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#1 eclectic2316

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 16:28

Group,

 

I am in need of a good quality fountain pen for signature of documents.

 

In search of a fountain pen and ink that writes immediately when uncapped.

 

Tired of 'stop/start, leak thru, feathering, and blotches.

 

Is there such an instrument and ink at a reasonable price?

 

Thank you.

 

      Kind regards,

 

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#2 Fuzzy_Bear

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 17:40

Pelikan M200, Noodlers HOD, XFeather or Texas Bluebonnet.
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Posted 09 April 2019 - 19:42

I've never had Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue or Blue-Black feather, but the former is definitely not lightfast or in any way permanent at all, and the latter doesn't work well in all pens and may chew through plated nibs if you're unlucky. 

 

If your budget allows for it, the single most reliable pen I have is my Pelikan M400. Has the benefit of looking very important and classy, but you definitely pay for that, too.

The Platinum Century is cheaper and has also proven to start pretty quickly, but I don't like that one nearly as much. Also likes to collect condensation on the nib, which looks pretty meh.

I've also had very little issues with my trusty old Lamy AL-Star, but that's probably not quite classy enough as a signature pen.

Same goes for the sleek, small Parker 45, along with being an older, out-of-production pen.

I also vaguely remember the Faber-Castell Loom as being quite reliable, but I'd have to get someone to confirm that, as I haven't used mine in ages. It's also a somewhat odd-looking pen. 



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 19:50

A 200/400/600 is best because you can use stubbed semi-flex nibs from '50-65, springy regular flex nibs from '82-97, (Both give a clean line) or the post '98 fat and blobby butter smooth 400/600 semi-nail nib; not as clean a line..

There are some real, real beautiful 600's......and some of the Limited Editions like the Grand Place, cost more now than when they were new.

 

I do really like the stubbed obliques of that era.....and if you absolutely got to have a signature nib, then a stubbed, vintage '50-65 semi-flex in oblique, a OBB would do great. Then after signing if you ever write you can change nib widths, and flex.


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 09 April 2019 - 20:03

In my EDC case I have 3 pens, 2 for everyday use and these are a Sheaffer Legacy Ballpoint and fountain pen with a fine nib and for signatures there is a Sheaffer PFM with a nice wet broad nib, that never fails to write no matter how long it is since it was last used.

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#6 ParkerDuofold

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 20:23

Hi Henry,

I'll echo any recommendations for the Platinum 3776 Century or L2K, (Lamy 2000).

As far as ink goes,... blue-greens, royal blues and turquoises are generally wet and free-flowing inks.

Be well and enjoy life. :)


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 20:45

Here's the pen and ink combo I'd recommend:

 

1. Under $100- Lamy Safari and Noodler's Black

 

2. Between $100-$200- Lamy 2000/ Pilot Vanishing Point and Noodler's Black

 

3. Between $300-$500- Pilot Custom 823 and Noodler's Black

 

4. Over $500- Visconti Homo Sapiens/ MontBlanc Meisterstuck 146 and Noodler's Black



#8 sidthecat

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 21:24

I was part of a couple of book signings last year and my weapon of choice was my Doric ringtop with the busted Adjustable nib: without the slider it's a flex monster, but sturdy enough to write on clay-coated pages. I don't do black any more, but I should probably make an exception next time.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 23:28

I'd be inclined to point you at the Platinum Century 3776, and their ink.  I gave my wife a Plaisir, which still has the original cartridge in it several years later.  It never fails to write on the first stroke.  The 3776 uses the same cartridges and the same cap sealing mechanism.



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Posted 09 April 2019 - 23:47

Here's the pen and ink combo I'd recommend:
 
1. Under $100- Lamy Safari and Noodler's Black
 
2. Between $100-$200- Lamy 2000/ Pilot Vanishing Point and Noodler's Black
 
3. Between $300-$500- Pilot Custom 823 and Noodler's Black
 
4. Over $500- Visconti Homo Sapiens/ MontBlanc Meisterstuck 146 and Noodler's Black


Hi Rudra,

I guess you sorta, kinda lean towards Noodler's Black, huh? ;)


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Posted 09 April 2019 - 23:52

I was part of a couple of book signings last year and my weapon of choice was my Doric ringtop with the busted Adjustable nib: without the slider it's a flex monster, but sturdy enough to write on clay-coated pages. I don't do black any more, but I should probably make an exception next time.


Hi Sid,

Congratulations on attending a book signing. What was the book?... or is it too political? :unsure: (If so, I'd probably rather not know). :D

Be well. :)


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Grab life with both arms and give it a bear hug every day! :D

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 00:37

Of the pens I have: Pelikan m205, m600, Sailor Professional Gear, Parker 75; it also depends on having a free flowing ink, of the 30 odd I have all of them work well, except for Rouge Hemátite and Équinoxe 6.

 

Almost any other pen will start straight away, even notorious evaporators such as Parker Sonnets, if kept in a case, again without a troublesome ink.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 05:06

If you hate feathering or bleeding, go for diamine registrar's. it's an iron gall and will never feather or bleed on anything whatsoever, no matter what pen or nib or paper. (but it does need to be cleaned every 3-4 months if you don't use a complete fill before then. I use it exclusively in a platinum 3776 ultra extra fine and it's perpetually inked due to its insane water/fade resistance and very consistent behavior) and with that ink, go for whatever nib you like, but I'd go for a broad or stub in a signature nib. If you have less than 50, a faber castell loom is a handsome thing. $50-100, a platinum 3776 or pilot custom 74/91 Coarse (about a fat western broad) $100-150 a lamy 2000 with whatever nib you fancy, and north of $200, whatever the hell you want. Most of them will be fine.


Edited by Honeybadgers, 10 April 2019 - 05:10.

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#14 Paul80

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:06

Whilst on the subject of signatures, what pen does President Trump use, looks like a Montblanc Rollerball but writes like a paintbrush, much wider than a broad. Anyone know what it is.

Paul

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:35

Paul,

 

Here comes the relevant article; he uses Sharpie pens...  :rolleyes:

https://www.business...pie-pen-2018-11

 

June


Edited by rossy, 10 April 2019 - 06:37.


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 06:56

One of the Pelikan piston fillers or a Lamy 2000 will write every time and stay moist from extra fine nib on up in nib width. 


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 11:48

Whilst on the subject of signatures, what pen does President Trump use, looks like a Montblanc Rollerball but writes like a paintbrush, much wider than a broad. Anyone know what it is.

Paul


Hi Paul,

I believe it's a Cross Townsend with a fiber tip.

Be well and enjoy life. :)


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Grab life with both arms and give it a bear hug every day! :D

#18 ParkerDuofold

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 11:54

Paul,
 
Here comes the relevant article; he uses Sharpie pens...  :rolleyes:
https://www.business...pie-pen-2018-11
 
June


Hi June,

A custom-made Sharpie... interesting... thanks much. :thumbup:

Be well and enjoy life. :)


- Anthony
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Please pray the Rosary daily. Thank You, St. Jude, for favors granted. :)

Grab life with both arms and give it a bear hug every day! :D

#19 Honeybadgers

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 19:40

Whilst on the subject of signatures, what pen does President Trump use, looks like a Montblanc Rollerball but writes like a paintbrush, much wider than a broad. Anyone know what it is.

Paul

 

 

It's a felt tip signature pen. You could in theory get an OBBB or OBBBB (the quad broad would have to be a very custom order but someone like greg minuskin could retip and grind an OBBBB) to do that.

 

Obama has used a visconti divina metropolitan.


Edited by Honeybadgers, 10 April 2019 - 19:42.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 19:54

Sheaffer Prelude Signature series  :D

 

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