Delta Dolcevita oversized
This black and terracotta beauty, the Dolcevita, has become the flagship pen of Delta. Even with all of the wonderful Limited Editions that the company produces, this is the pen model that pen aficionados instantly recognize as Delta.
To quote from Delta directly:
"La Dolce Vita," the Italian "sweet life" that we all dream about is turned into reality by Delta. The new, medium sized Dolcevita invites you for a delightful celebration of the sweet life in Italy. Friendship and festivity, art and dance, music and laughter - the true joys of life are the inspiration behind this invigorating collection. The Dolcevita embodies an acrylic resin barrel cast in a brilliant terracotta orange and a handcrafted sterling silver band using old skills passed down through generations. The fountain pen features a smooth flowing 18kt nib that lets your thoughts flow freely."
DV80188 Delta Dolcevita oversized FP w/Vermeil accents
The Dolcevita Oversized definitely lives up to its name, as it measures 5-1/2" capped and 6-3/4" posted. The barrel itself is a full 1/2" in diameter, so this is a hefty pen in the hand (although not overweight, being of a resin construction). Each pen barrel is hand-turned from a solid bar of brilliant golden-orange pearlized resin, the same color visible throughout the country under the Mediterranean sun in rocky hillsides, while the cap is hand turned from a solid bar of black special resin.
The pen is entirely handmade; barrels, caps and tops are hand-threaded by lathe and then each individual piece is hand-threaded to insure perfect alignment. The central ring is crafted in solid '925' sterling silver (or vermeil, as the photos show on this page) with an olive leaf motif painstakingly etched by a master silversmith from decor featured in old paintings from Pompei.
The clip is in a special elastic metal alloy, platinum plated, equipped with a small rolling wheel to facilitate sliding in and out of the breast pocket.
The pen can be filled using the included converter for bottled ink, International-style cartridges, or as an eyedropper pen! The Dolcevita Oversized was designed so that the large barrel can be filled with ink directly if you choose, providing a truly oversized ink capacity.
The pen uses either a threaded converter for bottled ink, International-type cartridges such as those from Private Reserve here, which are included in the stunning black velveteen gift box along with Delta's lifetime warranty. Also included in the presentation box are a bottle of Delta's gold ink.
IMPORTANT SERVICE NOTE: Every nib that ships from His Nibs is closely examined under high magnification and tuned or adjusted if needed. About 85% of modern nibs need some adjustment out-of-the-box from the manufacturer for an optimal writing experience. Most commonly, the tines of the nib are misaligned -- which would cause scratchiness at the minimum; the slit between the tines is partially or fully closed -- which would starve the nib of ink and at best cause skipping; or the slit between the tines is too wide -- which will either again cause skipping, or conversely, flooding. There are other factors -- such as separation of the nib from the feed -- that are inspected and repaired before any pen leaves the Palace.
The only 100% guarantee of course comes when the pen is actually filled with ink and written with for the first time, but our pre-shipping inspections and tunings have eliminated 99.99999 (my finger is getting tired) of the frustrations that a customer experiences when first using a new fountain pen. Although this can be time-consuming on occasion, it affords our customers a much more pleasant experience when receiving a fountain pen from His Nibs -- and saves us the frustration of dealing with returns!
Ordering Procedures & Returns
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Warranties and returns
If an item proves to be defective, in most cases the manufacturer's warranty will apply. However, please email us first so that we can determine the easiest way to resolve the problem to your satisfaction. In the case of fountain pens -- which are a bit more individualistic than other writing instruments -- what may at first appear to be a defect (hard starting or poor flow for example), can in almost all cases be resolved with a few simple 'tweaks' to the nib, which we'll be happy to guide you through or perhaps suggest returning to us for adjustment.
Should you wish to return a non-defective item within 3 days of receipt because it doesn't suit you for some reason, again please email us and we'll arrange an exchange, credit or refund (minus any shipping/insurance charges), if the item is returned in an 'as new' condition. If you've dipped a fountain pen to try its writing characteristics, kindly clean off any ink residue prior to shipping -- to save us both a nasty surprise .
We want you to be happy with your purchase from HisNibs.com and hope to have you join the ranks of our many long-term, repeat customers!
Revised: July 18th, 2014