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Call For Nominations For 2010 Goldspot Reader's Pen Of The Year


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#1 thoddomas

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 17:56

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It's that time of year again! While the political pundits are posturing themselves for polls this November, pen people can voice their point by picking the Pen of the Year for 2010. We need nominees from you, the pen-loving public, for your favorite choice of pen that was released in 2010. That could also include new finishes or colors of a pen model that has been around longer than the last year.

We'll sort through your comments to compile the most complete list of nominees to vote on starting Tuesday, November 2nd (Election Day). Voting will last one week and will conclude with the official crowning of this year's winner and a special discount on that pen for a limited time. The Poll & Results will be posted here and on our Goldspot Pens Blog.


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#2 Malcy

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 19:18

I vote for the TWSBI Diamond 530. This is a seriously great looking pen, a piston filler which is see through so that you can see the workings and how much ink is left. The TWSBI company has developed the pen with feedback from fountain pen enthusiasts including the FPN. Customer service is second to none. The first run of 300 pens sold to those who helped with development feedback were essentially what I would call RC pens (release candidate - software World term for the final step before production). Any issues that occurred such as piston sealing were dealt with courteously and quickly, not mentioning foc. There have even been instances where a user has damaged their pen and TWSBI has sent the necessary parts for no charge. It's rare to find customer service like this.

So I propose the TWSBI Diamond 530 for design, user inclusion and outstanding customer service. :thumbup:
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#3 opus7600

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 19:24

My favorite pen of 2010 is the Chatterly/Delta LE "Turchese Meraviglia Stantuffo".

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 19:34

I vote for the TWSBI Diamond 530. This is a seriously great looking pen, a piston filler which is see through so that you can see the workings and how much ink is left. The TWSBI company has developed the pen with feedback from fountain pen enthusiasts including the FPN. Customer service is second to none. The first run of 300 pens sold to those who helped with development feedback were essentially what I would call RC pens (release candidate - software World term for the final step before production). Any issues that occurred such as piston sealing were dealt with courteously and quickly, not mentioning foc. There have even been instances where a user has damaged their pen and TWSBI has sent the necessary parts for no charge. It's rare to find customer service like this.

So I propose the TWSBI Diamond 530 for design, user inclusion and outstanding customer service. :thumbup:


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Posted 18 October 2010 - 19:43

TWSBI Diamond 530! No Question!

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 14:06

Thanks, everyone. Seems pretty one-sided so far. We don't carry these on our site, but I was so curious by the buzz surrounding the pen that I had to buy one from eBay.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 15:02

You will be impressed with the TWSBI. I just received one myself and I doubt there's a better pen for the money, and in some cases, twice of thrice the money.

I can't speak to "best of 2010" not having seen any other of the new releases, but the Diamond 530 belongs on the list.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 15:13

The Spirit of Life, by H Simpole.

I don't think I've ever before seen a pen that I was so terrified of harming accidentally because I didn't want to marr its beauty. It is simply amazing.
The design, workmanship & overall look were stunning.

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Richard.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 15:19

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Thank you! I was hesitant to nominate my own design, but then I've already voted it pen of the year by selling half my collection to get it. So...

The Spirit of Life by Henry Simpole :thumbup:

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 16:10

We would have to have a list of the new releases to start with.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 16:12

We would have to have a list of the new releases to start with.


+1 -- i need a list. Spirit of Life and Twsbi 530 are the only ones that currently come to mind.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 16:12

maybe the Edison Pearl Urushi?

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 17:04

We would have to have a list of the new releases to start with.

+1 -- i need a list.


This thread is the process of generating that list, no?

Besides, if there's a pen you're not aware of yet, that means it hasn't gotten people talking, and if it hasn't gotten people talking, how can it be qualified to be the Pen Of The Year?

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 17:19

Definitely a +1 on the TWSBI Diamond 530. I don't think anything else has got people talking in quite the same way this year.
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Posted 20 October 2010 - 17:41

My vote is for the TWSBI Diamond 530.
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#16 thoddomas

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 18:06

We would have to have a list of the new releases to start with.

+1 -- i need a list.


This thread is the process of generating that list, no?

Besides, if there's a pen you're not aware of yet, that means it hasn't gotten people talking, and if it hasn't gotten people talking, how can it be qualified to be the Pen Of The Year?


Correct! Looking for nominees at the moment. Actual voting for Pen of the Year will commence on Election Day, November 2nd. Then, we will have a list of the candidates to choose from.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 23:14

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:17

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:33

Definitely a +1 on the TWSBI Diamond 530. I don't think anything else has got people talking in quite the same way this year.

Agreed. :thumbup:
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Posted 21 October 2010 - 01:37

maybe the Edison Pearl Urushi?


Thanks for reminding us. I think the top contenders that I can think of are:

Urushi Pearl
Homo Sapiens
TWSBI

For all the beauty of the first and the novelty of the second, I think TWSBI should get it.






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