I hope my computer isn't acting up today, but forgive me if my post comes out weird.
Originally Posted by rach2jlc
As I said on the other thread, but it warrants saying again... nice collection, Kai.
A recent acquisition... before I left japan I thought I'd pick up a sailor, given the positive reviews here and elsewhere. This one is a black Somiko with the TIGP nib. Like Pilot, sailor is sort of like Toyota... making a corolla and making a Lexus. This one is toward the entry-level of their FPs... maybe in the whole lineup something like a Camry with leather interior (haha).
Was also offered a fair deal for a Pelikan demonstrator... anybody have experience? Worth a look?
Sailor makes excellent pens. I personally have been looking around for the right deal on a Limited Edition 1911 with a Fine 14k Nib. It's almost identical to my Mont Blanc 149, but they can be had for much much cheaper. As far as Pelikan pens. It depends which ones you are interested in. Generally speaking, their mid level and above pens are excellent. They made some very cheap pens in the 70s and 80s (many companies did). However, I wouldn't mind owning an M700, M800, or M1000 series Pelikan. Kai-You have a beautiful collection. I've had experience with similar pens to what you own. Your Montegrappa is absolutely beautiful. I actually just purchased a Montegrappa Miya Argento which is inferior to yours I know. My uncle has a blue/sterling Rollerball Miya Argento and after seeing his, I had to find me one. I was very impressed by the presentation box it came in. Comparatively, you get much more for your money than with Mont Blanc (although I personally never pay retail). Your Aurora Optima- I actually just sold mine about 2 months ago. It was just a simple Black/Gold Ballpoint, but it was a great pen for the value. Is that a brown Waterman Carene you have too? My mother actually owns the same pen in the same color but in a rollerball version. It has sat in her desk at home for about 3 years and I keep asking her if she'll let me add it to my collection. Very solid pen for the price. I'm most impressed by your blotter and desk set. It is absolutely beautiful. I inherited a marble inkwell from my great great grandfather. On the bottom, it's dated 1896. The pen for it is long gone, but I'm in the process of trying to convert it (without permanently modifying it) to have it fit my Mont Blanc 149.