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Appearance/ Finish

The Impero is made out of Celluloid Nitrate, the classic celluloid of the days of past. You can tell by the camphor smell, especially inside of the cap. This is my favorite kind of celluloid; you just cannot beat the colors and designs of Celluloid Nitrate. Just make sure you don't have this pen close to open flame, you can cause a serious fire let alone destroy your pen. The color of this pen is what is generally called silver. Well, it is so much more than just silver IMHO. It is silver, grey, pearl, black and bits of blue, it is very impressive looking AFAIC. This is the same material as what was used on the Limited Edition Bexley 2006 Owners Club fountain pens. I am under the understanding that the Tibaldi Impero is a Limited Edition pen and made in smaller numbers than the Modello 60. There is a serial number on the section, I212.  Mean 300 pcs / ITALIAN MARKET and 300 pcs / REST OF THE WORLD

The pen is a high gloss finish that is extremely classy looking. The look of the celluloid is kind of a cracked ice design but instead of a standard looking cracked ice you would expect on most acrylic resin pens, this is multi-colored and looks like it has a lot of depth to it. It is extremely unique and you have to see it in person to really appreciate the material. Celluloid is really a fascinating material that cannot be replicated by acrylic. Yes, you can come close and have some gorgeous looking materials and designs with acrylic resin but you just cannot beat the look, feel and smell of Celluloid Nitrate IMHO.

Design/Size/Weight

This pen measures in roughly at over 5 ½ inches in length capped while with the cap posted, it is roughly 6 ¾ inches in length. I don't have the diameter but it is thicker than the old full sized OMAS Paragon. I would have to say that this pen is in the large category!! It is not as small as a standard sized and not as large as an oversize pen. This pen looks extremely similar to the 2006 Limited Edition Bexley Owners Club and it looks impressive right next to each other IMO. As for the weight, I don't have an exact weight at all but I can compare it to a Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 and the Impero is a bit lighter than the 149. Celluloid is generally a pretty light weight material and the Impero is really no different. One of the really cool standout features of the Impero is that it is faceted, like an OMAS Paragon. If my calculations are correct, this is a 10 sided pen that fits very comfortably in the hands. The Impero has a threaded cap so removing the cap is a breeze. All it takes is one complete turn and the cap is either removed or tightened. So removing the cap or tightening it is easily done with one hand, if you choose to do that.

The cap is also faceted and when it is tightened down to attach the cap to the section, the facets are aligned perfectly. That makes the pen look symmetrical and perfect; nothing is out of place at all!!! The clip on the cap is spring loaded, this makes clipping on or removal from a shirt pocket a breeze. The tension is perfect and does not take much effort to clip or remove the pen from a shirt pocket. The trim on this pen is silver/Rhodium and that matches the silver celluloid. There are 3 very thin cap bands and NO TRIM RINGS on this pen. I was very happy to see that there are no trim rings on this pen. IMHO, trim rings are really asking for trouble!!! IMHO, trim rings look nice but they are susceptible to corrosion due to ink and what not. This is a very nice looking pen and engineered with the user in mind!!

The Filling System


This pen uses a piston filler which is among my favorite filling systems. The piston holds a lot more ink than the Tibaldi Modello 60 and as far as I am concerned, this is a true piston and not a glorified piston converter that is on the Tibaldi Modello 60. Not much more to say about this other than I am extremely happy that they used a filling system that rates as among my favorite and for that, it will get the highest marks!!

Cost

A brand new Impero was around $999.00 to $1075.00 price range.

Conclusion

This pen has been in constant use and inked with Waterman Florida Blue, Private Reserve DC Supershow Blue or Private Reserve American Blue. Whatever ink I use, the pen writes flawlessly. The next pen I hope to buy will be a Tibaldi Iride, I have been extremely happy with the quality of these pens. The Celluloid Nitrate material that is used looks extremely classy and I get a lot of compliments. It is a shame that Tibaldi no longer makes practical pens; it seems that when they were bought out and reintroduced to the market, they went straight into the Gaudy high dollar pocket jewelry market. With pens that go for a minimum of $1000.00+, there is NO WAY I will ever buy one. Tibaldi of past did extremely well will the celluloid pens before they went bankrupt. There are very few fountain pen companies that produce celluloid nitrate pens on a regular basis and Tibaldi was one of the last companies that made them on a consistent basis. Now, that is no more and since they initially went out of business before being bought out, the fantastic looking celluloid is slowly being harder to find. What a shame!!! Oh well, this is a great pen and if you want an excellent pen that is created out of celluloid nitrate, look no further. The prices are not totally outrageous either, especially compared with other manufacturers that put out limited edition celluloid pens at a premium price. I highly recommend this pen!!!

DIXIT This post has been edited by The Noble Savage: Aug 14 2007, 04:09 PM

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