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#1 jkrewalk

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 02:22

I have been collecting pens for many years (click here to see my collection) and can't help but notice that certain brands start reliably time after time regardless of the model purchased.

Now, when I talk about "starting" I mean ink begins to flow instantly as soon as the nib touches the paper without skipping. It just writes instantly like a ballpoint - but smoother of course. And the world's best pens will do this even after sitting in my case for 2 weeks or more!!!

In my opinion, examples of the world's finest starters are Bexley, Pelikan, Waterman, Sheaffer, Sailor and Mont Blanc. I own multiple examples of each of these brands and they never fail to start regardless of the model. Watermans are especially reliable - the ink virtually never runs dry even after as much as a month of sitting idle.

Nothing is more embarrassing (or worse for our "fountain Pen Image") than taking out a pen in a meeting and have it not write!!! I do not care how expensive the pen is or how great it looks - if it can't write as well as a 10 cent BIC that will start every time then it is worthless. After all - it is a pen - it's sole purpose in life is to write! Surely I am not asking too much?

I have read posts on here that suggest keeping a small jar of water at your desk or wet sponge to help "start" a pen. To me - that is unacceptable. In order to be a good pen it must write every time without any "help". If it dosen't, it should be returned for repair until it does.

Would love to hear other comments on this subject....


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Posted 20 February 2008 - 02:32

QUOTE(jkrewalk @ Feb 19 2008, 09:22 PM)  
Nothing is more embarrassing (or worse for our "fountain Pen Image") than taking out a pen in a meeting and have it not write!!! I do not care how expensive the pen is or how great it looks - if it can't write as well as a 10 cent BIC that will start every time then it is worthless. After all - it is a pen - it's sole purpose in life is to write! Surely I am not asking too much?


I hear you! Expect nothing less than absolute perfection! When you pay a premium for an item, it had better work flawlessly. I am proud to say that I have no major problems with my main everyday pen, though I think the nib needs a little work by MB to smoothen it out.
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Montblanc 145, F nib.
Faber Castell E-Motion in Pearwood, F nib.
Montblanc 149, F nib.
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Montblanc Cool Blue Starwalker, EF nib.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 02:35

For me it would have to be Pelikans! They work so well, I just can't stop buying them!

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 02:44

Thus far, Michel Perchin MP5.
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 02:49

I would have to say that my Pelikan and my Lamys are my best writers. Unfortunately, I would have to say that it is my Mont Blanc that always has trouble getting started. A very annoying problem considering the cost.
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 02:53

Pelikan, all hail the mighty big bird thumbup.gif
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:04

This is the one place where my Waterman Laureats fall down. I think the cap breathes too much. They always need "restarting" after more than a week of idleness. Some of my Parker 45s are also fussy. But most of my other pens do start right up.
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:12

John, you have a very nice collection of fountain pens.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:15

QUOTE(purpledog @ Feb 19 2008, 10:12 PM)  
John, you have a very nice collection of fountain pens.

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Thank you - I also forgot to include Lamy as one of the best writing pens there is. The Germans make wonderful pens - Lamy and Pelikan - two brands that are hard to beat!!!!

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:40

I won't put up with slow starters either. Sometimes a certain kind of ink will make trouble. Levenger's Cardinal Red can make a couple of my pens hard to start after sitting nib-up for a couple of days. I just avoid using that ink in those pens.

Otherwise, if I can't solve the problem, the pen goes to the landfill. Future archaeologists can deal with it.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:42

Very nice collection!! Your site looks like Richard's site. I like it!

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:53

Pilot Varsity -- first time, every time.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 03:57

Parker 51, unless I run Private Reserve in it

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 04:12

Pelikan and Sailor are the standards of consistent performance -- one from the West and one from the East. I have also had consistently good experiences with Aurora.
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 04:45

Here is a another vote for Pelikans - ANY Pelikan! Lamy is a close second, though.
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:04

QUOTE(two2tone @ Feb 19 2008, 09:53 PM)  
Pilot Varsity -- first time, every time.

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I've left them for months UPRIGHT and they still write perfectly. You can't get that for 100 times their price.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 05:12

My picks:

Vintage-
Sheaffer
Parker

Modern:
Pelikan
Waterman

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:06

QUOTE(Garageboy @ Feb 19 2008, 10:57 PM)  
Parker 51, unless I run Private Reserve in it


Is Parker 51 not compatible with PR inks? Just curious.

thanks,
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 06:12

QUOTE(purpledog @ Feb 19 2008, 11:06 PM)  
QUOTE(Garageboy @ Feb 19 2008, 10:57 PM)  
Parker 51, unless I run Private Reserve in it


Is Parker 51 not compatible with PR inks? Just curious.

thanks,
purpledog



My P51 starts up every time with PR Sherwood Green - no complaints from me!
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Posted 20 February 2008 - 12:43

QUOTE(jkrewalk @ Feb 20 2008, 02:22 AM)  
I have been collecting pens for many years (click here to see my collection) and can't help but notice that certain brands start reliably time after time regardless of the model purchased.

Now, when I talk about "starting" I mean ink begins to flow instantly as soon as the nib touches the paper without skipping. It just writes instantly like a ballpoint - but smoother of course. And the world's best pens will do this even after sitting in my case for 2 weeks or more!!!

In my opinion, examples of the world's finest starters are Bexley, Pelikan, Waterman, Sheaffer, Sailor and Mont Blanc. I own multiple examples of each of these brands and they never fail to start regardless of the model. Watermans are especially reliable - the ink virtually never runs dry even after as much as a month of sitting idle.

Nothing is more embarrassing (or worse for our "fountain Pen Image") than taking out a pen in a meeting and have it not write!!! I do not care how expensive the pen is or how great it looks - if it can't write as well as a 10 cent BIC that will start every time then it is worthless. After all - it is a pen - it's sole purpose in life is to write! Surely I am not asking too much?

I have read posts on here that suggest keeping a small jar of water at your desk or wet sponge to help "start" a pen. To me - that is unacceptable. In order to be a good pen it must write every time without any "help". If it dosen't, it should be returned for repair until it does.

Would love to hear other comments on this subject....


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Indeed reliability is a huge issue with FP's.
Having such a wonderful device that doesnt do what its supposed to do is fustrating.
Most of my pens write from the moment that I put them on the paper.My biggest surprise and joy was after leaving my MB Virginia Woolf inked but untouched for 3 weeks in the cabinet and then I put it on the paper.The pen worked as if I just wrote a whole page with it.
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