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Franklin-Christoph 40 Panther

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#1 latetotheparty

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 14:21

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to acquire a Franklin-Christoph 40 (Panther) recently.  

 

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They don't come up for sale that often, so you have have to keep an eye on the F-C stockroom and be quick!

 

My 40 has gold-white-gold bands on the cap.  

 

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From a distance, the gold is more like a subdued light brown.  But when you look at it in bright sunlight, the gold sparkles and shimmers. 

 

Like most of the F-C pens, the body of the pen is made from acrylic. All the 40 models so far are in black, with the variations being the colors of the bands. I like simple, ungaudy designs, which is why both the 20 and 40 appeal to me.  I love the smooth, glossy black barrels of both the 20 and the 40.  

 

The nib I choose was a Masuyama steel needlepoint.  I've tried it on nice paper and $1 paper from the Dollar Store.  It flows smoothly, although not as smoothly on the Dollar Store paper.  On nice paper, it's a joy to write with. Here's a photo on the nice paper (F-C's own brand notepads and using plain old Parker Red ink):

 

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I also have a Franklin-Christoph 20, which I love. Here's my review of the 20 if you're interested:

 

http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/299677-franklin-christoph-marietta-20-lovely-pen/ 

 

The 20 has no threads on the barrel because it has a slip-on cap.  The 40 has a screw-on cap, and so has threads on the barrel, but they are not sharp and do not bother me.  The words "Franklin-Christoph 40" are etched subtly into the cap, with the F-C logo on the finial (end of the cap - sorry if you knew this, but I did not know the lingo until looking on FPN). Here's a photo comparing the two with the 40 on the top:

 

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I like the unusually long cap on the 40.  It's just something different from the average shape and the color bands are a simple but effective way of adding something to the black without being too ostentatious. I've tried writing with and without posting the cap.  I prefer posting the cap.  The acrylic body means that the pen is not heavy and I can write without my hand becoming tired.  

 

The total cost of the pen is around $225 depending on the nib.  It's more expensive than the 20, but I'm told this is due to a more difficult manufacturing process relating to the bands.

 

I don't know which I love more, the 20 or the 40.  They each have their different qualities and I'm fortunate that I don't have to choose :)  

 

Here's a link to the F-C site:

 

http://www.franklin-...ntain-pens.html

 

I'm not paid for this review.  I just love my F-C pens. They have made me enjoy writing again (who'da thought?!) and I just wanted to give something back! 

 

 

 



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#2 5Cavaliers

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 22:46

Great review! I also have an FC Panther, but my is a brown shimmer prototype. I have a Masuyama 14K medium stub semi-flex (I got the last one Jim had). I guess I should review it. It is my very favorite pen.

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#3 latetotheparty

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 23:24

Great review! I also have an FC Panther, but my is a brown shimmer prototype. I have a Masuyama 14K medium stub semi-flex (I got the last one Jim had). I guess I should review it. It is my very favorite pen.

Thanks very much.  Would love to see some photos.  I don't own a gold nib, am waiting for a pen show to try them out.  Look forward to the review!







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