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#601 christof

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Posted 31 October 2014 - 15:05

Also, why do the designs of the '50s and '60s often seem so timeless? They have an almost archetypal quality, as if they had tapped into the "essence" of the fountain pen.

 

maybe because this pens have been just designed for daily use?

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 14:59

Wonderful! 

I love the Pelikanos, but everytime I see a 2013 edition I keep saying to myself: (nah, I don't repeat that here)


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 15:33

maybe because this pens have been just designed for daily use?

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That may be, but even they have a distinct aesthetic / style / look, and it isn't even a "degree zero" design. It's probably just a personal thing, but I find the design of pens like the 1960 Pelikano above (and other "torpedo"-shaped pens of the ’50s and ’60s like the Pelikan 400NN or some of the Montblanc 2XX series) to be just about perfect.


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Posted 01 November 2014 - 17:48

 

That may be, but even they have a distinct aesthetic / style / look, and it isn't even a "degree zero" design. It's probably just a personal thing, but I find the design of pens like the 1960 Pelikano above (and other "torpedo"-shaped pens of the ’50s and ’60s like the Pelikan 400NN or some of the Montblanc 2XX series) to be just about perfect.

 

I do like the torpedo FPs too. Although they are less common nowadays in low or mid-range brands.


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Posted 10 November 2014 - 15:37

Recently, I was able to buy a very nice Parker Lady Duofold in RHR from 1924. (FPN is still a great place to catch pens!)

Some days after, the pen arrived at my door. I don't have to explain why I absolutely love RHR an this pen is no exception! Have a look at this fantastic imprint:

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Then I realised that the pen was quite huge for that what I knew as Lady size....

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I took out my other Duofolds, especially a Junior sized Permanite Duofold. Surprisingly, both pens were exactly the same dimensions, lenght and diameter. The Lady is even longer when the cap is posted...

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Unfortunately I don't have the Duofold book at hand right now but I will check as soon as possible...

And now, I am dreaming of a Senior in RHR, sigh....

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 16:56

And now, I am dreaming of a Senior in RHR, sigh....

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Say, aren't you a little young to be dreaming of Seniors…

 

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 17:40

young?
me?
hahaha!

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 13:16

I mainly collect Pelikan and Parker, but there is a brand which has some fascination to me since I have seen my first pen of these. It's Matador.

Matador is a German Brand which does not exist anymore. There is only few information known about this brand. One of the best sources for German pen history is T. Neureither which provides this informations: Matadors have been made in Wuppertal between ca. 1906 and 1958. The name of the factory was "Matador Füllhalterfabrik" owned by Löwen und Löwen, Wuppertal. There may be a connection to another vintage German Brand "Standard".

I only had 3 Matadors in the past. Two of them were pistonfillers and one was a Matador Turbo, a turnknob filler. I sold them all because one has to focus...

Of course I regret that (as I usually do when I had to sell a cool pen...) so I had to have this when my friend showed it to me. Matador are well made pens, with uncomplicated mechanism, and fantastic nibs. Compareable to Soennecken or Pelikan. But have a look at this:

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...as already said: one have to focus. But I am sure I need a second one of these...at least. but let's see...

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 15:12

Very nice pen Christoph, congratulations!

I've repaired already a few of these, surely well made and maintenance friendly pens !

I fully agree these pens are of the same league of Pelikan and Soennecken.

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 16:15

note to self: one has to focus... and not be tempted by Christof's Matador post. :excl:


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 16:45

note to self: one has to focus... and not be tempted by Christof's Matador post. :excl:

 

I am focused – I focus on every damn thing he posts.  :P


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 17:35

Maybe Christof's focus will tend to enlarger with Turbo Matador...

 

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 17:42

Thanks for posting the detailed photos of the Matador FPs as I've always been interested in the smaller German companies but rarely see them for sale overseas. 


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Posted 19 November 2014 - 21:10

Maybe Christof's focus will tend to enlarger with Turbo Matador...


What a fantastic mini collection Ariel! Thanks for sharing.
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Posted 19 November 2014 - 22:19

I've got a thing for Matador too, very well made, great, usually oversized nibs!

 

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 05:04

I've got a thing for Matador too, very well made, great, usually oversized nibs!


What a pen! Fantastic!
Thanks for sharing your picture with us.
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Posted 20 November 2014 - 05:17

Maybe Christof's focus will tend to enlarger with Turbo Matador...

 

 

I've got a thing for Matador too, very well made, great, usually oversized nibs!

 

You guys have just opened the Pandora's box for us. Out goes the focus, in with the temptation... :lol:


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 09:27

To "pandorize" you even more, here's what I mean by "oversized": Matador 998 nib compared to MB 45. Gentlemen Siebert and Loewen were very generous!

 

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 11:21

Ahh, that's a big nib there! Nice!


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