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A couple of years ago I acquired a Marlen Aleph in gray marble. It's a gorgeous pen with a flex "harmonic" steel nib. But alas, it had a plastic feed which produced an uneven and unreliable flow. I put it away in my collection. I recently "discovered" it in my collection, and once again, it's beauty attracted me. This time around, however, I tried a little experiment. I removed the plastic feed and replaced it with a Sheaffer ebonite feed from the late 1930s. Now it flows perfectly and the nib produces just the kind of smooth moderate flex that this left-hander likes. Of course, I had to spe
Every now and then, I come across a pen that is of particular value combined with a unique capability. The flexible Marlen Aleph pen shown above is such a pen. It is a piston filler with a nib made from fine harmonic steel that allows a beautiful calligraphic script. The harmonic steel nib guarantees a good flow for a controlled flex making a line of 1.0 to 1.5 millimeters. To control the flex of the nib, the pen presents two lateral cuts to accomplish a functional task without overshadowing the aesthetic component. The body of the pen is made of mother-of-pearl resin in lava grey or black r