I’ve wanted a Bexley Poseidon ever since I saw one on Leigh Reyes’ Instagram feed. Hers was a simple and elegant Black and silver version which I think was a colour prototype or a previous edition at the time, because I recall I wasn’t able to find an exact version when I looked. When browsing the Fountain Pen Network classifieds section one day, I found a black and white pearl version for sale, second hand. I love me a white pen, so the price was right and I jumped in and purchased this pen for myself.
The Bexley Poseidon is a medium-large, girthy pen, about the same length as a TWSBI 580. Its made of acrylic, so despite its size, its relatively light, weighing only 32 grams (capped; 22 grams uncapped). For reference, my full TWSBI 540 is 28 grams.
This version is a piston filler fitted with a broad Jowo nib. The piston works well, but doesn’t feel as sturdy and smooth as a Lamy 2000, Pelikan or TWSBI pistons, which I am more familiar with. The closest I have in my collection is my Omas Ogiva – it just feels a little plasticky and flimsy, but I’ve had no problems with either pen.
Not all Poseidons are piston fillers. I’ve seen a few – either on eBay or through Bexley directly that are “color prototypes” – versions of the pen that are not widely available, and I think these versions can come as either a piston filler or cartridge converter. The good thing about this piston filler that I have is that you can disassemble the nib off the pen for easy flushing, similar to a Pelikan. There’s nothing I like less about piston fillers than having to sit there and flush it out endlessly.
Now the nib – this one is a gusher! This is the wettest nib I own and it’s to the level where it’s a little impractical to use on a daily basis. As an indicator, I compared the dry times of the Bexley Poseidon against some wet writers I had inked up at the time – its not an exact science, each pen was inked up with different inks, but it’s an indication of how wet this is compared to the other pens shown here. (Please excuse the red contamination on the Diamine Prussian Blue samples!)
I think this edition may be retired now – I couldn’t find it on Bexley’s website, which is a real shame. It’s a well made, comfortable pen. They are still available from a few retailers online, so if you fancy it, you’d better pick one up quickly, before they are all gone.
Products used in review:
Bexley Poseidon White Pearl fountain pen
Sailor Nioi Sumire Ink
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