Vintage pens are seldom faked, in it takes too much work.
A 146/9 that takes cartridges is a fake.
Many of the Chinese pen workers, do their 12 hours and to make money make MB's after work.
Dupont....is a major faked pen.........I even had one. At E35 at a flea market I thought it would be fake....but 'hoped'...it looked so very good.. The paper work and the box looked good....but Jar told me it was a fake.....the 'gold' nib was magnetic. The box and the paper work were a bit 'off'; something you can look up here.
And why the hell would one keep, advertisement of other Dupont items? After buying the real pen? (Had the nib been smoothed a bit more...even fake it would have been a E100 pen.............the best of the fakes.)
I do now have a real Dupont pen...the underside of a real Dupont clip is as polished as any's top of the clip of others. There is also a serial number, to check before buying on Ebay. The higher the rate of a seller the better.
OK.... In I was a 'greedy' 'noobie' I was in the Pen of the Week in the Mail Club.
Looking at the then E15-20 and later E 30 pens.
Pen of the Month Club did get me better pens....and I was up to E50 .
I highly suggest the Pen of the Quarter Club....in you have a lot more time to research what you want next....and are able to save money for a better pen.....
Best Buy Semi-flex, a standard sized three Geha 790 in semi-flex....Once E20-30...now if lucky E40 up to 60. A Pelikan 140 starts near E90. The Geha 790 is a very well balanced pen. Torpedo was very IN in the '50-60s. MB 146/9, Swan, 400nn, medium small 140s. (The Geha flagship medium-small 760 is much more expensive....E120....some 760 that is rare and fancy like I missed as shown in the previous pictures were E160. )
Posted the 140 or the 760...are very well balanced and having longer caps post as long as a standard 400/790. Small in the shirt pocket, good sized in the hand. (Do buy shirts with pockets....sitting on pens break them.)
'58-59 true three ring 790....seldom.
Showing the three rings of the '60-72 790/760.
Best Buy in regular flex is a Geha School pen with the serial number. E-19 if you look....if you are in the States, German Pirates sell a polished one for 'Only $89, Buy Now Idiot."
It is a very, very good regular flex nibbed pen.
The '50-60's Pelikan 120 will cost three times the price of the Geha School pen. No rings...just the clip ring.
Two posters whom I respect reported Geha nibs were a tad better than Pelikan. I checked and they were right.
Do Not Buy, any Geha Cartridge pens, in you can not get any cartridges for them....in Geha made a cartridge, one side fit the Geha, the other the Pelikan. There are no Geha cartridge's being made. I sent a few of my rare Geha Cartridges to a company that makes cartridges of all sorts in Slovakia.... including Sheaffer, and they never got back to me.
Two of my prettiest pens....Austria did make real nice pens also, RUSEWE these are early-mid '50's pens in they are cork instead of plastic gasket 1.0. . If you do ever get a NOS....new old stock, with a cork, soak it in water for a day or three before inking, in the cork is old and needs help. These were relatively inexpensive really. And both were NOS...It cost me half what I paid for Austrian mailing, which is more expensive than EU and much more than German.
A very tiny 'cracked ice', The green one is standard sized.
Good Bock semi-flex nibs.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 30 March 2018 - 15:22.