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#1 Kelly

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 17:11

I'm sure there must be a few or perhaps several Russian brand FPs but what are they? Does anyone own any? What are the nibs like? Smooth? Run narrow or wide? Material? Design? Could I have any more questions?? Just some musings on a Sunday morning :D
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Posted 15 January 2006 - 17:22

No idea??
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Posted 15 January 2006 - 18:24

Good point, Kelly. I'd be interested, too.

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 20:32

Hi Kelly,

I was a frequent visitor to Moscow and never found a locally made fountain pen. My guess would be if something existed it would be pre glasnost and probably made of tin.
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Posted 15 January 2006 - 20:58

Hi Gary,

Hi Kelly,

I was a frequent visitor to Moscow and never found a locally made fountain pen. My guess would be if something existed it would be pre glasnost and probably made of tin.

Nah, I think it would be made of cast iron :lol:.

Actually, I do think they did have fountain pens. My mother is originally from Dnepropretovsk, and she used a fountain pen up to the time she was expatriated. She still uses fountain pens, BTW, and I think she has 3 currently.

Of course, when I visited Kiev and Odessa in '69, everybody seemed to use cheap ballpoints.

Somehow I remember that Giovanni knows more about Russian fountain pens. Maybe he can chime in...

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Posted 15 January 2006 - 21:46

Here's a picture of Boris Spassky and a couple of Russian comrades.

Despite Spassky using what looks to me like a Parker 51, the other two are using unidentified fountain pens. Does this help anyone?

This is a small picture, larger ones are available from here.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 00:27

I recall a passing ebay sale on Russian commemorative fps for Sputnik or Soyuz or similar space theme. FP in desk set that looked sort of like a rocket.

I don't know for sure if they were actually USSR manufactured but I can't imagine whom else would do a sputnik or soyuz trubute.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 00:36

I think I saw those too. Weren't they a Chinese make though?
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 01:50

These aren't Russian, but in Googling around for eastern Europe, I came across this pen from Croatia:

http://www.penkala.n...products_0.html
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 02:42

Penkala was pre-communism in Croatia, why would they be found in Russia?

They are some often seen on e-bay like this one.

In another previous posting (under "Soviet Pens") someone said that they used a lot of chinese "Hero"s.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 02:49

I have a couple of soviet era pens made in Russia. I believe they are called Soyuz (I don't have them in front of me) and they are very nice copies of Parker 51s. Much nicer than the Chinese Hero pens. I seem to recall that they are vac fillers. I promise to take pictures and post them here when I find the time (it will be a couple of weeks).
Hero pens were also used in Russia, but the Soyuz pen was considered a prestige pen.

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 03:10

Penkala was pre-communism in Croatia, why would they be found in Russia?

I didn't mean they were Russian. But I think the url I posted is for a NEW Penkala. Although the factory was certainly pre-Yugoslav, there is currently a factory in Zagreb. The web site for the company (TOZ) even gives directions to get to their factory.
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 03:34

I have a couple of soviet era pens made in Russia. I believe they are called Soyuz (I don't have them in front of me) and they are very nice copies of Parker 51s. Much nicer than the Chinese Hero pens. I seem to recall that they are vac fillers. I promise to take pictures and post them here when I find the time (it will be a couple of weeks).
Hero pens were also used in Russia, but the Soyuz pen was considered a prestige pen.

Great! I look forward to seeing those when you get the chance to post :)
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Posted 21 January 2006 - 18:38

Giving this a small bump up as I'm now totally curious in finding out about some Russian models. An ex-co-worker of my husband's is Russian and has an interest in FPs so he's on my list to contact. I'm just surprised there isn't more info. :huh:
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 19:21

I visited Pärnu, Estonia spring 2006. Estonia was part of the Soviet Union. I also went to antique shops and bought some old fountain pens. Some of them have cyrillic text and are probably made somewhere in Soviet Union.
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Posted 08 October 2007 - 19:52

All I know was I did a roaring trade in US ballpoints when I went TDY in the old USSR and certainly never saw any FPs for sale or I'd have them. Of course that was back in the late 80s when people were lining up for a light bulb or food, much less a writing implement...

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Posted 09 October 2007 - 07:54

Good question! I myself wouldn't think so. Just because I haven't seen or heard of any russian branded fountain pens.
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Posted 09 October 2007 - 20:42

I saw once a Soviet FP for sale.It looked like a replica of the Parker 51.
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 16:10

QUOTE(goodguy @ Oct 9 2007, 04:42 PM) View Post
I saw once a Soviet FP for sale.It looked like a replica of the Parker 51.


E-Bay has this one

and a few more here

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 09:05

QUOTE(Stompy @ Jan 15 2006, 05:46 PM) View Post
Here's a picture of Boris Spassky and a couple of Russian comrades.

Despite Spassky using what looks to me like a Parker 51, the other two are using unidentified fountain pens.

And all 3 have their nibs hanging out! As always from that era this would have been a posed photograph, I bet they wouldn't have left the caps off for long in real life. I wonder if they were prop pens?

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