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Delta 30th Anniversary Pen

Delta designed and created this pen to celebrate their 30th Anniversary. Indeed, the company has much to celebrate. Entering the pen market in 1982, they have been committed to creating and producing high quality pens, pens linked to high standards of Italian style.

There are three pens in the 30th Anniversary line. Each, turned by hand from solid rods of celluloid. In talking with Delta, this celluloid was selected by Ciro Matrone, on of the three founding partners of Delta. The entire pen, cap, body and nib section, are in the same celluloid creating  a seamless look - cap to nib.

Delta created 100 pieces of each colour, for a total of 300 pens. The three colour options are: marrone (brown), rossa (red) and nera (black).

I was fortunate to be able to obtain the pen in the brown celluloid. There is a marbled look to the pen with lighter tones of soft brown and ever so slight elements of gold. I particularly like this pen as it has a different look than my other celluloids. The celluloid is rich in appearance and as light, at different angles, hits the celluloid, it takes on so many deep and rich tones.

The fountain pen is fitted with Delta's well known lateral lever filling system. This is my first lever fill fountain pen so that makes is a bit special from my perspective.

The nib, fittingly, is the Fusion Nib, developed by Delta and released in 2012. The Fusion nib is produced in its factory located in Napoli.

The Fusion nib is a steel base with a piece of 18 kt gold fused to form a single unit. The characteristics of the two metals is said to influence the flow of the ink. Although I can not speak to the science of metals, I know from writing with the pen, and hearing the comments of others who have used it, that the Fusion nib is a very smooth writing nib.

The Anniversary pen comes in three colours. The black, is not a true black, but a dark rich brown black with flecks of tan and soft yellow in the celluloid. It is quite the looker. The red has veins of blue and orange tones. Stunning. It would have been my choice, bu I have another pen from Delta with the same celluloid.

Being celluloid, then pen is very light to hold. Overall, the pen is a good size for my hand. Capped, the pens sits at about 135mm, or 4.25". I always write with my caps posted on the pen, so when I hold then pen in my hand it sits at 155 mm top to nib tip, about 6". So it is a bit smaller than the classic Dolcevita body, my dream pen in terms of size and hold, but this is a good sized pen that should suit most writers. There is a slight taper to the body from the nib section to the top.

The pen has sterling silver plated with rhodium for the trim. The cap bank uses a design from the greek-Roman decor in old paintings from Pompeii.

Delta 30th Anniversary Pen

Delta 30th Anniversary, Caruso Celluloid


Delta 30th Anniversary Fountain Pen, Level fill, brown


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