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Mont Blanc or oftenther upper end writing utensils

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hopkins_student, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    Fountain pen ink is a little like shoe polish. A manufacturer will tell you that you're better off using their brand, but the truth is only they are better off with you using their brand.

    Use a quality ink, clean the pen regularly, and you'll be fine. If you find that the feed is clogging, ask a high-end pen shop for a thinner ink. They know their stuff.

    I have no experience with Caran d'Ache pens, but they sure aren't cheap. Waterman pens are good. They're not exactly gorgeous--though the Carenne in orange was pretty cool--but they get the job done.
     
  2. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    Omas is the shiznit. I have a 360 FP and a limited edition Jerusalem FP (I have been meaning to purchase a Paragon); Montegrappa is also very nice. Yes Montblanc is not the best pen money can buy (for the price) but, the one advantage is that you can get refills anywhere in the world, thus it is normally my primary pen when I travel...even though my other pens are by far finer writing instruments.

    Regarding leakage, if you fly a lot, just get a FP that has a convertible mechanism, thus you can load cartages instead of ink and you will avoid messy spills.

    The only Montblanc's that are worth really having if money is an issue is one of the limited editions, at least they are made to greater standards than their regular production items. Be forewarned though, using a limited edition FP will decrease its value (well, except if you have an original Parker Snake).

    The only Caran d'Ache I own is a very limited sterling silver production pen that was made exclusively for Patek Philippe for their use way back when. Truth be told, I have never used it, thus I cannot attribute to its writing quality, looks well made though.

    Jon.
     
  3. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I recieved as a gift a montblanc. for me it serves it purpose. I carry a tiny spacepen in my pants pocket, as well, for any real writting that I have to do - the fauntain pen is mostly for signing things. When I fly, I put the FP in my briefcase, but I have never had any leakage.
     
  4. Trilby

    Trilby Senior member

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    I use a Caran d'Ache as my main, everyday fountain pen. It writes beautifully and I like its heft and balance. They're not cheap, but I find them a much better value than Mont Blanc -- they are very well made. I have a big Parker Duofold that is a wonderful pen and is great for signing important documents, but is a little too imposing to use every day.
     
  5. Super Fly

    Super Fly Well-Known Member

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    I have a Mont Blanc Meisterstuck 144 that's twenty + years old. It has a 18c nib and is a great fountain pen. Of course it's well worn in but it's large, comfortable, never leaks and is a design classic (although common nowadays). I also use a Parker 75 (sterling silver) which is also very good. Bought it on Ebay. Another nice pen is the Aurora Hastil. It's a bit hard to find but it's one of the few pens in the permanent collection at MOMA. It's very minimal and elegant. Has a white gold nib. Aurora
     
  6. SylvesterPennoyer

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    If you like the blue or red, you can pick up an Aurora Talentum from Joon.com for $160. I like the Optima better, but its $100+ more.
     
  7. sashae

    sashae Senior member

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    I have (and love) a Caran d'Ache fountain pen that I've been using for a few years... black lacquer with a rhodium nib and ends. It's a lovely pen, writes wonderfully, doesn't leak, and has excellent heft. I purchased it from the multiply-mentioned Fountain Pen Hospital -- a wonderful shop with great service.

    As for inks, I've run a number of different inks through my Caran to test them out, and have found that Waterman and Omas inks work the best for me. I'm particularly fond of the Omas tobacco brown, which while not terribly traditional does write exceptionally well.

    -s
     
  8. SylvesterPennoyer

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    I agree with the above - Waterman inks are good. My favorite blue is Waterman blue-black, and my favorite black is Aurora. I don't like Omas black, but I may have to order that tobacco brown and give it a try.
     
  9. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    The Omas blue ink -- I think there is one in particular that was a special vintage, as it were, is incredible. Never saw a blue quite like it. What was the old social rule? Black ink for business and government papers. (I think some forms used to state that signatures in blue ink were unacceptable). Blue ink for social papers? And I never did quite figure out what blue-black ink was. And why the rules were so. Ooops, I just realized that I mentioned rules. Be easy on me.
     
  10. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    In my business, we are required to sign things in blue ink, because it is easier to distinguish a copy from an original.

    My favorite blue is Aurora blue. Parker's penman saphire is great too, but quite hard to find these days.

    I use fountain pens every day. My workhorse is an extra fine point nib Schaeffer snorkel that I bought off of Ebay several years ago for about $40. It's a terrific pen, and the extra fine point is good at filling out forms, scribbling in margins, and other tasks where a thicker nib wouldn't work so well. For signatures, I prefer an italic nib, and often use a Parker or Aurora with italic nibs. For all around writing, a medium point nib is best, and the rest of my pens are mostly medium points.
     
  11. LabelKing

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    I use an OMAS 360, and a Delta Nautilus in sterling silver.

    Mont Blanc is the pen brand that people buy if they don't even like fountain pens but want the cachet.
     
  12. RJman

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    What are people's thoughts on Yard-O-Led?
     

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