Jump to content

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


Registration on the Fountain Pen Network

Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

Due to the enormous influx of spammers, it is no longer possible to handle valditions in the traditional way. For registrations we therefore kindly and respectfully request you to send an email with your request to our especially created email address. This email address is register at fountainpennetwork dot com. Please include your desired user name, and after validation we will send you a return email containing the validation key, normally wiithin a week.

Thank you very much in advance!
The FPN Admin Team






Photo

Help Me Decide!

pens fountain pens purchasing suggestions pilot edison

  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 svalcourt

svalcourt

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 219 posts
  • Location:Pincher Creek, AB
  • Flag:

Posted 31 December 2016 - 15:25

I need help deciding!

 

I have $380-400 (Canadian, that's about $300 US) to spend on a pen. I currently own and enjoy pens like the Lamy 2000, Pilot VP, Diplomat Aero, TWSBI 580, Pilot CH92, Lamy Studio, Edison Collier (steel nib), and Faber Castell Loom.
 
Here's my question: Would you recommend the Pilot 823 or the Edison Nouveau Premier Arctic Currents with a gold nib? I like the look of the arctic currents, but am concerned that the grip section may be a little too small. Also, any other suggestions in that price range?
 
Thanks!

 



Sponsored Content

#2 jar

jar

    A Vintage Pen has to be older than me.

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 26,155 posts
  • Location:From Deep South Texas
  • Flag:

Posted 31 December 2016 - 17:19

I like the Pilot Custom 743 more than the 823; same nib and more nib choices and body styles and filling methods. But I like the Sailor 1911L and Platinum #3776 Century even more than my Pilot 743.


My Sister's website :  Rose Hill Studios

My Website


#3 sandy101

sandy101

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,017 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 31 December 2016 - 18:17

Visconti Van Gough, or a second hand Montblanc 146 or 254?



#4 ehemem

ehemem

    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,382 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 31 December 2016 - 22:01

I would get the 823. I picked up one in smoke with a fine nib some years ago and it has been inked ever since. It is one of the best pens on the market IMHO...



#5 crescent2

crescent2

    Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 184 posts
  • Location:USA
  • Flag:

Posted 01 January 2017 - 02:28

I have no experience with the pens you named, but I like Pilot pens in general.

 

As to a couple of the suggestions other posters mentioned:

I like my new Visconti Van Gogh.  I also like the Century 3776, which you should be able to find for around $70-75 US on amazon or ebay.  Levenger has two of the Van Goghs (Portrait and Starry Night), and with MERRY16 promo code you get 30% off right now.  I was just on their website looking at a pen box.



#6 Limitlesspens

Limitlesspens

    Pen Collector

  • Premium - Ruby

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 183 posts
  • Location:Wien/Rome
  • Flag:

Posted 01 January 2017 - 12:13

Have you considered any Pelikan or Montblanc pens? In this price range you'd get a nice 146 or m800 size pen with nice semiflexible nib - it's about the size of 823, maybe you'd have some money left to customize it :)



#7 Buzz_130

Buzz_130

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,507 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 01 January 2017 - 15:08

I'm a Platinum fan in that price range as well. Of course, you could dip your toe in the vintage market and get 2 fantastic pens for that price range. A Parker 75 would fit your budget, a Parker "51" pen and pencil set, even a Duofold could make the grade.

Buzz

#8 langere

langere

    Antique

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,669 posts
  • Location:Alexandria, Virginia
  • Flag:

Posted 02 January 2017 - 00:21

I can see that you have no Italian pens.  You should really try them.  For that price, a beautiful Visconti (Van Goghs are marvelous), or perhaps a Delta would be good to consider.  A Delta Fusion or a Italiana might be nice.  

 

Erick


Waterman Hemisphere "M" nib running J. Herbin 1670 Rouge Hematite

Moonman M8 "F" nib running Noodler's Heart of Darkness

Sailor Professional Gear Manyo "H-MF" nib running Waterman Green

 


#9 svalcourt

svalcourt

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 219 posts
  • Location:Pincher Creek, AB
  • Flag:

Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:21

I like the Pilot Custom 743 more than the 823; same nib and more nib choices and body styles and filling methods. But I like the Sailor 1911L and Platinum #3776 Century even more than my Pilot 743.

 

I'm actually seriously considering a Sailor 1911L demonstrator right now. It looks amazing!



#10 svalcourt

svalcourt

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 219 posts
  • Location:Pincher Creek, AB
  • Flag:

Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:23

 I also like the Century 3776, which you should be able to find for around $70-75 US on amazon or ebay. 

 

I've actually got the 3776 bourgeons on its way in a broad nib. I ordered it back in the beginning of November and it should be arriving any time now!



#11 svalcourt

svalcourt

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 219 posts
  • Location:Pincher Creek, AB
  • Flag:

Posted 02 January 2017 - 03:25

I can see that you have no Italian pens.  You should really try them.  For that price, a beautiful Visconti (Van Goghs are marvelous), or perhaps a Delta would be good to consider.  A Delta Fusion or a Italiana might be nice.  

 

Erick

Interesting. That Delta Fusion is impressive looking!



#12 fly_us

fly_us

    Vintage

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 692 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:23

The more you ask, the more confusing you will get. Trust me, been there done that  :lticaptd:

 

Try to get your hand on the pens and feel them, pick one that you like most. But for the price, i might go vintage or 2nd hand market for better options.



#13 svalcourt

svalcourt

    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 219 posts
  • Location:Pincher Creek, AB
  • Flag:

Posted 05 January 2017 - 18:56

Well, I made my decision and went with a Sailor 1911 Large demonstrator with gold trim and a broad, 21K nib from a Japanese retailer on the 'Bay. It should arrive around the end of the month, but here's a product picture of this beauty:

$_57.JPG

 

Thanks for all your help and suggestions everyone!







Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: pens, fountain pens, purchasing, suggestions, pilot, edison



Sponsored Content




|