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All That Glitters Is Not Gold...or Is It?

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#1 Curio55


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 08:04

Sharing my humble collection of gold pens! Always been very attracted to them...would love to see yours too so I can get some inspiration on what to add next! 

Edit: Just realised I am also a "Gold Member" now - how apt! fpn_1600243360__e74b273f-8ae9-42e2-af1f-

Edited by Curio55, 16 September 2020 - 08:06.

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 16:33

Very nice!


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Posted 16 September 2020 - 16:44

...but what are they?

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Posted 16 September 2020 - 20:03

Yeah, what carola said.

I'll admit that I'm not much for gold (I much prefer sterling), but that does look to be a nice little collection you've got there, Curio55.

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 15:18

Hi Curio,

A nice ensemble. :) I like gold pens, too. Gold is a timeless classic and always in good taste. 👍

Although, I have to admit I'm drawn more to color and chatoyance - I can't believe I know what that means :huh: - there is always a little space available for the classics - gold or black & gold - the Rolls-Royces of pendom. I have a few myself; including a semi-gold pen, a Waterman Hemisphere in Stardust Gold to the real mccoy.

Enjoy your glitter. :)

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P.S.: Dittos to what Carola and Ruth asked. I know a couple of them are unmistakably made by Cross, but the rest are a deep, dark mystery to me.

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 15:36


Nice golden collection.

I recognize the first models on the left: Dunhill, Cross, Cross, Elysee, Elysee, Dunhill (made by Montblanc) and XXX. And the one on right, a wonderful Namiki-Pilot maki-e.

Enjoy them.


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Posted 23 September 2020 - 10:34

Rolled Gold is ok. 18k Fendomatic Safety Pen, made in Milan, in the late '30's.

Summer of '38 Hitler stole the gold. So made in Milan.


Better picture of a very similar Fendomatic, out side the chasing, with permission of Penboard.


I have a rolled gold MB 742 with a real nice semi-flex nib. Have a rolled gold cap to a black P-45.

Rolled gold trim of a Geha 725.3IrbiNa.jpg

The nib with permission of Penboard.



Gold plate wears off eventually.

Rolled gold pocket watch cases were good for 20 or 25 years depending on how thick the gold plate that was pressed under extrema pressure onto the base metal was. So a rolled gold pen can last 20 or more years putting it into and pulled out a pocket often in the day.


Once in a life time, beat the hell out of the gold price. 14 K gold barley corn overlay and the mechanical pencil is solid body. No name, from I think Pforzheim, the Jewelry center of Germany.

A different picture would show the clip mounting that is common from that town.

Nice semi-flex nib too. Did not expect to win this at a live auction!!!

I think the inside pen body was a Luxor fishbone. (No way to tell really.)




Fake...'gold color' , but with a 4 X super-flex nib, needs to be re-corked. Got the pen cheap, and the nib surprised the hell out of me. A nice little pen.



Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 23 September 2020 - 10:39.

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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