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#1 mukukaduk

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:21

Lately I've been looking for a new EDC pen fitting the criteria below and I thought a lot of other people probably are looking for EDC pens as well so I guess this thread could be suggesting EDC pens to people with a $300 budget?

What I'm personally looking for:
-20g or heavier
-smooth nib
-either really fine like a pilot fine or a fine stub (0.8 ideal but I guess 1.1 max)
-Budget ≤350 incl shipping to Australia
-If vintage must be mint-ish condition
-looks nice :D

Any suggestions? :)

 



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#2 watch_art

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:25

Go custom?  :)


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:36

I agree with watch_art for that price range custom seems a very nice way to go so you can even customize the size and shape optimal for you (size can be a big thing with EDC pens). I think Newton pens (no affiliation i just browsed a bit and know it as an active company in the community) has pens in the price range. Also I haven't seen many .8mm stubs much you may want to get a custom nib to (maybe vintage?).

TLDR: Go custom!


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:42

A .8 stub would be pretty easy, but if you want to go wider there are 1.1 and 1.5 available as a stock option - no extra cost.  Several people carry that.  And they're really nice.


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:45

A Bexley Corona is high-capacity piston-filler.  Bexley fountain pens have excellent ink feeds.  The red one looks like

the vintage Parker Senior Duofold.  The Corona runs about $175.  That leaves plenty for a custom nib. 

 

A nicely restored Parker 51 will cost a bit less.  Have someone custom-grind a nib to be fitted.  In the 1950's, anyone,

who could afford a Parker 51, got a Parker 51 -- Roosevelt, Churchill, Eisenhower. my Dad. 

 

Good hunting.


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:47

My favs in this price range - Aurora, Pelikan, some Stipula, some Visconti, Parker!, uhm.... there are just too many awesome pens out there to dig through and find the one you like.  You should just get them all!  :D  One of my favs right now is the Parker 45 believe it or not.  Some of them are a bit iffy with regards to fit, but they're great knock around pens and can be had with gold nibs, shipped, for $20 or less on ebay, all day long.  :)


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#7 georges zaslavsky

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:49

Sheaffer Triumph Crest Vac Fill or Sheaffer Valiant Snorkel or Parker 51 Vacumatic


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 05:52

Montblanc 12


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:45

For about 130USD, the Lamy2000 is a hard working pen and well built.  Or...custom, made to your specs!



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 13:25

@edwaroth,
I do have a Lamy 2000 already but it writes too wet and I always smudge what I'm doing because I'm left handed... Should've gone with EF instead of F :(



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 14:48

I think Franklin Christoph carries a .8mm stub as a regular item for their pens. Look into them a bit. Their nibs also fit Edison pens. :D You could get a custom Edison (the new Menlo Pump Filler is rather nice, in my opinion) and get a custom Edison nib or swap out with a FC .8mm stub.


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 15:07

How about a Faber Castell e-Motion?

 

I have never tried any FC FP but I hear nothing but praises for their nibs.

And the e-Motion's body is just wonderful (my dad has the RB version)


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 15:11

Visconti Homo Sapiens Midi.   Tough pen, stunning looks.   Getting it stubbed and shipped to Oz for <$350 might be a challenge, though.


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Posted 10 August 2013 - 17:08

Lately I've been looking for a new EDC pen fitting the criteria below and I thought a lot of other people probably are looking for EDC pens as well so I guess this thread could be suggesting EDC pens to people with a $300 budget?

What I'm personally looking for:
-20g or heavier
-smooth nib
-either really fine like a pilot fine or a fine stub (0.8 ideal but I guess 1.1 max)
-Budget ≤350 incl shipping to Australia
-If vintage must be mint-ish condition
-looks nice :D

Any suggestions? :)

 

 

 

Except for the 20g weight requirement, I think the new Pilot Elite 95S fits the bill perfectly. It weighs 16gms.

 

http://www.fountainp...ilot-elite-95s/

 

http://www.fountainp...e-95s-black-ef/

 

http://www.fountainp...95s-deep-red-m/


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#15 Edwaroth

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 21:34

Yeah, 2K is EF. heymatthew suggests Franklin-Christoph. That's another "can't go wrong pen" !



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Posted 10 August 2013 - 23:47

I have *exactly* the same specs as you when looking for an EDC, and I can tell you that if you're looking for a Pilot fine width, a 0.8 stub won't really satisfy. 

 

The Lamy 2000 is a good suggestion, however it is quite wide even in the EF grade nibs. I happened to find a Lamy Ratio for sale on eBay with a vintage steel EF nib for around $20 (the pen was cracked across the barrel and cap; essentially unusable) and simply switched out the nibs and... wow, it's amazing :)

 

Other recommendations are the Aurora 88 modern (slightly above your budget), Montblanc 146 and Sheaffer PFM (if you want to go vintage).

 

Best of luck.

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 23:59

or the newer Sheaffer legacy - same style and shape, same beautiful inlaid nib, as the old PFM pens.  :)


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Posted 11 August 2013 - 00:02

My new favorite EDC is a PIlot Custom 823 Demonstrator. I chose a broad nib which is like a western fine. It is magnificently smooth weighs 29 grams, has a beautiful nib, large ink capacity and is a vac fill. It is a joy to use.

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 00:21

Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black with an 18k Broad nib custom ground to a Stub by Binder or Mottishaw. That's just about the perfect EDC to my way of thinking in the price range you're seeking. Those pens can go unused for a week in moderate humidity conditions and will start right up on the first stroke.
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#20 mukukaduk

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 03:16

@felix1: I was seriously considering that pen but the low ink capacity deterred me.







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