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The Beginning

The members of the Vancouver Pen Club started talking about the idea of an exclusive club fountain pen in the fall of 2014. We selected Delta, as their production processes commonly involved create pens in limited quantities. I had visited Delta in 2012 and 2014 and was impressed their ability to create small runs of pen, and the degree of hand work on their pens. We selected the classic Dolcevita body for the size and look of our pen.

When I was in Italy in September 2014 I met with Nino Marino and Salvatore Matrone of Delta to discuss the project. I viewed available resins and celluloids, and we talked about the logistics. We would run our order through the distributor for Delta in North America. By the end of the visit, Nino Marino, the President and one of the three owners of Delta said he would be very pleased to produce a pen for the Vancouver Pen Club.

With the endorsement of Delta, we worked with Ross Cameron, National Sales Manager with YAFA, the North American Representative for Delta, to finalize the materials and logistics of the order. Ross was helpful in the review of celluloid or resin options, trims etc.

Salvatore Matrone of Delta created a concept document showing the look of the pen along with various trim options. Based on his mock-ups the members agreed on the body size, celluloid and trim and we placed our order. We ordered 25 pens and they were delivered to us in a little over a month.

Vancouver Pen Club - Delta Dolcevita Caruso

The exclusive Vancouver Pen Club Caruso is made from a beautiful brown celluloid. We had other options but wanted to select a material that had not been used for other limited run productions. The Caruso had not been widely used by Delta. Infact, the celluloid had only been used in two lines. Ciro Matrone, one the owners of Delta, seleted and first used the material in the Delta Limited Edition Enrico Caruso pen which was created in 2007. The material was also used for the 1982-2012 Delta Anniversary Pen. I acquired the Anniversary pen on my 2014 visit to Novell Peni in Rome. I have information on that pen as one of my Pens of Note.

The Dolcevita body has a closed size of 141.8 mm. The body section measures 62.3 mm. The minimum diameter of the body is 13.7mm with a maximum diameter of 17.2 mm.

The pen fills by a piston with an ink capacity of 1,1 ml. The piston was designed by Delta and has a good proven record. The pen was packaged in a large Delta pen box that holds a bottle of Delta ink and included a card to note the pen as being created for the Vancouver Pen Club.

 

Writing with the Dolcevita Caruso

Writing with this pen is a pleasure! I have numerous Dolcevita pens from Delta. Over the past two years this has become my pen of choice in terms of size and weight. The cap posts to pen firmly.

The Filling System

The Dolcevita piston filling system is smooth and with a proven track record. I really like the soft racketing that occurs when you have fully drawn the piston up to fill the ink chamber. No need to worry that you are turning the piston too far and you may strip the threads.

The Nib

I find the Fusion nib to write very smoothly. There have been no complaints from the club membes. I ordered my pen with a Stub nib style, and it is one of the best Stub nibs I have. I have described the Fusion nib on the write up of other Delta pens. It is a combination of stell and 18kt gold. The two metals are fused together.

 

The Cap

Caps are important to the look and feel of a fountain pen. The cap for this pen really accents the overall look. The band at the base uses classic designs found in ancient Roman artwork. There is a second narrow plain band just above the larger band. Nice design point.

The clip is firm. You can clip this pen in a shirt pocket, and the small rolling ball at the end of the clip helps, or the pen can be clipped inside a jacket. The clip attaches to a solid metal band that then is part of the overall cap construction. This is nice, as it is not a pen where the clip is attached through openings in the cap. Sometimes, ink can build up on a nib, and then come through the small openings in a pen cap where the are openings for the nib.

At the end of the cap there is a small metal plate with "VPC" engraved.

The Body

The body conveys the largest visual message about the pen. The size of the pen is excellent for those who prefer a larger pen.

The celluloid used here is subtle, but I will say when the light hits the pen the depth of the brown tones is stunning. It is a beautiful blend of dark and light brown tones. There is a small window that shows the amount of ink in the ink chamber just above the nib section. A simple band separates the body from a twist off cap that exposes the twist mechanism for the piston.

 

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