The Ateleia Brass Pen started its life on Kickstarter. I remember seeing it at the time, but I didn't back it because I wasn't using gel pens very often and therefore the cost didn't really make sense. I know, amazing self restraint on my part.
Since I have started using the Travelers Notebook I have been using gel pens a lot more. So for Christmas I added this pen to my wish list and Father Christmas was very generous in obliging.
This pen design is almost a perfect spherical shape and feels nice in your hand. Due to its shape it can be prone to rolling off the desk but the good news is if it does you'll hear it fall. I like the elegant and minimal design of this pen. There are two different refill choices when buying the Ateleia Brass Pen, however I bought the version that is compatible with the Hi-Tec-C refills and I think it's the perfect housing.
The pen cap is really really small. The cap screws onto the pen and is sturdy when in place. When you're writing the cap cannot be posted which means you either have to hold on to it or put this somewhere safe, and in sight, on the desk so you don't loose it.
You can see from my pen that it has developed a very slight patina. This isn't from excessive use but I do use this pen most days for short periods of time. The more you use this brass pen the more it will patina, but I think this is part of it's charm. It shows a lovely used look, kind of like an ageing notebook.
A Lovely Writing Instrument
The Ateleia Brass Pen is my first brass pen. I have always been put off trying a brass pen due to the additional weight but as I use this pen for short bursts of writing this hasn't been a problem. I really like the clear line of sight you get when writing. Once the cap is unscrewed you are left with a small section holding the pen refill in place that allows you to clearly see what you're putting on the page.
I really like the Ateleia Brass Pen. It's reasonably priced at $65 for the brass version and it's a great first dip into the brass pen pool. I definitely wouldn't be able to write for long periods of time with this pen, but for using in my Travelers Notebook it's ideal. Ultimately this is a pen that will last. You buy the refills you need, you can change up the colours to your hearts content, but the pen itself will always be there.