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Matador Expess 814

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#1 enlasombra



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Posted 20 August 2009 - 19:21

It's my first review on FPN I hope you enjoy it ...

History (small)
Matador's story comes from far behind, in the late nineteenth century in Wuppertal-Elberfeld (Germany), Adolf Siebert and Ewald Loewen established a small factory in writing articles primarily focused on achieving low-cost products, but with the hard competition focused its business into the high-quality fountain pen to try to match the big German manufacturers of the era, such as Montblanc and Pelikan, other German companies such as Soennecken did the same.

It is suspected that the company led the Matador "competence" to extremes that today would call "industrial espionage" hence the great similarity Montblanc find some models of the time, even found models with original Matador Montblanc.

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This model is made of ebonite black color with a size of 12.2 cm closed and an unladen weight of 16.3 g. The first thing worth noting is its classic line and fully appropriate to the era in which it was manufactured between 1930-1940.

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In his cap we can see perfectly thermal etching the model name "MATADOR EXPRESS. Your clip is a clear identity of the firm at this time and finished with a golden arrow to try to feign a higher quality in their materials. We also found a ring with small geometric prints on the bottom of the cap.

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At the end of the pen has recorded the number "814" that identifies the model, this was a "battle" for the general public. We see the number next to the cylinder "crumbs" that allows the operating system by loading into the plunger body.

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Nib is made of steel and is the number # 3, which has recorded the name of the signature and the "M" that identifies it. This time the nib is a flexible and oblique stub.

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A good fountain pen, sure that many miles of writing is his body, Matador, one of those firms that failed to climb the "podium" of the winners of his era, but the standard of its success carried it thousands and thousands of users quiet and possibly each of them imagined that he was using a Montblanc...
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#2 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 19:25

Matadors are very nice and uncommon pens, reliable and they have smooth nibs too.
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

#3 jobojangles



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Posted 02 September 2009 - 05:56

A very nice and high quality pen! (btw the clip is not original)

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 00:19

Very nice and classical elegant pen. So when did you say production stopped for these pens? Do you use it much?

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