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Sheaffer Connaisseur


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#1 ThirdeYe

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 14:09

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Top to bottom: Sheaffer Valor, Lamy Safari, Sheaffer Connaisseur, Parker "51", Pelikan M200

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Edited by ThirdeYe, 10 June 2012 - 20:26.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 15:17

Edit: Is it supposed to be spelled Connoisseur or Connaisseur? It didn't come with the box, so I'm not really sure.

-Derek



Dear Derek,
it's Connaisseur (French). Why? I don't know as the pens were only made in USA and England (only Grande Conns.).

I collect Connaisseurs and in about 30 years of FP pen usage I haven't found a pen that I love more. If you are starting on these the production models are easy enough to acquire. Then you'll want the prototypes and limited runs and those are a bugger :) BTW, if you do find the original grey boxes handle them with care - the covering peels and stick everywhere much like the Waterman Edson boxes.

The pens only came as FPs and BPs. Pencils were prototypes. To date there are only 2 examples I know of. A gold plated model owned by the late Dennis Bowden and a sterling silver model owned by me.

Go to Gary Ellison's site http://www.sheaffert...rence list.html for a detailed reading on the subject. He and Dennis are the last word on Connaisseurs.


Stay well,
Solomon

Edited by varmas, 10 June 2012 - 15:21.

WTB: Unusual and prototype Sheaffer Connaisseurs, Grande Connaisseurs and Parker Premiers.


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Posted 10 June 2012 - 16:04

Solomon,

Thanks for the information and the link. That chased model at the top of that page looks amazing!

All the best,
Derek
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 16:55

Nice review Derek. I'd like to see the nib, I like mono-toned gold nibs.

BTW, if you hold the camera so the back is parallel to the surface the pens are on you'll avoid keystoning like that.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 19:47

Nice review Derek. I'd like to see the nib, I like mono-toned gold nibs.

BTW, if you hold the camera so the back is parallel to the surface the pens are on you'll avoid keystoning like that.


I will do a re-shoot of the pictures when I get a chance. :) the comparison photo turned out to be less than informative because of the poor depth perception. I will try doing it straight above the pens this time. I'll also take a picture of the nib.

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:27

Nice review Derek. I'd like to see the nib, I like mono-toned gold nibs.

BTW, if you hold the camera so the back is parallel to the surface the pens are on you'll avoid keystoning like that.


I have updated the original post with the new pictures. I tried my best to take one of the nib using the close-up macro on my camera, but it would turn out blurry no matter how steady I held my hand... so I picked the best of the worst. My apologies!

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 20:44

Thanks for the review! I really love writing with the Sheaffer 18K nibs. The Connaisseur is a great pen too. Posted Image
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Posted 10 June 2012 - 21:28

nice review!
thanks!
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#9 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:48

I testwrote one connaisseur a while back and it was a positive experience
Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 02:21

Interesting pen, nice review!
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