The pen arrived in an attractive box, complete with a bottle of Delta ink.
Delta designed a presentation card noting the production is limited to 25 pens.
Delta Vancouver Pen Club
Dolcevita Caruso Fountain Pen
The Vancouver Pen Club exclusive pen uses a beautiful brown celluloid, called Caruso. In talking with Salvatore about the celluloid, I found out it was selected by Ciro Matrone, on the other other owners of Delta, and first used in the Delta Limited Edition Enrico Caruso pen issued in 2007.
The members liked the solid size of the classic Dolcevita body. The pen has a closed size of 141.8 mm, the pen body 62.3 mm. The minimum diameter of the body is 13.7mm with a maximum diameter of 17.2 mm.
The capacity of the piston is 1,1 ml of ink. And while some pens have a converter within the body, this is a true piston model.
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. I like the size of the body, it sits well in my hand. The cap posts to pen firmly.
The Filling System
The Dolcevita Piston Filling system is one of the best you could have. 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 Fusion nib writes very smooth. When it comes to a stub, this 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.
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 is what is in your hand, and it 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.