Jump to content

The Fountain Pen Network uses (functional) cookies. Read the FPN Privacy Policy for more info.  To remove this message, please click here to accept the use of cookies

Registration on the Fountain Pen Network

Dearest Visitor of the little Fountain Pen Nut house on the digital prairie,

Due to the enormous influx of spammers, it is no longer possible to handle valditions in the traditional way. For registrations we therefore kindly and respectfully request you to send an email with your request to our especially created email address. This email address is register at fountainpennetwork dot com. Please include your desired user name, and after validation we will send you a return email containing the validation key, normally wiithin a week.

Thank you very much in advance!
The FPN Admin Team


Your Favourite Designs


  • Please log in to reply
53 replies to this topic

#21 JakobS


    Far From the Madding Crowd

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,884 posts
  • Location:Colorado
  • Flag:

Posted 03 October 2019 - 16:17

I am into pens that have an Art Deco or Streamlined design to them so Wahl-Eversharp Doric, Esterbrook Visumaster, Wahl-Eversharp Skyline, Esterbrook Dollar/J, and Esterbrook SM Deluxe.  Also, I like the simplicity of a functional no nonsense pen such as a Sheaffer Imperial II Deluxe, any pen made with a triumph nib would be beautiful to me..... 

FP Ink Orphanage-Is an ink not working with your pens, not the color you're looking for, is never to see the light of day again?!! If this is you, and the ink is in fine condition otherwise, don't dump it down the sink, or throw it into the trash, send it to me (payment can be negotiated), and I will provide it a nice safe home with love, and a decent meal of paper! Please PM me!For Sale: TBA

Sponsored Content

#22 artart



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPip
  • 51 posts

Posted 03 October 2019 - 16:35

Summit S.175 : elegant design with a large gold nib and an Art Deco clip

#23 bemon



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 743 posts
  • Location:Toronto
  • Flag:

Posted 03 October 2019 - 17:52

I'm gonna put my hand up for the Lamy 2000 too. Particularly uncapped. I'd love to get my hands on a stainless steel and/or the new blue version. 


I also love the look of my Waterman Carene Contemporary in the Gunmetal finish. 

#24 ethernautrix


    Be the Pen Posse you want to see in the world.

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11,870 posts
  • Location:Land of Po

Posted 03 October 2019 - 19:00

My favorite model of all time is Nakaya Piccolo Cigar.

My favorite nib is Pilot PO.


etherX in To Miasto

Fleekair <--French accent.

#25 welch


    Donor Pen

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,923 posts
  • Location:New York, NY
  • Flag:

Posted 03 October 2019 - 19:06

Absolute aesthetics:


- Parker 51


- Parker 45

Washington Nationals 2019: the fight for .500; "stay in the fight"; WON the fight

#26 txomsy



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 668 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 04 October 2019 - 06:54

It is a difficult question. I'd say that, in no particular order, I like

- MB-style cigar shaped, black, with at most a golden ring(s) in the cap. Like the 149 / 146, the Garant Alkor / Nilor or the Waterman W3 / W5 or the Reform p120 / p125 / 1745.

- Kaweco Liliput Copper, plain, for its absolutely minimalistic design, it has overcome my previously preferred MB Slimline/Noblesse

- Kaweco sport, specially the brass and stonewashed finishes, which, like the Copper Liliput age most gracefully in an aggressive environment, are portable everywhere, elegant and minimalistic yet unpretentious.

Edited by txomsy, 04 October 2019 - 06:56.

#27 peroride


    Write now, enjoy pen

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 255 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 04 October 2019 - 07:32

All of these pens listed with the exception of the last 2


I had absolutely no interest in at all and swore I would never get :unsure:

  • Parker 51 Demi
  • Parker Duofold
  • Lamy 2000
  • Montblanc 146
  • Pelikan 100N / M101N
  • Waterman 55
  • Aurora 88

in hand and person, all bets are off  :P


Never say never.

#28 mana


    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,161 posts
  • Location:Helsinki, Finland
  • Flag:

Posted 04 October 2019 - 10:53

Aesthetically most pleasing pens... loads of them. Many a MB WE, Verne as the front runner. MB Martele is also beautiful, same with the sterling silver pinstripe and first gen stainless steel Solitaires (146). Pelikan Maki-e pens have real stunners among them, actually drafted a "Grail pen" list some time ago that has all of the pens that I will try to get my hands on.


Ok, limited editions and one offs aside this is my "production pen" list in order they come to my mind:

  • Pelikan 100N/101N (especially the post war ones). Pleasing shape where everything just is where it should be. One of the best functioning pens too.
  • Pelikan 400 Tortoise, Light Tortoise & MOP. Same as above.
  • Pelikan 100. Especially the early models in jade, blue and other funky colors. Have seen some gorgeous overlay ones (custom ones).
  • Wahl Dorics in general, especially the Cathay and Kashmir color schemes.
  • rOtring 600 Black. Those pens look just marvelous, as in, they are very much designed and engineered to look like a "design object". Ok'ish usability wise, fun pens to play with.
  • Parker 51 Aerometric, black. There is just something wonderful about the ones with pristine frosted steel or gold filled caps.
  • Montblanc 136/138/139 etc. Elegant simplicity.
  • Swan 230/60. Another elegant piece there...
  • Waterman's 55, 56 etc. in woodgrain pattern. More elegance.
  • Sailor Pro Gear Realo.

I suppose I have to include the pen that I really do not like to use (at all) but which is otherwise rather pleasing to look at... enter the Lamy 2000 Stainless Steel. I would never buy one though. I do have one vintage/early production 2000 that I keep around, you know, just in case. I already ended up giving one modern one to my mother. :D

Edit: Forgot Sailor Pro Gear Realo from the list.

Edited by mana, 04 October 2019 - 11:15.

Adopt, Don't Shop! Support Your Local Animal Shelters! - Let's make this world a better place together! Because... now is the only thing that is real...

"Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design." - Dieter Rams

EDC: Post WWII green binde Pelikan 100N CI 14K B, Blue Marbled M200 F, 400NN Tortoise CI 14K BB. INKED: early 70s LAMY 2000 MK, Parker 51 Aerometric F & M, rOtring Art Pen 1.1 & Woodshed Pen Co. Red swirl 1.1 mm CI, Kaweco V12 14K B and then some... Inks: Pelikan 4001 BB & Turquoise, vintage Parker Quink, Lamy Turquoise, Diamine Eau de Nil, Sailor Souboku etc.

#29 Jebus



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 163 posts
  • Location:Limburg - Belgium
  • Flag:

Posted 04 October 2019 - 14:03

I find that mytical wishlist to change from time to time...


Although some tend to keep circling back:

  • Iconic: Montblanc 149
  • Material: Visconti HS Lava
  • Art: Pelikan Toledo
  • Pure juwelery: Pelikan MOP
  • Engineering: Conid Bulkfiller

Some already in possesion, some not. But I assume the chase is better than the catch   :wallbash:

There are more things in heaven and earth, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

#30 SchaumburgSwan


    Extremely Rare

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 336 posts
  • Location:Schaumburg, Northern Germany
  • Flag:

Posted 04 October 2019 - 17:45

Hi just three:


Mabie Todd Swan SF230 for it's Art Deco spirit, a tasteful and well balanced pen.


The early torpedo shaped pens: Schaeffer Balance, Mabie Todd Swan 4460 (also the Omas Moma later). Timeless and beautiful pens.


Mabie Todd Swan lizard skin pens, like the green L312/88.





#31 ENewton



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,922 posts

Posted 05 October 2019 - 03:21

Nakaya Piccolo, shobu.  I don't buy such expensive pens, but this is my favorite design.


Parker 51 demi, plum.  This is my favorite of the pens I own.


Pelikan 140 burgundy.  I have the more common striped 140 and really like its shape and size, but the  burgundy is much prettier.


Lamy 2000.  Unfortunately, the balance of this pen is wrong for me, so I've never acquired one, but I like how it looks.


Waterman Lady Patricia Ink-Vue.  I have never even seen one of these pens but they look lovely in photographs.

#32 jchch1950


    Collectors Item

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 819 posts

Posted 05 October 2019 - 03:54

Many votes for the Lamy 2000. For sure is an excellent writer.

#33 praxim


    still on twig

  • FPN Supporter - Rhodium

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,743 posts
  • Location:Not upon the peneplain
  • Flag:

Posted 05 October 2019 - 05:58

Given the question is about form, by looking at what I have I appear to favour flat or near-flat ended pens with a straight or very slightly longitudinally curved barrel, a section which does not step down, and an open nib. Pen and section should be medium girth. Colour, adornment and function were excluded in the question.


Despite that preference modality, I like the design of the Lamy 2000 (but it is closed nib) and generally dislike slim or torpedo / cigar pens with barrels tapering to a rounded point, e.g. Parker 51, Pelikan 140. Old Aurora 88 and the MB 146/149 styles survive in my affections by being not too slim and having advantages additional to form.

"...all observation must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service." Charles Darwin

#34 ISW_Kaputnik



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,702 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 05 October 2019 - 06:38

Design wise, what are your favourite pens? I'm not talking about functionality, piston vs convertor, how good it writes or how confortabile it is....not even if you like the color or pattern...Just purely from an esthetic point of view.



Well, but the color and pattern can be a big part of the esthetic attraction, as in two of my best looking vintage pens, a Parker Vacumatic and a Conway Stewart 388 with their beautiful (and flammable) vintage celluloids.  Also, once I know that a pen has problems with writing quality or overall functionality, it loses most of its attractiveness until the problem can be fixed.  But luckily there's a fairly large overlap between prettiness and functionality with the pens that I have.


But anyway, taking the question on its own terms, more or less, some of my favorite designs with pens that I actually own are:


  • Pilot MYU.  That clean, streamlined look and the way the nib is integrated into the section make it unlike anything else.
  • Montblanc Noblesse.  I like a fountain pen that dares to be slim, slimmer than many ballpoints.
  • Parker Vacumatic, and this one's a favorite writer, too.
  • Conway Stewart 388.  Less of a favorite writer, but I do love that vintage celluloid, and the small size.
  • Lamy 2000, "Makrolon" version.  Love that clean, simple look and the overall shape.  And again a good writer.
  • Pilot Capless Decimo.  The rarity and practicality of a pushbutton retractable fountain pen is the real selling point, but I also think it's quite an attractive design.

I could mention others, but that will do for now.

"So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do." - Benjamin Franklin

#35 Orval



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 161 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 05 October 2019 - 22:07

Those that I use and find the most confortable:

Conid Minimalistica Delrin, Omas 360, Pilot VP, Sheaffer legacy

One that I'me dreaming of but never tried:

Montblanc Hemingway  :rolleyes:


#36 fphilipp



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 186 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 06 October 2019 - 11:44

Pens that I consider to be very good (meaning: functional) designs are

Aurora 88P (and 88) -  vintage: excellent balance both capped and uncapped; holds a lot of ink (piston filler); good sized ink window; light weight; slip cap; and all of this (incl a very good 14K nib) for less than 100 USD if you are willing to spend some time searching   

Franklin Christoph model 20: body length and section girth are ideal to my hands; tactile experience; slip cap (which unfortunately mack suck ink from body)

Lamy 2000: enough info on the forum

#37 Bo Bo Olson

Bo Bo Olson

    Pen Dust

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 21,544 posts
  • Location:Germany

Posted 06 October 2019 - 15:58

I won't say beautiful...not in the slick classy way of my Geha 725. Striking is a better term.


My wife took me to my B&M to buy me a pen for my Birthday....It was having a real big sale on harder to move items, a Aurora Verdi (there are very, very many different ones of them, as I found out when I went looking for that real fancy pen... ), a Pelikan of it's Time....And this one drew me from ten yards out.


A very Striking Pen...MB Virginia Woolf....I got it for 1/3 off.......if I'd not used it, only five years later I could have sold it as NOS for original price.


There was the small print I forgot, ours..........like in our bank account. I couldn't afford a new used and affordable pen, a bottle of ink or a good paper for some 9 months.


Picture with permission of Pentime............and I really like the My Eyes Only nib bling.

The the outside of teh clip is sort of beveled, the inner part of the clip is matted gold around the tiny ruby. It is of course butter smooth...

My 605 stubbed B is about to run out of ink...might as well take it out of it's vintage brown backilite wristband jewelry case. Loaded with MB Toffee brown a shading ink.




Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 06 October 2019 - 16:15.

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,


The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.




#38 ak47


    Near Mint

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPip
  • 45 posts

Posted 06 October 2019 - 17:51

My favorite is omas 360 old type

#39 SenZen



  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,871 posts

Posted 06 October 2019 - 22:12

I like Pelikans, Lamy Studios, Parker 75s and silver pearl Vacumatics; pearwood makes Faber Castell Ambitions go from nice to gorgeous. I finally got a Waterman Carène, beautiful. I chased it for so long I started dreaming about wood and demonstrator finishes; not going to happen but it was a nice dream!


I have all of these, accumulated very slowly, except for the Vacumatic, which represents a risk of being too small for me. I wouldn't mind a Ciselé 75.

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

B. Russell

#40 Honeybadgers


    Museum Piece

  • Member - Gold

  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 5,156 posts
  • Flag:

Posted 07 October 2019 - 05:40

Pelikan M200/400, Lamy CP1, Lamy 2000, Pilot custom 823, and probably the wahl eversharp doric

Edited by Honeybadgers, 07 October 2019 - 05:40.

Selling a boatload of restored, fairly rare, vintage Japanese gold nib pens, click here to see (more added as I finish restoring them)

Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: pelikan

Sponsored Content