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#1 watch_art

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 16:39

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and a close up of my smear. i love this brownish ink! and it flows so nicely! and dries pretty quick, too.
to get this smear i had to lay down a thick line and rub it immediatley.
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overall, really great pen and would recommend it to anyone. and my fingers stay put on the grip. a HUGE plus.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:23

I like this pen but the pen's girth is very very small... It makes my handwriting look more awful than it already is...
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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:24

Excellent review -- thank you!

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 17:35

Excellent review! I like the Reform 1745s, they are great value for money. They're a good introduction to piston fillers, especially if you have a limited budget.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:08

For a pen that seems to have been a cheap knock off of the Pelikans, I was surprised by how good the nib is. I actually prefer my 1745 to my Pelikan 215. It'd be nicer if it was a bit thicker, but at least it isn't uncomfortably short in the body.

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:11

oh i didn't know it was a knock off of a pelikan. cool. the girth is balanced out by the grip. my fingers stay put. i just got a hero (review in progress) that has a stainless steel grip polished to the nines, and my fingers just slide down. a real pain in the butt.

but the 1745 is a fantastic pen. i was/am very impressed!

thanks for all the comments!

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#7 phr4nkr4wk5

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:19

Nice, is this pen still made?
my pen collection: Dollar 717i Demonstrator x3, fake Hero 616, Lamy Safari EF, Manuscript Dodec, Pilot 78g x2, Platinum Preppy F x7, Reform 1745 x2, Sheaffer Calligraphy Pen, Unidentified Wearever

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Posted 20 March 2010 - 18:36

as far as i know it was made in the 1970s but they apparently turn up for sale all over the place. here and ebay...

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 06:18

as far as i know it was made in the 1970s but they apparently turn up for sale all over the place. here and ebay...


Great review! Yeah the Reform pens were German Pelikan knock-offs that for some reason, which I can't find out on the internet anywhere, were mass-produced before Reform went out of business in enough quantities for us to be able to buy them at eight bucks a pop now. Unbelievable!

I'm stoked to see this because the two 1745s I ordered from smeden should be here soon and now I'm even more excited.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 06:25

I agree, is a great pen regardless of price, and the nib is simply what a good nib should be. It holds a ton of ink even for a moderatedly sized pen. Ideal for long writing sessions. Thanks for the review.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:04

Also check out its sibling, the P 120. Bigger and wider girth. I bought two, and both wrote great  out of the box, contrary to the two 1745s I own. Slightly wider and stiffer nib, though (nib is totally different in looks and construction). There is also a P 125 floating around, which looks more like a bigger 1745 but I haven' bought and tested one yet.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:28

The P120 has a semi-inlaid nib which is sort of built-in the section and cannot be unscrewed, though. Thanks fot he tip on the 125, JMX.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 17:24

Thanks for this excellent review of a great little pen - one of the best cheap pens one can buy! Love your drawings! It is perfect for filofax loops btw.
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