Figure this is the best place for this since info is a bit spotty on this brand.
After seeing a review of the Merlin 33 on The Pen Habit, I decided to look around for one. And grabbed two that had been rehabbed by someone in Turkey. I was fairly impressed and happy with my purchase even if they are on the small side. Matt had mentioned that he had picked his up for "well below $100" and my experience was likewise. I tried to find out as much as I could on this brand and found extremely little info out there and in fact most of it came from this site and Richard Binder's. These are of course Button Fillers and both have MErlin branded semi-flex 14k nibs.
I spotted at the same time a Merlin Triumph, that I had found no mention of at all and decided to make an effort to purchase it. Knowing that the piston was stuck, I understood that it was a bit of a gamble. If it actually broke, there were not any parts to fix it and not knowing if there were compatible parts from other manufacturers. But I got it and to my delight, after over a week of soaking and modest cleaning, the piston was free and the pen performed flawlessly. I was so happy that I in fact sent the pen to Richard Binder, Indy-Pen-Dance and Matt Armstrong for a look. This pen is a Piston filler with a Warranted Osmi 14k nib.
Then I spotted an auction for a Merlin Osmi. Another model that I hadn't heard of and one with very little info on the net. In fact I could only find one reference in a blog post from 2011. Once again, I was able to acquire it and added a 3rd model to my little collection. The down side is that the cap doesn't thread on securely and while I'm not in a rush to correct this, I will do so at some point. Another very nice pen and I'm waiting on more ink to come in to sample it. This is a Piston filler with a Merlin branded 14k semi-flex nib.
All this while I had known about a Merlin 62 on Etsy but found the price too high. After talking to the seller, we were able to reach what I found to be a fair price and now it is in my collection as well. After a thorough cleaning it needs a little work on the Boch nib that came with it, but far from a lost cause. This is a another model with scant information being the only one I have found mentioned on the net. This is a Piston filler with a Boch 14k nib.
Now in my research I have found a couple other models. The Merlin Perfect (one mention in the same 2011 blog as the Osmi), the Merlina (a smaller model similar to the 33 found in the same stash that was brought over from the Netherlands), A merlin without a designation (saw this in a youtube video, the pen used a cartridge that the owner swapped over to a Gimborn, I had thought the Merlin brand went out before the cartridge pens became popular) and the Merlin Lady (Saw this one in an ebay lot auction and now regret not nabbing it when I had the chance). I would be interested if anyone has another model of Merlin Fountain Pen. Please share it here and if you are interested, drop me a note and I might add it to my little collection.
Edited by Russianwolf, 21 July 2015 - 18:32.