerged, ink will be in the threads and be sure to clean the threads or the end of the pen will have an ink-stained appearance.