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#1 cmeisenzahl

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:40

Just got the following from a good friend. What can you recommend?

"We are planning on getting a fountain pen for our boss upon her retirement from the company. She likes fountain pens.

Our budget is around $300 - do you have any suggestions - I am thinking black is probably the best color -and a feminine style would be nice.

We really want to get the nicest pen within our budget"


Thanks in advance!

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#2 HesNot

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:48

My first reaction was - the Conway Stewart 58 in red stardust that is on clearance at Swisher for around $230 - which is of course not black but it is a lovely red and in my opinion acceptable for a man or a woman. Not to mention it is just a beautiful and classic design. And it is not something you see every day - a plus I think.

If you're set on black it's hard to go wrong with a Pelikan 800 in black, or perhaps a 600 with a custom stub nib from Richard (600 to stay in budget)?
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#3 tzmcneill

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:56

Talk to winedoc, he might have something that's a real work of art for right around that price range.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:56

Well, for $300, you sure do have plenty of options. I really don't know where to begin :unsure:

Parker Sonnets that wield a Gold Nib may be within that price.
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Maybe a higher-model Pelikan?

A Parker Duofold would be very ideal for such an occasion, though they retail from $600 up. However, I was able to purchase a brand new Duofold Black Platinum for $226 at a Department store (Big clearance discount). Perhaps if you do a bit of looking around, you too may be able to find one at that price?

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Higher-model Watermans are also a fabulous selection, such as the Harmonie, though I am not very familiar with them.

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On the other hand, there always are a selection of professionally restored and beautifully refurbished Vintage Parker "51"s which are available from reputable sellers such as Richard Binder.

If she prefers modern, there is also the Parker 100.

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There are plenty more options out there, I'm sure. This is just what I could think of at this very moment ;)

Edited by kissing, 21 September 2006 - 12:59.

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#5 Ruaidhri

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 12:58

For what it's worth when I'm buying a pen for anyone

* try to find out what they use already - do they have a favourite ?
* get a look at their handwriting - what sort of nib do they seem to favour

It can narrow your target area.

I recently bought one for a staff member who had gone to a lot of extra bother to sort a problem "above and beyond the call of duty" etc. I brought in a selection of pens in a range of sizes, styles and nibs and explained that

1 she was getting a present of a pen, one way or another, and might as well get something she liked
2 she was NOT getting one of these !
3 I'd like her to try them & let me know which size/stlye/nib she liked best

She did. I went and got the pen. She's happy. Pen is haoppy.
While it is not a surprise it does indicate that you are taking some trounle over choosing something for her - not just buying the first thing in sight.

Just my 2c

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#6 HesNot

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 13:07

Ruaidhri makes some very good points methinks. If you're going to spend that kind of money on a pen you really do want it to be something she'll truly enjoy and treasure.

If you really don't want to spoil the surprise then make sure wherever you get it has a reasonable return policy so they can, if they want, exchange it for something more to their liking.
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Posted 21 September 2006 - 13:18

If I may....A Namiki Bamboo. A wonderful, unique looking pen that writes extremely well.

Can be found for a bit more than half of the $300 budget so there's room for extras like inks, paper and other goodies.
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Posted 21 September 2006 - 14:09

And to add to Ruaidhri:

If it's known she likes FPs, she presumably has at least one already. Could someone do a bit of snooping to discover what she has now?

Best

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#9 PinarelloOnly

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 14:14

Aurora smaller size "88"

or

Omas Mezzo.

#10 kissing

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 14:15

What if she's a member at Fountain Pen Network??

If she likes fountain pens, there is quite a possibility that she's someone who posts here :lol:

Oh dear :doh: :rolleyes:
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#11 sonia_simone

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 16:04

Any idea what her style is with regard to dress? Very formal? Clean classic lines or more feminine frills?

Black is great but color adds a lot of excitement. The Conway 58 idea is an excellent one. Or Richard Binder has it in a lot more colors, slightly over your budget but then that's the fun of the thing, right? ;)

I think an M800 is a little large for a woman's hand, just MHO. Also, if she already likes pens, a vanilla Pel is nice but maybe not a big thrill.

Rick Propas has a very nice new Pelikan M400 tortoise set for $325, excellent pens and very limited edition. http://www.angelfire.com/mac/penguin0/ If I was this woman, I would be extremely happy to receive this set!
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