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#1 Margana

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:28

Think of it this way. Your kid is graduating from high school and you want to give him/her a fountain pen that will be reliable and easy to care for. It doesn't matter whether it is new or vintage. Quality counts because your kid can spot cheap plastic a mile away. Besides you wouldn't want to embarrass your dear offspring someday when his/her new boss sees it and happens to know a thing or two about FPs.

So which pen endures the best with ordinary use, average care and yet still looks like a quality instrument?
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:32

I think if your kid is just graduating from high school, going to college or work, a Lamy Studio in Palladium would be a nice gift. Not too shiny, but coated with palladium in matte, it is quite an elegant and timeless quality pen. Should fit your three criteria quite nicely!
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#3 Benjamin McFerret

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:35

I'd say Pelikan but then, I always say Pelikan. I like the way they look and mine has taken a beating over the past few years but it has never given me any problems despite not being babied. I'm planning to give my oldest a Pelikan 600 or 800 when he graduates if he hasn't bought one for himself by then.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 06:45

Montblanc 146 or Pelikan. It's truly a pen that will last them for the rest of their lives. I got my 146 back in junior high; today, I'm still using it.

Make sure that you posterity will be able to appreciate it and is RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH to properly care for it. If I had children, I wouldn't give them a pen that carried so much weight and importance if I knew they were at risk of losing it.

Come to think of it, I don't think I got anything for graduating high-school. Better go and ask the folks to pay up with interest.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 07:52

My .02 worth,

New:

Pelikan, Parker Sonnet, Lamy 2000

Vintage:

Parker "51" Aero, Parker Duofold, (MB but big money, ditto Pelikan)

An idea about budget could help here.

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#6 JRodriguez

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:19

Yeah, budget would be helpful for making suggestions. I like the "51" Aero suggestion - low key, generally hassle free, a real workhorse and hallmark of a pen. Actually, in my humble estimation, all of the above suggestions are good - though the MB would definitely be out if you want something new that's under $100 or so.

Edited by JRodriguez, 19 January 2007 - 08:20.


#7 saintsimon

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 11:38

Reliability + Quality = Sailor

A 1911M, 1911 or Professional Gear is the pen of choice.

#8 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 11:46

a duofold or a 146 or a söveran 800.
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 12:20

I bought my daughter a nice looking Sheaffer Snorkel and had Dillo fix it up. She loves it.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 13:28

QUOTE(saintsimon @ Jan 19 2007, 03:38 AM)
Reliability + Quality = Sailor

A 1911M, 1911 or Professional Gear is the pen of choice.

I would agree. A Sailor 1911 or Prof Gear is an excellent and affordable workhorse - and writes like a dream.

#11 maia

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 13:50

I'd look into a Pelikan Souverän, the Techflex Porsche Design by Faber-Castell, Parker Sonnet, MB, all reliable.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 13:57

Stipula is one of my favorite brands. A Novecento is always nice and can be had for under $200 if you look around. The Saturno is a nice crecent filler, which is always a conversation starter. The Rex is a GREAT looking pen but was a limited edition and is getting hard to find. Anyway, Stiupla. Especially with one of their italic nibs!

#13 rroossinck

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 14:07

What about a NOS Sheaffer Balance from eBay? Reasonably priced, it's a pen that changed the course of history (well, its predecessor did, anyway), writes well, etc.

Might be an option to consider.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 15:05

Sailor 1911 or 1911M, Pelikan M400 or 600. Affordable, sturdily built, attractive, and terrific nibs. The Sailor nib is more flexible than the Pelikan nib. These pens, along with the Namiki Falcon, are among my favorite writers, and all have excellent feeds. The Sailor and Namiki converters have very wide mouths and are less prone to air-locking than typical converters.

Cheers.

Edited by chemgeek, 19 January 2007 - 19:28.


#15 goodguy

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 15:39

Parker 51 with the Aerometric filler.

This is a in my eyes the most reliable FP ever made,and probably the most loved,respected and know pen in the world.

This pen isnt just reliable but also one of the best writers.Actualy many will argue it is the best writer EVER.Just ask Richard Binder the nib specialist.

Edited by goodguy, 19 January 2007 - 15:39.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 16:55

No one has mentioned the Vanishing Point yet...that's a daily user for me. Probably always will be...or at least until my wife absconds with it. :ph34r:

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 17:02

Keep in mind not everybody sees the "51" as being quite as good looking as a lot of us do, so the OP's son might not be too impressed with a hooded nib.

My vote goes with a Pelikan, great because no matter what your price range you can pick one up, they all look fantastic. Anywhere from m2xx to m800.

The VP is also a great selection, a sturdy, very attractive and distinctive looking pen. I pretty much am never without mine, its just so darn practical.

On either of those, I would purchase one from a nib meister who will dip test the pen for you and, if needed, tune it up. Both VP's and Pelikans have gotten the reputation of producing the occasional stinker nib; it would be a bummer to give a pen that doesn't work.
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Posted 19 January 2007 - 18:26

Fully agreed on the last statement. If you can't buy in person and verify for yourself, buy it from someone who knows it'll write well and has ensured it.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 19:26

There is something very real about the Parker 51 that I recomended.
I must add 2 things.

Not everybody loves the Namiki VP.I had one and after 2 months of use decided its not for me.Its a nice pen but with too many problems for me.

I would defenetly agree that the Pelikan M800 or M600 are GREAT pens.The M600 is slightly smaller and much lighter than the M800 but the M800 has more presents and feels better in my hand.

Edited by goodguy, 19 January 2007 - 19:27.

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 19:29

QUOTE(goodguy @ Jan 19 2007, 01:26 PM)
Not everybody loves the Namiki VP.I had one and after 2 months of use decided its not for me.Its a nice pen but with too many problems for me.

True, I forgot some folks can't handle the clip. It has been great for me, because it actually taught me how to hold a pen using the traditional tripod grip. I used to use the three finger "control" grip, and I find my hand stays much more relaxed in the tripod grip.

However, I still really have to concentrate to not grip the pen tightly. Much harder to break that habit, I guess I think if I relax the pen will go flying from my hand into the void or something. wink.gif
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