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#61 The Write Pen

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 00:47

Yowsers! I'm not easily impressed anymore, but some of those are spectacular.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 00:47

Yowsers! I'm not easily impressed anymore, but some of those are spectacular.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 06:36


Christof,

That is a very nice specimen - is there a story to it?
I know I had to really work hard to complete my Tortoise Pel (the cap hunt) which make it all the more worthwhile.


Vik, there is no special story behind this pen except that it is a first year model (1937) with the old nest on cap top. I just have seen it and thought it could be a nice adition to my tortoises. The price was okay but not a gift. But what I really would love to ad to my collection is a tortoise Pelikan 100. Perhaps, one day I cand trade one of my kidneys for one...

PS: Do I understand right, the LeBoeuf fills like a Chilton? And why is there a blind cap?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 15:39

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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Regards, greg


Greg, your Estie Cracked Ice is one sweet pen. I didn't know that they came in that color!

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 11:45

Vik

This LeBoeuf is pure pleasure!Just great.

Me too have a new pen which could eventually affect my selection of top ten. But be patient and let's see what happens in the next few days, weeks... at "what's up at Christof's"

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Okay, perhaps we also have to take account of this:
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:07

Trying to get this thread going again.
Here is a group picture of my recent favorites. Each one was a revelation in itself.
Left to right:
Osmia: Nice sturdy take on the button filler awaiting a retip of its fine flex nib
Astoria Dux: A superb pen with an uncommon filling mech of twist filler
Parker Vac: I got it for the transparency and fell in love with its flex nib. (Do silicon sacs for these exist?)
Matador: This one I got from my pen enabler & friend, Christof, sporting one of my best F flex nibs
Barclay: Biggest surprises of all - one of the very best quality. Mostly BHR construction and design that wants me to get more Barclays...
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:22

Thanks for keeping this thread alive, Vik!
And congrats to your new and excellent pens.
The Astoria and his filling mechanism are amazing and reminds me to a Matador that I had once...
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The Matador Turbo was fitted also with this twist/push mechanism. For the Swiss market, the Matador was called Turbino, because the trademark Turbo has already been registered.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 21:02

  • Delta Dolce Vita del Oro
  • Pilot Vanishing Point Raden
  • Nakaya Neo Aka-tamenuri
  • Conklin Mark Twain Crescent-fill Butterscotch (celluloid, silver furniture, gold nib edition)
  • Pelikan Souveran M1000 Black
  • Yard-O-Led Victorian Grand Sterling Silver
  • Waterman Exception Full-Size Black
  • Conway Stewart Churchill in Brown Swirl
  • Conway Stewart Winston in Bracket Brown
  • Montegrappa Miya Midnight Blue


Had to grapple with including and then switching several pens. Honorable mention to Conway Stewart Nelson (both Classic Green & Black Swirl), Sheaffer Legacy (black/silver metal cap), & Pilot M90m (brushed stainless).


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Posted 26 September 2012 - 05:11

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.


WOAH! Love the theme of the collection, but I HAVE to know what the story is behind that Parker Duofold.
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Posted 26 September 2012 - 23:50

Thanks for keeping this thread alive, Vik!
And congrats to your new and excellent pens.
The Astoria and his filling mechanism are amazing and reminds me to a Matador that I had once...

The Matador Turbo was fitted also with this twist/push mechanism. For the Swiss market, the Matador was called Turbino, because the trademark Turbo has already been registered.


Whaat... you dont have that Matador anymore :(
I thought you liked it so much I deemed it inappropriate to ask if you'd let it go. Oh well.

The real reason why these are fast becoming my favorites
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Posted 27 September 2012 - 09:27

Whaat... you dont have that Matador anymore :(
I thought you liked it so much I deemed it inappropriate to ask if you'd let it go. Oh well.


I'm sorry Vik, I had to sell... collecting vintage Pelikans is expensive, you know...

(Never hesitate to ask!)

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Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:26


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


There's a new pen in my collection...and I probably have to switch one of my top10...hard decisions again...
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wow! this is a really beautiful pen!!!

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 17:17


Do we mean Best Writers? Best Lookers? Is most expensive = "Best"? Pens I think Others would appreciate Best? Pens I would be least likely to divest myself of for fear of never finding another like it?


You just have to many pens, am I right :)


Too many pens? :blink:

You'll have to explain that to me, I'm not familiar with that concept.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:44



Do we mean Best Writers? Best Lookers? Is most expensive = "Best"? Pens I think Others would appreciate Best? Pens I would be least likely to divest myself of for fear of never finding another like it?


You just have to many pens, am I right :)


Too many pens? :blink:

You'll have to explain that to me, I'm not familiar with that concept.

Bruce in Ocala, FL


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First I'd like to thank you for your interest in this thread.
The concept is not complicated. Just post a pic or a list of ten pens of your collection from which you think they are best of. This is a very personally decision. Worth, beauty, writing qualities, can be criterias, but don't have to. As I wrote in the initial post: Think of the pens you would like to keep, if you hda to reduce your collection. Hope this helps.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:08

I think that was a joke, lol. I only have one pen right now, it's a simple black Sheaffer Nononsense from the mid 90s. I just decided I'd like to maybe collect more FPs this month, so I'm barely starting on my voyage. But I liked seeing a lot of these pens, they give me ideas!


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:21

Parker 51
Parker 61
Pelikan M1000
LAMY 2000
Parker Duofold Senior
Parker 45
Parker Vacumatic
Parker 75
Bexley Corona
Pelikan M215

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 21:25

@markiv
Which ink do you use in your Astoria Dux #4 ?

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 15:18

Hope you don't object to a "10" Montblanc themed ensemble...... :thumbup:

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30's

124PL, 128G

50"s

144, 146, & 149

+ miscellaneous wartime & vintage items.

Edited by Pensively, 22 December 2012 - 15:28.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 18:32

Hope you don't object to a "10" Montblanc themed ensemble...... :thumbup:

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Wow! These are incredible pens!!!
Thanks for showing.

PS: where's the 139?
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 19:05

What if I only have 7?

Not shown: Herbin glass pen, Ahab, another 78g

Lol, Im in the same boat- I only have five so far (and two of them are Scheaffer Nononsenses). When I get ten I plan on posting a picture of all of them!




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Posted 22 December 2012 - 19:23


Hope you don't object to a "10" Montblanc themed ensemble...... :thumbup:

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Wow! These are incredible pens!!!
Thanks for showing.

PS: where's the 139?


Hi Christof.....thanks, and I am searching for a 139!!! :thumbup:
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Posted 23 December 2012 - 03:20

There are some exquisite pens on display!

Writing with pen and ink, is an endeavour both stimulating and cathartic.

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 04:23

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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Regards, greg


Not many changes to my pen collection in the last 11 months, much less the "10 Best." However, there is one change worth noting.
A couple months ago, I made a cash+pen trade for an exotic pen I didn't think I'd ever own. Had to send some $ (not a big deal) and cut my old-style Arco loose (somewhat painful,) but was able to land a Namiki Emperor in vermillion urushi with a nibmeistered stub (semi-flex) nib.
So, in the pic above, replace the Arco with the Emperor, and that's my current "10 Best" list, keeping to 5 each, modern and vintage.

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(I'll try to get a better-than-camera-phone pic taken soon.)

Best Regards, greg

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 16:39


Thanks for keeping this thread alive, Vik!
And congrats to your new and excellent pens.
The Astoria and his filling mechanism are amazing and reminds me to a Matador that I had once...

The Matador Turbo was fitted also with this twist/push mechanism. For the Swiss market, the Matador was called Turbino, because the trademark Turbo has already been registered.


Whaat... you dont have that Matador anymore :(
I thought you liked it so much I deemed it inappropriate to ask if you'd let it go. Oh well.

The real reason why these are fast becoming my favorites
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That Barclay is incredibly stylish!

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 23:06

Maybe not my best ten, but I think they should be together... oops, there're 11 in fact...



gorgeous

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Posted 23 December 2012 - 23:09

Hope you don't object to a "10" Montblanc themed ensemble...... :thumbup:

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30's

124PL, 128G

50"s

144, 146, & 149

+ miscellaneous wartime & vintage items.



gravitas, now that's impressive

#87 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 11:23

Hope you don't object to a "10" Montblanc themed ensemble...... :thumbup:

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30's

124PL, 128G

50"s

144, 146, & 149

+ miscellaneous wartime & vintage items.

superb collection :thumbup:
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 00:41

Okay, I decided to update by former 10 best list. Some pens are the same but a few have changed. Of course, if you asked me again tomorrow, you would probably get a few changes also. Anyway, here is my latest shot at it.

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Left to Right:

1. Waterman's 452 Sterling Silver Filigree Overlay over RHR
2. Waterman's 0552 Gold-Filled Filigree Overlay over RHR
3. Waterman's Patrician Turquoise
4. Waterman's Patrician Onyx
5. Waterman's 94 in Rose Ripple
6. Aikin-Lambert/Waterman Sleeve-Filler Gold-Filled Overlay - an Aikin-Lambert pattern w/Waterman Clip
produced after Waterman bought out Aikin-Lambert
7. Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Chased BHR - a rare model
8. Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band in Lazulitic Blue
9. Parker Sr. Duofold in RHR
10. Parker Sr. Duofold in Mandarin Yellow
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 17:23

@Procyon:
Yours is one of the most beautiful collections of vintage U.S. pens I know. Thanks for showing us.
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Posted 07 January 2013 - 13:55


Right ond time, one year after starting this thread, I am back again with an update. Man, this was a busy year - some of you followed H E R E and have seen growing the collection. But here comes the pens!

Pelikans first:

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Pelikan 100 with striated Jade Green binde from 1931

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Pelikan 101N in Tortoise and RHR from 1938, boxed

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Pelikan 101 Lizard from 1935

Parkers second:

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Parker "51" DJ Nassau Green from 1946

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Parker 61 Presidential solid 14ct. gold

Montblancs:

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Montblanc Meisterstück 124S from 1936

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...others:

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Soennecken Präsident from 1936

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Waterman's 100 year pen OS from 1940
(David: Things are going extremely slow with the museum people, that's why this pen is still in my hands. Let me say that I am not unhappy about that. I love this pen! But you will hear when it's finally in the catalog of the museum.)


So let's see what happens this year!



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