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#21 ac12

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Posted 01 February 2015 - 22:05

To some people a plastic pen is "cheap."  Never mine who makes it or how much it cost.

And the clear pens, look like toys.


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Posted 01 February 2015 - 23:16

Some pens look cheap in photos but when you see them in real life they aren't at all. Put my 'Big' Beijing Golden Star, a pen I like very much, beside an Aurora 88 and you can see the difference.


Edited by Rose Nibs, 01 February 2015 - 23:17.


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Posted 02 February 2015 - 02:27

I once had a modern Conklin Endura FP that I sold because I hated the cheap look of the silver colored clip.  I thought it looked like plated plastic.



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Posted 03 February 2015 - 20:51

Those Montegrappa DC hero/villain pens with the terrible, tacky clips.



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Posted 03 February 2015 - 22:38

The new Montblanc JFK limited edition look a little bit cheap to me. dont know why.

 

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 22:50

The new Montblanc JFK limited edition look a little bit cheap to me. dont know why.

 

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It kind of look like a kit pen.



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Posted 03 February 2015 - 23:14

Demonstrators.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 23:27

The Lamy Safari is by no means an expensive pen, but the first time I saw one, I thought it was disposable. Therefore, that would make the actual price about ten times what I expected it to be. I suppose that qualifies after a fashion. (And before a hoard of Lamy enthusiasts comes after me with torches and pitchforks, I overcame my prejudice against their less than classic appearance and now own eight of the Al-Stars and one Vista.)


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 23:27

Demonstrators.

 

Yes, they do look cheap, but they're kid of fun ...


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 23:30

Most of the Pilot custom series pens.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 00:12

I am a traditionalist.  I will not name a pen, as I do not with to offend its owners.

However, I think too much "bling" and hardware looks cheap.  It becomes a 

"bright-shiny-object" .   


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 01:37

Most of the Pilot custom series pens.

 I have a custom heritage and it does look like the 78G in black (both are black) in photos. But when you have each on your hands yo can see the difference. The material looks different, the details look different, the nibs and the weight are different. One can tell which looks cheap and which doesn't by meeting them in person. Just My humble opinion. I love Pilots. So far my two brands I like are Pilots and Waterman's. 


Edited by Lamyrada, 04 February 2015 - 01:38.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 02:30

The Lamy Safari is by no means an expensive pen, but the first time I saw one, I thought it was disposable. Therefore, that would make the actual price about ten times what I expected it to be. I suppose that qualifies after a fashion. (And before a hoard of Lamy enthusiasts comes after me with torches and pitchforks, I overcame my prejudice against their less than classic appearance and now own eight of the Al-Stars and one Vista.)


I totally agree with the Safari looking cheap. I didn't want to own one when I first saw it...but I gave in and am happy that I got it.

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 15:00

Pilot Prera.

Yes, it's not an expensive pen, but it does cost three times the price of a Metropolitan. It's made from regular plastic and not fancy "resin" plastic. It should cost the same as a Metroplitan and not three times the price.

Yet despite that, it provides a writing experience like a much more expensive Pelikan M200.



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Posted 04 February 2015 - 15:09

Those Montegrappa DC hero/villain pens with the terrible, tacky clips.

Co-signed! And I love comics but this was my first thought as well. Followed by, "Why on earth would anyone do that to Wonder Woman?!"


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 16:01

 

 

Pelikan m101N red, materials look really cheap (especially the tort shell). The green version looks good to me though

 

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I think you need to wait some time. If this m101N ages like the old 101N, it will turn in to something similar to this one:

 

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 16:38

Pilot Prera.

Yes, it's not an expensive pen, but it does cost three times the price of a Metropolitan. It's made from regular plastic and not fancy "resin" plastic. It should cost the same as a Metroplitan and not three times the price.

Yet despite that, it provides a writing experience like a much more expensive Pelikan M200.

 

 I don't know how manufacturers establish prices but I can guess. They most know how our minds work, and so they design a cheap pen that writes and looks pretty good and so it suddenly becomes a $50 pen with a bit of PR. That's the PRERA.  On the other hand, they design a cheap looking good writer for $20 for those who cannot or will not buy then $50 pen.

It's a matter of spreading their goods across the buyers field of opportunities. Then finally they have some equally good writers made with a tad better material  that looks expensi-er and there you have the $120-$160 pen. The nibs are better, the look is better, the filling system is better… $120-$200. No bid deal. We decide which to buy, or the wallet does. sometimes we make sacrifices to have a  much sought after brand name pen and they count on that, plus those who can always buy, will.:-)--- BTW I love my PRERA and my 78G B, F, and the Heritage and Namiki falcon. 


Edited by Lamyrada, 04 February 2015 - 16:39.


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Posted 04 February 2015 - 17:30

 

 

 

I think you need to wait some time. If this m101N ages like the old 101N, it will turn in to something similar to this one:

 

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Well this does look pretty yummy



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 18:44

 

It kind of look like a kit pen.

 

I thought the same thing when I saw the JFK!  That metal end cap, the transition between the body and section, all the metal, the lack of graceful lines or proportions...it could almost be a "JFK" kit pen sold in a souvenir shop 



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 22:42

 

I thought the same thing when I saw the JFK!  That metal end cap, the transition between the body and section, all the metal, the lack of graceful lines or proportions...it could almost be a "JFK" kit pen sold in a souvenir shop 

YES! I felt NO sadness over not being able to have ANY edition of this pen.  I was grateful to be able to order 2 bottles of the ink & happy I felt no remorse over the pen.  







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