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Who owns or wants to own an ST Dupont Fountain Pen?


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Poll: Who owns or wants to own an ST Dupont Fountain Pen? (289 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you own an ST Dupont fountain pen?

  1. Yes (127 votes [43.94%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 43.94%

  2. Voted Not yet (94 votes [32.53%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 32.53%

  3. Never, not interested. (68 votes [23.53%] - View)

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 17:48

Who owns an ST Dupont fountain pen? As I guess most folk know I think ST Dupont has a history of making consistently reliable fountain pens where they have paid attention to even the most mundane detail. They are consistently as close to perfection as can be found in the market.

So who else has some, what do you have and why do you like ST Dupont pens?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 17:54

I'm interested in Dupont, but I have a very long list of things I'm interested in and between that and trying to be a little smarter about what I spend money on it might be a while.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 17:55

I want to own one, sometime in the near future.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 17:58

their newest creation scares me off, the defi,a $300 pen equipped with a stainless steel nib? keep in mind the pilot VP comes with a 18ct nib at 1/3 of the price
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:00

their newest creation scares me off, the defi,a $300 pen equipped with a stainless steel nib? keep in mind the pilot VP comes with a 18ct nib at 1/3 of the price


Have you tried a Defi ye?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:02

I have four: 1 Olympio and 3 Orpheos with plans to purchase the Andy Warhol model. Love the way nibs glide on paper, even the worst paper is smooooooth! and the workmanship is of the highest quality! They are magnificently crafted!

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:03

What's the difference if it's gold or steel? More than half the time it's rhodium coated and the gold never touches the paper anyway--tipping material does.
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:10

their newest creation scares me off, the defi,a $300 pen equipped with a stainless steel nib? keep in mind the pilot VP comes with a 18ct nib at 1/3 of the price

Have you tried a Defi ye?



What's the difference if it's gold or steel? More than half the time it's rhodium coated and the gold never touches the paper anyway--tipping material does.


no I haven't tried a Defi, I just think ST dupont's aren't the best bang for the buck (yes, I know they're luxury items)

at that price point, most people would expect a pen to be equipped with a gold nib
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:13

also, for a company with SO much prestige, shouldn't they use the BEST and the FINEST materials possible?
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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:14

Slightly off topic but related to my quest for a dupont.

This fellow glenspardello on ebay seems to have a lot of Duponts at attractive prices, has anyone dealt with this seller before is his stuff genuine?

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:20

also, for a company with SO much prestige, shouldn't they use the BEST and the FINEST materials possible?


They do. Fortunately there are pens out there for everyone, at any price.

But there is a misconception that Gold is "Better" than steel. It's often more expensive, but that is not "better".

In many ways steel can actually be a better material for a nib than steel, for example it can be tempered for greater spring response.

In addition, what actually touches the paper, what we all write with, is the tipping material and the care that went into finishing it.

When you get a chance, fondle an ST Dupont. You may not like it, we all have individual tastes, but I think you'll begin to understand what so many see in them.

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 18:23

Slightly off topic but related to my quest for a dupont.

This fellow glenspardello on ebay seems to have a lot of Duponts at attractive prices, has anyone dealt with this seller before is his stuff genuine?

Thanks!


Seems to be. A few years back ST Dupont changed their US Distribution setup from Colibri to the current distributor and also closed a bunch of the dealerships. I think he is liquidating some of that inventory. There is also a seller "dcar" that I think is doing the same with some of the west coast inventory.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 22:43

I have six S.T. Duponts.
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 22:49

I have six S.T. Duponts.

And my newest (to me), a D.Link.


Neat. Is that a large Marbled Montparnasse?

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 23:02

Neat. Is that a large Marbled Montparnasse?


Well, it is large. The person who sold it to me (KMLST Moorthi) called it Tortoiseshell rather than Marbled, but I don't know Dupont model names and colors like I do Targas so I can't say for sure what Dupont called it. It came to me without box or papers.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 23:03

Neat. Is that a large Marbled Montparnasse?


Well, it is large. The person who sold it to me (KMLST Moorthi) called it Tortoiseshell rather than Marbled, but I don't know Dupont model names and colors like I do Targas so I can't say for sure what Dupont called it. It came to me without box or papers. By the way, the images are all to the same relative scale, if that helps you.

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Neat. Is that a large Marbled Montparnasse?


Well, it is large. The person who sold it to me (KMLST Moorthi) called it Tortoiseshell rather than Marbled, but I don't know Dupont model names and colors like I do Targas so I can't say for sure what Dupont called it. It came to me without box or papers.


I gotta admit I have seen it called both, Tortoiseshell and Marbled. I think it's one of the prettier finishes; maybe we can set a standard and call it Brown Ronce. :bunny01:

The large size Montparnasse is about the same length capped as the large (standard) sized Olympio/Orpheo.

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 23:49

I do completly agree with JAR on qualty construção and materials.
Dupont is on of the best quality pen makers in the market.

And for the record, I have 3 at the moment
- D-Link Platinum 18k M 18k Nib
- Fidelio Blue laque M. 18k Nib
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Posted 22 April 2010 - 23:57

Just one - the large black Orpheo... It is as JAR suggested, crafted exceptionally well... In fact, I liked it so much, I purchased two extra sections - as such, I have the original stub, (two tone nib), a medium made into a CI by R. Binder, and a fine... Again, it is a fantastic pen... Shocking how few of them I have seen in the wild...
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 00:21

I have a purple diamondhead, which I only own because I got it at a steal of a price ($200).

I love it, it's a great writer, but most Dupont pens seem to miss my sense of aesthetics, sadly.

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