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What's Missing From My Modest Collection?


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#1 bh_horology

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 16:24

I want to get your advice - what should I get next?  (Currently eyeing vintage Pelikan 400 or 100, and on the waiting list for a Scriptorium)

 

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 16:38

an Italian


Edited by Krulle, 07 December 2017 - 16:39.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 16:49

I like the ebonite that you have

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:04

Any number of vintage Sheaffer pens.  They tend to have great nibs.  My personal favorite is the OS Balance pens from circa 1930.


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:05

My biased suggestion would be a vintage Pelikan. I love their modern pens, but the nibs on the older ones are quite different from the modern ones I am used to, and they can be quite nice as well as more varied than their current offerings. 



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:07

I like the ebonite that you have

 

Peyton Pens carries them - and their website is much easier to navigate than trying to order from them directly or through Amazon.

http://www.peytonstr...-converter.html



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:10

My biased suggestion would be a vintage Pelikan. I love their modern pens, but the nibs on the older ones are quite different from the modern ones I am used to, and they can be quite nice as well as more varied than their current offerings. 

Agreed.  I was initially looking at a modern M800, but the more research I do, it seems that vintage ones would be better (400NN or 100).  I am debating waiting for the fountain pen show in LA in February or to order one via ebay from one the many Serbian sellers.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:16

Any number of vintage Sheaffer pens.  They tend to have great nibs.  My personal favorite is the OS Balance pens from circa 1930.

Thanks for the suggestion, Kelly.  Just saw this on ebay and it looks amazing:

https://www.ebay.com...D-/391939067724

 

Is the filling mechanism reliable?

 

I was also considering the Scheffer snorkel pens



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:30

Also missing a Parker 51

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 17:34

I second the Sheaffer suggestion, I personally love their inlaid nibs. Or how about a Platinum 3776?

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 18:07

Thanks for the suggestion, Kelly.  Just saw this on ebay and it looks amazing:

https://www.ebay.com...D-/391939067724

 

Is the filling mechanism reliable?

 

I was also considering the Scheffer snorkel pens

The lever filling Sheaffers are reliable,although you might need to replace the sac in a decade or so; I'm not sure of the life expectancy of the silicon sacs.  

That ebay seller is well known - and a member here - and can be trusted.

 

Snorkels are also good pens with one of the most interesting filling systems around.  If you buy an unrestored snorkel, you will most likely need to have it restored or learn to do it yourself.  They are not difficult to restore, but there are a number of steps that must be followed for a successful restoration; in other words, don't just start taking one apart without knowing what you're doing.


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#12 bh_horology

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 18:09

Parker Duofold? 



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 19:33

Nice collection...P-75, P-51, Snorkel or Touchdown............very good start....much better than the mostly cheap no names I started with.


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 07 December 2017 - 19:40

Perhaps a Kaweco Brass or Steel Sport or maybe an ASA Nauka or when they finally catch up with themselves a Namisu Ixion?



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 20:08

Do any of your existing pens get used notably more? That will probably suggest holes in the collection more effectively.

I don’t see any Japanese nibs. No specialty nibs either.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 20:16

You aren't "missing" anything at all, unless you have some sort of theme in mind that requires completeness.

 

But no Japanese pens?  For modern ones, it wouldn't hurt to think about some of the Pilot Custom and Custom Heritage models, or some of the Platinum 3776 line.  The Pilot Capless models are practical and nearly unique, but not for everyone.

 

For vintage pens, I don't know.  I really like my Eversharp Skyline, Conway Stewart 388, a couple of Moores, a BCHR Waterman, and a couple of Conklin Crescents.  But I couldn't say that any one of these is essential.

 

Anyway, it looks like you have plenty to write with, unless there is some particular type of nib you want to add to the selection.


Edited by ISW_Kaputnik, 07 December 2017 - 20:17.

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 20:32

a larger storage box by the look of it. :)               Depends really whether you're a writer or collector  -  you might try an e.d. as something really different  -  many earlier pens had wonderful flex  -  too many modern pens are just nails.              How about something pre 1940 from M.T./Swan?

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Posted 07 December 2017 - 21:03

Do any of your existing pens get used notably more? That will probably suggest holes in the collection more effectively.

I don’t see any Japanese nibs. No specialty nibs either.

I use most of them in rotation - the ones that don't get used are the Montblanc and the Waterman.  I have a Pilot VP that also gets a lot of use.



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Posted 07 December 2017 - 22:56

+1 for the Parker 51... 


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 23:14

You like colour, don't you? An Edison Collier in Persimmon might float your boat and complements the Franklin-Christoph as a good American modern pen. Might be worth taking a look at Bexley, too.

 

I'd also suggest the ASA Nauka, a really nice pen. There's an offer on the Aqua at the moment.

 

No Japanese or Italians. Platinum 3776 is a nice pen, 14k nibs, a variety of different versions; Chartres Blue and Burgundy are gorgeous translucent resins, or perhaps a lighter colour with the new Lavande and Lilas (shades of purple demonstrators).


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