The Pineider Alchemist is a new collection of fountain pens made in Florence, Italy, and designed by Dante Del Vecchio. The Alchemist is made of a compound of Zeolite and resin, which is molded and sand blasted. The beautiful black-green pen is complemented by black trim.
The Alchemist features Pineider’s flexible nib, a quill-shaped clip, and a “soft touch magnetic lock” cap system. This fountain pen fills via a piston filler, and is completed with a black smooth, soft 14k gold nib. The nib is flexible for ease of creating line width variation in your writing.
This pen also comes with an Easy Filler, Pineider's handy metal piston knob extender, to make it easier to grasp and twist the piston knob.
Following the world trend for flexible nibs, this brand new quill nib is described by Pineider as hyperflex with an excellent memory. The project was made to create a nib for daily writing and not for calligraphy whose performance are quite different. The purpose of the new nib is clear: just writing pleasure for everybody, also for beginners. Remember that the nib is the extension of the hand and does not need any pressure to write.
Zeolites are minerals of volcanic origin that formed millions of years ago from the encounter of glowing lava and seawater. Today this alchemical transformation of magma occurs with every eruption, for example, in the Kilawea volcano in Hawaii or in the Italian Stromboli.
The name "zeolite" comes from the Greek words "zeo" = "boil" and "lithos" = "stone", therefore it means stone that boils and derives from the fact that, when it is heated, it releases water without changing the structure and it seems that bubble.
Zeolitic properties are cationic exchange capacity, reversible dehydration, and structural porosity. From zeolite comes a natural remedy to protect and detoxify our organs from toxins that invade our body daily, fight free radicals, expel heavy metals and other harmful substances such as radionuclides and ammonium ion. Zeolite maintains health, improves it or restores it in cases of disease. In Japan zeolites have been approved as food additives since 1996; 39 patents on the application of zeolites in humans have been registered worldwide since 1986. Interest in the Zeolites is constantly increasing all over the world. In fact, in addition to being curative for humans, they are also used in industry, in water desalination plants, in construction, in furnaces, in animal husbandry as medical additives to animal feed, with results in every specific sector always exceptional.
Zeolite enters the pen world with The Alchemist, where tactile feeling and impact resistance are key points for a good pen. The formula developed with over 40% pure and low pressure printed Zeolite gives a velvety surface, a remarkable impact resistance, preserves the anionic and cationic properties of the material, a natural hydrophilia, perfect porosity and excellent grip for the hand.
We do our best to photograph the pens to show how they will appear in person, but due to the nature of the material there will be some variation in the pattern seen here. This adds an element of uniqueness to the pen, with no two patterns being exactly the same.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Zeolite and Resin
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Magnetic cap
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Nib Size
- Soft Extra-Fine, Soft Fine, Soft Medium, Soft Broad, Soft 1.3mm Stub
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 14k Gold
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 12.7mm (0.50in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 15.6mm (0.61in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 18.3mm (0.72in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 136.4mm (5.37in)
- Length - Cap
- 70.2mm (2.76in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 23.5mm (0.93in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 150mm (5.91in)
- Length - Overall (Posted)
When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.
- 168.3mm (6.63in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 21g (0.74oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 15g (0.53oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
- Max Ink Capacity - Piston Vac
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using the built-in piston or vacuum filling mechanism.
Reviews & Questions
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write!
Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!