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Reform 1745 -- German Piston Filler
Posted 01 June 2008 - 21:01
(From Left) Reform Bremen, Pelikan M150, 4x 1745, M150, M200 (Note: The gold Reform badge is a removable sticker.)
The following categories are weighted based upon what I feel is important in a pen.
First Impression: 10 out of 10
My definition of "first impression" is, generally, how the given pen stacks up against my preconceived notions/expectations upon first in-person viewing. In the case of the Reform 1745, those expectations were surpassed. It is a solid and well put together pen, and is outwardly quite attractive, arguably more so than any other pen in the under $50 segment.
Appearance: 15 out of 15
I judge appearance after I have lived with a pen for a while. The Reform continues to impress with its understated green/black design. I've gotten several compliments on it thus far, and have only had it a week. Not unattractive or cheap looking in any way, and satisfies many individual variations in taste/style (a universal aesthetic, if you will).
Filling System: 14 out of 15
The piston filler is my preferred filling method, and the 1745 employs it to great effect. It will hold more ink than any C/C pen, but less than a Pelikan (because of the thinner barrel). The piston is not as smooth as a buttery Pelikan, but is perfectly acceptable, and would not have been noticed if I hadn't previously used a Pelikan.
Ergonomics: 20 out of 20
Ergonomics = how well the pen handles, and how comfortable it is to write with. The 1745 is slender and very light, and yet long enough to write with unposted (my preference). It is a bit longer, yet thinner, when compared to either the Pelikan M150 or M200. It is thus a good pocket pen that will take up slightly more space than the average Bic. I can't think of any reason to subtract points in this area.
Nib: 17 out of 20
The nib on my 1745 is quite smooth, and (surprisingly) has a bit of flex. It is, however, on the dry side of average, and can thus be picky when it comes to which inks it writes well with. Nothing significant, but not perfect, and thus not a 20. That said, this is still the pen I use every day for all my standard writing tasks, so the 1745 nib will satisfy all but the most demanding users...who are probably not shopping in this price range anyhow.
Cost and Value: 20 out of 20
Simply put, you will not find a pen with better cost to quality ratio. In my opinion, this is the best pen under $50, unless you can find a Pelikan M150 for less than $50. Even then, the 1745 offers such an extraordinary value that it would make you think twice about purchasing the Pel.
Total: 96 out of 100
Posted 01 June 2008 - 22:16
I've found that my Reform 1745 has a hard time keeping up with me when I am writing fast. I do agree that it is somewhat a dry writer - that's the only problem I've fond so far. And yes, it is very light!
Visconti Giardino dell'Eden "F" nib running J. Herbin 1670 Caroube de Chypre
Moonman M8 "F" nib running Noodler's Heart of Darkness
Platinum Tiger and Pine 3776 "F" nib running J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage
Posted 01 June 2008 - 22:40
After running twenty inks through my 1745, I've found it works best with Noodler's and Private Reserve.
Posted 02 June 2008 - 21:22
Nice review, I have a couple of these that I use mainly at home, overall good pens especially for the price, only problem I have found (apart from being slightly dry writers, but not too bad, depends on the ink I find) is they are rather slimmer than most pens I use, so I find them a bit 'tiring' after a while.
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Posted 21 July 2013 - 21:25
I just ordered a Reform 1745, any suggestions as to inks? My two preferred inks are Noodler's Bad Black Mocassin and their LIberty's Elysium (an exclusive at Goulet Pens). Noodler's Baystate Blue is lovely, but not a permanent ink; therefore I'm somewhat restricted in it's use.
Thanks in advance -- Leon
Posted 26 July 2013 - 03:59
See post #7 above. An ink with good flow will probably suit the pen better than a drier ink. Hope you enjoy the pen -- I like mine.
* * * "Don't neglect to write me several times from different places when you may."
-- John Purdue (1863)
Posted 26 July 2013 - 16:58
I've used a variety of Waterman ink colours in my 1745 and it writes superbly.
(Currently have it teamed up with Waterman Serenity Blue.)
Long reign the House of Belmont.
Posted 26 July 2013 - 17:10
Thanks for the review, I agree with it entirely, with the exception that I find the slight dryness to be of benefit to me for the most part. I use my 1745 as one of my daily writers, usually paired with a second pen with a broad, stub, or flexible nib (and less traditional ink colors). The 1745 being a bit dry makes me more likely to reach for it when I need something that writes reliably and smoothly, but also don't want to have to worry about smearing and bleed-through. Anyway, that's my two cents.
Posted 01 August 2013 - 07:03
The Reform is a very nice pen, even if it can be a bit dry at times. Still, you can't beat it for the price. I bought mine on eBay for less than $10.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 00:12
And the tiniest "schmeer" of TWSBI lube inside the barrel will give you the slickest piston ever imagined.
Auf freiem Grund mit freiem Volke stehn.
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Verweile doch, du bist so schön !