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post #16 of 80
I use a sixties Montblanc no 32 as my do-it-all-FP. Great value, great feel.

/M
post #17 of 80
I collect fountain pens, but I use them all (as much as possible). I have a lot of vintage Mont Blancs (don't care for the new ones) and Parker 51's. That said, my most common daily writers (and the ones I put in my breast pocket safely on plane trips) are newer Auroras or a beautiful old Sheaffer Triumph Lifetime with a green striped barrel - seen below prior to restoration:





Mont Blanc from the 50's that belonged to my father:





A "gaggle" of Parker 51's:





Great modern writers (Cartier and Conway Stewart):





Wonderful and consistent writer for under $100, Aurora Ipsilon:

post #18 of 80
Nice. I had a MB 138 for a while. The vintage MBs are very nice, including the 1950s 149s that have flexible nibs. I can't remember exactly why I sold mine off.
post #19 of 80
I use a Visconti Van Gogh Maxi when I am writing session notes at home. For a 200$ pen it is really an excellent value


MrR
post #20 of 80
Ooh, no one's mentioned Pelikan yet.
I use a sovereign 400 inherited from my grandfather.
http://images.google.de/url?q=http:/...6RGCQDJwNwVnEQ
post #21 of 80
I love pens. Men get so few opportunities to accessorize. The greatest thing about your pen is that you use it to get deals done. Damn few things in life as fulfilling as transacting a deal.

I'm not to the point of matching my pen with my clothing... But I love it when my pen featuring some marbled blue coloring matches with my blue watch and blue in my clothes. I also have a very nice green pen, but I don't wear green very often.
post #22 of 80
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Originally Posted by Mr Sand View Post
Ooh, no one's mentioned Pelikan yet.
I use a sovereign 400 inherited from my grandfather.
http://images.google.de/url?q=http:/...6RGCQDJwNwVnEQ


That is a beautiful one!
post #23 of 80
I've got:

Mount Blanc 146 Fine nib
Aurora 88 Fine nib
Pelikan M805 Fine nib

Here's a good website for FP discussion:

Fountain Pen Network

Lot's of good advice and reviews of both pens and ink.
post #24 of 80
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Originally Posted by TCN View Post
I collect fountain pens, but I use them all (as much as possible). I have a lot of vintage Mont Blancs (don't care for the new ones)



What do you consider a "new" MB and why don't you care for them? You're not alone in your opinion, but I'm not clear why many pen aficionados dislike MB.

FWIW, for the past 20 years my daily writer at work is a MB 146 that's never given me a lick of trouble. My prior pen was a sleek MB with a stainless steel case.
post #25 of 80
Pen collectors tend to see them as tacky and ubiquitous. Like collectors of any genre, they have their own snobbery to attend to. Also, there were some quality issues with the so-called "Precious Resin".
post #26 of 80
Where are some of the best retail pen stores? And is liking an upper quality ball-point pen considered not so cool? The advantage being that a ballpoint cartridge tends to leak less and last longer...
post #27 of 80
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Where are some of the best retail pen stores? And is liking an upper quality ball-point pen considered not so cool? The advantage being that a ballpoint cartridge tends to leak less and last longer...

Joon and Fountain Pen Hospital are great. Where are you located?

http://www.joonpens.com/about.php
http://www.fountainpenhospital.com/
post #28 of 80
Thanks for the links. I occasionally get to cities like Tulsa or Kansas City but I don't actually live too close to a major city. I may travel to Houston soon and might check out a good pen store there if I can find one. I know there's a pretty exciting pen kiosk in the Charlotte airport. I spent a half hour drooling there recently!
post #29 of 80
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And is liking an upper quality ball-point pen considered not so cool? The advantage being that a ballpoint cartridge tends to leak less and last longer...

I don't really notice a significant difference between a BIC stick pen and any of the higher end ballpoints I've tried (and I actually prefer the extreme minimalism of the BIC in most cases). Fountain pens and rollerballs are just so much smoother, though Uni-Ball did do something with hybrid ink resulting in the very smooth Jetstream.

I would like to know of any less expensive (under $50) older flexible nibs to be commonly had on ebay or in the vintage racks at the brick and mortar stores.
post #30 of 80
omas bronze arco and sailor 1911, both with custom italic nib by john mottishaw... amazing...
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