Yard-o-Led Pens are known for their lucrative sterling silver body and their iconic original design. The Viceroy collection from Yard-o-Led captures the glimpses of the same design without the hexagonal barrel and the nut-like appointment at the end of the pen. It is the epitome of Yard-o-Led pen’s design and quality.
Available in fountain pen, rollerball pen, ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil option, the Viceroy collection has been sub-divided into three categories depending on the pen’s size. They are 1) Yard-o-Led Viceroy Pocket, 2) Yard-o-Led Viceroy Standard, and 3) Yard-o-Led Viceroy Grand. Let’s take a detailed look at all three groups.
1. Yard-o-Led Viceroy Pocket: Its petite body makes it an ideal pen for travels. Built of solid silver, the pen is the same size as that of the Yard-o-Led Diplomat series, just a mere 4.4 inches. The size might churn out issues for huge handed people, but is comfortable otherwise. Available in hand-hammered intricate detailing made by the Yard-o-Led craftsmen, the Pocket pen comes with either a Victorian or a Barley engraving. Offered in only fountain pen and ballpoint pen version, the former uses cartridges only and is fitted with an 18k white gold medium nib and as a result gives an excellent writing experience on paper. It has a fairly decent grip section which adds to the pen’s comfort level and ergonomic design. The Viceroy Pocket ballpoint pen works with a twist mechanism and features the same elongated conical tip hood that I so very much endear.
2. Yard-o-Led Viceroy Standard: There are comparatively longer than the Pocket version, approx. 5 inches. Slim and long, the Viceroy Standard is a beautiful work of art, available in a plain body, a barley engraving or a Victorian engraving. The fountain pen version is fitted with a rhodium-plated 18k gold nib which comes in fine, medium or broad widths. The pen comes with an ink converter and can also use international sized ink cartridges. The twist mechanized ballpoint pen comes with a Long-life ballpoint refill. The pen series also comes with a rollerball pen and a mechanical pencil. Unlike the pocket Viceroy pens, these are the “standard” size and fit snugly in your hand. Although slim, the pen’s solid silver body lends it the desired weight which has been smartly balanced throughout the instrument. Overall, it is a decent pen.
3. Yard-o-Led Viceroy Grand: This collection resembles closer to the Viceroy Standard, but is slightly broader and heavier. Available in Barley and Victorian finishes, the pen comes in fountain pen and rollerball pen modes. The fountain pen is fitted with a rhodium-plated 18k solid gold nib in fine, medium and broad widths.
The meticulous engraved details on the pen’s body are hand-hammered by Yard-o-Led’s skilled craftsmen. Each pen is designed to provide utmost comfort and luxury to its users. The fountain pen and rollerball pen comes with a spacious grip section. Their caps are easy pull off/on and post snuggly without wiggling out. The ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil mode feature the elongated conical tip hood that has been a trademark of Yard-o-Led writing instrument.
Founded in 1934 by a Mr. Brenner, Yard-o-Led pencil and pen company developed a pencil mechanism that enabled each pencil to hold 12 three-inch pieces of lead at one time; thus, its name. Today it is fondly called YOL and is known for a brilliant collection of fountain pens, ballpoint pens, rollerball pens and mechanical pencils.