P51s are - simply put - the fountain pen par excellence. IMO, nothing before or after can match them in every area of fountain pen design. Moreover, I cannot stand the grotesque and vulgar looking 'luxury' pens that sell for hundreds and even thousands of dollars, and in fact write worse (and are less reliable) than a P51. The P51 is honest, classic, reliable, understated, sleek and attractive--a writer's pen. My daily writer is a P51 and I prefer the hood nib as it doesn't call attention to itself like an open nib design. I'm not a collector, but a user. My entire 'collection' consists of two P51s, and one Pelikan 400 (sits in the drawer). I also love the size of the P51. I honestly wouldn't change a thing about it's design or aesthetics. You can buy a pristine P51 for $175 today. That is roughly the same they sold for in the 1950s factoring in inflation, and yet they are superior to anything else IMO. Mine are medium nibs, and I only use Diamine Registrar's Ink (iron gall), which writes drier than most water based inks. Together they put down the perfect line. I've been there done that with the Lamy 2000, various Pelikans, MB, Etc., but I ended up selling them all because at the end of the day I am not a collector, and the FP that - to me - was the perfect blend of form and function was the P51. It's like the Mauser 98 (for those who know firearms) of the pen world--the design was never superseded.
Edited by Offret, 03 December 2017 - 22:27.