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In Search Of Exceptional Fountain Pen

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Stazy, Dec 25, 2006.

  1. Stazy

    Stazy Senior member

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    To commemorate a special event that took place this year, I've been given $2500 to purchase an item that will help preserve the spirit of the occasion. The best idea I've come up with is a fountain pen. It is something that can be passed on to future generations and it will also be used frequently enough to keep the memory "alive".

    That being said, I haven't a clue where to purchase a $2500 writing instrument, nor do I know which brands to consider. I'm looking for something that writes exceptionally well, but also has a touch of extravagance.

    Thank you for your assistance
     
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    The lacquered Namiki's are gorgeous, should be in your price range.
     
  4. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    I agree with Lamo. The lacquered Namikis are among the best fountain pens made. I would also recommend Omas.

    In that price range, I would seriously consider the Namiki Yukari collection or an Omas Lucens set.

    My most expensive pen is a Namiki Urushi Emperor. The Emperor is the largest pen made, harking back to the Parker Black Giant and the Waterman's #20 of the 1910s and 20s. Like them it is an eyedropper-filled pen. The ones with elaborate designs go for from $4000-$6000. I got a maroon urushi Emperor because I actually planned to use it. It's an unbelievable pleasure to write with too. Somewhat quixotically, I used mine to write my classical Japanese assignments during college.
     
  5. Stazy

    Stazy Senior member

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    After browsing through www.fountainpenhospital.com I found the pen pictured below (Pelikan - Blue Planet - 2006). It really looks amazing and only 540 were made. Can anyone comment on the quality of Pelikan products? [​IMG]
     
  6. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Pelikan pens are excellent. I would rate Pelikan above Montblanc as far as German makers go.

    One word of advice about buying a fountain pen: The heart of the pen is the nib. You should try writing with several grades of nibs from various pen makers to determine what works for you. Nibs can be customized to some extent, but it's important to narrow down your preferences before buying. You might end up eliminating a candidate based on the nib alone.
     
  7. LabelKing

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    I think you should get a vintage Dunhill by Namiki fountain pen.
     
  8. Lamo

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    I think you should get a vintage Dunhill by Namiki fountain pen.

    aren't those rather expensive?
     
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    Personally, my choice would be a Namiki Emperor Nightline.
    Holy crap that's expensive...! Jon.
     
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    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Holy crap that's expensive...!

    Jon.


    Dude, it's only 6 grand. [​IMG]
     
  12. Lamo

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    these are a little more immoderate.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. cmeisenzahl

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    along w/ Pelikan, Conway-Stewart, Lamy, and Omas imho.
     
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    I think you should get a vintage Dunhill by Namiki fountain pen.

    Those are exquisite pens, but inanely expensive.
     
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    I'd spend 6 grand on a lot of questionable things, but for a pen? Damn that's expensive. Then there's the 50k dunhill pen... Someone really needs to explain the pricing to me ;p
     
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    For $2500, I would get a Jaeger LeCoultre Reverso Classique with an engraving on the reverse side.

    http://www.jcengraver.com/
     
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    C, that engraver is incredible. What would you have engraved?
     
  18. Nantucket Red

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    I would have my family crest engraved on a classic Reverso, but I'd also get a Namiki Emperor. Never mind that it would blow the budget to hell.
     
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    I am fortunate enough to work around the corner from the fountain pen hospital. Definitely check their website - gr8 selection and prices.

    I will say two things based on my limited experience with nicer writing instruments - you DO get what pay for , and you should try before you buy.

    I am now looking at buying a couple of nice fountain pens. I am no collector, I just want a couple of beautiful heirloom quality writers. I did some side by side tests the other day, and they let me dip in ink to try writing.

    Let me say I tried my best to talk myself into settling for a $79 plastic pen which at a quick glance looked identical to a cellulose model selling for $900. But just removing and posting the cap was a revelation. The quality was immediately apparent (or lack thereof - I can see the cheaper pen breaking inside of a year with normal use). Doing an A/B writing test was even more of a no-brainer. If you are going to spend more than 2 or 3 bucks at Staples (which is fine - not everyone wants/needs a chi-chi pen) you may as well get something that writes like a a dream, according to your budget; as others have said, go for the best nib possible. Btw, I am finding there are some exceptional deals out there for around $500-750 (w/14K nibs), and you could save or invest the other $2k (buy a nice enough looking pen and no one need know!).[​IMG]

    But definitely try writing with the pen. I handled three or four models I'd narrowed my choices down to - the ones that 'felt' nicest just being held were a drag to write more than few sentences with. For me the Pelikan - which felt a bit light and unexceptional just sitting in my hand or 'pretend writing' was the best when actually dipped and being used - perfect weight and balance. It was kind of like buying a couch or bed - what feels comfy to plop down in for a few seconds in the showroom is not necessarily what will give you proper support over a longer real-world time period.

    It's $2500, so choose wisely and shop around. If you must blow the whole wad, I do think Omas have some of the most tasteful pens, as I prefer less ornamentation. Ymmv. In any case I envy your available funds - Enjoy!!![​IMG]
     

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