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Padrino Classico


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#1 Compulsion

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 15:45

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Padrino Classico
Modern (2005?)
Nib: Medium Stainless Steel Nib
Color: Transparent grass green laquer with Chrome accents
Cartridge/Converter Filled
Purchased from Paradise Pens, Tyson's Corner, VA for $29.99.


Summary:
A medium-sized, heavy, smooth writer. Excellent build quality. Recommended.

Review:
My pen collection contains a disproportionate number of blue and black pens. I needed something different to throw in the mix. While I've had my eye on a red S.T. Dupont Orpheo to shake things up, that is at the moment way out of my price range. However, I found this surprise hidden in the sale section at my local Paradise Pens.

The barrel is a lovely grass-green transparent laquer over a cut-metal base. The nib is a standard stainless steel nib in medium (the familiar "Iridium Point, Germany). The entire pen is cast from metal giving it a solid, quality feel. This is certainly not a light weight pen! The section and threads continue in the polished steel theme.

The cap is topped with a beautifully simple polished chrome circle, accented with black. The clip is also elegantly understated but, unfortunately, lacks any sprng mechanism. The cap screws on with slightly less than two full revolutions. The inner thread of the cap is made of a slightly rubberized plastic, making the process of capping and uncapping a sensual experience. This also allows firm posting without marring the barrel's finish.

As previously stated, the pen is not lightweight. As a result, like most of it's kind, it feels slightly top heavy with the cap (also metal) posted. With the cap in hand, however, it is quite a tame pen and the weight, while substantial, does not become overbearing.

Bottomline:
The overall design and build quality reminds me of nothing less than the aforementioned Orpheo. No joke. I was very sincerely impressed by this surprise pen.

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From Left to Right:
  • Padrino Classico
  • Pelikan Athens (M600 Size)
  • Pelikan M800

Moderator Notes:
__Original poster is absent (last seen in 2007) and user image URL's are broken. Review left for content only.
__Note that Paradise Pens no longer carries Padrino fountain pens--only ballpoints, rollerballs, and mechanical pencils.

Edited by MYU, 06 November 2008 - 00:58.


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#2 antoniosz

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 01:35

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#3 Compulsion

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Posted 30 July 2005 - 15:11

Posted Pictures!
See first post for the goodies :)

#4 Maja

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Posted 31 July 2005 - 07:25

:o Wow, what a gorgeous green pattern and colour :o

I looked up the Padrino line and saw that it is a Paradise Pen Co. exclusive.
Thanks for the nice photos and review of this lesser-known pen brand--enjoy!!
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#5 dd6847

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 18:01

The Classico Padrino's are beautiful pens coming in four different colors - burgundy, blue, green, and black. The pattern under the lacquer finishes makes for a very attractive pen. The steel nibs are excellent -made in Germany. Besides the fountain pen their is a ball point (takes Parker Gel refills) and a beautiful roller ball pen similar to the ftn pen. Unfortunately this line is only available until they are all sold out.

I can say from personal experience that the Paradise Pen Company stands behind their products - I have had excellent response to a minor problem I was having. The Pen was replaced with a new one which is perfect in every way.

I wish there was a way to get a Blue FTN Pen and Blue Roller ball in this line. Lets hope the Paradise Pen Company will bring back the line. I believe if more pen people knew about them and saw them they would be brought back.

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 18:11

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From Left to Right:

  • Padrino Classico
  • Pelikan Athens (M600 Size)
  • Pelikan M800

Very nice looking pens, all three!

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#7 southpaw

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Posted 23 September 2005 - 18:37

Great review! That's pen is extremely interesting looking. Talk about value - can't beat it for $30. Thanks for the comparison shots - really helps put things into perspective. Amazingly, even though the Classico is fractions of the cost of the others, it looks right at home in such fancy company. :)
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Rom. 5:8, NKJV)

#8 Ann Finley

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Posted 25 September 2005 - 06:51

It's getting late...Thought I'd just posted a response--but I'll re-do it...

Enjoyed this review! I'd never heard of this attractive pen--but really like the looks of it--maybe because it's green and the style is not "outlandish." The pattern lends a classy and classic look to it, too.

Thanks for the introduction to this pen!
:) Ann






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