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Reform Messenger


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#1 matt611

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 15:54

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I discovered this pen in a bureau at home 3-4 months ago. My first impression was one of ecstasy at the site of a gold pen, on closer inspection however excitement levels quickly dropped as the pen looked like the sort you would be given just for enquiring about life insurance. None the less i flushed the pen through which was remarkably easy, and filled it with waterman Florida blue. What a revelation. The medium nib is smooth, delivering a consistent wet line.


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I know very little about reform pens other than that they are now out of business. A quick search on this site and on google turned up very little other than NOS reform 1745s which seem very cheap.
The pen is stamped W. Germany dating it between 1949 and 1990.


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Having used the pen for several months i can report that it is a real keeper which is permanently on my desk ready to be picked up. This pen is never going to be a stunner in the looks department but it is growing on me; whilst I previously thought it looked a little naff due to its simple looks, I'm slowly begninning to appreciate the inner beauty of this pen.

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#2 tonybelding

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 05:56

I know very little about reform pens other than that they are now out of business. A quick search on this site and on google turned up very little other than NOS reform 1745s which seem very cheap.


Most of the time when Reform comes up, it's people talking about their inexpensive pens.

However. . . My Reform Czar is one of my all time favorites. Its 14K gold nib is one of the most attractive open nibs (with a two-tone finish and a sleek, finless feed) that I've seen anywhere, plus it's an excellent semi-flexible writer. The body is hefty brass covered with marbled copper-flake lacquer, and it's beautiful. Reform definitely made some first class pens, you just don't see them around often. I've never seen a Czar on eBay.

#3 penluvva

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Posted 11 November 2011 - 14:33

Just arrived in the mail today - a Messenger make, gold plated FP, exactly the same as posted above. In its original box, which shows that it was manufactured for the stationery firm - W.H. Smith.






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