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Is This Tropen Worth $130?


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#1 InvisibleInk


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 13:44

Hello people

Quite by chance I came across a pen store that has a new old stock TROPEN and he is asking $130 for it.  I had never heard about this brand and I do not know the model name (I include a photo instead) and my search online was not very fruitful except for a thread on this site.

What is your experience with it?  I only care about its writing I am not a collector.  Is it worth $130 (USD)?

thanks in advance

PS.  It is brand new in the box never sold

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 15:55

Gold nib? Looks like possibly a piston filler? Never seen this model before. Personally I would be reluctant to pay that much.


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Posted 18 September 2019 - 17:42

Thanks for reply Pakman.  No the nib is steel and the model name is scholar.

I like the look but seem expensive to me at 130, so I wanted to double check with you guys.

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Posted 18 September 2019 - 18:15

It's a student pen from the 50s and 60s I believe. Nevertheless they're great pens, but, in my opinion, worth only about half that asking price.  

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 06:18

Thanks Biber.  So it is a pass.

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 11:31

I feel tempted to agree. I think I have seen similar pens  (Tropen scholar) for significantly less. They were not NOS, though.


Actually, you can find a similar one, NOS, on eBay for half the price. right now. And even choose the colour for a little more.


OTOH, there are auctions for double the price as well.

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 12:05

Good pens.  They generally sell for between £60 to £70.  A small premium might be added if it is truly NOS but the price quoted by the OP is far too much.



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Posted 19 September 2019 - 18:01

Thank you guys.

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 22:40

Looks like a good one.


I agree that the price is too high for my tastes - but we have to consider the rarity. Anything of such an age, which has never been used and is still in its box could command a steep price. I still think the seller is being somewhat optimistic - but there may be a collector out there who needs this.


If you have fallen in love with this pen, try offering half the asking price - or an amount that it's worth to you?


Good luck.

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 22:47

I have the moroon. It was a little dry and feels somewhat unsubstantial but having used it now for a few weeks, it's becoming a favorite. I prefer a broader nib but this is making me write neater. Also, it's very light and there's almost no fatigue, even after a long writing session. 

I'm glad I have it. 

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Posted 19 September 2019 - 22:58

Generally in great condition they sell between $60-$90 usd.....c.1980's

Piston filler { haveta remove blind cap } with { sometime } a semi-flex and or flexie steel nib....

They are  robust everyday writers.....................


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