I will see in a few day as I placed an order for an Excellence a in Marakesh brown with a F nib.
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Posted 04 November 2015 - 22:05
I just got my brown Excellence, and matching ballpoint in today. The fountain pin has a gold nib and gold accents. The nib does have just a little bit of flex to make it interesting, not real noticeable, but there if you try. The ballpoint came with a Diplomat labeled refill, black medium, that has to be one of the smoothest writing ballpoints I have seen in a long time.
Posted 05 November 2015 - 19:45
I just received this one a dark gray marble, and silverplate hardware and tip. It is the same size and configuration as the Excellence a pens. Only 5000 made, mine is #1983. The sleeve surrounding the black wooden display box indicates a 1997 design, so it's almost 20 years old and appears unused and uninked.
Posted 05 August 2017 - 18:14
Yeah, I love Diplomats! For me they are the perfect size and weight. No thread and step-down issues. You have a choice of gold or steel nib, and you can't go wrong with either. I wouldn't say their gold nibs are springy at all, but smooth nonetheless. I have one gold and one steel, and the steel is just as nice for my type of writing (I don't go for lots of line variation, I just like a smooth writing experience). Thus far I have two Excellence A's, and I'm planning on getting another one soon, as well as an Aero. Considering what you get for the price, Diplomats are my pen of choice.
Posted 05 August 2017 - 19:44
I own a Diplomat Aero in Dark Brown...it was this pen that got me back into fountain pens.
Very reliable and beautiful!
Posted 22 August 2017 - 19:01
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Posted 01 September 2017 - 02:39
Posted 28 September 2017 - 19:59
I have a Diplomat Aero Matte Silver, then a Diplomat Excellence A Skyline. Both write wonderfully. Personally I prefer the more classic looking Diplomat Excellent A.
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Posted 26 October 2017 - 10:10
What a thread to revive from 2011 ! Cool, I'll play. I have around a dozen Diplomat Excellence A FPs , Pencils etc, all except one are 14Kt nibs. The pens are very underrated, top class , high quality pens. Their customer support is good but they do not do Nib-exchange Ala Pelikan or Waterman/Parker . The nib have very little choice in terms of tipping width although the "B" is a very generous . Their ink offering is very limited as well, but good ones. The pens are practically all metal and build like tanks (in a good way) , I'd easily compare them with the legendary Carene in terms of bomb-proff-iness but more staid looking .
Posted 23 November 2017 - 18:04
My wife's 'old' Diplomat.................don't know from whom I stole the picture but it was only 1000% better than I could have done. Could be the seller's.
Clip is a gold plated stirrup....Pen is silver plated.
There is also one with a tennis racket clip and something to do with tennis in the jewel.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 23 November 2017 - 18:06.
German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.
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Posted 05 December 2017 - 22:24
Sorry for seeing this thread so late – but for what it’s worth, let me proclaim to all who are willing to hear that Diplomat is a woefully under-estimated, great brand.
At the moment I have:
2 Esteems (lapis raspberry and blue granite)
6 Magnums (black; 1 fine nib, 5 medium)
The Esteems, Époque and Traveller all have fine nibs, and I have an exchangeable medium-nib section for the Esteems as well.
Why do I have so many Magnums? Not only because in my opinion they are the best in the price range, but also because right now a fellow in the ’Bay Germany is selling them off in a clearance sale, asking 10€ for a bunch of four of them, either black or blue (that’s ten euros for four pens, people, excl. shipping. If you don’t want four of them, you can also get a single one for about 4€. Act fast). 2.50€, but also 4€, is an absolutely crazy steal for a pen that normally goes for 11 to 16€ (and that is worth more). The Magnum is a light, rugged, knock-about pen with a pleasant semi-soft grip and a striking yet seriously decent design.
I generally prefer fine nibs in my pens, but the difference between fine and medium in Diplomat is not so pronounced, the mediums (esp. in the Magnum) tending to be rather fine mediums.
It looks like I’ll have to do a review of these great pens some day, seeing that so little info about Diplomat is circulating even here at the FPN.
In current use: Cleo Skribent Classic, Platinum 3776 Century, Diplomat Esteem, Pelikan M200, Waterman Expert