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#1 StanSoph

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:15

What pen have you and doyou put the most written miles on?

For me it is a MB149 (F) that I got after graduating college 16 years ago. Hundreds and hundreds maybe thousands of pages of trouble free writing. I have a ton of other pens, even 3 or 4 more 149's; but I use this the most. It feels good, it looks good and it writes good.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:23

I have a Sheaffer Saratoga that was a confirmation gift. I was confirmed in 1963. I still use the pen now and then but I used it at St. Patrick School 1963-1965, at Aquinas Academy 1965-1969 and through 2 years of lectures at college. Then I lost the pen.

I found the pen when I was helping my mother get things together for a yard sale at their house in 1990. I cleaned it. The Snorkel still made a great squirt gun so I filled it and I've been using it again ever since.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:29

Most of my pens are quite new but I can still answer. I use my stainless steel Parker Frontier constantly. I take it with me everywhere.

I really like my SS Sonnet but I am loathe to take it anywhere right now since I bent the nib on the first Sonnet I purchased. So for now that one is a desk only pen. That may change after the first one comes back from repair.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:30

Well, I've only been at this a short time, by comparison, but my highest mileage pen is my Parker 51 Aero. I've used it everyday for class notes since last January. Second on the list is my black Sheaffer Touchdown, which I've had longer but use slightly less than daily.

future prediction: I suspect my hight mileage pen in 5 years will be my Pelikan m800, which has a Binderized 0.8mm stub. This is the first expensive pen I know I'll never sell (lacking financial emergencies, that is), and I've been using it constantly since its arrival.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:32

QUOTE(Mary P @ Nov 9 2006, 04:23 PM)
I have a Sheaffer Saratoga that was a confirmation gift. I was confirmed in 1963. I still use the pen now and then but I used it at St. Patrick School 1963-1965, at Aquinas Academy 1965-1969 and through 2 years of lectures at college. Then I lost the pen.

I found the pen when I was helping my mother get things together for a yard sale at their house in 1990. I cleaned it. The Snorkel still made a great squirt gun so I filled it and I've been using it again ever since.

Pretty cool to have held onto a pen that long. When I was that age I could't hold onto a thought much less a fountain pen. Good for you on finding it again, more happy motoring.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:34

At last an easy one to answer biggrin.gif

"51" MkIII given me by my late Uncle Paddy many years ago.
Not my most expensive or rarest, but definitely my most precious smile.gif

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:34

Parker Sonnet - It was the second fountain pen I ever owned after the Vector.

Those two first FPs were my only FPs for a long while - and I suppose I couldn't help but to favour the Sonnet over the Vector for milage for obvious reasons laugh.gif

The Sonnet is still used a lot these days too smile.gif
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 16:54

This is a pen I found on eBay a few years back; don't even know if the seller is still making them. It is a hand turned acrylic with a 1.5 no name stub nib. It is beyond a doubt the smoothest non custom nib I have ever used. It starts a little slow but is very wet and has a great line. I find my self going back to it frequently. It is the pen I have used the most.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 17:31

Same as you Stansoph, a Montblanc 149, continuously inked for 14 years.
It's been trouble free from the day I bought it. :bunny1:

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 17:36

M200 green marble. I forget when I bought it so it's either 8, 9 or 10 years old. smile.gif
Followed closely by M400 White Tortoise

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 17:57

My 1925 Swan, which was obviously used by the original owner (judging from the brassing on the posting section). I use it every day. biggrin.gif

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 18:10

My Pelikan Chicago is the most used pen I have. It has gone through some evolution, however. I have five of them. I think I use the 3rd one now. The first one is put away, along with an uninked one. The other two are backups to the one I use now.

I like the medium nib I am using now. I have tweaked it by smoothing it on nail buffing pads as well as 6000 and 8000 grit paper.

I have tried to replace it with many others, but cannot find something suitable:
Pelikan M805, M800, Lamy 2000, Parker Duofold Centennial, Conklin Nozac LE, ...

The size, weight, and color are right. Once I determined this, I decided to stock up. Hence I bought five. And I am still looking for more.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 18:17

My French made Parker 75 that was used all through grad school and many years after, for at least ten to twelve years totla.. The irriium ball actually shows some wear laugh.gif I don't use it much anymore, but I intend to have it tuned up by a nibmeister.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 18:19

Danitrio cum laude, for the last month and a half.

I changed all my pens in the last month for pens more suited for me. It's the best flowing one I have.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 18:43

For sheer miles of ink written, I am at a toss up. It is probably my Waterman Phileas, but that is because I have owned it for a long time and used it consistantly. It was never a great writer, especially after the time about two years ago on exam day when i ran out of ink. I ran to the school store to get ink and the only ink they had was this stuff in a bottle labled "Design Higgins" which I promptly bought and filled the pen with it. Yeah, India ink. :doh: The pens written inconsistantly, been a massive skipper, and so forth, ever since.

However the pen that I use every day and may have more mileage simply due to the fact that I write a lot more than I used to, is the Pelikan M200. It is, quite simply, the best pen I have ever owned. And its what I use to write with all the time.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 18:58

My highest mileage pen has got to be a Midnight Blue Parker "51" aero I bought as a parts pen and restored. It has a wonderful medium nib that works perfectly for my job. The cap on the other hand changes with my mood... so can I say that it's half a pen? smile.gif
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 19:24

I sadly lost my stainless Targa that my father gave me before I went to college so most of the pens in my current collection have been with me less than 5 years or so. My oldest pen is probably a Waterman Expert 2000 that my wife gave me, which I still use but is not in the heavy daily rotation. I probably log the most use on my "51" flighter - it has a nice fine to medium nib that is smooth and perfectly wet - and it has never failed to start writing on the first stroke even after sitting unused for several days. But overall I try to move pens in and out of rotation and generally use all the pens that I own.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 19:25

The Waterman Gentleman that was a college graduation present from my mom, as I used it regularly for maybe 15 years before I bent the nib in a tragic cleaning accident. :doh:

Since then I've bought pens I like better, though, so the WG is no longer in rotation. Among the pens that are, my Pelikan White Tortoise with Mottishaw flex fine probably has more miles than anything else.
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 19:35

QUOTE(jeen @ Nov 9 2006, 05:31 PM)
Same as you Stansoph, a Montblanc 149, continuously inked for 14 years.
It's been trouble free from the day I bought it. :bunny1:

My 149 looks like it was dragged behind a car. It has rugged good looks; battle tested.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 19:51

QUOTE(Mary P @ Nov 9 2006, 11:23 AM)
I have a Sheaffer Saratoga that was a confirmation gift. I was confirmed in 1963. I still use the pen now and then but I used it at St. Patrick School 1963-1965, at Aquinas Academy 1965-1969 and through 2 years of lectures at college. Then I lost the pen.

I found the pen when I was helping my mother get things together for a yard sale at their house in 1990. I cleaned it. The Snorkel still made a great squirt gun so I filled it and I've been using it again ever since.

Hello Mary,

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