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looking for a fountain pen
Posted 19 April 2006 - 14:04
I am new in the fountain pen world and need your help in selecting a good quality pen, preferrably around $60 or so but I can go to $75-$100. I will be carrying this every day, write journal entries and I have a habit of twirling/playing with my pens
What I think I'm looking for in order of importance:
- not have ink everywhere, in the cap etc
- good writing characteristic and balance. I'm trying to improve my hand writing
- slimmer in profile
- simple, fairly unadorned
- good line variation
- I write smallish, I think I need a fine nib?
Ps: lots of great info here, you guys are great!
Posted 19 April 2006 - 14:17
It should meet all of your criteria, though at $90 (including shipping) it is more than you wanted to spend. Still to get line variation out of a fine nibbed modern pen, I don't think you can do much better.
Posted 19 April 2006 - 14:46
Consequently, for a tad more another suggestion would be a Pelikan 200 with a custom fine stub or italic nib from Richard.
However, if you're just starting out with pens, I might stay away from a more exotic nib at first and go with a basic fine and reserve the different shapes until you have a better idea of your writing habits, likes and dislikes. To that end, however, a Pelikan 200 is still good choice since you can always by a custom nib for it at a later date!
You may also consider the Pilot Knight which is a very nice and slim pen that has received some positive press.
If you're willing to consider vintage a Sheaffer touchdown filler can be found for a reasonable price and a TM (thin model) would fit the bill nicely. An admiral or crest, even a snorkel, can be found well within that price range and they are uniformly nice and easy to write with pens.
Another vintage suggestion would be a Parker "51" or 21, which somewhat started the slimmer pen trend. Understated and well made.
Parker "51" flighter; Parker 75 cisele; Conway Stewart Dandy Demonstrator; Aurora 88P chrome; Sailor Sapporo ; Lamy 2000; Lamy 27 double L; Lamy Studio; Pilot Murex; Pilot Sesenta (Red/Grey); Pilot Capless (black carbonesque); Pilot Custom 74 Demonstrator; Pilot Volex; Waterman Expert 2000 (slate blue)
Posted 19 April 2006 - 14:53
Posted 19 April 2006 - 15:19
I'd suggest a hooded nibbed, fine-tipped aerometric fountain pen in your case. They write for a long time, put down a relatively dry line and are excellent for people with small handwriting. I use a Hero 100 and Parker 51 (both with fine nibs) in a Moleskine notebook for routine notes.
Vintage Parker 51s can be had in your price range or you can go modern with a Hero 100. Todd at iSellPens.com is an excellent source for the Hero. Check Ebay or the the various pen message boards for Parker 51s.
Posted 19 April 2006 - 16:34
Posted 19 April 2006 - 16:56
For a new pen, the Wality pens are very inexpensive and are great writers as well. I have the 69L that writes a beautiful fine line. I think it retails for only $10 or so, plus shipping. They can be found at: http://www.isellpens...lpencompany.htm
Here is a Sheaffer set that may still be available on the Marketplace:
Favorite Pens: Parker "51"Lamy 2000; Bexley America the Beautiful; Pilot Custom 823, 912 and 74; Sheaffer Early Touchdown; Parker Vacumatic; Sheaffer Legacy
Posted 20 April 2006 - 03:03
Posted 20 April 2006 - 15:03