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#1 silverlifter

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 21:21

I placed this order with Manoj of Fosfor Pens in August, 2018, and elected to
have the order fast tracked. The pen was delivered at the end of October,
2019. There may be longer queues for some custom makers, but this one
was no picnic!
 
It was, however, well worth the wait. The pen is lovely.
 
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Appearance and Design
I opted for the King of Pen in Conway Stewart Dartmoor with sterling silver
furniture and it is nothing short of stunning. The acrylic has a subtle 
chatoyance that is eye catching without appearing, to me, ostentatious. The 
sterling silver fittings are again, a nice subtle touch that compliment the
material. As a clone, the design is faultless. It gets no marks for originality,
but the execution is admirable. Overall, I'd rate this a solid 9.
 
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Construction and Quality
The first thing I noticed when I carefully inspected the fit and finish of the
pen was the threads: the pen uncapped in two and a half turns, but did so 
exquisitely smoothly. The threads are also very smooth, so if you grip does
drift up the section, they are quite comfortable on your fingers. Manoj is
an excellent craftsman, I'm going an 8 here.
 
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Weight and Dimensions
If you order a King of Pen, you are in for a large pen and this thing is at the
outer limits of that descriptor: it is huge. The next largest pen I have owned
or used in the Opus 88 Koloro Demonstrator, and this is a bigger pen. It makes
the Lamy 2000 look slight. It is not, however, unwieldy; the lightness of the
material and the shape combine to make it very comfortable in the hand. It is
satisfying substantial, without feeling like a truncheon. Its full dimensions
are: 150mm long capped and nearly 17mm at its widest point on the cap.  As I
wanted a larger pen, I'm going with 10 in this category.
 
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Nib and Performance
The nib is a Pelikan M1000 fine nib. So it writes like a wet double broad.
That's Pelikan for you. No rating as Manoj can't be held responsible for my
nib choice…
 
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Filling System and Maintenance
It's a vacuum filler, which is one of my favourite filling systems. The vacuum,
however, does leave a little to be desired. The barrel capacity is enormous on
a pen this size, but the vacuum is only sufficient to fill a third of it. It is
one of the few times when not sucking enough is a source of disappointment (I
am sure you can think of the others).
 
As the nib unit is easily removed, it is straightforward enough to just tip a
small bottle of ink directly into the barrel, so it is not a crushing
disappointment, But it would have been nice to have some of that Sheaffer grade
suction at work.
 
Maintenance wise, it is a dream. Manoj included full instructions and a diagram
of how to completely disassemble the pen. So, that's a big plus. Overall, in
this section, I think a 6 is fair.
 
Cost and Value
Ridiculous. The real cost is the time you are in the queue. The value is
fantastic. 9.
 
Conclusion
I'm thrilled with this pen. There are a couple of things about it that could be
better, but at the price I don't feel that I can complain. Manoj is an
excellent communicator and made several adaptations that demonstrated to me the
level of his skill and commitment to making a quality writing instrument.  So,
total score is 42/50 - which feels about right for this pen.
 
 

Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.


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#2 hari317

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 02:12

Lovely pen. Thanks for sharing.
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#3 flummoxed

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 06:45

Looks lovely, thank you for sharing. Manoj's pens are always wonderful and interacting with him is a pleasure.

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Posted 05 November 2019 - 13:26

What a gorgeous pen. I have a Pelikan-a-like Manoj made for me that is a lovely pen and a sure attention-getter.


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Posted 06 November 2019 - 00:21

Wonderful pen - thanks for sharing. 


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#6 Harry44

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 22:23

Thats a truly stunning pen!



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 23:24

Thanks for sharing @silverlifter

 

Awesome chimera: Conway Stewart Pelikan KOP with vac filling a la Sheaffer/Pilot 823?!



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Posted 07 December 2019 - 23:37

Awesome chimera: Conway Stewart Pelikan KOP with vac filling a la Sheaffer/Pilot 823?!

 

The best of all possible worlds! :)


Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.


#9 RaviG

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Posted 25 December 2019 - 16:55

Thanks for the review. The Tikona model of Fosfor pens is really interesting.



#10 KaB

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 09:37

thanks for pointing me to fosfor!


fpn_kab_tsuki_yo_most_boring_212x150.gif  Current rotation: home: Lamy Al-star 1.5, GvFC Moss Green; Lamy Vista 1.1, Diamine Oxblood; Sheaffer Touchdown 0.6, Sailor Kin-Mokusei

Case: Visconti HS EF, Sailor Kin-Mokusei; Estie 2314M, R&K Alt-Goldgrün; Lamy Studio 1.1, Diamine Ochre 


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Posted 26 December 2019 - 09:47

 
The best of all possible worlds! :)


Nice, nice pen! But... the best of all worlds? Im sorry to dissent, but a KOP without a Sailor nib is not a KOP for me. The nib is the KOPs soul, and Pelikans one has nothing to do at his side. Just in my opinion, of course.
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Posted 27 December 2019 - 03:06

What a beautiful pen! 



#13 silverlifter

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Posted 27 December 2019 - 03:45



Nice, nice pen! But... the best of all worlds? Im sorry to dissent, but a KOP without a Sailor nib is not a KOP for me. The nib is the KOPs soul, and Pelikans one has nothing to do at his side. Just in my opinion, of course.

 

Well, the M1000 now has a cursive italic grind courtesy of Gena at Custom Nib Studio so I am confident when I declare it "the best" for me :)


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#14 amiRosli

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Posted 27 December 2019 - 15:13

The pen is stunning, I'd sign up a Pelikan M1000 nib with a vac filler any day. Thanks for sharing!







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