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#1 Summerland

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:48

Those of you who appreciate pens that are wide in girth--what do you use? I'm particularly interested if the pen is both short and wide . . .

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 05:59

Say it with me boys and girls:

a. Montblanc 149 (unposted)

b. Pelikan M-1000 (unposted)

(unposted to improve balance and keep the pen shorter, just as you like)
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:12

Or, MB146 &/or Peli 800. They both follow a close second, although those here that know me seem to think I am biased toward Montblancs for some reason.

After that, they all seem like the cheap pens my wife brings home from the hospital from the drug reps. Except the Viagra pen. That was funny!

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:15

The 149 and M1000 are child's play.

Invest wisely in the Jumbo Pen, Made in Japan.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 06:56

QUOTE (jmkeuning @ Jan 15 2009, 11:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The 149 and M1000 are child's play.

Invest wisely in the Jumbo Pen, Made in Japan.



But I like to use the pens I own. I could club the local mountain lion with this one.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 07:01

The Aurora Optima is a quite short "flat top" shaped pen with an interesting wide girth.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 07:04

Well, these may not be wide enough for you, but I would recommend the Waterman Phileas or the Visconti Van Gogh. After having used only Safaris, they were a nice change of pace for my admittedly girly hands...
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 07:31

Hehe, M600, M800 M1000, and the MB146 are NOT wide pens.

Here's what I like:
149, Dolce Vita OS, MB Dumas (little thinner than 149), Bexley Poseidon, and some of the Asian pens (Mikado, and it's big brother).

The Poseidon is known to be stocky and a bit wider than the M1000.

Edited by BerneseMtDogEatsArco, 16 January 2009 - 07:33.

I'll take an Aurora, please. Aurora black.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 10:18

How about the Marlen Basilea, or the Delta Parthenope? or the Montblanc Boheme? Edison Pearl? And ditto on the Aurora Optima. HP

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:13

Somehow, the poor ol' Laban Mento gets ignored. It is easily as large as a 149. Also the Dani Cum Laude.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:24

My fattest pen is the Delta Dolce Vita Oversize...lovely pen & nib.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 13:48

My fattest pen is a Delta Planet Africa (Black and Amber). It is a joy to write with. It is my first and only, for now, wide pen. I hopefully will be adding more to the collection.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 15:26

QUOTE (Summerland @ Jan 16 2009, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Those of you who appreciate pens that are wide in girth--what do you use? I'm particularly interested if the pen is both short and wide . . .



I don't know whether anyone else has mentioned the Tombow Zoom Egg. It almost looks freakish, but is very comfortable! I have one in a fine point, I love it, but they're no longer in production.

Bet you could buy one here or on eBay.

The Pilot Petit 1 is wide for its teeny size, too.

PS: Whoops! Forgot the Hero 616! It's on the fat side, too. Like the Petit 1 it's inexpensive. A lot! tongue.gif

Edited by Sailor Kenshin, 16 January 2009 - 15:28.


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Posted 16 January 2009 - 16:38

The Delta Dolce Vita Oversize is one fat guy. The pen is about 5 1/2 inches long and approximately 2 inches in circumference. It is WAY "fatter" than say a Pelikan M1000 or other large pens.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 17:04

I've been curious about this too. I don't want a long or BIG! pen but pen with a girthy section that's still 4.5-5" or so capped. The Optima is definitely one that's been interesting me, maybe the Optima Mini.

The 146 is pretty girthy. It isn't O/S by the standards of some folks, but it is by mine- it's the same size as classic Oversize pens like the Omas Paragon, O/S Balance, PFM or Duofold Senior. All of those are around 13.5 cm capped with sections of 11 mm, give or take.

There are a lot of Indian pens you can get for a good price that are pretty girthy- many of Guider's pens have a good 10-12 mm section, the Advocate Standard has a 12 mm section and my Wality 69L OS piston filler has an 11 mm section; all cost well under $100.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 17:56

As far as I know, the wider girth record is hold by Pelikan.
Don't know the model name, though...

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 18:27

The image reminds me: why hasn't Pelikan made an LE with a small LED in the piston head yet?

Actually, having said that, I hereby patent that idea. /me gets to work
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 19:01

Now THIS is fat.

But like I said, you'd have to locate on on eBay or from a kindly seller here.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 19:03

I've been writing with a Conway Stewart Churchill for the past three years, my daily pen - just recently decided to let it have a vacation and went to a Waterman Carene, which feels about 1/2 the thickness. The Churchill is pretty fat.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 19:27

My Pelikan Sahara (and I think the Polar Lights too) is 1.5 mm fatter than my M800, a fact which leads me to use the former more often.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 20:06

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And of course my old favourites from Classic Pens are also pens of some girth. Shown below are some stealth pictures of upcoming models - the new Mythos prototype with amgles ends unlike the straight and then rounded profile of the Legend shape, shown against other large pens - the Pelikan M100 and MB 149.

I am told that they will have prototypes that one can take in hand at the upcoming LA show, hopefully including an oversize in metal that may be the basis for a ZJ2 model (the ZJ1 Mosaique is their current flagship pen - very low production). There is thought of also making acrylic versions, possibly with piston fillers.

The red pen is the Legend based LM1, BTW. I think that is a killer blue acrylic on that prototype too. They are still playing about with angles and clip widths so as to get everything just right, but should have something akin to the final form by LA (next month). The length on all the pens is about 5.8". The Mythos is a tad larger in girth than the Pelikan and MB.






Edited by wspohn, 16 January 2009 - 21:16.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 21:26

PS - they have some other VERY interesting acrylics on tap as well - I'll ask if I can get pictures some time for posting.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 21:38

The Omas new Paragon and the old Omas 360 are also big pens.
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Posted 16 January 2009 - 22:25

I just received a vintage Waterman Ideal 56, and for the first time with a traditionally-shaped pen I find myself gripping the section alone (not the threads or higher), having a normal angle of attack to the paper (not almost straight up and down like I had to do with smaller nibs if I tried using only the section), and not feeling like I have to clench my fist to write.

So yeah, don't overlook vintage!

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 22:35

QUOTE (Sailor Kenshin @ Jan 16 2009, 07:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Summerland @ Jan 16 2009, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Those of you who appreciate pens that are wide in girth--what do you use? I'm particularly interested if the pen is both short and wide . . .



I don't know whether anyone else has mentioned the Tombow Zoom Egg. It almost looks freakish, but is very comfortable! I have one in a fine point, I love it, but they're no longer in production.



My wife has one of these--she hardly ever uses it. Not for sale, though, as it was a gift from me. wink.gif

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 00:13

QUOTE (cfclark @ Jan 16 2009, 05:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Sailor Kenshin @ Jan 16 2009, 07:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (Summerland @ Jan 16 2009, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Those of you who appreciate pens that are wide in girth--what do you use? I'm particularly interested if the pen is both short and wide . . .



I don't know whether anyone else has mentioned the Tombow Zoom Egg. It almost looks freakish, but is very comfortable! I have one in a fine point, I love it, but they're no longer in production.



My wife has one of these--she hardly ever uses it. Not for sale, though, as it was a gift from me. wink.gif



Neither's mine! roflmho.gif

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Posted 17 January 2009 - 00:19

The pen you are looking for it Montblanc Dumas !!!
It will match exactly what you are describing.
Another pen is Montblanc 149.
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Posted 17 January 2009 - 11:48

QUOTE (cobratradinggroup @ Jan 16 2009, 11:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The Delta Dolce Vita Oversize is one fat guy. The pen is about 5 1/2 inches long and approximately 2 inches in circumference. It is WAY "fatter" than say a Pelikan M1000 or other large pens.


This is the pen you are looking for!
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