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I Lost My Beloved Pelikan M800


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#1 fplover01

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 19:30

I know I have not been present here for a while... I think I lost touch somewhere between becoming a father, working and going back to school. There was simply not enough time for everything and I couldnt find the time to hang around here. What I didnt stop doing is using my pens every day. So a week ago, I had to take my daughter to the pediatrician because she was ill and couldnt go to day care. I gave her my leather pen case to hold in the car with the M800 in it. I do not know what a 16 month old girl finds in holding a pen case, but i know she loves to do this (maybe because she knows it is mine?) but she was running high fever and I wanted to comfort her. Turns out she dropped it, and as i opened the car door to take her out of her baby seat, it fell... Pen gone, this was my beloved M800... OF course it is not the childs fault, I should have taken better care of my pens, and never given her something so expensive to hold. But this made me reconsider why i am not spending any time with my pens any more apart from the occasional writing... And I haveo change that. Anyone else who has lost a beloved pen?how do u deal with it? i bought a M205 in its place but i still miss it.



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#2 Bo Bo Olson

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 19:42

Well, I do think pens have a chance to come back home, if one's name is engraved on it.

I am a minority in most are only worried about selling the pen eventually.

 

I've been very lucky....not losing a  pen since the pen collectors in B&W TV days collected mine every year.  Of course I'm only back to pens for 8 years.

 

The only cure is a copy....or if one with a different shade or pattern has shown up. I really like that Renascence Brown one.


www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany      Info on Bock nibs

 

Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I try not use the term Easy Full Flex, but fail...sigh.

 

Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing with a touch of flair. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For bit more of that get a maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X.  Those are not "Flex" nibs. 

 

Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens and inks only; not the users or inks of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 20:18

I already own a second identical M800 as well as a "vintage" west germany marked one also with green stripes.  But this was the one pen I carried with me, signed documents, took notes etc... I simply loved it. I will be looking to replace it next year since budget is overstressed for now. Humble M205 will work well for a while.. The pen was not engraved sadly. 



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Posted 29 November 2017 - 20:25

I've been pretty lucky so far. I did manage to lose one of my Waterman JIFs - dark cerulean with black cats and white mice - and it was a few months before another one showed up on ebay. Hard to compare with losing an M800, I know. I hope your daughter is feeling better.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 20:32

Many years ago I lost my treasured Parker 51. I replaced it but it was not the same. Losing it had one advantage though. I went looking for a better pen for work and got hold of a M600 (original M400 size model). Never looked back, but, as has been said before, they tend to breed.


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 22:43

It was obviously not a good idea to give a 16month old a pen case with your most valuable and loved pen inside it. :o  Lesson learned, and there's no point crying over spilled milk.  :( It will take time for you to deal with it unless you can now buy another one and be as happy with it as you were with your original one.  :)


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Posted 29 November 2017 - 22:44

Just over two years ago I lost a pen roll with count them..... eight pens in it.

Pelikan M205 black
Pelikan M205 red
Pelikan M150 black
Pelikan 120 Merz & Krell green/black
Parker 45 burgundy Made in Spain
Parker 45 Flighter
Parker 51 Special fountain pen/mechanical pencil set

I sort of replaced them.
M200 old style blue marbled
M200 Cognac
120 Merz & Krell black
M150 green/blac
Parker 51 Special
Parker 45 burgundy (a couple actually) - never seen another Made in Spain pen
Parker 45 Flighter (2)

I miss the red M205 as it often elicted comments and the 120 M & K. It was NOS/mint when I got it. WOnderful EF nib.
The Made in Spain pen was cool as I hadn't seen one of those before (or since).

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Posted 29 November 2017 - 22:56

Well be glad you didn't lose the W. Germany one....I was very impressed by that nib, when I trans-mailed one to Spain in the German Idiot refused to mail outside of Germany.


www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany      Info on Bock nibs

 

Due to Mauricio's improved definition of Super-flex, I try not use the term Easy Full Flex, but fail...sigh.

 

Semi-flex is an “almost” flex; not a ‘flex’ nib. It is great for regular writing with a touch of flair. It can give you some fancy; but it is not made for real fancy writing. For bit more of that get a maxi-semi-flex. Both spread tines 3X.  Those are not "Flex" nibs. 

 

Wider than Normal does not exist. Wider than Japanese does. Every company has it's very own standard + slop/tolerance. Developed from the users of it's pens and inks only; not the users or inks of other companies pens. The size you grind a nib to, is your standard only. Paper and ink matter to nib width. Thank god for 1/2 sizes or it would be boring.


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 00:48

I have lost pens and pocket knives before, most of the time they find their way home.

 

Sorry you lost yours. I love my M805 and would have to replace it right away if lost.



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Posted 30 November 2017 - 13:48

Sorry for your loss. Even though its just an object, a good pen has sentimental value and is not easily replaced. I have a 4 year old who also likes holding my pens. I never give him the opportunity to do so though for reasons such as this. My system is OCD but I have never lost or had a pen destroyed to date.

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 07:39

My 800x never leave the house.

#12 Chrissy

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 10:35

My 800x never leave the house.

 

Most of my Montblancs never leave the house either.  ;)


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 15:02

Knock on wood, never lost a pen yet. I tend to be very OCD about my pens and keep very close tabs on them when they leave my desk for any reason.


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Posted 01 December 2017 - 16:00

I've never lost a pen. I came close to losing a Parker 45 ballpoint once, but it turned up in my backpack after a few days.



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Posted 01 December 2017 - 18:24

The value of comforting a sick child is very high indeed.

 

I lost a brushed-stainless 1970's MB Noblesse back in the mid-80's.  A fairly humble MB with a steel nib, but it had been a gift along with a similar MB 4-color ballpoint from my grandmother who passed away in 1982.  The ballpoint was stolen off my desk at work in 1999.  I no longer bring any sentimental objects to work.  I did buy a replacement 4-color ballpoint in the same model, and on and off look for a replacement of the Noblesse with a broad nib, though I haven't bought one just yet.

 

As a gift idea for OP's daughter, how about a pen case just for her, with a pen of similar size and weight to an M800, though neither need to be at all expensive.


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