Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies






Photo

Multipens Anyone?


  • Please log in to reply
58 replies to this topic

#41 amk

amk

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,610 posts
  • Location:Norwich, UK
  • Flag:

Posted 08 September 2016 - 20:23

Dgcom, that hexagonal pen looks pretty like the Waterman multipen, except I think the clip is different: could be a knockoff. I find quite a few of the Waterman pens at French sales - chrome, silver plate, and a gold plate version. They also come with the JIF trademark (I believe JIF was the French Waterman distributor, and afterwards acquired the Waterman brand).


Too many pens, too little time!

http://fountainpenlove.blogspot.fr/


Sponsored Content

#42 dgcom

dgcom

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 69 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 08 September 2016 - 22:37

Kockoff - I am not sure. I do not know about any Waterman hexagonal multipen and googling for it did not bring any results.

However, searching for just hexagonal multipen found German 6 color multipencil: Super Norma DOUBLE Hexagonal Gold Filled Art Deco Multi 6 Color Mechanical Pencil

And that one looks very close to this multipen.

 

Attached Images

  • dsc_01151_385_.jpg

Scratching away on paper...


#43 Aquaria

Aquaria

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 190 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 05 December 2016 - 06:06

Have a Pilot Coleto that I keep in my school pencil case as an emergency backup for those days when I'm so busy that I forget to refill my FPs, or have an unusually heavy writing day thus run out of blue or black ink with the rare professor who will accept work only in those colors of ink.

 

I also sometimes need the Coleto if a professor does the chintzy of printing a test on both sides of cheap copier paper. Even my finest nib pen with the driest ink will have bleed through on that junk, making the test unreadable on both sides. Thus the Coleto comes to save the day.

 

I've considered giving the Uni Fit a try, but can't seem to be arsed to get around to it when I have so much FP porn distracting me during what free time I have.



#44 Aquaria

Aquaria

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 190 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 05 December 2016 - 06:33

I thought ( and have heard mentioned by a reliable pen/pencil trader who should know), that the heavy industries company who make cars and ships etc, are a different company from the pen maker.

 

Not quite. They're all Mitsubishi companies...but not. 

 

While many of the companies within the Mitsubishi mon operate independently, they are all still part of the Mitsubishi group in general, and tend to cooperate with each other when they have a common interest. However, they aren't about being part of a unified corporate structure, such as subsidiaries of a giant corporate HQ. Instead, Mitsubishi is about following a particular business philosophy.

 

This is why the Mitsubishi Pencil Company, which makes the Mitsubishi/Uniball pens and pencils, is part of the Mitsubishi group, overall, yet still a completely different entity to the Mitsubishi "parent" company, than, say, Clairol or Braun as being subsidiaries of Proctor and Gamble. The pencil company is as different from Mitsubishi, the manufacturer of cars and heavy machinery, as it is from Clairol, while Clairol and Braun are actually active parts of P&G.

 

If that makes sense.


Edited by Aquaria, 05 December 2016 - 06:35.


#45 Misfit

Misfit

    Goddess of Inanimate Objects

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,161 posts
  • Location:Midwest

Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:42

I have plastic and metal Uni Style Fit multipens. Also I got a Snoopy astronaut themed Zebra Prefill pen, and yesterday bought two more Zebra Prefill polka dot versions on eBay.

I use them in Pocket Posh puzzle books. There is a Pentel i+ in emerald I'm thinking about. It takes sliccies gel refills.

Edited by Misfit, 05 August 2017 - 04:46.

Posted Image

#46 Mech-for-i

Mech-for-i

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 614 posts
  • Location:Hong Kong
  • Flag:

Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:49

I was having a weekend doing the usual routine cleanup / maintenance of some of my pens and I chance upon my Wing Sung 235 Multi-pen. One of those old design where you twist the pen to rotate between the 3 BP refill of Black, Blue and Red, still have not yet able to find refill for them , likely some Bic style one but I am not really making any effort. though, an interesting one.



#47 Algester

Algester

    (´Д⊂ヽ

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,468 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 16 August 2017 - 06:34

if its a twist type multi pen most likely its D1 refill Zebra has a fairly good selection of D1 refills

#48 Misfit

Misfit

    Goddess of Inanimate Objects

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,161 posts
  • Location:Midwest

Posted 17 August 2017 - 04:47

My Uni Style Fit metal version is a twist advance. There is a chart (not with Wing Sum) at the website tokyopenshop.com (in Iowa, USA) that has a refill chart.

Here is the link to it:
https://www.tokyopen...ultimatrix.html

The shop has lots of cool stuff. I placed an order, and have even more saved for later. One of the site owners (Kimberly) posts videos on some items.

Edited by Misfit, 17 August 2017 - 04:49.

Posted Image

#49 Misfit

Misfit

    Goddess of Inanimate Objects

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,161 posts
  • Location:Midwest

Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:21

Well I did it. I bought two more custom multi-pens, both Pentel i+ in green. They will be my first 5-refills version. I also will be getting Coleto Multi-Pens and a fountain pen for my birthday. Perhaps I'll post a photo of them once they arrive. I ordered the pen bodies from tokyopenshop.com because that site carries more limited editions than good ole jetpens.com.

I did order the Slicci refills and a Pilot Plumix from Jet Pens. I'm going to use the Plumix with the sparkling and shimmering inks. With demonstrators it should be easier to see if it's properly cleaned out once the shimmer/sparkle inks run out.
Posted Image

#50 Misfit

Misfit

    Goddess of Inanimate Objects

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,161 posts
  • Location:Midwest

Posted 16 September 2017 - 03:26

Here is another useful wealth of information on refills for various pens
http://www.wellappoi...age-1/#comments

It is not all inclusive but thorough nonetheless.
Posted Image

#51 Amaranzanocna

Amaranzanocna

    Dipped Only

  • Member - Bronze+

  • Pip
  • 6 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 04 November 2017 - 21:27

 
My Rotring Quattro has all the ballpoint colors I want (Red,Blue,Black) + a lead pencil.   To me having a pencil is more important than another ink option like green, etc.   This way I'm essentially covered for any practical writing situation.  Since I hate black ink I've elected to fill that slot with another blue to give me double the writing endurance.  The red is for marking up papers that I review from time to time, and pencil is mainly for carpentry.
 
-M


Hi can anyone please advise which refills one can buy for the Rotring Quattro? Im at a loss here l have one but needs ink. Thanx and sorry for reviving an old thread.

#52 usk15

usk15

    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,258 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 04 November 2017 - 22:33

Hi can anyone please advise which refills one can buy for the Rotring Quattro? Im at a loss here l have one but needs ink. Thanx and sorry for reviving an old thread.

 

Check the list here: http://www.fountainp...andard-refills/



#53 Stef

Stef

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 30 posts
  • Location:Antwerp
  • Flag:

Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:19

I've got a Lamy tri-pen ; pencil 0.5 mm, black and black ballpoint.

 

I only use it when I go on holiday so that I can fill in the paperwork at the airplane and use the pencil for crossword puzzles.



#54 eachan

eachan

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 74 posts
  • Location:Scotland
  • Flag:

Posted 06 November 2017 - 12:51

I found a very cheap BIC one on sale in Tesco.  In reality I have no use for it but I remember how delighted I was by a multipen I had as a child.   Buying driven by pure nostalgia!  It has the usual four ballpoint colours.


Regards,

Eachan


#55 flatline

flatline

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 438 posts
  • Location:Memphis, TN
  • Flag:

Posted 06 November 2017 - 13:45

I used a Zebra multi-pen in the '90s (black, red, and 0.5 pencil). It was a solid pen but I remember going through the black and red refills pretty quickly.

 

It still sits in the kitchen misc drawer, but I doubt it gets used more than once or twice a year.

 

I've tried some multi-pens since then, but they all seem to rattle and some have terrible tip wiggle issues. I'd rather just carry a pen case with all the colors I want to use.

 

--flatline



#56 Liuna

Liuna

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 46 posts
  • Location:Budapest, Hungary
  • Flag:

Posted 10 November 2017 - 21:43

I have a Concorde multipen, which looks exactly like this ICO Kaméleon pen; mine has a Concorde subtitle on its trim.  There are touchscreen topped versions, mine doesn't have it. It's in a good price and has four so called mini refills in black, blue, red and green, they can be changed.

I really like that there are pencil containing multipens, didn't know there were such ones :) I haven't stumpled upon any of those so far.

ico-kameleon-negyszinu-golyostoll.jpg



#57 dgcom

dgcom

    Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 69 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 11 November 2017 - 05:41

ICO Kaméleon pen

 

 

Ah, thank you very much, finally someone who knows more details. In this world, just a phrase, simple keyword can open the gates of knowledge :)

 

Knowing correct name helps - I found plenty of references to this pen and yes, it is Hungarian, as some others I had before... and even some other pens I still have - one of my school pens (from 40 years ago?) - ICO 70. Actually, it is spelled I. CO. HUNGARY on the barrel. Large company (www.ico.hu), no idea why I never Googled that name.

 

There are ICO Kameleon pens on eBay and company even list them in their current catalog (http://www.ico.eu/ca..._instrumets.pdf).

Beauty of all this is they take standard refills - D1 for multipen and papermate for ICO 70... and work perfectly well after all these years,


Scratching away on paper...


#58 Liuna

Liuna

    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 46 posts
  • Location:Budapest, Hungary
  • Flag:

Posted 13 November 2017 - 23:23

 

Ah, thank you very much, finally someone who knows more details. In this world, just a phrase, simple keyword can open the gates of knowledge :)

 

Knowing correct name helps - I found plenty of references to this pen and yes, it is Hungarian, as some others I had before... and even some other pens I still have - one of my school pens (from 40 years ago?) - ICO 70. Actually, it is spelled I. CO. HUNGARY on the barrel. Large company (www.ico.hu), no idea why I never Googled that name.

 

There are ICO Kameleon pens on eBay and company even list them in their current catalog (http://www.ico.eu/ca..._instrumets.pdf).

Beauty of all this is they take standard refills - D1 for multipen and papermate for ICO 70... and work perfectly well after all these years,

 

You're very welcome :) I know that feeling when you find a lot of long "forgotten", interesting stuff, just by find one specific word you either knew or didn't know back then.

I looked at the ICO 70. It doesn't look familiar to me (I was born in the 80s). You might be laughing, but the red clicker button reminds me of the joystick's top buttons :)

 

Yeah, ICO is a well known company in Hungary, they make and distribute a lot of stationery stuff like pens, pencils, exercise books, fountain pen patrons (just bought a 6-piece package very cheaply, not even a full dollar). 

They do work well, although I didn't use mine a lot lately, bought it about two years back in 2015. They are about 6-7 dollars here.

It's good to know there's a bigger variety of refills it accepts. Mine had its black one lost somehow, and I could buy a new one right away very cheaply (didn't ask what brand it was though and they gave it in itself).

 

Another kind of a typical Hungarian pen you might know is Pax, they were/are popular in Hungary since the 60s. I still saw plenty at a stationery and a supermarket, they are about 4 dollars recently.

They look kinda look like "Hungarian-made Jotters" (we don't call them that actually) and they have a necktie-like trim with a HP engraving on it, referring to either Hungaropen (the company making Pax) or HungaroPAX. (ICO also makes some Parker-like pens too under the name of ICO Polo with a simple trim). I bought a pale blue barreled one for my boyfriend, it's very nice and he loves it too (I prefer Parker a bit more though, but I love the idea of necktie-shaped trims :) )

 

But, ICO Kaméleon is the only Hungarian-made multipen I know of (I also had a fatter blue transparent plastic one, but I'm pretty sure it was imported from somewhere else).


Edited by Liuna, 13 November 2017 - 23:31.


#59 MYU

MYU

    ... The key to it all is Capillary Action! ...

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,287 posts
  • Location:On a cliff, looking at NYC
  • Flag:

Posted 19 November 2017 - 22:52

I love multi-pens.  They're very versatile.  I've got a few older all metal ones that were made by PILOT and are a joy to use.  Especially when the tips lock nicely into place without wiggle.  That's important when you're using a mechanical pencil.  Anyway, the short refills for multi-pens have improved and benefit from the ink improvements that have been had with gels and ballpoints.  Since we don't write on paper nearly as much as we used to (aside from journals), you can get by with a shorter refill found in a multi-pen, which makes them quite reasonable to take with you on the road.  I like having multiple ink colors and a pencil, all within one writing instrument.  There are so many choices available today.  Ones by Zebra and OHTO are quite nice. But I lean towards vintage multipens with full stainless steel bodies.


[MYU's Pen Review Corner]   |   "The Common Ground" -- Jeffrey Small







Sponsored Content




|