I bought the Dolcevita pretty much sight unseen - something I do quite often, as I usually want that one pen or nib that isn't in stock at my local B&M! But since I saw one at the Tilburg pen show about a month earlier, and drooled all over it, I figured it was well worth the gamble. I have a Delta Journal that I really enjoy, so I was quite confident that my purchase wouldn't turn out to be a bust! Luckily it didn't dissapoint me when it arrived!
The orange resin has become a trademark for the Dolcevita product line. And while it's quite pronounced (read: NOT subtle!), it's actually one of the major selling points for a lot of people. I used to hate colorful pens, but over the last couple of years, I've come to appreciate a nice resin or celluloid. Especially if it's an iconic one like the green stripes of the Pelikan Souverän, or the orange resin on this one! It's a really rich material, with a lot of depth and chatoyance. It's quite hard to put my finger on what exactly there is to like about it, but it just grabs your attention and it doesn't let go.
|Edison Collier, Lamy Al-Star, Lamy 2000, Delta Dolcevita OS. Pelikan M800|
The cap can be posted, but I find it better weighted and balanced unposted. There are a couple metal parts in and around te body of the pen, which give it a satisfying, but not exhausting, weight.
Apart from looking sharp, it also writes wonderfully. It's a bit of a mixture between the really smooth overpolished nibs from brands like Omas and Pelikan, and a more controlled, balanced nib as found on Montblancs or Japanese pens.
One thing that did surprise me, is that despite the large #8 size, the nib is not overly springy. I thought it would compare to the Pelikan Souverän M1000 nibs, where you can definitely feel the softness, and maybe even get a bit of line variation out of it, but that wasn't the case here. It feels somewhat 'cushioned', if that makes sense, but there's definitely no line variation to be had.
'The Bold and the beautiful'. that's exactly what this pen is. But I love every bit of it. I'd even dare to say that the Dolcevita wouldn't be as attractive if it wasn't as extraordinary!
Delta's recent 'bold' (got the pun?) move, is...regrettable to say the least. I'd love to recommend this pen to everyone, but the thing is: I don't know for how long there will be something to recommend. I have my doubts about the effectiveness of Delta's new business strategy. I wouldn't be surprised if they too, get into financial trouble sooner or later (an unpleasant trend that seems to be unfolding in the pen industry)... But let's not think about that, right?
If you happen to have a spare 600 EUR / 720 USD laying around, if you really want a bold new pen, or maybe, just maybe,...if you're as crazy as me and you want a few 'essentials' in your collection, than you should definitely look into the Delta Dolcevita Oversize!
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