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#21 BoBoJones

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 16:32

Since coming into the world of Fountain pens, I've wanted to get a Lamy 2000! I've heard nothing but great reviews about that pen! Should I take the plunge?

You should.  When you feel the time is right.  The Lamy 2000 and the Parker 51 are the most perfect and durable pens I have owned.



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Posted 19 July 2017 - 16:33

MB Starwalker that my late wife gave me in 2007 for my 62nd birthday.  Rekindled my love of FPs.

Conway Stewart Wordsworth LE (38/75). A stunningly beautiful pen that writes like a dream. Picked it up pre-owned, too.

Cross Peerless 125. Mostly because of the Sailor XF nib although it is a handsome pen.

Too many more to try to pick a fave. I have several Japanese F and EF nibs that I enjoy writing with and are also nice.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 16:57

This is hard! I love all of them...but here are my top 5 (in no particular order):

 

Aurora Optima Nero Perla M

Lamy 2000 F

Pelikan M400 White Tortoise EF

Pilot Custom Heritage Blue FM

Pilot Vanishing Point Water Surface F

 
Clearly I have a preference for piston fillers!

Aurora Optima Nero Perla M | Eversharp Skyline Blue Flexible F | Franklin-Christoph 31 Purpurae Fine SIG | Franklin-Christoph 45 IPO Coco Pearl Medium Stub | Franklin-Christoph 45 Antique Glass MCI | Franklin-Christoph Pocket 66 Italian Ice MCI | Lamy 2000 F | Lamy 2000 M | Lamy Studio Violet Steel F | Lamy Studio Wild Rubin 14k FM (Custom Ground) | Montblanc Meisterstuck Mozart Solitaire Doue Sterling Silver 925 M | Namiki Vanishing Point Faceted M | Parker Duofold Senior Green Stripe (1941 - 1948) Flexible F | Parker Vacumatic Junior Green F | Pelikan M200 Traditional Black F | Pelikan M215 Rings F | Pelikan M400 White Tortoise EF | Pilot CH 92 Blue FM | Pilot CH 92 Clear M | Pilot Decimo Violet F | Pilot Metropolitan Black Crocodile F | Pilot Metropolitan Silver M | Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black B Architect | Pilot Vanishing Point Raden Water Surface F | Platinum Century 3776 Chartres Blue SF | Sailor Pro Gear Imperial Black H-M | Sailor Sapporo Violet H-FM | TWSBI Eco Black M | TWSBI Eco Clear F | TWSBI Vac 700 0.7 CI (Custom Ground)


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 16:59

Pelikan M200 Cafe Creme Fine. I'll limit it to just this but there are others I have that are great for me.

Edited by Mister5, 19 July 2017 - 17:00.

Inked:  Aurora Optima EF (Pelikan Tanzanite); Franklin Christoph Pocket 20 Needlepoint (Sailor Kiwa Guro); Sheaffers PFM I Reporter/Fine (Diamine Oxblood); Franklin Christoph 02 Medium Stub (Aurora Black);  Platinum Plaisir Gunmetal EF (Platinum Brown); Platinum Preppy M (Platinum Blue-Black). Leaded: Palomino Blackwing 602; Lamy Scribble 0.7 (Pentel Ain Stein 2B); Uni Kuru Toga Roulette 0.5 (Uni Kuru Toga HB); Parker 51 Plum 0.9 (Pilot Neox HB)


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 17:40

Since coming into the world of Fountain pens, I've wanted to get a Lamy 2000! I've heard nothing but great reviews about that pen! Should I take the plunge?


Hi Charlie,

That's like asking Yogi Bear if he wants a pick-a-nick basket. Don't feed the bears. :lol:

Seriously, though, I really don't think you could go wrong with that one...just a couple of caveats... L2K nibs have squared off tipping; which makes them write a little broader than the stock Lamy nibs, so you may want to consider the next size DOWN from what you normally prefer and you may have to get used to writing with the nib... for some, it is a quicker process than for others... just don't give up on it right away ;)

Also, make sure you pay the extra $2 and get it from a reputable dealer... some of the stories I read on here sometimes makes me wonder if people are buying bootlegged L2K's.

If you have any other questions... just lmk... btw, before you take the plunge... there are two reviews you should read: bphollin's and forgive me for saying it... mine. :blush: My photography is total (censored), but read the text and comments.

With that under your belt; I know you'll make the right decision for yourself.


http://www.fountainp...y-design/page-1


http://www.fountainp...-the-l2k/page-1


Be well and enjoy life. :)


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Edited by ParkerDuofold, 19 July 2017 - 17:47.

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 17:49

Oh, wow.  Where to start.  Not sure I can limit it to just 5....

Well, then.  Clearly my Plum 51 Demi.  And the Red Shadow Wave Vac.  Then, um, one of the three M400 series pens, but that's hard to decide between the three of them, so I guess I'll say the M400 Brown Tortoise, since it has the most expressive nib.  Then, um the Dark Lilac Safari and probably for the fifth it's a toss up between the Sheaffer Snorkel with the semi-flex palladium silver Triumph nib and my sentimental favorite, my old original Vector (even though the barrel cracked at the threading.  Runner up would be the Noodler's ebonite Konrad.

But that leaves out an awful lot of other pens -- the other 51 Aeros, the Cedar Blue 51 Vac with the EF nib, the other Vacs, the other Pelikans, the other Vectors, the lovely little Morrison ring top with the very juicy nib....

I hate threads like this.  I'm a Libra and you're making me have to make a decision....  :wallbash: 

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 18:44

Montblanc 149

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Posted 19 July 2017 - 19:02

I've come to appreciate all my pens, however humble, I'm still amazed how "even" a $15 Muji can glide with the right ink (e.g. Sailor Souten); I appreciate my Pelikan M400's reliability, ink holding capacity and lack of evaporation, even if it seems to clearly prefer only the best paper. Conversely my Le Man 100 seems to prefer lesser paper. After a long struggle both my Sonnets work well, reliably, and one of them in particular writes like a dream; after putting some wax on their caps they even stopped evaporating in a matter of hours, so Yama Guri and Verdigris look like they should. Even my nightmare pen, a Waterman Laureat, has finally apparently started to behave, after trying all possible permuations between nibs, feeds, sections, converters; it still writes as smoothly as I remember it. Wild ink like Ama Iro, Fuyu Gaki and Mandarin take the sting out of using stodgy black and gold pens.


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 19:35

Rotring 700, Parker 25, Pilot Birdie, Shaeffer Targa, Lamy 2000 and an awful lot of honourable mentions.


Oooooh.. a rotring 700. Don't see many of those around.. I have the roller ball and pencil but that was before my fp days... now I wish I had one... glad to know it's one of your favs.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:22

Pelikan M200 -- my first Pen of a Lifetime.  But since the caps tend to crumble on me when I carry them clipped in a pocket, and since Chartpak no longer extends the warranty past three years, it's now a desk denizen.

Fountain Pen Revolution Himalaya (ebonite).  I now want all my pens to be made of ebonite.  I love the feeling of traction that ebonite provides, that is absent from arcylic and metal pens.  I just can't imagine this pen feeling slick or slippery in the hand.  But I'd order it in fine or flex instead of 1.0mm stub.

Pilot Prera.  My favorite stub pen; I got my Prera with Pilot's CM nib.

Parker "51".  This was my Dad's sole pen for over twenty years, and it still writes like a champ.  It is my sole legacy from him, and I won't take it out of my house.

Try holding a Lamy 2000 before buying.  I am soo glad that I did -- the little spring ears that hold the cap on bother my thumb.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:23

Oh, wow.  Where to start.  Not sure I can limit it to just 5....
Well, then.  Clearly my Plum 51 Demi.  And the Red Shadow Wave Vac.  Then, um, one of the three M400 series pens, but that's hard to decide between the three of them, so I guess I'll say the M400 Brown Tortoise, since it has the most expressive nib.  Then, um the Dark Lilac Safari and probably for the fifth it's a toss up between the Sheaffer Snorkel with the semi-flex palladium silver Triumph nib and my sentimental favorite, my old original Vector (even though the barrel cracked at the threading.  Runner up would be the Noodler's ebonite Konrad.
But that leaves out an awful lot of other pens -- the other 51 Aeros, the Cedar Blue 51 Vac with the EF nib, the other Vacs, the other Pelikans, the other Vectors, the lovely little Morrison ring top with the very juicy nib....
I hate threads like this.  I'm a Libra and you're making me have to make a decision....  :wallbash: 
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth



Hahaha
It's ok...you don't have to decide :)
It is so hard to come up with one, so I will post my favorite pen of the day everyday lol
Dream, take one step at a time and achieve. :)

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 02:25

Montblanc 144 with EF nib is my favorite pen of the day :)
(Sailor Jentle Kin-mokusei ink)
Dream, take one step at a time and achieve. :)

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 06:27

I dug out a bit of software I wrote decades ago, designed to simplify ranking of many items by running a Swiss-style tournament (familiar to chess players) with a 5-point comparison scale on each paired choice.

 

Looking to the bottom of the resulting list there was nothing I disliked although a couple of excellent pens surprised by being currently disfavoured. Using them again should fix that :). In the top five group were three modern and not cheap pens from Aurora, Lamy and Pelikan, and two vintage 1920s, from Onoto and Waterman. This group was hotly pursued by some S T Duponts and Waterman Man 100s with random other Auroras and Onotos.

 

The most scattered result was from Onoto, having two near the bottom as well as one near the top and otherwise spread about the place.

 

eta: Were I to do it again I am confident ordering would change. Swiss tournaments produce dodgy results in the middle ranges anyway.


Edited by praxim, 20 July 2017 - 06:30.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 11:09

Oooooh.. a rotring 700. Don't see many of those around.. I have the roller ball and pencil but that was before my fp days... now I wish I had one... glad to know it's one of your favs.

 

I always think it's a terrible shame they don't get the same respect as the 600 does. It is a lot more fragile (what other pen isn't?) but it's also better balanced, more comfortable in the hand and a lot better looking.

(I really need to get hold of a spare at some point, as it's one of the few pens I can't imagine ever wanting to retire or put to one side, and the fact that it'll be very difficult to replace if something should happen to it niggles slightly...)


Edited by dogpoet, 20 July 2017 - 11:09.


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 11:12

Diplomat Magnum with a smooth M nib (now with Pelikan purple cartridges)

 



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 14:16

I dug out a bit of software I wrote decades ago, designed to simplify ranking of many items by running a Swiss-style tournament (familiar to chess players) with a 5-point comparison scale on each paired choice.
 
Looking to the bottom of the resulting list there was nothing I disliked although a couple of excellent pens surprised by being currently disfavoured. Using them again should fix that :). In the top five group were three modern and not cheap pens from Aurora, Lamy and Pelikan, and two vintage 1920s, from Onoto and Waterman. This group was hotly pursued by some S T Duponts and Waterman Man 100s with random other Auroras and Onotos.
 
The most scattered result was from Onoto, having two near the bottom as well as one near the top and otherwise spread about the place.
 
eta: Were I to do it again I am confident ordering would change. Swiss tournaments produce dodgy results in the middle ranges anyway.


That is interesting result. Some Onoto pens at the top, others near the bottom...
What was the factor(s) for some Onoto to be near the bottom?
Is there certain model of Onoto I should (or shouldn't) pursue?
Dream, take one step at a time and achieve. :)

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 15:19

I can understand why threads of this nature are popular. An occasional journal I keep is littered with raves about various of my pens. I could safely say that I like about half of them more than about the other half. :)
 

 

I know this sort of thing bothers some that the same question is asked before, but this is one of those questions it doesn't bother me at all when it keeps recurring.  People come and go from these forums all the time.  New products come and go from the market.  Always someone new contributing to the discussion.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 15:23

My favorite pen, all around, is a Parker 51 demi in plum, but my favorite nib is on a Parker Victory.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 21:47

Aurora Optima

Nakaya Naka-ai

Pelikan M200

Wahl-Eversharp Doric with adjustable nib

 

I've heard that the nibs are inconsistent, but I'm fond of my Kaweco Sport for being a less expensive pen that I can just carry around with me.



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 22:41

Charles...my favorite pens, as follows.

Vintage: Esterbrook J (inherited from my Mom), Parker 51 (inherited from my Dad), Sheaffer School Pen

Modern: Grifos Mandragola, Faber Castell Classic, Ranga Bamboo, Pelikan Stresseman, Franklin Christoph Model 31 and a Spanish LE Kaweco in Orange which was a recent gift from an FPN friend and which I carry everyday as my pocket pen (with Sailor Apricot, of course).

All with broad or broad stub nibs.

My favorite daily inks to use are RO Astorquiza Rot, RO Gold Antiqua and KWZ Aztec Gold.

Mary

Edited by mmg122, 20 July 2017 - 22:55.






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