I have an oppurtunity to either go for a Duofold Centennial or for the same price, 2 waterman Carène s. Looks wise, both pens are pleasing to my eye (Carène IMV is stunning ). I have not handled the Centennial or seen one in person. I do have a waterman Carène and a Parker Premier(good styling, smooth nib, balance and weight) and both are out for a nib exchange (OB, B respectively).
History, tradition, lineage or vintage for that matter don't generally sway me, unless it was THE pen used by Einstein or Marie Curie. What puts a smile on my face is a well engineered, good looking elegant pen that'll last a couple of generations if USED and looked after. The geek in me prefers pistons, Vaccumatics, Bulk fillers but I don't mind a CC either. I have large hands and dont like to post my pens. .M215 is the smallest pen that I can handle without posting.
My little collection might give an insight.
- Lamy 2K steel
- Pelikan M200 D(unused - too light), M215 Lozenge, M800, M1000
- Parker Sonnet Chinese laque (not often used, too light), Premier Deluxe Graduated Chiselling
- Waterman Carène Black sea GT
- Pilot Custom 74 with FA nib (love the nib, hate the feed)
- Twsbi 540 and 7xx several with nib changed to custom ground Bocks (I grind my own nibs, if push comes to shove)
- Several beautiful large Ebonites and cellulites from unkown brands for which I have tuned the nibs, as the default ones were C&^p
Cheers and would love to read your opinions on what would be a worthy addition (new and in-production pens)?
Edited by DanceOfLight, 02 May 2015 - 10:55.