Put in an offer on a Conklin Duragraph Amber with a fine nib last night on eBay (madisonfinepen). The seller is based in Wisconsin and I'm in California so I woke this morning to see that they had accepted my offer! I've purchased from this seller before and had a good experience and they have a nice selection too.
Last year I bought a Conklin Sleeve Filler limited edition in a brown swirl color with a medium nib. It doesn't start up right away unless I give the bladder a squeeze and I hadn't written with it in a while but used it last night too write a letter to a friend. Using it reminded me that I liked its larger size (my other pens are mostly small - Pilot Prera, Esterbrook SJ, Kaweco Sport, Pelikan 120 and M200) so it was a nice switch to use a larger pen.
I thought I had cooled on pens for a while when suddenly the Duragraph popped up in a search and its beautiful resin coloring caught my eye. I'd been wanting an orange pen too and I justified the purchase further because the only other standard cartridge pen I have is the Kaweco Sports but this Duragraph could use long international cartridges and a converter so it had a new function that I hadn't had yet..
Do you all use justification like this to add to your collections?
I absolutely use justifications exactly like this, down to the same color!
Although I generally only love using Pelikans, I have been longing for a bright orange pen for many, many years (over twenty?). But most of the orange pens I have seen over the years have been special editions and thus larger pens than I like and/or well over my price limit.
But last week I was looking at some Pelikans on e-bay which led somehow to a lot of 5 unidentified pens that included a bright orange pen. The seller wrote that he is not a pen-person: he says he inherited a number of pens and thus was selling them off. (I know: who believes e-bay listings? But after looking at all his current auction items, I thought he was telling the truth.) I kept looking at that gorgeous orange pen and wondering if it was worth getting. And at first, no one was bidding. (Even after I began bidding, the price for all 5 was well under $100 until the hours of bidding.)
A little research online (that mostly linked to threads here), and I figured out that the pens were Cesare Emilianos. A few last minute bidders came out of the woodwork, but I had set a pretty high max bid because I had become obsessed with getting these pens. So I got 5 very beautiful pens for about $200, which I think is a pretty good price.
The few posts I found about Cesare Emiliano pens describe their nibs as "sweet," and I also see that many rave about the beauty of the Italian resins, so I am hoping for the best. I will update and post pictures in the Italian section when they arrive next week!
So 2017 is getting an exciting start!
Edited by mamajones, 07 January 2017 - 23:40.