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Delta - Chatterley Dolcevita Fusion Star, Marmo Venato

This limited edition of ten pens, and in accordance with Italian numbering, starts with pen #0 - and I am lucky to have that pen. The name of the pen is Venato Marble, and was made by Delta for Chatterley Pens. This pen is made from celluloid and I happen to have the Montegrappa Extra 1930 Marble Green made with the same material. Chatterly had the pen fitted with an 18 kt gold fusion nib with two different trims. Thirty-two pens with sterling silver and eighteen with gold vermeil.

The pen body, cap and internal mechanisms are the same as the very successful Delta Dolcevita. I find the pen a very good match for my hand and now add this one to my collection.

The clip and the gold band at the base of the cap are classic Delta trim. The pen has gold vermeil (gold plate on 925 sterling silver). The small gold band gives the pen a rich look and the gold trim was a natural for the warmth of the green and gold tones of the pen. The classic Delta clip is sturdy a small ball helps with fixing the clip in a shirt pocket.

The body for this pen is celluloid. The celluloidshows the veins and colour tones of the pen very well. Being made of celluloid, the main weight of the pen is the brass piston filling system. It is a good sized pen, with the body measuring in the 14-16 mm range in width.

A small cap covers the knob for the piston fill system. Unscrew the cap and you can twist the top of the piston to expel or draw up ink. Delta was known for designing and manufacturing an excellent piston. A small window just above the threads shows if there is ink in the pen.

The pen is fitted with the #6 Delta Fusion nib. That is a piece of 18 k gold that is fused to a steel nib. Delta and the University in Naples conducted studies and say the combination of the two metals enhances the flow of ink. Delta produces these nibs in its factory. I find the Fusion nib a great nib to write with. I particularly like the stub.

There is hand work to the nib, and with the ten or so different Fusion nibs in stub, each writes with its own characteristics.

Marmo Venato


Marmo Venato


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