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#21 SenZen

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 15:08

​Hard to decide which is "most" but these two stand-out.

 

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M250 Levenger, M320 Green-striated

 

That m320 is really tiny, I thought you were comparing an m1000 and an m400 at first. I already think my m205 and m600 (old style) are quite small.


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Posted 12 April 2018 - 15:19



Perhaps my Pelikan M200 Brown Marbled or Platinum 3776 Century Borgogne.

 

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Brown Marbled third from the right. Don't have a photo of the 3776 handy.

 

It's a Pelikan invasion! Only after taking the shot did it occur to me... Pelikan, Faber Castell, Lamy... Those darned Germans! But the fact that three of them are impractical Germans probably says something.

 

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 17:36

 

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#24 SenZen

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Posted 12 April 2018 - 20:17

All my pens are beautiful.

 

Pics or we can't tell!


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 04:30

My top picks:

 

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Visconti Ti LE Skelton

 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 05:25

Pics or we can't tell!


No way. Tooooo much of them.
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Posted 13 April 2018 - 06:58

Only one of my 10 pens might be considered 'beautiful', and that is a Visconti van Gogh 'Pollard Willows'. It's the only pen that I bought for its looks, I just had to have it. Thankfully it also has the best steel nib I've ever used and writes beautifully.

Another design that I adore is my #1 pen, which is always in my shirt pocket, everywhere: a Kaweco AL Sport Stonewashed Blue. If I use it to take notes in a meeting then I'm in trouble, because I keep looking at the pen and thinking how pretty it is :-).

I applaud Diplomat for making the Aero. I have the orange one. It's a striking balance of classic and modern designs. I wouldn't call it beautiful, but I would certainly call it art. It's my only pen that draws the attention of others. Nobody gives a fig about any of my other pens :-).

My favourite writer is my most boring-looking plastic pen and many would not give it the time of day: my black cigar-shaped Sailor Professional Gear Slim. But at least the nib is beautifully adorned.

However, the winner might be something that isn't even a pen at the moment. It needs serious repair work before it becomes a pen again. It's a little 70+ year old fountain pen labeled 'Boston' that I got from my mother in law. It was her school pen and she used it most of her life. You can see the nib in my avatar. The texture of the cap and the barrel is astounding - they don't make 'em like that anymore.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 07:18

I think it's this one, my Parker Duofold Centennial Lapis Lazuli

 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:45

Ls,

Started 2 years ago with “new” pens. Omas, Pelikan, MB, etc. (1980 – 2017).

Then grew into the oldies/fifties, especially German.

This one stole - Osmia 884 - my heart and hard to say why.

It’s the combination of: size, weight, looks and so solid made. And off course nib.

(by the way: I don’t like “special editions’, too much “jewellery” and paintings on a pen like maki-e (they should be on a wall) / anyway taste is not a subject for discussion 😊)

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:52

My 2 most beautiful pens. Standout combination of shape, style, size, proportion, finish, nib, performance and beauty.

 

Parker 75 Cisele and Parker Duofold Centennial Pearl and Black

 

Can't post photos but you know what I mean.



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Posted 13 April 2018 - 12:58

I think it's this one, my Parker Duofold Centennial Lapis Lazuli
 
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It’s a beautiful pen, one I have long admired.

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 14:22

It has to be my woodshedpenco. I fell in love when I saw this video, and I snagged it: https://www.instagra.../p/BZKNgcYnRcf/

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 20:30

Ls,

Started 2 years ago with “new” pens. Omas, Pelikan, MB, etc. (1980 – 2017).

Then grew into the oldies/fifties, especially German.

This one stole - Osmia 884 - my heart and hard to say why.

It’s the combination of: size, weight, looks and so solid made. And off course nib.

(by the way: I don’t like “special editions’, too much “jewellery” and paintings on a pen like maki-e (they should be on a wall) / anyway taste is not a subject for discussion )

Greetings,

kdv

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Lucky you! I only have a black Osmia 884 and it's one of the best writers on the face of the Earth. The celluloid version is even more rare and sought after than the black version because of its stunning looks. This Osmia 552 from the 50s is made of the same celluloid and is one of my lets say 30 most beautiful pens in my collection. Increadible full flex nib! :)

 

 

 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 21:25

 

Lucky you! I only have a black Osmia 884 and it's one of the best writers on the face of the Earth. The celluloid version is even more rare and sought after than the black version because of its stunning looks. This Osmia 552 from the 50s is made of the same celluloid and is one of my lets say 30 most beautiful pens in my collection. Increadible full flex nib! :)

 

 

 

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That's really good looking, and goes perfectly with the Ancient Copper ink bottle.


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Posted 13 April 2018 - 21:26

Supra nib?

If so is a maxi-semi-flex....I have some in gold and the equally good steel.

I also have the semi-flex Diamond nib, that are also =steel & gold.


German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

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Posted 13 April 2018 - 22:14

 

That's really good looking, and goes perfectly with the Ancient Copper ink bottle.

 

Thanks and I totally agree. Unfortunately, neither mine nor kdv's pictures really capture the beauty of this celluloid material. It's very difficult to photograph this material right and I didn't spend much time on it. Anyway, it has this indescribably chatoyant look changing between green and silver-gray. Somehow, I like to ink my pens with like colours, so I fancy to use this one with Waterman Harmonious Green usually. :)

 

 

 

Supra nib?

If so is a maxi-semi-flex....I have some in gold and the equally good steel.

I also have the semi-flex Diamond nib, that are also =steel & gold.

 

Nope, this 552 is not labeled as Supra but my 884 is. Of the few Supras I have, all are very flexible and I'm inclined to consider them full flex. Of the many more non-Supras (just the diamond and number), like the above one (#2), perhaps half is as flexible as the Supras and the rest is a very supple semi-flex. But that's a different topic not connected to beauty and aesthetics as discussed here. 



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Posted 15 April 2018 - 04:18

Knives?  why not add watches as well?  Stamps, models, bird houses? 


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 05:34

... and vintage eye glasses/eye glass frames.
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Posted 15 April 2018 - 15:34



Knives?  why not add watches as well?  Stamps, models, bird houses? 

 

OK...

 

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Today's combo. And what I would say is my most beautiful pen.


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Posted 15 April 2018 - 15:48

""Of the few Supras I have, all are very flexible and I'm inclined to consider them full flex. Of the many more non-Supras (just the diamond and number), like the above one (#2), perhaps half is as flexible as the Supras and the rest is a very supple semi-flex. But that's a different topic not connected to beauty and aesthetics as discussed here."" :(

 

True, but I don't consider Supra's full flex....but maxi-semi-flex because the nib seems to limit at 3X tine spread rather than 5-6X of may superflex.....Diamond nib is semi-flex.

Slightly different view of my Osmia-Faber-Castell 540.

 

A decade ago, we were going to go to our first flea market to sell things. A hand full of inherited fountain pens sat in the dark of the drawer for 15 years.

My wife asked, what to charge.....I said E-5 for the pretty one, 1 Euro for the others...............after all they were just obsolete fountain pens.....and my wife had locked my P-75 set up in her jewelry prison long before.

She ordered, "Go look it up." :angry:

Started at 20:00 and at 02:00 I had a fountain pen collection.

Pre depression, the 540 was worth $250 :yikes: :yikes:. My P-75, $225, :o (cost me $22 in real silver money,  my 'new' Esterbrook... :rolleyes: $15, which tells you how long a decade can be. Back in 2008, the advice to all noobies was get an Esterbrook first.

Now the price has doubled or tripled, and Chinese pens have came in, along with that cheap Japanese pen.......Esterbrook is not The Pen for noobies to start with.

Yep.....it was better in the Old Days. :P

 

It was after I got my 140 and 'discovered' semi-flex was as impressive as all said, did I find out the 540 was too.....Although originally I'd just thought it only wrote in the 'wet' line demanded by 'noobies' back then.

 

Outside of vintage Pelikans few spoke of semi-flex....and that not as detailed as I now do.

It was even later I invented the term maxi-semi-flex, from a Rupp nib (still most flexible maxi I have) and discovered all my Supra nibs were maxi.

I do have a system of flex rates that I developed that works for me.....

 

I'm sure I'd never had many hours of fountain pen discussions, had Thomas (Kaweco) bought my 5 Euro fancy fountain pen.  I'd had more of the single malts I once 'collected'. Perhaps drifted into the wonderful world of aged Apple Brandy.....that I've not reached yet. :(

;) In the end all one has is empty bottles too big to put ink in.

 

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Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 15 April 2018 - 16:10.

German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

www.nibs.com/blog/nibster-writes/nibs-germany & https://www.peter-bo...cts/nib-systems,

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 






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