Tuesday, 21 July 2015

A Tale of Two Tortoises - Review of the Danitrio Cum Laude

From left: Danitrio Cum Laude, Pelikan M400 Brown Tortoise

How much do you think it costs to get a Danitrio today?

Four figures? Five?

What if I told you... you can get one in the low three figures? That's what I paid for the Cum Laude.

Danitrio today is known for Maki-e pens, but in its earlier days, it dabbled in celluloid pens. Although it was a lower end Dani, it wasn't scrimped on. Indeed, the Cum Laude was handturned from a solid rod of Italian celluloid (not rolled from sheets - so no ugly seams!)

There were two types of celluloid, one the brown tortoise shown here, the other a grey blue. I had originally wanted the grey blue one, but wound up with a brown tortoise. But hey, good looking, I ain't complaining ;)

This is the larger Cum Laude, which is similar to a Jinhao 159 or a Montblanc 149. Huge pen at the fraction of the weight. Sounds like a good combination for me!

The pen is light, making it comfortable to hold and write with for long periods of time. It fills by international standard converter (refer to picture below), but because it has metal threading, this can't be eyedropper converted. Anyhow, filling the body with ink will stain the celluloid, so no can do!

The Cum Laude comes with a IPG nib and provides a smooth writing experience out of the box. A great buy and value for money indeed.

PS. This pen actually cost me less than three figures if shipping is excluded. What a steal! Get it, because you won't regret it.

Closing off with a picture of these two beautiful tortoises! I may or may not do a review of the Pelikan M400, it depends.

I hoped you enjoyed this :D

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