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  1. AidenMark

    Diplomat Pen - 90S/80S?

    There isn't an over-abundance of information about Diplomat pens on the forum and I haven't been able to identify this understated guy. I bought him for 18E on the small ads. It's the first Diplomat I have owned and I can report that it is a shockingly fine pen for 5 times that price. It has little sign of age, writes very well and gives the impression of being very solid in construction. I would compare it to a middle range Waterman of the 80s, but without the rust. The pen works well with standard/Pelikan cartridges and converters. The body is a grey and black granite enamel or pla
  2. Hi everyone, I'm wondering if any of the Diplomat experts in this forum can help me identify the model of this pen. It is the exact size and shape as my Optimist, so my first guess would be an Esteem (I don't have one to compare it to). But I have only seen the Esteem with the current teardrop logo and this one has the (anniversary?) clip with a cross medallion. And since I'm very new to collecting Diplomats, I have also not yet been able to figure out when the Esteem was introduced and/or what the name of a possible predecessor might have been. So any information would be greatly
  3. Hi guys! I'd like to share with you a quick video review of the diplomat aero (Steel nib) I made recently! I think this is an amazing pen and just wanted to share my thoughts and the unboxing experience with you guys if you are interested in getting one of your own! Video review link! I'd have to say that if you're on the fence about getting one, you should just pull the trigger and get one! Let me know if you guys have an questions or comments! Links to where to get one; Diplomat catalog; http://www.diplomat-pen.com/product-category/diplomat/aero/ Get one here!; https://www.over
  4. Pros- Beautiful Finish Perfectly Balanced Amazing Nib (both steel & gold nibs are amazing). Snap Cap Very Solid Pen, Almost Indestructible Comfortable grith Great Packing Cons- Price is very higher for steel nib variant , you will get too many gold nibs in this price segment. Clip is tight. Diplomat don’t has good Customer Service, incase your pen turns out to be faulty. It’s a Heavy Pen, And people with small hands won’t like this pen. Some things you need to know – Body Material – Lacquered M
  5. Hi! I am thinking about getting a Diplomat Traveller but I am unsure of what converters it would be compatible with. Does anyone here have any experience from this? Would international standards work? Friendly regards Gustav
  6. Has anyone experienced with the Diplomat Trallver. Can the pen post? On Mr. Stephen Brown’s VDO review (Jan 2014), I saw the pen can post but on the VDO review of Best Fountain Pen (Nov 2016) shows the pen can not post on the barrel.
  7. My favorite fountain pens are Waterman Carene (medium) and Sailor Pro Gear (broad). I find my Pineider Avatar (medium) and Estie (medium and broad) fountain pens to be pretty/beautiful but not exceptional writers. I enjoy the metal weight/solidity of the Carene and love the lines laid down by my two Watermans (both mediums) and my Sailors (Pro Gear and 1911). Are steel nibs by nature boring (will the Diplomat nib be the same Jowo as my Estie?) or will a Diplomat Excellence nib be both smooth and have character? Would a Diplomat Excellence (Evergreen with broad steel nib) be a good ch
  8. Normally I’m a fan of italian fountain pens. I started off with a Pelikan M800 though – the benchmark of a good, full-size piston filler. I was very satisfied with the Pelikan, it seemed to be everything I ever wanted from a fountain pen, I would never need another one. But later, after falling in love with the looks of it, I ordered a Delta Dolcevita and completely changed my point of view for what fountain pens are about. Handling the Dolcevita was like holding a Faberge egg in my hand, the Pelikan reminded of a free merchandise pen in comparison. The Italian culture has a profound feel for
  9. Our world is going through some difficult times, one of the consequences is that people have not been able to travel. Usually pens would be carried during travels; since traveling in person has become challenging, maybe we as a community let some of our pens travel ? I'm sure this idea has been tried before, but here goes. I'll call this FPN-Traveling Pen Initiative (very imaginative name, i know ) . The intention is simple, we let the pen travel and let others in this community try and enjoy them. Please read the rules and participate only if you agree to it. we'll receive a pen from an or
  10. Hi, I have a 1,5 year old Diplomat A2, and recently discovered that the locking pin of the clip is not pushed all the way through. See attache picture. I did not notice before now, but I think it's always been this way. Has anyone else seen this problem? Anything I can do to fix myself? It's cumbersome to send back to retail/service since I purcased the pen abroad. Any tips what I should do? Best regards, Harald Antonsen
  11. I'm a college student that got hooked or you could say got hit by the curiosity with fountain pens. The last several years I've been studying and since money was tight was satisfied with writing with the pens I already obtained. I already have a thread going on over in the nibs and tines section regarding my hunt for a flexy pen, but also am thinking about a different next pen as well. I should say I haven't decided which pen I will get first and there will be a significant amount of time in-between purchases. I will list the pens I already own as a jumping off point into a discussion of so
  12. The Diplomat Aero is the third pen from the Diplomat range that I’ve added to my collection in recent times – and definitely the most interesting of the three, in terms of design! I wasn’t keen on it at first glance, but given my positive experiences with two of its stablemates – the Esteem (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/271382-the-diplomat-esteem-conservative-german-styling-great-writing-experience/) and the Excellence A (https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/296585-the-diplomat-excellence-a-another-great-german-fountain-pen/) – I decided to take the plunge. So I c
  13. Bennett

    Surfing The Fountain Pen Teal Wave

    I have noticed over the past year or so, a significant but growing number of fountain pens produced in the teal or turquoise family of colors. Here is a listing of entries that fall under this wave. Please add others that I have missed. My guess is that this color is selling well, otherwise, all these manufacturers would not have jumped on board. This a bit of a retro color event. I believe that the last time teal was popular may have been when Parker 51's were at their height in the 1950's and blue/green teal was a frequent color choice. Pelikan 205 Aquamarine Pelikan 600 Turquoise-White
  14. Braxfield

    Diplomatic Variations

    Having dawdled and dithered, I finally acquired one of the so-called "granite" finish Diplomat Esteems from a certain well-known Virginian-based pen dealer. Boy, am I glad I did. I'm already familiar with the Esteem. I'm in the book trade and I work with a pen in my hand. For the last several months, I've been using an Esteem on an almost daily basis. I find it lightweight, nimble, and equipped with a spry steel nib. My current favorite has a smooth matte finish that seems to be both fingerprint and scratch resistant (tempting fate, I know). And at 26g, including the cap, it suits me
  15. JustWrite Pen Company

    Diplomat Clearance

    Out they go... We are clearing our Diplomat stock with most items at half price. Stocks are limited and once they are sold we will not be restocking them. https://justwrite.com.au/Clearance
  16. I have never had a Lamy before and decided to try this one because of the interesting color scheme. I ordered it with an extra nib (italic) to try out as I had heard people really like the interchangeability of Lamy nibs. I had never changed a nib before. I think the pen is handsome but the plastic feels more like a toy than I expected; think Legos. It was easy to replace the EF nib with the replacement. All the pen parts fit snugly together. The pen started pretty easily. Although I like the triangular grip, I found the barrel of the pen too wide for my taste, the cap even wider, and
  17. twomartoe

    Diplomat Aero Clip Thingy

    Thingy on the clip of the diplomat aero fell out. New, store bought, hardly a month. Seems like a soldering problem. Hardly use the clip, in fact probably the 1st time and thing fell out. Was lucky to catch it. Thinking of supergluing it back. Might be a hassle to send it back to Diplomat (under warranty).
  18. I have been looking through some old compatibility threads but haven't found an answer to my question, so if this has been addressed elsewhere I apologize in advance. I was wondering what nib is compatible with the Diplomat Magnum. Goulet says the Magnum has a JoWo nib, but doesn't say what size. I know that #5 and #6 are standard sizes, but don't know which is on the Diplomat. The stock Diplomats only come in three nib types and now that I finally got brave enough to change a nib on a Lamy I'm keen to try some others. Thanks.
  19. I bought this Diplomat Excellence A2 a few months ago. In general I like it quite a bit, but it has a problem that bugs me enough that I may need to give up on it. The problem is that small amounts of ink collect around the circumference of the flared out edge near the bottom of the section (where the arrow is pointing) and it gets all over my hands when I write, try as I might not to let my fingers drift down that far. Does anyone have any suggestions on how this might be mitigated? Thanks, Marc
  20. The finial of my Diplomat Excellence broke. Some piece of plastic or something snapped, which meant that the finial fell out. I stuck it together with a lump of blu-tak. I e-mailed Diplomat to ask if it would be possible to get a repair or replacement. The reply that came said that the pen came with a five year guarantee. If I sent them proof of purchase (a digital copy of my Amazon invoice) they'd send me a replacement cap. The new cap arrived in the post today. I didn't know that Diplomat came with a five year guarantee (most pens come with two at most). Just thought I'd share t
  21. aliflee

    Montblanc 149 Real Or Fake

    Hi Guys, Just having a look on eBay, an online retail shop selling the Meisterstuck 149 Red Gold. They have two of these and many other various Montblanc pens, wonder if you could let me know if it is legitimate or not. Here is the link below: http://www.ebay.com.my/itm/381255645201?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649 Kind Regards,
  22. Hey! I'm new to posting on FPN but have been reading for a while. I wanted to ask for recommendations of my next pen. I started out with the varsity and preppy and since have expanded my collection. I have the following pens: Platinum 3776 14kPlatinum BalancePlatinum PlaisirPilot MetroTWSBI Eco (lost this )Wing-Sung 3008Wing Sung 6359Monteverde MonzaJinhao Shark I was considering buying the following pens but have not heard as much about them. Diplomat MagnumSailor LecoulePilot e95sFaber Castell Loom I wanted to add that though I have a lot of Platinum pens, I don't really enjoy the
  23. A few months ago, when Kevin from the JustWrite Pen Company (www.JustWrite.com.au) gave me the opportunity to review some of the pens in his line-up, I was expecting to receive a shipment of mostly inexpensive (but hopefully good value!) Chinese and Indian fountain pens – and to be sure, most of the pens I received fit that category precisely. Not this one, though: to my surprise, included in with the Jinhaos, Walitys etc, came the Diplomat Esteem. Compared to its stablemates, the Aero and (especially) the Excellence A range, you might call the Esteem a ‘midrange’ pen. Be that as it may, it
  24. Hey all, For those of you that have a Diplomat Traveller, would you consider it a wet or dry writer? Cheers, Chris.
  25. Hello, some 30 years ago I discovered a bunch of discarded strange ink cartridges which did not fit a modern pen. I was lucky at that time to find a local shop that still had a pen in which those cartridges fitted. That was my introduction to a Diplomat pen and I have been using it almost on a daily basis since. As you can see in the images below it concerns 6/99 cartridges for a Diplomat +2. However searching on those keywords does not give me any relevant information. As far as I know this type of pen is dated end of the '60's / begin 70's? It looks the same model as the one that was off





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