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Looking for suggestions: What do you think are the best fountain pens that can hide in plain sight at an office? Something that writes smoothly, but isn't flashy or call too much attention to itself as a fountain pen? Something that doesn't look expensive, but still functions well? Something that looks kind of average? Something that can be used at an open-plan office, then be left in a pen cup on a desk (mixed with other standard issue ballpoints, etc.)? Dark colored, not-blingy bodies would be best for this. Disposables, like the Pilot Varsity, are good office options, but I'd like something refillable. Bonus points for: -Ink window -XF nib Pens that come to mind: Jinhao 991 and 992 Parker Vector Others?
I don't mean to brag or anything, I'm just curious. I live in a country which most of the world would consider poor, and it realy is for most of us, so I don't have a large amount of money to spend on pens, and I like expensive pens, why wouldn't I, that's why I rely on buying on online sites, where people sell different items, including fountain pens. I rarely buy fountain pens from the store, my most expensive one was a Pelikan m600, for 290$, but that's not the point. The point is that recently got a very nice deal on some pens, new, 8 to be exact : 3 Lamy dialog (shiny white and black, mate black) 2 lamy 2000 (f and BB nibs) 1 Lamy scala (the 50 years aniversary, with gold nib) 1 Pelikan m200 1 waterman hemisphere ombres and lumieres all for the mere price of 330$, which is cheaper than a single lamy dialog 3 sells in my country. If this is not a steal, I don't know what is. And one of them, the white dialog 3 is one of my grail pens, now, what would be the odds of that?! I also got a few years ago a new Aurora venezia roller with an mrsp of about 1000$ for 50$, and others, mostly ballpoints which I eventually ended up selling because I don't use ballpoins. So I'm curious what is for you, your best "steal", or am I the only one scavenging for pens.
This is a review of a new pen I got recently, it was a complete impulse purchase but I was pleasantly surprised. First Impressions (6/10) This pen isn’t exactly a looker, but I wasn’t expecting that for $1.25. It came in a packaged envelope, and the pen was directly inside. (No box) It is made entirely of plastic (except the nib, obviously), and feels light in the hand. It did, however, come with a convertor, which helped my first impression of it. Appearance (4/10) Like I said before, the pen doesn’t look all that great (In my opinion). It is beige colored, and the cap has little golf ball-esque dimples on it. The cap and nib are steel colored, although the clip is made of plastic. The clip also has a small plastic red “gemstone” on it. The section of the pen is black, and has a subtle triangle grip. (Not as intense as a Lamy Safari, but it’s there). Design/Size/Weight (7/10) The pen is very light, being made out of plastic, and is fairly small. It is closest in size and weight to a Pilot 78g, but that is not to say that it’s design is remotely similar. Instead of the 78g’s simple elegance, the pen somehow manages to seem bland and gaudy at the same time, with a boring and flat beige section and a dimpled cap and fake gemstone bedazzled clip. The nib and section are plain black and silver, respectively, with “Domain Lion” printed on the steel nib. Nib (9/10) Looking at the past categories, I did not have high hopes for this nib. I was wrong. This is where the pen shines. The nib smoothly lays a fine line, and on a scale of 1-10 (1 being very dry, 10 being one of those nibs that is so wet can get your fingers inky just by writing a sentence with it), it is a 6-7 in terms of wetness. Unlike many of its Chinese brethren, it is not a complete nail, either. Although I did not fully push it to its limits, the nib gives a fair amount of spring to play around with. To be entirely honest, the pen I own which most accurately matches it’s writing characteristics is my 18k M Pilot Vanishing Point. Disclaimer on the nib portion of this review: On a lot of Cheap Chinese pens (I’m looking at you Hero 616), nib quality is inconsistent, so I may have just gotten really lucky with an awesome nib. Filling System (8/10) Not much to say here. It’s a simple cartridge convertor system. The pen came with a convertor. I inked it up with 1670 Emerald de Chivor, and have had no problems thus far. Cost and Value (10/10) I got this pen for $1.25 shipped, but they can be had now for $0.99 on Ebay. For a pen with a nib that feels like my vanishing point (At a dollar who cares if it retracts) it’s a complete steal, even if it is ugly. Conclusion (8/10) Yes, this is an ugly pen. But the nib is incredible, and it’s a dollar! I’ve used this pen daily for a week in prep for this review, and I have to say it’s really starting to grow on me. I never had a single issue with it, it always started up right away, and after a weekend of not being used I uncapped it and it started right back up again, even with Emerald de Chivor (which has given me trouble with those things in the past). Overall this is probably one of the best $1.25’s I’ve ever spent on a pen, and I would highly recommend it.