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Centropen 100820

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#1 Waski_the_Squirrel

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 02:20

So, I'm really loving the Centropen 100820. I finally posted my video review on YouTube. So, here on this forum, I want to offer my thoughts and some pictures.
 
The pen was made in Czechoslovakia in the early 1960s by Centropen. The company, Centropen, was actually a communist creation. Previously, there were 12 small pen manufacturers in Czechoslovakia, but they were "asked" to consolidate as one in Dačice in the 1950s. So, I think this pen is the product of the wisdom and experience of these manufacturers. In the late 1960s, Centropen got into the lower cost pen market, so they no longer make pens of this caliber. But, wow, I wish they did. I've never used anything like it.
 
The pen and pencil came as a set in a red leather case. I love this case, though I'm a bit nervous about how to preserve the leather. It's attractive and the only branding is inside.
 
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This isn't my best writing sample. But, I wrote it on a receipt to show the outstanding flexibility of the nib. It is supposed to vary between "fine" and "triple broad". As far as I can tell, it does. The pen flexes and writes a good line with very little railroading or trouble of any kind. In truth, writing with this pen feels like I'm using  a brush. It's that flexible. It's stunning. I thought I had a light touch with fountain pens, but I really had to relearn that with this pen.
 
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And here is the nib in question.
 
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The pen itself is made out of a glorious brown celluloid with an amazing chatoyancy. The nib and the trim are not just gold plated. They're gold filled. This means that they don't show wear very well.
 
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The piston filling knob is hidden under a blind cap, like a Noodler's Konrad or some German pens.
 
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The pen is remarkable. I knew very little about Centropen before I purchased this one. And now, I'll be on the lookout for more. It truly is a special pen.
 
Check out the video at 3:20 for a closeup, in slow motion, of the nib in action.
 

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 03:05

Dear Mr. Squirrel,

 

I have recently subscribed to your channel on yt. I wanted to say that I'm really enjoying your content. Please keep doing what you are doing. Also, I will certainly watch your newest video some time soon.

Best wishes.

 - A fan



#3 Waski_the_Squirrel

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 04:12

Dear Mr. Squirrel,

 

I have recently subscribed to your channel on yt. I wanted to say that I'm really enjoying your content. Please keep doing what you are doing. Also, I will certainly watch your newest video some time soon.

Best wishes.

 - A fan

 

Thanks! The interaction with people and the fascinating pens like this one are what make that worth doing. Thanks for becoming a subscriber, and I hope you enjoy the video! I've been excited to do this video for a long time.


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Posted 13 November 2016 - 13:07

That is an amazing pen and such a wonderful find! Thank you!
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Posted 13 November 2016 - 14:11

Really explorative review into a brand, era, and geography of the global pen community that I hadn't even thought to ask questions about. Beautiful pen and workmanship, and that case is so evocative of the decade and the place. Useful research, and you'll probably spur even more exploration of the era and the region. Nice work!

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 16:23

Very nice material.



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 09:30

I don't recognize the markings on the nib. It looks like a fine centropen nib, but the markings say something else.



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Posted 14 November 2016 - 13:03

Perhaps ISCO was one of the progenitors of Centropen?  A quick search on Ebay shows pens with ISCO nibs coming from places like Slovenia, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.

 

Thanks for the review.  That's a pretty pen.


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#9 Waski_the_Squirrel

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Posted 14 November 2016 - 23:02

Really explorative review into a brand, era, and geography of the global pen community that I hadn't even thought to ask questions about. Beautiful pen and workmanship, and that case is so evocative of the decade and the place. Useful research, and you'll probably spur even more exploration of the era and the region. Nice work!

Thanks. I felt I should include a taste of history just because it is a pen brand that many people don't know. If others of this brand are even close, it is well worth exploring!


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Posted 15 November 2016 - 20:25

Great review.  Dacice is spelled Dacheetse. I was a kid in 80s, i dont remember much,  but I was told some german piston fillers were possible to buy from a grey import (tourists, foreign politics... ) of course too expensive for most people here. i  remember using chinese fountain pen, when I as a first grader, this is how we called it, chinese pen, sometimes chinese, sometimes made by local pen manufactureres, even kohinoor was making it, a very cheap and awful parker 61 clone.  but i dont know how it was back in 60s.



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 16:10

Great review.  Dacice is spelled Dacheetse. I was a kid in 80s, i dont remember much,  but I was told some german piston fillers were possible to buy from a grey import (tourists, foreign politics... ) of course too expensive for most people here. i  remember using chinese fountain pen, when I as a first grader, this is how we called it, chinese pen, sometimes chinese, sometimes made by local pen manufactureres, even kohinoor was making it, a very cheap and awful parker 61 clone.  but i dont know how it was back in 60s.

 

Since acquiring this pen, I've been doing some research into pens of the time and region. It looks like the Chinese Hero pens were a lot of what was available in the Eastern-block countries. So, my search for more pens will be challenging! Thank you for sharing your personal experience.


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