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Interesting Pens Or Inks In The Czech Republic?


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#1 Wheatflower



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Posted 21 May 2014 - 22:49

I have learned that I have a friend visiting the Czech Republic this summer.  If I asked her to bring me back something she would, so is there anything she should look for?

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 01:26

Penkala pens......

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 01:34

I have a friend living in Prague and he sent me a slew of these small, inexpensive cartridge pens put out by Centropen called the Pluto.  They're made of plastic with a screw-on cap.  In terms of comparative pens, think the Preppy.  The downside is that the plastic can be fragile, especially on the clear models.  The upside is that I've not encountered one yet that wasn't a very smooth writer; also, the caps are airtight, which means that the pens don't dry out if left unused.  Interestingly, the Pluto pens that he sent me a few years have "ENGLAND" etched on the nib.  The ones that I received from him a year or so ago have blank nibs.  I recently noticed on Ebay that Centropen now offers what looks like a sturdier pen called the Shark, but I've not seen one in person.  Finally, my friend reported seeing fancier, upscale Centropen models in Prague, including some nice older ones, but he didn't feel comfortable taking a chance on any of them.  Some time ago I bought a well-made, 1960s or 70s-vintage Centropen on Ebay that I like even though it doesn't get much use.

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Posted 22 May 2014 - 07:49

If you slip over the border into Slovakia, they make an ink there.....no pens though......hum...what was the name of that ink. Ah, Sheaffers.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 09:06

I think you might want to contact/PM FPM Khufu who lives in the Czech Republic and is very generous with his knowledge about Czechoslovakian vintage pens which is extensive.


Here is a link to an evilBay dealer from Praha, another good source for information:



There were quite a few manufacturers of quality fountain pens in Czechoslovakia prior to WW2, and what was left after the war was centralized under Centropen which continued to produce some very good quality pens into the 1960s. As for current production, I think that Centropen is pretty much all there is.


Hope this helps...


ETA: There are some threads with some pics here on FPN. Do a search for Centropen, Barclay and Smaragd for some vintage pens to get you started.

Edited by ehemem, 22 May 2014 - 09:16.

#6 ehemem


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Posted 22 May 2014 - 09:07

Penkala pens......



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Posted 22 May 2014 - 11:09

I agree with everything ehemem wrote and if you are really keen you might look for a Ripet nib on a post-1945 Centropen or Barclay.

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