Today I discuss another pen in our new series of our favorite pens, the Delta Dolcevita Oro Piston Filler.
I first started thinking about this pen around Christmas 2013. We had experimented with Delta during the 2013 year and at the end of the year got some of their Dolcevita line. I have friends who have Delta Dolcevita pens, but when I saw they made a huge orange stick of a pen, I had to have it. In January I discovered they made it in a rather neat piston filler and the deal was done. I was going to get one of them one day. In LA in February 2014, Lisa came up to me during a slow moment in the show and asked me what nib I wanted in my Oro, I as usual said Medium, and another ten minutes later she came back and handed me a Valentines Day present of an Oro Piston Filler.
This alone would be enough to make it a special pen, but simply put the pen is exceptionally in nearly every way possible. Every time I pull the pen out of my pen case or my pocket to use I can’t help but smile at this big glowing piece of orange writing instrument. The yellow gold trim really sits well against the celluloid and the cap band is vermeil, gold plated over sterling silver, with a lovely pattern and hallmark on the back of the cap. Like most Delta pens, each piece is individually numbered on the back of the cap, with the Delta and Dolcevita imprint discreetly done on the back of the cap. The clip is the classic roller style to assist in sliding in and out of your pocket.
The pen does post on the barrel end, actually sitting on the blind cap. What looks like a trim ring is actually the base of the piston mechanism for the pen and it balances the trim on the cap rather nicely.
The Delta piston is unique in that when you reach the end of the travel for the piston, it ratchets, or clicks to let you know you are done and it cannot be over tightened. This is fun, if for no other reason than to play with in the office and annoy your peers.
The Oro has a clear ink window, and unlike many other pens, has a portion of the ink window visible with the cap screwed on. I rather like this feature as I know before I even unscrew the cap whether there may be enough ink in it for whatever purpose I am using it for. Sailor has this feature in their Realo line of piston fillers as well, and I love it.
The nib is a 14kt single tone nib with classic Delta elements, scroll work, the double nib Delta logo and a hallmark on the side. In my only (albeit very minor) complaint on the pen, I wish the nib were a hair larger to go with the overall large size of the pen. It’s not bad, just not as large as the nib on the OS Dolcevita. It is however, a fantastic writer, and is a first time, every time kind of writer. Rigid, no flex is the order of the day, and that is ok with me on this pen as it makes it usable for even the quickest of notes in a meeting.
So there you have it, the Delta Dolcevita Oro Piston Filler, one of My Favorite Pens.