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#1 Manalto

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Posted 04 July 2020 - 23:58

I love the two tone Triumph nibs. I know it's terribly common to want an oversized (or big enough) pen, but I'm a tall person with large hands; slim or short pens just aren't comfortable. I like a lot of the finishes that Shaeffer produced; striated is on the top of the list and blue is at the bottom. I don't care for the wide waistband some Shaeffers wear. Any filling system but a finicky one. Other than that, I'm flexible.

Can you recommend a pen for me? If you know where to get it or have one for sale (if this is allowed) so much the better. My budget is that of an adjunct professor who doesn't know if he has a job in September and who has his priorities straight. Your thoughts?

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 00:27

Budget is going to be an issue if you are only interested in oversized models, or their girthy but slightly smaller relatives. You could expect to pay ~250 for a Premier, and ~150-200 for a larger sized Valiant or Sentinel (fully restored in either case), for example.

 

PSP has a fat touchdown at the moment that may fit your bill...


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Posted 05 July 2020 - 06:42

It's hard to know what your budget actually is, but (bleep).com is a very good place to look, if you're interested in finding a "key-in hand", striated, Triumph-nibbed pen of reasonable girth and not unreasonably priced. If these pens are out of your price range, there are alternatives. I would recommend finding a lever filler to either buy or bid on on eBay. While they are not as common as Vac-Fils for the sort of pen you are interested in, they are not uncommon either, and they are easier, hence cheaper to repair if necessary. There are quite a few reliable dealers who sell on eBay, and others who are knowledgeable enough about what they're selling to be trusted even if they're not in the business. Look for someone who has many transactions to their credit, and a 100% (or very close) approval rating. I assume you are familiar with the way almost all Triumph nibs write: firm (very firm) and typically smooth. If this is an agreeable combination, then let the hunt begin! And good luck!

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 09:37

I found a Sheaffer Crest lever fill with a two toneTriumph nib a month or so back for $50. I don't have huge hands, but large enough to need large sized gloves. I am also fairly  dexterous however where a fat pen is no advantage. For example, I can use the Sheaffer as easily as the Lamy Al-Star. 

 

What I like about the Crest and perhaps all Sheaffers is that the part that holds the sac is threaded making restoration easy. 


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#5 Manalto

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 13:41

Thanks for your suggestions, Oliver and Esty. By "I have my priorities straight" I meant that I recognize the value of a good fountain pen and would be willing to pay. I'd like to keep the budget under $200.

This would be a home office and occasional carry pen to take some of the work load off of my Targa and to have something with a little bit more vintage flair. A stiff nib is a necessity for document signing and occasional bearing down.

Sorry to be dense, but I don't know what *bleep* is. I know it's not "Shaeffer" because I tried that.

Edited by Manalto, 05 July 2020 - 13:44.

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 17:26

Thanks for your suggestions, Oliver and Esty. By "I have my priorities straight" I meant that I recognize the value of a good fountain pen and would be willing to pay. I'd like to keep the budget under $200.

This would be a home office and occasional carry pen to take some of the work load off of my Targa and to have something with a little bit more vintage flair. A stiff nib is a necessity for document signing and occasional bearing down.

Sorry to be dense, but I don't know what *bleep* is. I know it's not "Shaeffer" because I tried that.

 

Manalto, I sent you a PM. 


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#7 IThinkIHaveAProblem

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Posted 05 July 2020 - 18:18

I have relatively large hands too.

 

I'll say this, if you like the feel of a "51", you'll be fine with a snorkel. And there are LOTS of those, in ALL price ranges.

A snorkel is about 1mm thinner than a demi "51", and about 2 mm thinner than a full sized "51"

I find all three comfortable to write with. 

 

If you get a vac fil or a lever fill, it will be fatter than any snorkel. They can be had for reasonable prices too. 


Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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Posted 08 July 2020 - 20:34

Update: On its way to me is a restored Sheaffer 'Statesman' Vac-Fil in Golden brown striated with an XF two-tone nib. I don't go to the casinos; all my gambling is done right here from the comfort of my home.

James


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 22:39

Congratulations! Please post a photo when it arrives. 



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 22:42

I'm pretty happy with my Legacy Heritage.  Comfortable girthy pen with that wonderful Sheaffer inlaid nib.  Might be tough under $200, more like $300 range, but I think worth it.  



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Posted 08 July 2020 - 22:47

I'm pretty happy with my Legacy Heritage.  Comfortable girthy pen with that wonderful Sheaffer inlaid nib.  Might be tough under $200, more like $300 range, but I think worth it.  

 

+1 for Legacy pens...those inlaid nibs are great.


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Posted 08 July 2020 - 22:58

awesome, pics when you get it pls!

 

And Regarding the "gambling" i assume you meant WRT it being "restored"?... To me, you can absolutely play the odds to your favour by carefully choosing where you play :) (ie who you buy from)


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:06

awesome, pics when you get it pls!
 
And Regarding the "gambling" i assume you meant WRT it being "restored"?... To me, you can absolutely play the odds to your favour by carefully choosing where you play :) (ie who you buy from)


Yes and purchasing from a stranger a pen I haven't test-driven. I did not recognize this seller (I know so few) but his communication was prompt, courteous, and thorough with a rating of 99 point something, so hoping for the best.

I'm artfully rumpling satin and adjusting the klieg lights in advance of its arrival!

James


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Posted 09 July 2020 - 06:23

good luck :)


Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 09:53

Congratulations on getting your pen and hope very much you thoroughly enjoy. :)


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Posted 10 July 2020 - 19:59

Two tone Triumph nibs?  The Crest revival from the 1990s had them. (We have models 391 and the 394 new old stock.)


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#17 Manalto

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 18:34

The Statesman has arrived and been filled with Diamine 'Sapphire Blue'. It's too small unposted but just right posted. The EF nib is completely different than what I'm used to using daily but a pleasant experience nevertheless. It's a pretty pen with plenty of honey tones in the striations. I tried to download a photo but FPN said no.

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 20:23

try again! i want to see it :)

 

Glad it has arrived and that it seems to be working.


Just give me the Parker 51s and nobody needs to get hurt.

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 21:14

The Statesman has arrived and been filled with Diamine 'Sapphire Blue'. It's too small unposted but just right posted. The EF nib is completely different than what I'm used to using daily but a pleasant experience nevertheless. It's a pretty pen with plenty of honey tones in the striations. I tried to download a photo but FPN said no.

I have the same problem uploading images to FPN, and the recent work-around advice to me is found here: http://www.fountainp...lack/?p=4339395  I haven't tried that yet.  I tried links to images, but FPN blocks those, too.

 

Anyway, congrats on finding a pen you enjoy!  Sheaffer's striated golden-brown celluloid is a favorite.



#20 Manalto

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Posted 13 July 2020 - 22:27

Here goes -
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I tried to also attach a photo of the entire pen but I'm doing all of this on my phone and I don't know how to resize a photo. For some reason, cropping in on the nib photo made the file small enough to get past the gate. Anyway, as ordinary as it is, I really like the understated warmth of the pen's color.

Edited by Manalto, 13 July 2020 - 22:42.

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