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#1 wacko1128

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 21:54

Thanks to some members of this forum, I've been quite bitten by the sterling silver bug. Yard-o-Led has found a special place in my collection as you can see, but I've tried to branch out to other manufacturers. Most everything was bought second hand and I've been cycling through using each one (even the ballpoints sometimes). Anyone else found that silver writing instruments are a real joy to use? I didn't think I would like the pencils as much as I do. I'm sure part of that is the unique and novel YOL system of lead storage and replacement. Enough of my rambling and onto a picture.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 22:26

Nice array of Sterling! Love the YOL's. I've been bitten lately by the sterling bug too! I'll have to get the family together for a pic.


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Posted 11 October 2013 - 22:26

Nice collection. I see Sheaffer and Yard-o-Led.  What other marques have you considered?


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:02

Oh my... Those are absolutely beautiful! 



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 02:21

Indeed it is a nice array of Sterling. I have love sterling silver since I was a pup and got my first Parker 75. The Parker blurb which came with the  P75

 gave good advice and it was recommended to use the weight of the pen and not press.As regards cleaning they also recommended use.  Again, lovely collection.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 03:47

jar: I do have a Waterman 452 1\2v with a silver overlay and a flex nib, but am still pretty new to the pen world so I don't know where to look next. I've seen some real nice ones out there, but many seem out of my price range. Went to pencils for a while I try to plan my next move. Any suggestions (under $400)?

Been getting use to 1.1mm lead too, but it helps to usually favor broad nibs.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:48

I too love sterling silver fountain pens.

Some of my favourites include the Sheaffer Targa, and Cross.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 13:05

jar: I do have a Waterman 452 1\2v with a silver overlay and a flex nib, but am still pretty new to the pen world so I don't know where to look next. I've seen some real nice ones out there, but many seem out of my price range. Went to pencils for a while I try to plan my next move. Any suggestions (under $400)?

Been getting use to 1.1mm lead too, but it helps to usually favor broad nibs.

 

 

Since you seem to like Waterman and Sheaffer, both have made some wonderful but still reasonably priced pens.  In Waterman watch for a Gentleman and in Sheaffer watch for a Targa  (4 basic designs and 16 variations) and Imperials (3 different models). Another I run across fairly often at pretty reasonable prices are the Montegrappa 302 and 402, all Sterling silver pens that are about the size of the Sheaffer Targa.


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Posted 12 October 2013 - 15:49

Targa looks interesting and I would like to add a more modern Waterman so I'll look into those. Definitely will see if I can find those Montegrappas. Love the looks of many of their pens and I do love some Italian pens I have (Aurora). Thanks.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 16:03

Targa looks interesting and I would like to add a more modern Waterman so I'll look into those. Definitely will see if I can find those Montegrappas. Love the looks of many of their pens and I do love some Italian pens I have (Aurora). Thanks.

 

Maybe these will help.

 

A Sheaffer Targa and Montegrappa 302:

 

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and a Waterman Gentleman:

 

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 23:34

I love solid sterling silver fountain pens!  My favorite is my Yard O Lead oversize in barleycorn finish.  My Namiki sterling hawk is a close second.  I like the heft that sterling silver adds to a pen.  Regards.

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 23:41

 Any suggestions (under $400)?
 

Just sayin', this is a cool lot for a sterling silver pen collector.

http://www.ebay.com/...d=251356932723

 

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:41

Just sayin', this is a cool lot for a sterling silver pen collector.
http://www.ebay.com/...d=251356932723
 
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May have to throw in a bid or two. Thanks!

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:52

jar I think you have me sold on the 302. Now I just have to find one. Not too sure on the others how I feel about the mix of silver with gold trim.

I've seen that Aurora has a sterling Iplison and I wonder how that feels in the hand. I have a plain one, but don't like the nib much and haven't had time to work on it.

Iscribe: A Nimiki sterling looks nice too. I think that has something like an inlaid nib. Not a pen I've heard much about, but your comment makes me want to think twice.

Just thinking about some of my other pens (vintage and modern) and I wish some were available in silver. Not sure, but a Parker 51 with silver cap (I know those exist), but also a silver barrel sounds like an awesome pen to me.

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:24

Jar's montegrappa is a silver pen par excellence!

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 12:55

jar I think you have me sold on the 302. Now I just have to find one. Not too sure on the others how I feel about the mix of silver with gold trim.

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Just thinking about some of my other pens (vintage and modern) and I wish some were available in silver. Not sure, but a Parker 51 with silver cap (I know those exist), but also a silver barrel sounds like an awesome pen to me.

 

The 302 will have Sterling silver clip and section while the 402 will have vermeil furniture and clip.

 

You can see both versions here.


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Posted 13 October 2013 - 13:38

These pens are absolutely gorgeous! I've been trying to hint to family that I could really use a YOL Vicerory Grand Victorian for a med school graduation gift.


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 10:50

I have a couple of Cross Century sterling silver (bp and fp) which I enjoy.  Just recently picked up a sterling silver Targa pencil and a full set of Parker 75 (fp, bp, pencil) in sterling silver cisele.

 

I've also a few sterling silver cufflinks (including one set which are fully functional abacuses).

 

Here's something I got into regarding sterling silver some years ago when I was working in Asia.  Somewhere I learned that in Japan many purposely chose NOT to polish their sterling silver items, preferring to allow them to develop a patina (we'd say tarnish).  I've allowed all of mine to do so and I also enjoy that look.  (Of course the Targa pencil and the Parker 75 have yet to develop this patina.)  Any comments?

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 22:34

Those are gorgeous.  Are any of them filled by way of piston?







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