very interesting. A friend of mine who was czech told me that vintage czech made fps were close in quality to german pens
Yes it is definitely true.
In fact in some(not all) best prewar Czechoslovakian companies there were german engineers (i know about 3 so far) hired in leading positions in developement workshops. I suspect there was maybe also one american engineer in one company in Prague. It was because they generally exportated pretty much all around the world (even North and South America countries) and they needed real top quality (and they got it) which can compete with other worldly sold fountain pens. This situation lasted until 1939. Third reich occupied the territory and installed Protectorat of Bohemia-Moravia. At this moment two different kinds of situations happened: companies runned by jewish owners were confiscated and runned from now by german treuhandlers (another very interesting chapter of history of local FP brands) and the other ones continued their production. Some of them even increased volume productions during WW2. Then war ended leaving the pen industry somewhat changed. In fact Germans during WW2 had installed many things around here, their best technologies:) In Pardubice where i live, there is famous Synthesia factory, the biggest chemical industry in country and one of the biggest in central Europe. This factory was established very early in 1900 (during imperial times) but when germans came in 1940, they made it ten times bigger with new very huge production halls equipped with best german machinery and tec. All the postwar celluloid for our pens was made there on germans press machines for composing celluloid plates of 4 meters wide, runned by people having originally german formation from WW2. And postwar Synthesia was exporting its celluloid even to non-communist countries.My current ongoing research indicates Aurora or Montegrappa pens producer had bought a stock of local material. It is very logic because Pardubice town had excellent friendly/economic relations with some italian towns during 1950-1989 (as a kid i saw 2 times Marcello Mastroianni visiting our school). It was orchestrated by the regime, because it was one of rare opportunity to get some dollar cash. The german machines were in good condition until unfamous explosion at Synthesia gun powder storages in 1984 when it was desintegrated. I remember it very well, the sound and pressure wave were terrific breaking windows around the town. That´ s how best german stuff from 1940´s ended. It is somewhat symbolic for the sad ending of FP production in Czechoslovakia in late 1980.
Sorry for double post, i misclicked.
Edited by Khufu, 19 April 2012 - 09:48.