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What Pen Are You Waiting For In The Mail 2018


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#21 sub_bluesy

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 08:25

Went a little bananas today, on the first let alone both. I hemmed and hawed over the Pelikan M805 Ocean Swirl for 24 hours, a fair sized splurge for me, but pulled the trigger. A few hours later, I was scanning random brand listings, and stumbled across and got stopped in my tracks by the Pilot Silvern Tsumugi. I’m a sucker for all things sterling and, yeah, it happened.


Please post some pics of the ocean swirl when it comes in! I’m about a slight breeze away from being pushed off the fence and getting one. Looks like a fantastic pen.
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Posted 08 January 2018 - 08:38

The problem with pics of the M805 OS is that what you see may not be what you get. The depth and patterning are excellent. You need to cope with the uncertain extent of blackness and the likelihood it will not line up between cap and barrel. I love mine. The pen is mostly blue, the cap mostly black, so of course there is no alignment. Among pens I have for comparison, Aurora Primavera has some similarity of patterning and reflection but lacks the same depth. The Mare and Blue Auroloide do not come near. I have no regrets at all.

 

Now waiting on a Pelikan M400 tortoise from the 1980s (W Germany marking). That will do me for Pelikans or any other pen for a while, I think.


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#23 240KAR

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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:46

I'm hopefully getting My Sailor Pro Gear Sky Demonstrator, Pilot Custom 823, and Franklin Christoph Model 03 and Pocket 20.  

 

The SS Lamy 2000 is floating around out there somewhere. 

 

I may order one more pen this year.. maybe a Lamy Aion to carry daily but everything else I plan to pick up at my first pen show. 



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Posted 08 January 2018 - 14:40

I have a Pelikan M800 green striated on its way from the UK to the US, but it's supposedly headed to currently frozen and flooded Kennedy Airport, so i'm assuming it will be held up for a good while.  Timing is everything....


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 16:41

Continuing the recent activity as I go from zero to full committment to a new hobby as is my history (yeah, I laugh at myself, my wife and kids laugh at me, my friends roll their eyes when I state interest in a new hobby subject.  Ah well, the mortgage is paid and the retirement account is untouched :P ), I just paid RonZ for a Vacuumatic, a Slender Balance, and a 60's Imperial.  Going for some diversity, new and old, European and Japanese will all be represented one way or another, shortly.



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:36

The pinnacle end of the last year buying spree was 2 Sailors, a 1911 Large new one and a Life Time vintage, still waiting them to arrive.

 

In the meanwhile my TWSBI ECO-T arrived yesterday, so Im happy. For a couple of days until the Sailor-waiting gets me back.



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Posted 10 January 2018 - 17:25

Just bought a Visconti Bronze Age with a stub nib.  It's time for me to see what all the fuss is about.  



#28 sansenri

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 22:54

Where did you find one? I'm upset I missed out on this when it was around.

Hi, it came up on a local buy/sell site in Italy. Usually it's second hand stuff but this was unused.

I think I was lucky... although I did initially want the larger piston filler.

It just recently arrived but I have not had the time to look at it yet... (I am sort of saving it up for my birthday coming up very soon). :)

I saw Bryant still had the piston filler until not long ago but very expensive...



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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:40

Newbie here, today arrived my green Lamy Safari in M and a 'ruthenium' (two-tone grey metal+plastic) Lamy LX in B. Sadly, the pens' triangular grip does not agree with my weirdo lefthanded grip, so I will be saying goodbye to them rather soon.

 

Now I've got to reconsider my initial thought of a knockabout brass wave Liliput in B. Or maybe a TWSBI Eco, though it wouldn't be pants-pocketable.


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#30 IndigoBOB

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 02:50

Newbie here, today arrived my green Lamy Safari in M and a 'ruthenium' (two-tone grey metal+plastic) Lamy LX in B. Sadly, the pens' triangular grip does not agree with my weirdo lefthanded grip, so I will be saying goodbye to them rather soon.

 

Now I've got to reconsider my initial thought of a knockabout brass wave Liliput in B. Or maybe a TWSBI Eco, though it wouldn't be pants-pocketable.

 

 

Liliput's are tiny and with a B nib it may go through ink fast.  What kept me from the liliput were comments made on how you have to screw the top on to be able to use it and with a fountain pen that can be a pain.  Though if you plan on sitting down for long writing sessions and not needing to recap it to prevent drying out then I suppose the liliput could have its advantages.

 

The Eco isn't the most pocketable pen.  It does have a large ink reservior, though.  

 

The best pocket pens I have are the Pilot Prera and the Kaweco Sport, but I don't really like pocket pens nor do I need them right now so I don't use them.  I don't like having to have to post my pen just to use it.  But you can Eyedropper both and have a lot of ink with them.



#31 Dolor_encausti

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:31

I should be the, hopefully, proud owner of a Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Age with a medium nib this Friday.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:39

Thanks IndigoBOB. As I said, I'm new to fountain pens. I am very happy using my Pilot Metropolitan M at home, but I wanted to see what bigger nibs would be like, so I got these European M and B nibbed pens. I was surprised that they weren't too different from the Japanese M in the Metropolitan. 

 

From limited experience stub nibs are no good for my writing style either, so although I like this Pilot pen, unless I'm willing to jump up quite a bit in price my next pen won't be a Pilot if I want something wider. I was thinking Kaweco, but I've read a lot of threads that suggest the TWSBI's Jowo nibs tend to write better out of the box than the Bock nibs on the Kawecos (with the wider Kaweco nibs seemingly having more issues). 

 

I'm not opposed to trying Lamy again, but I'd have to consider pens without that triangular grip, which would bring me into $60-and-up territory for pens like the CP1 and Aion, and I'm not sure I want to spend that much right now.


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#33 MalcolmH

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 06:31

I'm treating myself to a Pilot 95s.

 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 00:32

Newbie here, today arrived my green Lamy Safari in M and a 'ruthenium' (two-tone grey metal+plastic) Lamy LX in B. Sadly, the pens' triangular grip does not agree with my weirdo lefthanded grip, so I will be saying goodbye to them rather soon.

 

Now I've got to reconsider my initial thought of a knockabout brass wave Liliput in B. Or maybe a TWSBI Eco, though it wouldn't be pants-pocketable.

I have an Al-star arriving tomorrow, also a lefty. Judging on how I'm holding other pens, this might be an issue for me as well. 

On the other hand (literally) I am also training myself to write dextrally, so I will probably hang on to mine unless it is just awful. Which I don't expect. 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:18

It might just work okay for you. I also own a Pilot Penmanship, which has a similar triangular grip, and it is absolutely fine. But, for me at least, the Lamy grip is just a few degrees off from letting the pens' nibs touch paper in the sweet spot, and I got skipping.

 

Unfortunately, the Penmanship's nib is too fine for regular use and Pilot doesn't sell nibs, so I can't even reuse the pens body. 

 

If I try a Lamy again, it will have to be a more expensive model that does not have that triangular grip, but at that price level ($60 and up for CP1, or Aion) there are many other excellent pens from other brands.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 21:42

A Conway Stewart 286. Excited. :D



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 06:30

I recently returned to the hobby and have been on a Chinese pens kick. This was mainly influenced by chrisrap52's YouTube reviews.

 

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#38 palinode

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:10

I'm waiting very patiently for a Waterman Carene stub nib to arrive from the UK.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 11:38

Thanks IndigoBOB. As I said, I'm new to fountain pens. I am very happy using my Pilot Metropolitan M at home, but I wanted to see what bigger nibs would be like, so I got these European M and B nibbed pens. I was surprised that they weren't too different from the Japanese M in the Metropolitan. 

 

From limited experience stub nibs are no good for my writing style either, so although I like this Pilot pen, unless I'm willing to jump up quite a bit in price my next pen won't be a Pilot if I want something wider. I was thinking Kaweco, but I've read a lot of threads that suggest the TWSBI's Jowo nibs tend to write better out of the box than the Bock nibs on the Kawecos (with the wider Kaweco nibs seemingly having more issues). 

 

I'm not opposed to trying Lamy again, but I'd have to consider pens without that triangular grip, which would bring me into $60-and-up territory for pens like the CP1 and Aion, and I'm not sure I want to spend that much right now.

 

 

I'm not the biggest fan of stub nibs either.  They are fun... for a short while, but I prefer the ease of a round nib.

 

That has been my experience with Eco nibs v Kaweco nibs as well.

 

It can be hard to figure out what works for you.  I recommend trying out pens you can return in case you don't like them.  It's definitely worth getting to a pen show or finding a pen club to try others' pens out.  When you find the right one(s) you'll know.

 

I am waiting for an ASA Maya 3-in-1...  ebonite feels amazing and it comes with a jowo nib.



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Posted 14 January 2018 - 17:09

Hakase Tortoiseshell with buffalo horn. Posted today, most likely will be here tomorrow. :)






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