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S.t. Dupont Second Empire


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#1 olivier78860

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 20:07

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This is the most amazing pen I have ever held. It's huge, the term "oversize" is really accurate, as it literally dwarves a 149. Its style is heavy, but the pen isn't (too) heavy.

The craftmanship is astounding. Sculpture, lacquering, reference to a classic style, everything is so wow. I made lots of pictures that will describe this pen better than a thousand words.

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And here goes the writing sample:

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P.S. I understand the style will not be to everybody's taste. Extremely negative comments (as it happened with the Visconti Forbidden City) aren't necessary. Thanks.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 00:45

This pen's design follows the Empire style that predominated the luxury goods in Paris when the S.T. Dupont company was founded in 1872. The design is an hommage to S.T. Dupont's historic roots. The Empire style is ornate, heavily decorated, and at the high end more that a bit over the top ostentatious; therefore, the pen necessarily shares these characteristics. However, whether or not one likes the Empire style, I think this pen can be appreciated for it's craftsmanship and faithful execution of the style.

Despite generally prefering simpler designs, I actually like this pen (though it's beyond my current budget).

#3 picautomaton

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:10

Wow that looks like a very special pen I could imagine a king using a pen like this. May I ask what that silver thing is under the number plate cover.
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#4 olivier78860

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:43

It's a rollerball section. You can use this pen as a fountain pen or as a rollerball, depending on your taste.

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#5 picautomaton

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:52

Thank you for the reply - enjoy!
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#6 olivier78860

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 11:57

Thanks for the nice comments!
Actually this pen is a bit intimidating, it's still in the box, and I am not sure I am going to use it. I'm pondering about buying a little glass cover and make it throne on my desk. On my left. Because they say your weapon, in case of a zombie apocalypse, will be the first item on your left, and at the moment it's a book. I know the quill is stronger than the sword, but it might not apply to zombies ;)

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:46

Hooollly er...ah...cow! That is an incredible pen!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 20:20

Oh, my.... :notworthy1: I LOVE it, despite/because of the ornamentation! Definitely not a daily use item, but what amazing craftsmanship. I hope you take her out for a spin from time to time....
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Posted 22 November 2012 - 20:01

very nice pen! i'd love to have one in my collection, congratz!
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