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Which are typical female pens ?
Posted 01 November 2006 - 18:02
Is it colour or design or format or all of it?
So please give me some examples of the typical female fountain pens on the market.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 18:16
Even I like Sheaffer I really am not interested in PFM just because of its name
Edited by Taki, 01 November 2006 - 18:33.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 18:38
What do men prefer in a pen?
Posted 01 November 2006 - 18:43
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 19:06
Different people will like different nibs / sizes / weights / designs. Personally I always return to a Parker 51, plain and simple but very robust which makes it an ideal work pen. I like an absolute mix of pen sizes, from Conway Stewart Dinkies up to a Duofold Centennial or my VP. I'm not a big fan of black pens and I guess I can be quite girly in collecting vintage Conway Stewarts, hey, the colours and patterns are nice. However, looks aren't the main thing on a pen, I want a pen that writes well which all of my Conways Stewarts do.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 19:13
Posted 01 November 2006 - 19:36
Give her a pen that might fit with the rest of her life - what she does, the style of other items she prefers, etc.
Don't buy a PFM for a tiny-hands frilly-pink-dress girly girl. Don't buy an Ici et La for a brush-cut flannel-shirt other kind of girl. Anybody in between, you have to judge for yourself.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 19:41
Posted 01 November 2006 - 20:11
I agree, because ici et la and small ring tops are too short for me to use comfortably. And I'm 5'2" and my hands are small (glove size 51/2).
Posted 01 November 2006 - 20:51
1) Are you sure she wants an FP (or are you trying to get her started?)
2) Color and design are very important. If you know her favorite color or metal, or can match or contrast well to what she likes to wear in colors, then you're on your way. For example, my mother and sisters just can't get enough of the sterling-silver Parker Cisele grid pattern (now offered on the Sonnet).
3) Guess as best you can on the size of pen required to fit the recipient's hand. Be prepared for an exchange being required.
4) Do everything you can to complement the recipients personality, or things you've noticed about her personality, with the pen you buy. If you can, mention in the card something like, "I chose the color because I know it'll match your favorite orange scarf! Enjoy!"
5) Many of my female friends and relatives prefer fine point nibs. I'm not sure exactly why.
6) If it's not perfect, and it came from a brick-and-mortar shop and the recipient would like to return it, offer to bring her to the shop and have her test models (in your price range) until she finds something she likes. (This does depend on what kind of relationship you have with the recipient; I've done this with a close friend.)
7) Buy two bottles of ink, one traditional (blue, black, etc), and one fanciful (green or burgundy or brown or whatever). I would put the ink in a separate box.
Edited by Kalessin, 01 November 2006 - 20:52.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 20:51
I am sure its the same with pens.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 21:27
After observing a person for some time, I can most of the time match them up with the pen that they would most likely like.
The M200 is fairly neutral, and I always give a beginner's package with an M200 and a bottle of ink.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 21:55
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 22:33
Oh, sorry for wandering. The point is that buying a pen for a woman is more difficult than buying one for a man.
Posted 01 November 2006 - 23:53
I have a Lamy Safari and I love the way it writes, but I find it's too big for my hands when it's posted (and I like to write with the caps on), so I use it mostly for notes. The same goes for the Cross Jade Townsend -- great writer but quite heavy, so I use it only occasionally. Other pens which have a nice fit and good balance for my relatively small hands are: Parker Sonnet, Waterman Harmonie, and Waterman Exception in Slim Black.
If I'm going to write an epistle or I'm journaling, I reach for the Ici et La, the Sonnet, Harmonie, or Exception, depending on where I am (home/office/law library/Starbucks, etc.)
I'd gauge her "preference" in a FP with the way she dresses and accessorizes -- if she's understated, demure, or the like, I'd go for something simple and elegant. If she likes to dress in bright colors, then perhaps a FP in a bright color or even one with a floral design. I personally avoid anything floral.
As far as nib sizes, I won't be much help there -- my preference varies, depending on the pen. I have several FPs with F and M nibs, but I also have a Sailor 1911 with a B nib, which I love.
I suppose price range should be taken into consideration, yea? At the end of the day, any FP you choose, so long as she knows you chose it specially for her, she's guaranteed to love. You can even engrave it with her initials. And last but not least, don't forget the card, with a note written with your own favorite FP of course.
Sorry if I brought more confusion to the subject, but I hope that helps.
Edited by girlieg33k, 02 November 2006 - 00:05.