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Something In The Middle?
Posted 09 December 2012 - 21:40
A very nice combo, a happy owner.
Those Sheaffer 100s look like a very nice pen, maybe a good pen to initiate someone into fps. I may have to pick one up!
~ Benjamin Franklin
Posted 10 December 2012 - 01:19
The Diplomat Magnum might fit the bill for you as well, and you would have money left over for a converter and ink! These are a bit small and plastic-y but mine does write well.
Where exactly do you work that you are hard on pens? I work in auto repair and education and seem to have a pen in my dirty hands most of the time. Esterbrook Js hold up fine for me. Is it the screw cap that's becoming a bother?
Increase your IQ, use Linux AND a Fountain pen!!
Posted 17 December 2012 - 14:57
Posted 17 December 2012 - 20:00
This is a bit late, but I just remembered....
I had excellent luck with a vintage Parker Vector cartridge pen. Years ago, a co-worker gave me an old PV her husband had used, which was just "laying around".
I dipped it in water and that little gem wrote like a dream!
These days, I think they're one of the cheapest vintage pens you can buy (I've seen some at $10 - $20 NOS on feebay), they're small, durable, have a snap-on cap, and the one I had wrote every time, without any work, with eyedropper-filled cartridge. If memory serves, you can still get cartridges that fit....
Yup, Vectors take standard Parker (proprietary) cartridges. My first "real" FP was a Vector, and for a while it was the only pen I had. Got it a couple of years ago new, but I was looking at it last night and noticed some markings next to the "Made in UK" stamp on it, and looked the markings up on Parkerpen.net. There wasn't really any information about Vectors, but if I understand it the markings themselves indicate the pen was manufactured in 2003. So not vintage. But a great little pen nonetheless, and mine has been completely reliable. Only takes the slide converter though.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
Posted 20 December 2012 - 15:29