this is NOT a review - it's a fan's view - just for fun.
For those, who don't have "The Lambrou" with it's perfect pictures
and those, who want to know, what we are talking about, when we start to praise
from left to right:
222 Lady black-silver, 222 Superior red rose lizard, 222 Superior turquoise green lizard,
(herringbone pattern) 111 Lady sea green, 111 Lady light tortoiseshell, 111 Superior rose wood and 111 Extra dark tortoiseshell
manufactured 1952 - 1954 in Bonn/Germany
You can see, what a huge nib the Extra has. All those nibs are semiflex (from bottom to top) M - BB - BS (= OB) - M - B - EF - BB.
I like the colours, the outstanding nibs and the piston-filling-mechanism out of brass with it's "click" (no turning knob use by accident possible).
All seven have perfect ink flow. Compared to other pistonfillers they have some weight in the hand and the celluloid seems to be very durable - no cracks over all the years of use. Nib and section can be unscrewed very easily for cleaning purpose. "Cooking" the old cork in slightly boiling water (only the piston, not the whole pen ) could fix it again (a desperate housewives method, I know).
It's a shame, that such a quality manufactory had to close it's doors in 1967 in the midst of the ballpoint boom.
If they would have made a pistonfiller in blue-silver herringbone - BB - 14k-nib and gold trim from Lady to Extra size that would have been the fountainpen heaven for me...
If you will find one - you know where - and it has no cracks and the original nib with the crown, it's always worth it. For my seven "darlings" I payed between
80 - 268 €. No regrets.
Edited by MYU, 03 December 2008 - 06:14.