Is there a doctor in the
See the ballpoint version here
Here's what Delta has to say about it:
"The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians, physician assistants' and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically and honestly. It is widely believed to have been written by Hippocrates, often regarded as the father of western medicine. It requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards.
Considered the founder of medical science, he revolutionized the concept of medicine as distinct from other fields, thus establishing medicine as a profession.
Hippocrates invented the medical record, theorized
the need to rationally observe patients, taking notes and transcribing their
appearance and symptoms, and introduced for the first time, the concepts of
diagnosis and prognosis.
Although Delta refers to "red and blue resins" as being turned by hand from solid bars, I find the 'red' to be more of a rich burgundy or maroon, while the 'blue' varies from a deep black to a shimmering, pearlescent blue/gray under direct light. It's hard to capture in a photo, but very alluring in person. It also makes each individual pen quite unique in appearance.
I think it's pretty obvious that the first thing one notices about the pen is the clip! It portrays the Rod of Asclepius -- a wooden staff encircled by a serpent. Asclepius was an ancient Greek physician (circa 1200 B.C.) who was deified as the god of healing and medicine. Many of us are more familiar with the staff and twinned serpents of the Caduceus to represent the medical...but that is actually a link with Hermes (Mercury to the Romans) and the alchemists of the 7th Century A.D. Here's an interesting article (one of many that can be found), discussing the differences.
The cap 'jewel' or insert references the medical school of the University of Salerno, mentioned in the Delta quote above. It's a carving which portrays the first recognized diploma of medicine, although Salerno and its surrounds was known for its physicians dating back to Greek and Roman times.
'Hippocratica' is boldly rendered on the widest of the cap bands. This cap band, along with the staff of the clip, is textured as if made from tree bark. In all cases...clip, cap band and cap jewel...the underlying metal is plated with precious rhodium.
The pearlescent sheen of the barrel and cap nicely compliment the solid blocks of burgundy resin. The barrel of each pen is engraved with 'DELTA Italy', 'Hippocratica Collection', the Delta twin nib logo, and the pen's individual production number.
Unscrewing the cap of the fountain pen -- which also screws onto the barrel end for posting -- displays the beautiful new Fusion nib. This new Delta nib, designed and produced in-house by Delta. fuses steel and 18K gold into one of the best nibs I've come across. It's available in 5 sizes: EF, F, M, B and stub (a large 1.5mm).
the section and barrel reveals the screw-in piston converter for bottled ink. It will also take
International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve.
As with all new pens, I recommend to run a dilute solution of dishwashing soap
(two or three drops to a small bowl of water) through a new pen a few
times, followed by water only. Step one is effective at
removing manufacturing oils that can tend to make the ink less than enthusiastic
in heading from the converter/filler to the nib, and step two removes the traces of the
detergent you've used...which tends to have the opposite, diuretic effect.
The ballpoint is a thing of beauty, measuring 5-1/2", and is very well balanced in the hand. I say ballpoint, but due to the Parker-style refills used, this can easily become a gel pen or capless rollerball, just by inserting the desired refill. The pen uses a twist action for point extension and retraction.
Either pen comes in a large gift box. The outer sleeve is shown below (click on the photo to enlarge).
The gift box holds Delta's unique display box, bottled ink or refill (depending upon which pen is selected),
warranty and paperwork describing the Hippocratica and Fusion nib.
So, will there be a doctor in your house?
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Revised: March 7th, 2014