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  1. One of the great qualities of the Fountain Pen Network is the way it builds bridges across cultures. Six months ago, I admired a pen acquired by Hari317 that told the story of the Beijing National Stadium, often called the Bird's Nest. The stadium was the jaw-dropping, stunningly beautiful home of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and was designed by the Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, the Chinese firm CADG, architects Stefan Marbach and Li Xinggang, and artist Ai Weiwei. Hari documented the pen, created under license by the Chinese firm Beifa, in a well-crafted set of photographs. I had spent several months in Beijing between 2006 and 2008, preparing for information technology deployment at the Olympics. Hari remembered my interest in the pen when he spotted a version recently in Hyderabad. He purchased it and asked if I would still like one. I gladly accepted this moving and thoughtful gesture and reimbursed him for the pen, which arrived today at my home in North Carolina. This post is a simple story of friendship and goodwill. Thank you, Hari. Though this is not a review, my first impression is that the pen captures the lines, color, and drama of the Beijing stadium. The pen came in two versions -- gold and steel -- and this version resembles the stadium's brushed stainless steel exterior. The section and nib are beautiful, the manufacturing is careful, and attention to detail is evident throughout the pen's presentation and execution.
  2. Are there any Beijing fountain pen lovers on this forum? I will travel there in a few weeks (for the first time) and i couldn't think at a better gift for myself than a nice Chinese fountain pen. I know the city is huge, but I wonder if someone can guide me to some places where I can buy some really nice, local fountain pen(s). My budget is limited, however, I'm sure I can find something nice, but I have no idea where to start looking.
  3. We made a special purchase and secured a handful of these heavy, well-made Duke pens, which came out circa 2004. They come with the full packaging, including cardboard outer sleeve. They each boast the super-smooth Duke 14k nib, in an unmarked size that seems like a modern medium. They are converter/cartridge fillers. The Gold Medal pens are cylindrical with handsome Italian veined marble resin barrels and gold plated appointments. We've got them in two colors with two different styles of cap. We've got the blue marble version with the gold matte cap on the web site right now at $125. We'll get the other colors/caps on the web site this afternoon. http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_gm_blue_2.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_gm_blue_3.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_gm_blue_8.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_gm_stripe_blue_1.jpg The other model we acquired is the Duke Beijing Opera Rhythm model .... cloisonné with rose gold trim, decorated with faces and Chinese characters. These also features a 14k nib, but the nibs are cut so as to increase flex. These pens come with a two-pen leather carrying case as well as a heavy wooden presentation box. We're offering this one at $175. http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_opera_blue_dark_2.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_opera_blue_dark_3.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_opera_blue_dark_8.jpg http://www.peytonstreet.com/pens/misc%20brands/duke_opera_blue_dark_1.jpg Though it hardly needs saying -- these would make great gifts :-) Don't forget to sign up for the newsletter (see my signature section below). We'll be sending out a new newsletter later today, and it will -- as usual -- feature a promo code that will save you a few dollars on your next order. Happy Holidays! TERI

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