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What Is Your Favorite Pen? <$200

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#1 Purphoros

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 01:49

Hey everyone!

I'm looking to moving up in the pen world to a nicer pen but I don't really know what I want.  Right now though, I crave some perspective on what the FPN community likes best.

 

If you would like to, please:

  • Post a comment about your favorite sub $200 pen
  • Post a few reasons why you like the pen
  • Post what you have it inked with

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#2 Tseg

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 01:58

My Pelikan M120 Iconic Blue is a favorite <$200 and I got at <$150 + a free $40 leather case thrown in from Cult Pens.  It is my first and only 'pocket pen' and it has an amazing writing steel nib.  It also has a piston filler with a very large ink reservoir.  On one hand it feels a bit plain and cheap, on the other hand it has a clean good look, fun & functional and likely will last decades or longer.  The smaller section is balanced by the lightness of the pen.  Kon-Peki Iroshizuku is perfect match for this pen.

 

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 02:22

1929 Sheaffer's oversize Balance in black and pearl.  Currently loaded with Blakwa but it also gets filled with Levenger Smokey, Aurora black, or whatever suits my fancy.  It has a smooth, wet nib, and the balance is perfect for my hand.  I love the feel of 1920's celluloid.  It had issues when I bought it and restoring it was a lot of fun.  This one is almost never out of the rotation.


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#4 Purphoros

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 02:24

My Pelikan M120 Iconic Blue is a favorite <$200 and I got at <$150 + a free $40 leather case thrown in from Cult Pens.  It is my first and only 'pocket pen' and it has an amazing writing steel nib.  It also has a piston filler with a very large ink reservoir.  On one hand it feels a bit plain and cheap, on the other hand it has a clean good look, fun & functional and likely will last decades or longer.  The smaller section is balanced by the lightness of the pen.  Kon-Peki Iroshizuku is perfect match for this pen.

 

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Wow! That ink does match perfectly.  I never considered Pelikan for a pen before.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 02:56

Pilot Custom 742 F, flawless writer.


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#6 pajaro

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 03:06

Parker Sonnet Blue Ice, fine stub.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 03:07

Right now, it's probably my blue marble Pelikan M200 in fine, that I bought for under $70 some twenty years ago.  It was my first Pen of a Lifetime, and I prefer only my M205 aqua (a gift from my wife, and also in fine) over it.  But that one is over $200.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:21

Waterman Phileas and Jinhao 159.  



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 11:39

Rotring 700.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 12:44

Under $200 new from a store I think that the best pens are the Waterman Carene, or a Japanese one.

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 13:20

This week, I have three pens loaded for work. All are under $200, and they write on command, deliver a perfect line of ink, and match my hand perfectly.

 

Parker 75 - love the weight and balance of this pen, and the looks of this pen are amazing. The nib has perfect feedback.

Parker "51" - the iconic workhorse of my collection. All write flawlessly, take any ink I throw at it, and have legendary balance.

Pilot Vanishing Point - heavy and thick are normally not my favorite. But for scratching quick notes in a meeting, the pen is perfect. A click and the pen is laying down ink. Click again and it's time to listen to the briefing.

 

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 13:28

Rotring 700.

Wait a second... oh my god they make a fountain pen version.


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 13:28

TWSBI -- any model.

They write buttery smooth.

The vac fillers as well as piston fillers have huge ink capacities. You write for a long time.

They look very cool - the demonstrator models.

You can use with TWSBI bottles. I have both and say goodbye to inky fingers.

Their customer service is exceptionally prompt.

They cost less than $100 (US).



#14 Purphoros

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Posted 06 May 2018 - 13:45

This week, I have three pens loaded for work. All are under $200, and they write on command, deliver a perfect line of ink, and match my hand perfectly.

 

Parker 75 - love the weight and balance of this pen, and the looks of this pen are amazing. The nib has perfect feedback.

Parker "51" - the iconic workhorse of my collection. All write flawlessly, take any ink I throw at it, and have legendary balance.

Pilot Vanishing Point - heavy and thick are normally not my favorite. But for scratching quick notes in a meeting, the pen is perfect. A click and the pen is laying down ink. Click again and it's time to listen to the briefing.

 

Buzz

 

I just did some looking, the Parker 75 has some gorgeous designs.  I have a Parker 45 that I actually bought on recommendation from several people on the FPN network.  I love the pen but I find the nib a touch scratchy, the feel and design of vintage Parker pens though is excellent.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 13:48

Pilot Custom 742 F, flawless writer.

 

Woah! There are an absolute ton of nib choices for that pen.  I also am a fan of a Japanese fine I have one on my Metropolitan and it write nicely.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 13:57

Parker 51 aerometric.  An iconic pen, exceptionally durable and reliable, with a cool vintage vibe.  There are still a lot out there in various colors and caps, and you can easily find many for well under $200.  I have not had any problems with a variety of inks, although I no longer use super saturated inks in any of my vintage pens.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 14:04

Lamy 2000 comes to mind.

 

Clean, unique and timeless design.

14k gold nib (which I think is rare in this price range)

Discreet- the nib is hooded so does not attract much unwanted attention but you can still enjoy the fp writing feed.

Wide range of nib choices.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 14:15

parker 45 flighter with an italic fine nib.

 

unique nib

flawless and expressive writer suitable for everyday use

inexpensive

bulletproof

easy nib swap

easy to clean

comfortable to hold (no threads)

easy to cap, uncap and post

 

inked with diamine asa blue 

 

another great and more conventional choice with a lot of benefits would be the pilot custom series


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 14:24

Pilot Decimo with a fine nib, lighter and thinner than the Vanishing point.  Always have mine with me.  Just click to use for quick notes.

 

Wing Sung 698 with an extra fine nib.  Inexpensive piston filler with a large ink capacity and writes great.  I'll sometime carry my 698 with a Pilot Plummix  .8mm stub just to add interest to my writing.  They and the Decimo are inked with R&K Salix as Salix will write and fully dry on cheap or very glossy paper regular inks tend to bead or smear on.

 

Pelikan M200 with an extra fine nib.  Works great with any ink I've ever put in it, on the smaller side but light and comfortable to use.  Inked with R&K Dokumentus for permanence.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 15:19

That's an easy question to answer, although the answer is not that specific: there are so many vintage pens from the 1960s and 1950s one can find, often for much less than US $ 100, including great stuff by Montblanc, like the 22x models. These have to be my absolute favourites because of their high quality, excellent performance and remarkably good condition. They're wonderful daily writers and a joy to use with all those great inks we're having by Diamine, R&K, KWZ and others. You have to be careful, though, and match the ink to the pen (not forgetting the paper). 







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