I got this Paper Mate pen as a gift from my mother many years ago, at the second half of the 80s. I thought this was a common pen but I haven't seen Paper Mate FPs in shops and recently saw the above post so I thought to add some info on the pen. That's a pen I've used a lot, a real workhorse. Paper Mate was a brand centered on economical products so I think I wouldn't be expensive at all, and it's also very compact, so it's the kind of pen you can carry always with you without worrying too much for fear of losing or breaking it.
It's a full metal thing, very solid. It's made of steel with a golden clip and two golden sections at the extremes. The golden parts have resisted perfectly the test of time, the clip is also perfectly solid although I never carry it clipped (more on that later). In the cap is engraved "Paper Mate - W. - Germany -". The body is black anodized metal with a medium golden nib. It uses standard (international) cartridges or converter. Mine included the converter which is a regular converter with "Paper Mate" engraved in it.
The pen is very slim. Uncapped is 11,8cm long and 9mm of diameter as most, so even being metal it's very light. It's difficult to find FPs as small as this. It works perfectly, now as twenty years ago. I've never had any problem with it. Ink flow has been always steady without getting dry or overflowing, either with cartridges or converter. Writing with it is a pleasure, I'm sure that comparable to many more expensive pens. The width of the 'medium' line is the same as other 'medium' Parker or Rotring pens that I've used.
The problem with this pen, probably where the low cost shows, is the cap fitting. It's a pressure plastic kind of system that has worn with time so now almost doesn't hold. That means that you can't carry it clipped on a pouch and you have to be careful when transporting it. To me is not a big problem since I carry it a small leather pen case.
(Sorry for the poor detail on the photos).
Edited by Nadia, 03 July 2008 - 21:59.