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Fountain Pen and Pen Collectors Thread. Who else likes nice pens?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by randomhero88, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. demian19003

    demian19003 Well-Known Member

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    I do..but I don't like excess by nature and decided to keep it strictly to 3...

    Any more I simply feel is not necessary and can easily fall into obsession.

    As a fine art painter I though tI would use them often, and I researched everyone...really, everyone..just as I do with bespoke shoes and suits.

    Always found a kindred spirit in Leonardo, and also wanting the best and sentimental as I am, I found the small Florentine mfr. Stipula.

    As I live in Florence and have for several years, and as my days are numbered I came across the special addition "Da Vinci" their "broken glass" edition...no longer available now and i think it is very beautiful...paid 450euro for it..

    Then came across the Leonardo Sketch Pen by Mont Blanc which I find genuinely beautiful and outstanding quality. Another 450Euro..

    Any genuine and knowledgeable collector will tell you that MB are not what they used to be..the vintage pens are where it's at (across the board really).

    ..excluding their special editions however which are all very well done, very creative. All refined, researched well, in very good taste, and of top quality.

    But I would never pay the prices asked for them even if I money were not an issue (if I can even imagine that)..

    Lastly, an old, perfectly restored Waterman from 1927. Black rubber with 2 solid gold engraved rings. Got it for a steal online at $80USD.

    Yeah, I looked into Visconti, but the quality just isnt there..

    The only thing I liked from the were their leather pen case wallets. I got one for 3 pens which they no long er make. I have never seen another o fits equal...I dunno, 150Euro I believe.

    This was all 5yrs ago. Done.


    I'll tell you a story. I (perhaps foolishly) always carried them within their case everywhere with me..

    Never used them for sketching while out and about but always brought them nevertheless.

    I never get pickpocketed, but last year at this time unusually while in a Trattoria one busy day having had too much wine and lost my guard, had my backpack stolen from beneath my chair.

    I was broken...I havent the $$ anymore to ever replace them.

    A week later a get a call from the Carabinieri...my backpack with wallet, pens, case, everything had been returned..

    This NEVER happens in Italy..Never.

    Germany I would expect it, here no way..

    I was of course overwhelmed and I always try to repay kindnesses.

    I found the woman who did it searching the phonebook and bring her flowers often to this day.

    I thought it was stolen due to fact it is a military backpack I use which I bought from a UK military supplier online. Super durable.

    My cellphone and cash were taken only...nothing else.

    She simply found it and returned it...

    She thinks (as do I) it was some gypsie scumbag or anti american military person believing I am military.

    She said she was touched viewing my sketchbook and reading "God is a Story. God is a life lived."



    Now of course I will never sell them ... and don't bring them everywhere with me!

    That's that.
    Over and out.
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  2. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I spent a summer in Florence. That NEVER happens, as you said. Beautiful story.


    Maybe this isn't the thread for you. Perhaps practice your grammar in addition to your WPM. Comma and colon usage should be at the top of your study list.

    EDIT - Yeah, he's materialistic.

     
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  3. Silence229

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    Got a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck and received a Cross as a gift
    All pens smudge as a lefty though..
     
  4. horndog

    horndog Senior member

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    I've got three Visconti fountain pens - a special edition Aida and two Van Goghs. Really digging on a Montegrappa or the F Scott Fitzgerald special ed. Montblanc as the next purchase.
     
  5. Bill Smith

    Bill Smith Senior member

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    Anyone pick up a Delta pen with the new fusion nib? I'm curious with it's performance.
     
  6. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    In terms of fountain pens, I have a Cross Bailey I got on a whim when Staples had a nice sale on the gift packs, and a cheapo Zebra from Walgreens. I might get more eventually, but I don't write enough these days to really justify anything now. I also have a bunch of $10 ish or somewhat nicer ballpoints and rollerballs that I like using too, so not much call for it. I do like using something nicer looking and intended to last though, I don't generally like the mindset that leads to disposable things.

    Pic of the cross I use (though not my pic):
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  7. demian19003

    demian19003 Well-Known Member

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    You could write in mirror format, right to left, like Da Vinci... (smile)
     
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  8. ama

    ama Senior member

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    I'm currently practicing using a fountain with a Lamy Safari. My daily pens of choice until, and if, I make the switch to fountains are Rotring 600 rollerballs. I love the look, heft and feel of those pens.
     
  9. Devoti

    Devoti Well-Known Member

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    My collection is regulated to rollerballs as I travel a lot, keeping pens on me and then the having the dreaded left hand writing style dragging as I write sadly keeps me from using fountain pens. I do industrial design so I'm marking up drawings with notes and corrections.

    I have to say i love my Aurora sterling 925 Hastil, Hallmark Rollerball bocote wood pen and my three sterling sliver Dunhills.

    My absolute favorite is my 4 color Sterling silver Dunhill pen:
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  10. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Lamy makes a great pen.

    My most recent acquisitions are the Hero 329 chinese pens, Rotring Edge, and Pilot 78G (all cheapies). Now I'm coming to terms with the stupidity of having a whole bunch of blue inks, but no other color. I have since ordered red and green.
     
  11. Devoti

    Devoti Well-Known Member

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    I have a Rotring 600 Rollerball in black if anyone is interested. They do have a solid and great feel, I just have too many pens; it's no good to have good pens sitting in drawers being unused.
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  12. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    My dad got me a Montblanc Meiserstuck Diamond for my birthday a few years ago (Think I posted it, somewhere, I'll dig it up.) Anyway, looking online, there's no way he spent ~1200 on it. I think I want to switch from cartridges, just don't know what to buy for ink. I like blue. Really wish I had more opprotunities to use it.
     
  13. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    Also, side note: my dad has a large (or at least several of them) collection. I might propose that I "clean them up" would i have to get new nibs or should I just use them as is, despite having molded to his hand?
     
  14. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    So I swear he had more.... anyway, top two are Aurora. Wooden one was one he got as a gift somewhere, it has an "Iridium Point Germany" nib. From the research I've done on them, its clear why he didn't use that one much. Apparently the Auroras didn't write very well. The Stypen seems to have gotten a ton of use which makes sense. The internets say they are very good workhorse pens, which would have been wright up his wheelhouse.

    Also, I see some of the nibs still have some stains from ink on them. Should I soak them some more?

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  15. cold war painter

    cold war painter Senior member

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    Why don't you try using them & see how they are? I have a pen of my grandfather's that works ok for me without adjustment. If you don't like them the way they are then maybe find someone to regrind the nibs rather than replace them.
     
  16. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I added another Diplomat Traveller to my rotation. Medium nib, piston converter. Currently using Private Reserve midnight blue.

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  17. chobochobo

    chobochobo Senior member Moderator

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  18. Bentley

    Bentley Senior member

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    +1

    I would recommend having the nib either reground or re-tipped if need be. If you replace the nib, it may (from a collector's perspective) decrease the value of the pen.
     
  19. b1os

    b1os Senior member

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    I currently use two LAMY AL-stars (oceanblue, graphite). Fine nib.

    Which inks do you guys use? I've recently purchased Herbin's Éclat de Saphir and a limited edition from Delta called "Arma dei Carabinieri" (I think it's supposed to be the blue from the Italian police force.. couldn't find any info online). I like both quite a bit. Today, my order from Japan arrived: iroshizuku's shin-kai, tsuki-yo and ajisa. Looking forward to try them.

    I might treat myself to a LAMY 2000 fountain pen for Christmas, but I've got to try it out first (I only have the 2000 rollerball).

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  20. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I run through a lot of ink so I generally get the cheaper Private Reserve. It's a quality ink for the price.
     

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