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#1 christof

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 15:48

Have you ever tried to categorize your collection? And have you ever tried (only in your imagination of course!!!) to reduce it to the best 10, the "top ten" of your collection?

...well, I did and it's not an easy task I can tell you. It's quite hard to be honest. Questions over questions: Is a "Golden Web" better than a "Maxima"? Is a very rare Pelikan 400 Green/Green better than a worthy Pelikan 500NN? Is a "T1" more worth than a "Duofold Deluxe"? I really don't know but nonetheless, I did aranged 10 of my best pens and took a picture. Here it is. Please show us your "top ten" also ...because it's fun and helps you to focus your collection ...maybe.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 20:24

Fantastic collection! I sadly cannot join as I'm not often in contact with all my pens. Furthermore, I tend to classify the pens based on what they mean to me, and how well they write... but thanks for the idea, I'll think about it for a while and if possible post some pictures!

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 19:43

What do you mean by 'best'? Do you mean ten favourite, most expensive, the ones that see the most use ...

I like this idea and depending on your response, I might give this a try. :)

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 20:51

What do you mean by 'best'? Do you mean ten favourite, most expensive, the ones that see the most use ...


well, you are right, "best" is a really personally definition, so it's up to you, whatever you think is best.
How about this: What was if you would have to give away all your pens, except the 10 you mostly want to keep...?

PS: Your "grail pens" sounds interesting...

PPS: looking forward for your pens!
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 04:38

Playing the definition of "best" pretty loosely, here are 10 of my very favorite pens (I picked 5 vintage and 5 modern):

black and white LeBoeuf 75 with stub nib; Waterman turquoise Patrician; very early Waterman eyedropper in uncommon chasing pattern; Esterbrook dollar-fifty pen in blue cracked ice; Sheaffer "first year" Crest with sterling silver cap; Omas Arco; Omas Galileo; Pelikan White Tiger; Omas Arlecchino; Delta/Chatterly Oro-based orange/black marbled #2 of 2.

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Posted 07 January 2012 - 08:22

Playing the definition of "best" pretty loosely, here are 10 of my very favorite pens (I picked 5 vintage and 5 modern):

Regards, greg


Greg
This are gorgeous pens.
I specially like your LeBoeuf and the Sheaffer's Crest. Just great!
Thanks a lot for sharing.
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 13:08

After a bit of thinking, I decided to go for the 10 most remembered/missed. When I think of a pen I feel like writing with, these often come to mind. More or less ordered chronologically.

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1) Conway Stewart Wellington, Sterling trim, IM Nib
2) Montblanc WE Edgar A. Poe, M Nib :wub:
3) Lamy 2000, B Nib
4) Pelikan M200, with old style 14K B nib
5) Parker 45, Ball nib
6) Montblanc 124, Flexible F nib
7) Eversharp mechanical pencil (you can't always write with a FP ;) )
8) Pelikan 120, M nib
9) Stephens 160 Lever filler. Juicy smooth medium nib
10) Parker Duofold Senior Streamline, Flexy Canadian F nib

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I can't take a picture of my Nakaya now. It should probably have been in the place of the mechanical pencil :cloud9:

I'll probably update the picture in a few days when I get near the other pens ;)

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 23:44

Christof, this is a fun but mind-boggling game. These are hard decisions~ I will take pictures when I see them again next month, can't wait.

But this is my list (not in any particular order):

  • Danitrio Sakura Fubuki <<< Was my grail pen, and still is.
  • Danitrio Takenuri
  • MB 149 MOP Star
  • MB 234PL
  • MB 236 BB
  • Pelikan 400 Grey
  • OMAS Filarmonica
  • OMAS Mezzo Arco Bronze
  • Soennecken 507 Blue (the one I got from you)
  • Soennecken 111 Extra

** I am thinking of substituting the Arco with the Swan I got from you...LOL~
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 14:56

Great! ...looking forward for pics.

Christof, this is a fun but mind-boggling game. These are hard decisions~ I will take pictures when I see them again next month, can't wait.

But this is my list (not in any particular order):

  • Danitrio Sakura Fubuki <<< Was my grail pen, and still is.
  • Danitrio Takenuri
  • MB 149 MOP Star
  • MB 234PL
  • MB 236 BB
  • Pelikan 400 Grey
  • OMAS Filarmonica
  • OMAS Mezzo Arco Bronze
  • Soennecken 507 Blue (the one I got from you)
  • Soennecken 111 Extra


** I am thinking of substituting the Arco with the Swan I got from you...LOL~


PS: I am wondering why your marbled IBIS isn't on the list!?!

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Posted 09 January 2012 - 21:52

This is fun! Here are mine:
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1. Conway Stewart 100 in Amethyst
2. Montblanc 146
3. Santa Fe Pens Limited Edition
4. Delta Dreidel
5. Visconti Homo Sapiens
6. Montblanc Boheme
7. Pelikan City Series - Athens
8. Pelikan City Series - San Francisco (the color didn't come out very well in the photo)
9. Pelikan 625
10. Parker Plum 51
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Posted 09 January 2012 - 22:35

PS: I am wondering why your marbled IBIS isn't on the list!?!

Good question. Given the fact that it writes very well and is superbly balanced, the IBIS supposedly should be on the list. But there's one drawback, it's too fragile. I feel I can't take it to places without fearing of damaging it; I don't know if the black IBIS are made the same way or same quality, but the barrel thickness for the marbled ones are just too thin. If its wall thickness was made like the 100/400s, then it would definitely go on the list.

1. Conway Stewart 100 in Amethyst

This shifting of translucent color makes me think of rainbow trout! Very cool~
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 00:25

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This is fun! Here are mine:
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1. Conway Stewart 100 in Amethyst
2. Montblanc 146
3. Santa Fe Pens Limited Edition
4. Delta Dreidel
5. Visconti Homo Sapiens
6. Montblanc Boheme
7. Pelikan City Series - Athens
8. Pelikan City Series - San Francisco (the color didn't come out very well in the photo)
9. Pelikan 625
10. Parker Plum 51


Have you ever considered selling you Pelikan San Francisco? Since the color doesnt come through on your picture, i thought maybe you might want to get rid of it. Posted Image

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 13:54

Have you ever considered selling you Pelikan San Francisco? Since the color doesnt come through on your picture, i thought maybe you might want to get rid of it. Posted Image


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No, I haven't. I was actually very fortunate to get it. I bought it at the Ohio Pen Show about five or six years ago. I was just starting out with fountain pens and fell in love with the color and design. I didn't know it was a Special Edition, rare, or anything like that. Over the years that followed I have ended up with seven of the City Series pens. They are just wonderful - beautiful and functional all in one.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 14:32

This is fun! Here are mine:
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1. Conway Stewart 100 in Amethyst
2. Montblanc 146
3. Santa Fe Pens Limited Edition
4. Delta Dreidel
5. Visconti Homo Sapiens
6. Montblanc Boheme
7. Pelikan City Series - Athens
8. Pelikan City Series - San Francisco (the color didn't come out very well in the photo)
9. Pelikan 625
10. Parker Plum 51


Love that CS Amethyst.
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Posted 10 January 2012 - 15:14

There seems to be a problem with my flickr linked picture currently. Here it is again:

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 15:50

There seems to be a problem with my flickr linked picture currently. Here it is again:



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Posted 12 January 2012 - 06:53

Here's my list of 10 best pens:
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Several of these make the list because of their wonderful italic or stub nibs. Those pens are the CP4 Richmond, the Vertigo, the Pilot Custom 823, the silver Imperial Touchdown and the Stipula. Fantastic writers all! The others are all quite nice writers too, but just plain round nibs. Except that I don't really know how the Targa Ivoire Spiral writes, that one is still mint and uninked. I'm really afraid of staining it and it's not like I don't have enough other Targas to play with. :roflmho:

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:19

Bad picture, but beautiful pens :

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VISCONTI Michelangelo Limited Edition
VISCONTI Copernicus Limited Edition
WAHL EVERSHARP Déco Band
MONTBLANC 149
ST DUPONT Olympio
MONTBLANC 144
MOORE 83
WAHL EVERSHARP Doric
WATERMAN Lady Paricia
CONWAY STEWART 550 Dinkie

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 19:14

I couldn't narrow it down to a top ten but instead, here are ten that are really close but not quite in the very top grouping.

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Beginning at the top and going clockwise: an ST Dupont Medici, MB 146, Pelikan 800, Wahl/Eversharp Golden Symphony NOS, Montegrappa large Privilege Deco, Waterman Gentleman SS, Parker Big Red, OMAS D-Day and Bibliotheque Nationale and a Ferrari da Varese Bottecelli.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 10:15

thanks to everybody! great pens'n pics.
...could become a funny thread.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:25

Some fantastic and desirable pens on display; thanks Christof for coming up with this idea.
I always wanted to post to this thread but was afraid that I wasn't up to it. After much fretting I finally made up my mind and put on my glasses of objectivity. Here are the results.
The table below has the details; higher scores are better.
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And now the swag.....
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Keep 'em coming.

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 16:30

I don't have 10 yet but a few are in the mail so i should soon! anyways here is a picture of my current 8 :)[img]http://razzi.me/albums/8514-my-fountain-pens/entries/314760-pens

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 21:19

Some fantastic and desirable pens on display; thanks Christof for coming up with this idea.
I always wanted to post to this thread but was afraid that I wasn't up to it. After much fretting I finally made up my mind and put on my glasses of objectivity. Here are the results.
The table below has the details; higher scores are better.
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Keep 'em coming.


Thanks Vik for your post. These are great pens and great pictures as usual. I like your scientific way to categorize and I specially like your J.G.Rider. What a pen!

…and I did a big mistake. There should also be a "51" under my top tens. Ouch!

+1 for Keep 'em coming.
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 21:50

Funny that you said that!
The Parker 51 is so efficient in its function that it tends to avoid being detected on the fabulous scale. Even I missed it on my first round but eventually it displaced a Ric Lei #6 safety.


And yes; the Ryder/Rider is most certainly a permanent fixture in my collection.

…and I did a big mistake. There should also be a "51" under my top tens. Ouch!



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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:09

This is a fun thread, i don't have ten favorites yet so i cant participate
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:35

I only have two, sadly. Lamy 2000 and Sailor 1911 Standard. One day!
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 04:19

Here are mine. These are the Lamy Pico, the Pilot M90, the Pilot Vanishing Point, and a custom Edison Pearl.
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 23:58

I am not sure about "best", but here are some of my more interesting pens.

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From Left: Waterman's 0552 Gold-Filled Filigree Overlay over RHR
Waterman's Patrician Emerald Green - nice color, most of these are pretty dark
Waterman's 452 Hand Engraved Vine Sterling Silver Overlay
Waterman's 452 Sterling Silver Filigree Overlay over RHR
Waterman's Patrician Turquoise
Waterman's 94 in Rose Ripple
Waterman's 0574 Gold-Filled Overlay Pansy Panel
Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Chased BHR - a fairly rare model
Wahl-Eversharp Coronet with Dubonnet Pyralin Inserts
Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Lazulitic Blue

Okay, that's ten. The one on the right is a bonus, since it isn't really a production pen. It is a Parker Duofold Flat-top with a custom cap and barrel made from antique ivory.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:41

I am not sure about "best", but here are some of my more interesting pens.
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From Left: Waterman's 0552 Gold-Filled Filigree Overlay over RHR
Waterman's Patrician Emerald Green - nice color, most of these are pretty dark
Waterman's 452 Hand Engraved Vine Sterling Silver Overlay
Waterman's 452 Sterling Silver Filigree Overlay over RHR
Waterman's Patrician Turquoise
Waterman's 94 in Rose Ripple
Waterman's 0574 Gold-Filled Overlay Pansy Panel
Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Chased BHR - a fairly rare model
Wahl-Eversharp Coronet with Dubonnet Pyralin Inserts
Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Lazulitic Blue

Okay, that's ten. The one on the right is a bonus, since it isn't really a production pen. It is a Parker Duofold Flat-top with a custom cap and barrel made from antique ivory.


Fantastic pens, Procyon!
I'm particularly jealous of the rose-ripple 94.
Best Regards, greg

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:04


I am not sure about "best", but here are some of my more interesting pens.
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From Left: Waterman's 0552 Gold-Filled Filigree Overlay over RHR
Waterman's Patrician Emerald Green - nice color, most of these are pretty dark
Waterman's 452 Hand Engraved Vine Sterling Silver Overlay
Waterman's 452 Sterling Silver Filigree Overlay over RHR
Waterman's Patrician Turquoise
Waterman's 94 in Rose Ripple
Waterman's 0574 Gold-Filled Overlay Pansy Panel
Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Chased BHR - a fairly rare model
Wahl-Eversharp Coronet with Dubonnet Pyralin Inserts
Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Lazulitic Blue

Okay, that's ten. The one on the right is a bonus, since it isn't really a production pen. It is a Parker Duofold Flat-top with a custom cap and barrel made from antique ivory.


Fantastic pens, Procyon!
I'm particularly jealous of the rose-ripple 94.
Best Regards, greg



Back at cha, Greg! The pens you showed were fantastic! I would probably kill for the Estie cracked ice.

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