When I did the DC Pen Show 2021 recap (see it here), I promised a few specific pens would be reviewed soon. I’d already seen images of the new Diplomat Elox Ring Pen Collection before going to the show. Even just from those images, I was very excited about this pen. After all, I love my Diplomat Aero Orange pen set. Therefore, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Diplomat’s next big reveal. As it turns out, I was not disappointed at all. The Diplomat Elox Ring Pen Collection is modeled in the style of the Aero, but is even more intricate. It definitely exceeded my expectations.
First of all, the overall process used to make the Diplomat Elox Ring Pen Collection is intricate. Elox derives from “eloxieren”, meaning anodize in German. It was chosen to recognize the complexity of the double anodizing process. The double anodizing also allows for both the black rings and the orange rings, which creates such a beautiful aesthetic. This pen features full aluminum casing, anodized surfaces, and grooves on the barrel and cap.
Secondly, the Diplomat Elox Ring Pen Collection is available in all four modes of writing: fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint, and mechanical pencil. Both the fountain pen and rollerball use a smooth friction fit cap closure system. The ballpoint and mechanical pencil employ a smooth twist-action retraction mechanism.
Importantly, the fountain pen is equipped standard with a high-quality steel JoWo nib. Yet, there is an option for the upgraded 14k gold nib. As I’m sure you’re wondering, the nib options are: extra fine, fine, medium, and broad. It is a cartridge/converter filled fountain pen, which makes it easy to use your favorite inks. Since the Elox Ring is comprised of black and orange rings, I’d recommend filling it with the matching Monteverde Copper Noir ink. It has such a perfect amount of shading and would look great coming out of this pen.
As for the rollerball, it’s refillable with Schmidt 888 and 5888 refills. This is perfect if you want the look and feel of a fountain pen but need to press down hard as you write. The ballpoint uses Monteverde Parker Style ballpoint and gel refills. As you may be aware, this provides plenty of color and point size options. Last but not least is the mechanical pencil. This pencil is equipped with a .7mm mechanism. That’s a satisfying middle-of-the-road graphite thickness.
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