Uranus 621 series
"Norman, I just got the pens and they are
great, expecially the Picasso. I'm a big fan of fine nibs. I filled it up
with my current fav ink of Noodler's Air-Corp Blue-Black and it writes great.
"I do love that
621, it writes with the finest line of any pen (including those with “fine”
nibs) that I own.
It works great with the narrow ruled stationary I use
"Dear Norman, I LOVE, LOVE my Petri dish colored Uranus 621 and want another one this time in purple." S. P., La Grande, OR
I thought of naming this the "Colorful Soccer Ball Flower, Cardinal Cap with Really Strange Fourth Pen" series, but it didn't quite have the 'rolls off the tongue' name I was looking for. So, I decided to keep it as the "621".
As you can see, the design elements of these fun, slim pens are a bit of a mishmash. The caps themselves maintain a rather cogent theme of various-sized soccer balls (at least among the first three versions). Then you move to the problem of the representation on the barrel. What are those...soccer ball bushes?
Once I cracked the design code of the first three pens in the series, it was child's play to interpret the inclusion of the fourth member. Clearly this signified...ah, let's see...I think....oh, I know! Poster art for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine sequel album! No, that can't be quite right.
Then, it hit me. The designers where clearly trying to capture the nascent floral cells that give rise to the soccer ball bushes, which subsequently produce the multi-sized soccer balls represented on the caps! Where would such cells be grown? Why of course in Petri dishes. Eureka!
Anyway, I think we can agree that they are colorful. Uranus has been moving to more colorful, and whimsical models recently, as further evidenced by the 966 series.
The pens in the 621 series are slim, but not small, measuring 5-1/4" capped, 5-1/4" posted (although I find it takes a light touch to post them, due to the barrel shape) and 4-5/8" with cap held aside. If you're wondering where I came up with the moniker '621', it's the model number engraved on the back of the cap band. The front, underneath the blade-like clip, displays 'Uranus'.
Removing the slip cap -- which snaps securely back in place -- reveals the brushed steel section and the hooded (or semi-hooded, depending upon your definition) steel nib. The nib is equivalent to a typical western fine in size.
The included piston converter for bottled ink has a ball agitator to help prevent ink adherence to the converter's sides...but 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 converter 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 to the nib, and step two removes the traces of the detergent you've used...which tends to have the opposite, diuretic effect. The pen will also take International-style cartridges, such as those from Private Reserve.
So, whether you call it a "Colorful Soccer Ball Flower, Cardinal Cap with Really Strange Fifth Pen" or a 621, collect one...collect them all!
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Revised: May 27th, 2015