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What Is Your Favorite 'big Four' German Pen Maker?


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Poll: Favorite German Pen Company (305 member(s) have cast votes)

What is your favorite German pen manufacturer?

  1. Lamy (68 votes [22.37%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.37%

  2. Montblanc (58 votes [19.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.08%

  3. Pelikan (160 votes [52.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 52.63%

  4. Voted Graf von Faber-Castell (18 votes [5.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.92%

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#81 hendrixstrat

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 22:46

I voted Pelikan because I love my M800. Granted I have not used a GvFC nor a Lamy, but I have used a MB 149 (my dad owns one) and it is a very nice pen as well. I suspect I would end up ranking them Pelikan, MB, GvFC, and then Lamy (ranking GvFC and Lamy purely on aesthetics as I have never used one).
Pelikan M800 - Green, M (want to trade for a F!)
TWSBI 540 - Amber, M
Bexley Corona - Orange, M
Parker Duofold Centennial - Black, M
Esterbrook LJ - Black, Gregg 1555 (EEF)
Parker 21 - Navy Blue, M
Sailor 1911 Large - Black, M
TWSBI 580 - Clear, M
Aurora 88 Large - Black w/ silver trim, Stub
Parker 51 - Burgundy, M
Gate City Pens New Dunn - Black, Stub
Conklin Endura - Green, M Italic

#82 sargetalon

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Posted 30 March 2013 - 23:23

Pelikan all the way for me. Beautiful, reliable, and relatively affordable.

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#83 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 15:02

Hmmm...interesting.

I voted for Pelikan, as that is about 90% of my collection. They are exactly what I want and expect in a pen, especially a German pen: classic styling, ease of use, reliable, and a consistently excellent performance.

That said, I've never tried a MB, although I'm very curious to. I have a single FC (not GvFC) Basic in carbon fiber, and it is a fantastic pen. It's my go-to for permanent inks; great writer, super-smooth nib, but not so expensive I will want to shoot myself if it gets messed up
Lamy look great and I've heard wonderful things about them, but I prefer the vintage look in my pens.

I think we call all pretty much agree they all make fantastic pens. I'm new to the hobby, and have only been collecting a year or so. I am eager to branch out. :smile:


However, I am a long time German car lover, so here's my impressions so far:

Lamy = Volkswagen. Great for beginners, reliable, reasonably priced, and enough to get you interested.

GvFC=Audi. High performance, consistently reliable, but not as well known and the styling may not be for everyone.

MB= Maybach. Solid underpinnings, never disappointing in performance, but definitely aimed at the elite with money to burn.

Pelikan = Mercedes-Benz. The Best of all options. Rock solid performance, classic styling, many options for many tastes, and durable enough your grandchildren will likely still have it & love it.


(P.S. If anyone has a MB they'd like to loan me.... :lticaptd: )

Good car comparison :thumbup:


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#84 UncleNick

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 20:34

This is a tough call!

 

My Lamy 2000 with a fantastic medium stubby nib switched from a Lamy 99 is my everyday pocket pen. Great line variation for a hooded nib.

 

One of my favorite nibs was a Montblanc 14 - beautifully smooth and wet (I stupidly sold it to finance a pen I turned out to loathe!). My 149, 147, 146 nibs are ok but when I get my act together they will be sold.

 

My Pelikan M800 is superbly reliable but the nib is firm and extremely boring. However, I have a MK20 which is a real pleasure to use - a little spring, great flow and a piston filler to boot.

 

Based upon today, this very minute - Lamy, Pelikan, Montblanc though it is very close. So many variations of pens and styles within a brand it is hard to do a single brand justice.



#85 Rose Nibs

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 21:37

In an attempt to compare like with like I have considered my Lamy 2000, Pelikan M200, Montblanc Carrera and Faber Castell Emotion. All good pens, but the one I use most is the Pelikan



#86 jcable

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Posted 21 October 2013 - 23:21

I have 3 Montblancs, they are okay but not great. The pen that started it for me was Pelikan 200/250/205/400/405... I have 16 now and they are probably my favorite. That being said I love my Lamy 2000 (I have 9 Lamys). I think the Lamy 2000 is the best deal out there and also probably the most understated pen of them all. I find the prices of Pelikans to be out of control. The 200 was great as a first nice pen to get people hooked when they could be had for $60 dollars... but the prices of the 200 and Lamy 2000 should not be equivalent now. Pelikan is my favorite but they have priced me out of the market..



#87 LOGAN

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 01:11

I voted. MB. Next would be Pelikan, then Lamy.

#88 larsbj

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 18:35

Pelikan. Smooth, elegant and consistent writers. I currently have a 600 F (partial to the fpgeeks which convinced me to buy it. Haven't used it much, its a little too small for me), 640 Sahara M nib, 800 Fine, 805 Medium, 1000 Broad. Last three are always inked. Oh  yes, and a vintage M400 OB.

 

I also have a MB146 and have used it quite a lot earlier, and while it is stylish and elegant it is also a litte boring (no offense). Lamy is ok, even though i like the nib on the Safari but hate the section. And a L2K which I'm a little disappointed over (an XF).

 

Never owned or tried a GvFC, but they look good.


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#89 cadfael_tex

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 20:16

Hmmm...interesting.

I voted for Pelikan, as that is about 90% of my collection. They are exactly what I want and expect in a pen, especially a German pen: classic styling, ease of use, reliable, and a consistently excellent performance.

That said, I've never tried a MB, although I'm very curious to. I have a single FC (not GvFC) Basic in carbon fiber, and it is a fantastic pen. It's my go-to for permanent inks; great writer, super-smooth nib, but not so expensive I will want to shoot myself if it gets messed up
Lamy look great and I've heard wonderful things about them, but I prefer the vintage look in my pens.

I think we call all pretty much agree they all make fantastic pens. I'm new to the hobby, and have only been collecting a year or so. I am eager to branch out. :smile:


However, I am a long time German car lover, so here's my impressions so far:

Lamy = Volkswagen. Great for beginners, reliable, reasonably priced, and enough to get you interested.

GvFC=Audi. High performance, consistently reliable, but not as well known and the styling may not be for everyone.

MB= Maybach. Solid underpinnings, never disappointing in performance, but definitely aimed at the elite with money to burn.

Pelikan = Mercedes-Benz. The Best of all options. Rock solid performance, classic styling, many options for many tastes, and durable enough your grandchildren will likely still have it & love it.


(P.S. If anyone has a MB they'd like to loan me.... :lticaptd: )


Not sure about the Pelikan equals Mercedes comparison, my Pelikans have been good writers and not poorly engineered pieces of junk. (Still bitter about a new c class I bought that was a total lemon lol)

I only have experience with Lamy (2000 and Safaris) and Pelikan (M205, M215, 140). Haven't liked the feel of the Lamy nibs but the Pelikans have been my favorite writers.

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 03:04

I can't get over Pelikan's design, so they're my favorite. But I do appreciate the design of the other three.

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Pelikan is the quintessential European fountain pen--for me at least. 






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