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Posted 04 January 2019 - 18:27
Posted 04 January 2019 - 21:49
Hello and welcome to this friendly corner of the universe from a fountain pen user in San Diego. There is such a wealth of information waiting for you to discover on this site. Browse through the forum on Chinese pens and you'll find a lot of demonstrators at very inexpensive prices.
"Pens a'plenty in 2020" Chuck Montano from The Nib Section podcast
Posted 04 January 2019 - 22:07
For under 50 dollars, probably TWSBI or a Pilot Prera, Pilots are very good quality and TWSBI has a good reputation
There are several decent quality demonstrators from Chinese brands, but I'd advise being very careful to do research on specific models because quality control and materials are not the same as other, better brands, sometimes there are even issues like the pens simply cracking and becoming unusable under normal use. What sort of features are you looking for like filling system, interchangeable nibs, pen size, completely clear or translucent? You can probably find them in a Chinese pen but there's a good chance you will have to do some work on the pen yourself to get it working as you like.
I do not recommend the Nemosine Singularity demonstrator, I quite like many aspects of it, but the plastic is not sturdy and is definitely prone to cracking.
Whichever pens you think are good candidates, don't buy a pen without considering how it will fit in your hand and daily use, think about questions such as is the length and balance right or too top heavy, is it too wide or skinny for you, can you get another nib if something happens to the one that comes in it, is it easy to clean, those kinds of things are worth being a bit picky about at this price point.
Edited by WirsPlm, 04 January 2019 - 22:10.
Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:19
Hello and welcome to FPN.
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Posted 05 January 2019 - 06:49
I have no idea if the Wing Sung 698 is the best, but I find it well made, comfortable to use, sturdy, and reliable. No complaints.
"Simplicate and add Lightness."
Posted 06 January 2019 - 03:58
Posted 07 January 2019 - 04:29
Posting in 'Fountain & Dip Pens-First Stop' would be helpful.
Posted 07 January 2019 - 18:09
Welcome to FPN! I'd say a transparent TWSBI Eco is the best demonstrator under $50.
- Pilot Custom 823 <M> with Pilot Blue-Black
- Pelikan M120 Iconic Blue <B> with Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki
- Pilot Cocoon <M> with Pilot Black
- Pilot E95S <F> with Pilot Blue
YouTube fountain pen reviews: https://www.youtube....akktBMGg/videos
Posted 16 January 2019 - 12:37
Hello and welcome to FPN, from Cape Town, South Africa.
To sit at one's table on a sunny morning, with four clear hours of uninterruptible security, plenty of nice white paper, and a [fountain] pen - that is true happiness!
- Winston Churchill
Posted 24 June 2019 - 15:04
Here is mine in the box
Edited by omarcenaro, 25 June 2019 - 13:03.
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Posted 24 June 2019 - 15:08
The Pilot Prera is an excellent option for tinkering - since you can swap the nib with the Plumix for additional shading and line variation. But for budget demonstrators, I think the TWSBI Eco is still the gold standard for value.
I just got one for my wife and it's a fantastic writer, beautifully displays the ink in a clear barrel, and the Diamine we push through it flows smoothly for long periods of time without skipping.
Just my two cents.
"There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know." - Harry S Truman
Posted 25 June 2019 - 00:26
Edison Menlo <m italic>, Lamy 2000 <EF>, Wing Sung 601 <F>
Pilot VP <F>, Pilot Metropolitan <F>, Pilot Penmanship <EF>
Posted 25 June 2019 - 02:11
Both already mentioned, but deservedly so: Wing Sung 698 and TWSBI Eco.
Edited by katerchen, 25 June 2019 - 02:17.
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