The small version of the Danitrio Cumlaude rarely comes up for sale, much less one with an 18K gold nib. Recently one did and I snagged it.
On arrival, I was surprised to find the new-used acquisition was an original Cumlaude—unlike the “close-out” version in my collection. There are major differences between the two pens, although mostly below the surface.
The original Cumlaude has the following features:
- an 18K nib with a Danitrio logo
- a metal section
- the section is more defined in its tapering
- a screw-in type converter
- the cap band has an imprint: “Trio Cumlaude”
- a weight of 4grams more
The “close-out” Cumlaude boasts none of those things. I’m referring to it as a “close-out” Cumlaude because its my understanding these types were the last of the Danitrio Cumlaude stock. The “close-out” has:
- a steel, gold-plated nib
- no metal internals
- no cap band imprint
That pen makes an ideal eyedropper-style filling pen!
The metal section of the “new,” original Cumlaude posed an initial disappointment for me as I had intended to fill the pen “eyedropper mode” like I do with my other Cumlaude. In fact, I had thought to sell my “close-out” version in favor of keeping the one with the 18K nib. For the moment, I’m keeping both and opting to celebrate the differences between the two pens. This poses a high-flalutoon pen problem for moi as a second Cumlaude is one more pen than I have room for in my pen storage cigar box.
The celluloid in both pens is the same luscious brown-marble. The 18K nib has a bit of softness to it. The smaller Cumlaude, like its larger brother, was made in both brown and grey/blue marble celluloid.