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  1. Thanks @JungleJim for the sample. A very interesting colour for those who enjoy chameleon inks. This ink may look brown or purple or both depending on paper /angle. Just look at the chroma: Compariasion However, look at the richness and beauty of this ink with a wide/ wet fude nib. The paper is the thick Tomoe River 68 gr. Photo Closeup photo on classic Tomoe River I would say that the only downside to this ink, is shipping price. If you don't plan to buy a pen from and live outside of US, well you need to forget about it • Pens used: Jinhao 450 fude/ medium nib. • Shading: Quite a bit • Ghosting: Not really. • Bleed through: Depends on paper nib/ combination. • Flow Rate: Excellent • Lubrication: Great • Nib Dry-out: No • Start-up: No • Saturation: Nice and dark • Shading Potential: Yes • Sheen: Faint and only on Tomoe River paper • Spread / Feathering / Woolly Line: Not noticed… • Nib Creep / “Crud”: Didn’t notice. • Staining (pen): Easy to clean… • Clogging: Nope • Water resistance: Some • Availability: 1 oz / 2 oz (28 /56 ml) bottles from their website/.
  2. This is my first first review, although by now I've owned and used quite a few fountain pens. Franklin Christoph is one brand I've found myself going back to - perhaps it's their exceptional customer service, perhaps it's the quality of their pens, or perhaps it's because they ship worldwide for free. I had seen a "Smoke & Ice" version of their Model 40, and had been thinking of getting one for a while. So when I saw they're releasing a similar smoke & ice version of their flagship Model 02 (Intrinsic), I just had to get one! Appearance, Material & Design I'll let the photos do the talking! The pen really looks & feels like a quality product. One thing you notice when you hold the hefty-looking pen for the first time is how light it actually is. You see demonstrators all the time, but the whole concept of "Ice" (glossy transparent acrylic on the outside, textured inside) on this model is simply stunning! So much so that you cannot help but convert this to an eyedropper. The "smoke" parts (section, finial) are also nice, they have a subtle glow when held to light. The design is quite interesting. The placement of the threads at the end of the section makes the pen comfortable to hold (without the threads getting in the way when you hold the section). Moving the threads in the cap to the very inside means the cap can be posted quite deep - making the posted length not much longer than capped length. Writing with the Model 02 feels about the same posted or not. You get a slight feeling of insecurity when you post the pen - I'm a little hesitant in pushing the cap down really firmly, the transparent barrel makes it look fragile (although I'm sure it isn't). I also wouldn't want scratches on the end of that beautiful barrel Nib To me, the nib is the most important part of a pen. However well a pen is constructed, if it doesn't write well, it's just an expensive paperweight. This is where the Model 02 moved from "eye candy" to a fantastic writer. Franklin-Christoph offers Mike Masuyama nibs for a small fee, and they're amazing! I've used standard round nibs in all my pens until recently. Then I tried the Masuyama Medium Cursive Italic when I purchased a Model 27 earlier. Let's just say I cannot see myself going back to round nibs any more! I ordered a gold M-CI nib with the Model 02. It writes very well, but a little too wet for my liking, so I ordered an additional steel nib that writes somewhat dry - it's super smooth, and now this pen is just right for my writing style! Filling system Standard cartridge/converter, but the material pretty much forces you to convert it to an eyedropper. The increased ink capacity doesn't hurt - another incentive to use this as a daily writer. I know it's a big risk, but a bit of silicone grease and a leap of faith, it's done. Let's see how it holds up over time. The ink I'm using (my absolute favourite, Noodler's Liberty's Elysium) would possibly make it a nightmare to clean later, but that's a bridge I'll cross when I get to it Value At $180 for a unique pen with a Masuyama nib ($90 additional for the gold nib), one that can be used as a daily writer (one that you'd want to keep using), I'd say it's pretty good value. Conclusion This is my favourite pen, one that I look forward to using the next time. It's wonderful to hold in your hand, and just as great to write with. Add Franklin Christoph's lifetime warranty and exceptional customer service, this ticks all the right boxes for me.
  3. So I've been thinking about purchasing one of these for a long time, and I have saved up enough to get one. I have heard great things about them but I don't know a ton about their pens. So I have a few questions. First, what would a good starter pen be? I'm not too worried about price, I just want a good model to start with. I was thinking about the 45L, so what do people think of that pen? A good starter? And does anyone have any more information about Franklin-Christoph? What is unique about these pens that makes people rave about them? Thanks for any information and answers
  4. So I've been thinking about purchasing one of these for a long time, and I have saved up enough to get one. I have heard great things about them but I don't know a ton about their pens. So I have a few questions. First, what would a good starter pen be? I'm not too worried about price, I just want a good model to start with. I was thinking about the 45L, so what do people think of that pen? A good starter? And does anyone have any more information about Franklin-Christoph? What is unique about these pens that makes people rave about them? Thanks for any information and answers
  5. What's up FPN!? Today is a truly awesome day! I have made a couple of purchases to make my own personally awesome pen! Not doing a lot here, just had an idea an praying it works. If someone has already done this, please chime in. This is what will happen... I'm going to take this pen body: and add this nib to it: Like I said, not a really big deal, but this will be my first time trying something like this. ASA Pens, for a small upcharge, will use Jowo nibs in their pens. This is why I'm thinking it'll work. I'm hoping I can using the entire housing for this too. Again, if you all have any words of wisdom on this please let me know. It won't be the end of the world if I can get it to work. (I'll just need to buy another pen. ;p) Stuff is en route now, so it'll be a while before the magic happens. I will update this as stuff comes in and all of the processes used to put it together, which most of you probably already know anyway. Thanks in advance as always and I'm really forward to my first project. Daris L. Cotton
  6. Quick little review of my new Franklin-Christoph Model 03. I usually get fine or extra-fine nibs but oh man! Im loving this broad! Pen - Franklin-Christoph Model 03 Ghost &Smoke Nib - Matsuyama Broad Cursive Italic Ink - Pelikan Edelstein Aventurine Enjoy -240KAR
  7. Hello everyone, I've recently discovered Franklin Christoph pens and I've fallen in love with them. I'm seriously thinking about getting a P66 or a 02, as everyone talks so good about them, but I just have some trouble deciding which nib would fit me better. I hope you can help me. I usually use European M such as Delta, Lamy or MB. I wouldn't like to have a broader nib than those I've mentioned, as I would use the pen for everyday writing, note taking, etc. I've seen everyone recommends getting a Masuyama nib from them, but they only have Fine Italics and then Medium Stub and Italics. I've never used Italics and I'm afraid it wouldn't be suitable for me. Do you think the Medium Stub would be comparable to an European M as those mentioned above? From the information on the website, the Medium Stub is 0,7mm and the usual European M seems to be a bit smaller. What's your experience? Thank you very much!!
  8. Hello, I'm fairly new to the world of fountain pens. I've picked up about 10 now, and I keep buying more and enjoying tinkering with them. I have purchased high priced pens for my g/f (high-priced for me), like the vanishing point and the Lamy 2000. For myself, though, I can not imagine spending that amount on a pen. Up to this point, I have been doing the frankenpen thing with Jinhao pens and Anderson / Edison / Goulet nibs. I went to the Dallas Pen Show, and I purchased a Franklin-Christoph nib assembly. I had to remove the nib and feed from the F-C section / collar. However, even as just the nib and the mismatched feed it is amazing. I would love to find an inexpensive pen body that will accept the Franklin-Christoph nib assembly. It's my understanding, that it is a common size; a jowo #6 screw-in unit. So far, the most humbly priced pen body I have found has been the MrPen's Parson's Essential at about $45, plus another $15 for shipping. Any help finding an inexpensive pen body that will take the entire screw-in jowo / Franklin-Christoph nib assembly would be appreciated. I apoligize in advance if I used any incorrect terminology. Thanks!
  9. CoolPensAreCool

    Franklin Christoph

    I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with Franklin Christoph Pens. I live in Raleigh, NC and they are based in Wake Forest, NC which is one town over and less than 15 min. away. What has been the skuttlebutt?
  10. I'm thrilled that I'll soon have my first Franklin Christoph. I jumped on the Model 02 in antique glass when the opportunity came up a few months ago. I received an email that my pen is ready. I'm likely going with the Masuyama HPS CI - M, or possibly the HPS SIG - F. If you have pics to support your opinion, all the better..... Your input is needed! Quickly, please: Clip or no clip?
  11. http://www.franklin-christoph.com/flex-nib.html Are these new? Dying to see writing samples.
  12. I first saw this pen after a reddit user linked to it in kenshiro's masterpiece demonstrator collection thread a few months back. I love clear demonstrators and fat nibs; when I learned that Franklin-Christoph made the 66 Ice with a 1.9mm, three-tined music nib, it got put on the list. Then, some Christmas cash made it happen. And it arrived Saturday. Impressions http://i.imgur.com/tCj31Bx.jpg One of the first things that intrigued me about this pen was the cap threads being on the nib-end of the section. FC does this with their Models 02, 03, and 65/66. These front threads mean that the back of your thumb doesn't rest on sharp-ish threads but you still get the security of a screw-on cap. There isn't a lot of thread; it takes about a 3/4 rotation to remove the cap from the pen. It still feels securely attached, but I wonder if the cap is sealed well enough to counter evaporation. Even so, I really like this aspect of the design; if I grip the pen a little farther back (common for me), I don't have any sharp threads to stop me. If I slide down the section a bit, the threads serve as a nice detent, but even grasping them directly isn't uncomfortable due to their width. And uncapping/capping is much faster than on most threaded caps. The barrel has a flat side to rest the pen on a desk without it rolling away. It works if you rest it with the flat side down, but if the pen is capped and you set it down on an incline, the flat isn't wide enough to stop even a little bit of rotational momentum. "Franklin-Christoph Model 66" is engraved on the flat. The cap is engraved with their stylized "F" and four diamonds logo: http://i.imgur.com/FuPHUa7.jpg The "frosted" barrel and top of the cap are actually a fairly rough texture; I made the mistake of trying to dry out the barrel section with a q-tip and some cotton fibers got stuck and wouldn't come out until I busted out the tweezers. Though it's frosted, its transparent enough that you can easily see the nib inside the cap. The section and bottom half of the cap are smooth but still somewhat opaque unless they're wet. The unfrosted end of the barrel looks like glass; smooth, glossy, and perfectly clear. Packaging http://i.imgur.com/D94fUNk.jpg Pretty meh, really. FC obviously has a bunch of these boxes, and didn't let the fact that the 66 doesn't fit in the ribbon holder deter them from using it anyway. Or, maybe the person doing my packing just forgot to get it under there? No matter; I didn't see any noticeable scratches or abrasions. Came with a converter and two short international standard cartridges. With the wet 1.9mm music nib, I bet the .75ml cartridges would last about a page and a half before running dry But, it's nice to have some spares for my Liliput. And though I planned from the outset to run this primarily as an eyedropper, I'm glad it came with the converter, just in case I want to put one of my mica experiments through the music nib. Size This pen is truly a "desk pen"; at 6.5" when capped, it's not gonna be your EDC unless you're still rockin' cargo shorts. It's longer than any other pen I have: http://i.imgur.com/zl6mzcd.jpg The distinction is even greater when compared uncapped. http://i.imgur.com/Ik3ln8M.jpg Despite it's length, it's not a wide pen; the section at its grip point is the same width as the Vac, and smaller than the Jinhao. And that length doesn't mean it's unbalanced or unwieldy; the acrylic is light enough that it never feels cumbersome or unbalanced in the hand, even when completely filled with ink. On the contrary, the length somehow encourages me to write more legibly (though that is likely also due to the massive Nib This isn't my first wide stub; I have (and regularly use) a Lamy 1.9mm nib on my Vista for letter writing or even note taking (when I'm feeling fancy). But while 1.9mm on the narrow and stubby Lamy feels a little forced, the 66 with the same width nib feels perfectly paired. FC and Lamy, tip to tip: http://i.imgur.com/Txdeyti.jpg My Lamy 1.9 nib definitely needed some micromesh TLC when I got it; it was pretty scratchy and incredibly sensitive to off-axis writing. Comparatively, the FC music nib isn't nearly as scratchy or finicky. Out of the box, it's much wetter than the Lamy was, and I think I'd describe it as "significant feedback" instead of "scratchy." I'm still not completely sold on it, though. I like that it's nice and wet, but I'd hoped a pen in this price range would have been a bit smoother. I'm not sure how much of that roughness is due to the three tines--but they all look well aligned through my 10x loupe. I'll give it a bit of thought before I do anything to void my warranty Here's the writing compared to the other pens I had inked. http://i.imgur.com/Dpa3pCD.jpg Capacity Measuring with my marked syringe, it's 4ml from the end of the barrel to the bottom of the threads. However, once you fill the barrel, the feed will suck up about 1/2-1ml; which means that if you really want it full, you can do a two-fill process and put a little over 5ml in the pen. I put a few bulb syringes of tap water through the feed/section (as is my habit with any new pen), then greased up the threads on the nib unit and section/barrel with some silicone grease. I started with 2.5ml of Bungbox Fuji Blue (my favorite shading ink) in the barrel: http://i.imgur.com/iIZ3dtt.jpg After writing with that for a bit, I cleaned it out and put in 4ml of Noodler's Habanero (another great shader). http://i.imgur.com/9mUTszJ.jpg Then let the feed saturate to the point of writing, and then added another ml. http://i.imgur.com/azOWnlg.jpg Completely full with a fairly translucent ink looks gorgeous. http://i.imgur.com/f8pj7yi.jpg Overall Another reviewer (Stephen Brown, maybe?) compared the Model 66 to a paintbrush, and I think that's a very apt comparison. Especially with the music nib; something about the length/shape of the pen combined with the width/wetness of that nib just feels like I'm painting with ink. I love the look of the pen filled with ink. It was seeing the ink slosh around in the Vac700 that got me in to fountain pens; this massive reservoir in Ice acrylic really accentuates that effect. It is really light; I'm used to the heft of the Vac700 as my daily driver; the 66 not having a filling mechanism or any metal parts other than the nib seems almost too light for my hand. As impossible as it would be, I would love a *glass* version of this pen. The length of the pen and size of the nib mean that this one is going to stay home most of its life; it'll be my letter writer and envelope addresser, but not my most used pen. But that's fine with me; I just leave it sitting in it's open box on the desk, and let its looks distract me from whatever else I should be doing.
  13. I'm considering getting a Franklin-Christoph P66 and I'm having trouble deciding on the finish. I'm considering Emerald but I'm a little uncertain about the color (it doesn't seem to get mentioned much). Is the material translucent enough to see the ink level in the barrel when eyedroppered? Pictures of any Emerald Franklin-Christoph would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  14. I have had the worst luck when it comes to Eyedropper pens. They always burp and leak on me, really badly. I had hoped that the 66 Stabilis I ordered wouldn't have had the same issues, seeing the nib unit was a screw in type of one piece. Sadly this was not to be, but I would like to get other peoples' experiences just in case I'm doing something wrong or there is an actual fault with the nib unit. I have the pen eyedroppered and filled with Sailor ink. I followed the instructions on the Franklin Christoph website about greasing the threads of the nib unit and the thread of the barrel. I turn the pen nib up and warm it thoroughly in my hand before use. To write one side of an A4 page I have to blot away the burps and leaks at least eight times on a mound of tissue paper while constantly turning the pen up to check it isn't about to make a huge mess on the page. After an A4 page half of the ink contents of the barrel are gone; just to give you an idea of how much ink the pen is expelling. When it first started to do it I thought I mustn't have greased the threads on the nib unit enough and ink was escaping and creeping down between the unit and the section, but it isn't. The ink is actually expelling out the bottom of the unit itself at the point where the feed meets the end of the unit. Is this a fault?
  15. I love blues – from lovely turquoise to deep blurples. Last year, I ran across L’Artisan Pastellier Callifolio inks. L’Artisan Pastellier is a “boutique” brand that specially formulate fountain pen inks under the Callifolio name. They are made in France and are not widely distributed. L’Artisan Pastellier are better known for their dyes made for art products. I was able to obtain some samples of a few of their inks and liked them. I ordered a few more and like them as well. I picked up a few of their foil bottles at a pen show, then late last year, I ordered a dozen more foil bottles of mostly blues. Callifolio inks are known for their wonderful blue shades and offer a wide variety from the softer Bleu Azur to the enigmatic Baikal with its strong purply grey overtones. Callifolio inks are very well behaved, and shade and sheen very nicely, especially on Tomoe River paper or the Tomoe River-like Midori 013 refill paper. Almost all of the blues that I have tried, as well as the Grenat, Andrinople, Violet, Omi Osun and Olivastre are fairly wet inks. So far, only Aurora seems to be on the dry side. Note, however, that some Callifolio inks are not deeply saturated. Callifolio inks in the foil bottles are reasonably priced. Vanness Pens sells them for $8.00 for 50ml. I decant the foil bottles into small Nalgene bottles which I purchase for about $1.50 per bottle. They also sell the ink in lovely triangular shaped glass bottles which are a few dollars more. Vanness Pens sells both the foil bottle and glass bottle, as well as samples. Just for fun, I compared several of the Callifolio inks with a few other that I have. After preparing a writing sample (on Hammermill copy paper – fairly fountain pen friendly paper), I then put the page in water to test the water resistance. I left the page in the water for 2 minutes then blotted the paper with a paper towel. The paper was well saturated with the water because it fell apart. I was surprised at the water resistence. I expected the images to be completely gone, but they were not. Next time, I will try this for a longer period of time to see if the color washes out more. Overall, I like the properties of Callifolio inks very much. My apologies for the pictures. I used my iPhone and the lighting wasn't the best.
  16. Yes, the twins are here and I love them (Pardon the low quality pictures)! Here they are, - Fosfor Sandalwood with a Franklin Christoph HPS #6 Masuyama Needlepoint Nib - Fosfor Islander in Red Burl with the Franklin Christoph #6 Music Nib The F-C nibs were a gift from a friend and I was given the freedom of choosing the nibs. My limited experience with EF or F nibs (limited to lower end Indian and Japanese nibs) left me wanting more and I was on the lookout for something that I could use for sketching and quick notes (among a few other things). The music nib was to continue to practice some scripts for calligraphy. I've been wanting wooden pens for a while now and there was no better marriage than the F-C Nibs and the Fosfor body that I could think of in India. I must admit that the F-C website was very tempting and I will probably pick something from their offering pretty soon. I haven't uploaded more than a single picture as I am not able to do justice to the pens with my shoddy camera skills. Both Fosfor Pens and Franklin Chirstoph have great sample pictures on their own websites for anyone interested. I'm not good with reviews, but here are my impressions about both the pens and the nibs after a few weeks of usage. Experience with the seller(s) Franklin Christoph: I bought the nib units online and their customer support and sales was great, they have a well oiled process. The nibs units were shipped from their store the day after (or I think the same day given the time zone difference) and they knew the details about shipping, exports, etc. The sales folk at F-C were really helpful about the plethora of questions that I as this was the first time I was getting pen parts shipped into my country. They were always prompt and the whole process of buying the nibs from them was really easy and I did like the little containers that the nib units arrived in. Mike Masuyama's chop on the little card was nice for a first time buyer. Fosfor Pens: I've been commenting and reading Manoj's work (Fosfor Pens) here on FPN and wanted to order one for myself and when these nibs arrived, I shipped them off to him for these two beauties. These are my second set of wood pens, I think I'd rank wood higher than ebonite in terms of personal preference, with acrylic a distant third (so far nothing has made me budge on acrylics), and other plastics/resins being a distinct no. Bring on more of those wood pens I say! Manoj was patient with my finicky emails and decision process and helped me narrow down on these two choices for the pen. He updated me through the process and sent me these two lovely pens a few weeks ago. As I've posted in other threads, I'm a sucker for good packaging, and the boxes and the choice for the box material material made it all the more interesting. The small little pouch with the sandalwood shavings that I got was nice touch!Design, material, build and quality from Fosfor Fosfor Sandalwood: It is the understated look of this design that nailed it for me, the shape and the use of the threads on the cap were a great touch to make the pen look lovely. I opted for the unpolished finish for the sandalwood as I wanted to feel the wood when the pen is used. Yes, there are great risks of staining an unpolished wooden pen (I have stained a ball point sandalwood pen with my clumsiness earlier), but we do live dangerously anyway. The use of the red/brown ebonite is lovely (at some later point I might ask Manoj for an ebonite from this lovely colour itself). The natural wood grains on the pen (the swirl and I think one little burn mark from teh turning process or otherwise) add character to the pen. I did opt for this design as will not be posting the cap while writing. My only grouse with the pen being that when the cap is screwed onto the pen, the brown ebonite casing is visible (it does not protrude or create a gap). I'm only guessing that is either a easthatic choice or a utility choice (to insure against wear and tear of the unpolished sharper edges or probably any ink pooling/leaks). It might have been a good bonus if the swirls on the cap and body aligned when the cap was screwed on. Fosfor Islander: Most of the pens I own are understated or are discreet in nature, so I thought I'll mix it up a little with the silver trimmings on the Islander. Given the need for the natural look of the wood to be retained, I decided to go with the Red Burl offered by Manoj instead of my personal favourite of the Sheesham (with no trimmings) for the Islander. As you can see, the swirls are lovely, the polished finish is great and the black ebonite section provides a nice contrast for the nib and the clip on the cap. The tapering end could probably be used for posting, but I don't like posting my pens and I'm guessing it could lead to the natural wear and tear. Apart from the slight offset for the trimming at the top of the clip the pen is marvellous. The balance of the pen is great and I do love the fact that even after the polish that my brain tells me I'm using a wooden pen. As stated earlier, the aligning swirls on the body and cap would have been a lovely bonus. Performance of the nibs from Franklin Christoph HPS #6 Masuyama Needlepoint Nib: The technical details and pictures are available on F-C's website. I'm surprised by the performance of such a thinly ground nib. I must admit that I was apprehensive about it's performance but after clariyfing details from their sales team and using it for the last few weeks, I have become a big fan. Being and EF nib that is ground by Mike Masuyama to approx .25mm according to their website. As expected of such a finely ground tip, it has a smaller sweet spot. The performance is great and it is a wonderful writer both forwards and backwards! As a testing ground, I've used the Needlepoint on papers varying from 70gsm to 100gsm (and copier type, handmade, more threaded, etc.) and I am surprised at how well it handled all the paper. Though I guess this type of a nib would be best used on copier type of paper to ensure a longer life and better care. It almost feels like a mechanical pencil when using the nib and very unlike the EF nibs that I am used to. Here are few quick drawing samples, Franklin Christoph #6 Music Nib: This nib was offered in both a shadow steel and a polished steel finish. It was greatly tempting to buy the shadow steel finish. The eventual aim for me was to be able to use the nib units in different pens as needed when travelling, etc. Both of the pens I wanted from Fosfor are definitely not the travel with them in your pocket kind which meant that the options for a matching body for the shadow steel nib pen reduces drastically. The horizontal and vertical strokes on this pen are great and it glides over paper. I've tried the nib with a few different inks (locally available Bril, Camlin and Sheaffer Scrip inks) and so far it lays down a consistently wet line. I've had a couple of railroad-like situations (what would you call that for a broad nib?) in about 30 pages of writing/doodling/scribbling which I am attributing to the position/writing angle. The flow keeps up with the nib and my writing speed. Here is a quick 'F' in Old English Engrosser's script, The twins have given me great pleasure over the last few weeks and I'm a little unsure of where this new hobby of mine is leading me.
  17. AustinMalone1999

    Christoph Music Nib Review

    Above is a sample of how the very wet Christoph Nib fares on the cheapest paper I have yet to encounter. I don't have a macro lens, but here goes my best shot at approximating the appearance of the nib. It is beautiful without being gaudy. A Gothic or Old English capital "C" is present, contrary to the "F" generally presents. The music nib has three tines, and the feed has two channels. Rays of what appear to be sunshine are bursting from the center of the nib. The nib does not contain a breather hole, and this has not seemed to affected the flow of the pen. This will hopefully give you an idea of just how much variation can be had with this nib. I estimate about 5-6 times the cross-stroke on the down stroke. Very impressive. This should give you an idea of the size of the nib's "line". It is pretty true to the 1.9 indicated by the people at Franklin Christoph. I have yet to experience a skip, the performance is truly amazing. The main drawback is that this nib is impossible to use on cheap paper because of its wetness. I love using this nib to practice calligraphy or just write really big in cursive. It's a great nib for brainstorming as well as bold signatures. This nib unit was provided for review by Franklin Christoph. All opinions expressed within this review are original and genuine.
  18. Hello, I'm quite new to the fountain pen world. I'm a student, so I use my pens every day (TWSBI Diamond 580 and Franklin Christoph model 40 pocket) I was really pleased with the model 40 pocket, so I now got my eyes on the model 19 "1901" To the owners of this pen: What you think of it? How is the writing experience? is it worth the money?
  19. I have only recently entered the hobby, and I own a few pens such as a Faber-Castell Ambition, a TWSBI Diamond 580, as well as a few staples in the hobby like a Lamy Safari and a Pilot Metropolitan. Now I am looking for a nicer, more luxurious pen less than $200. I was highly considering a Lamy 2000 because of it's reputation and its gold nib. On the other hand I am just CAPTIVATED by the Smoke and Ice finish of the Franklin-Christoph Model 02 Intrinsic--as well as its ability to be converted to an eyedropper. I would greatly appreciate any insight from you all. I feel like both are solid choices, I would just like to get your input, ESPECIALLY if anyone owns both of these pens. Which do you prefer to write with? Which feels more comfortable in your opinion?
  20. So I've decided to buy myself a birthday pen, but my dilemma is choosing what pen. So I've decided to enlist the help of the FPN board members and base my decision upon your recommendation's. I've narrowed it down between 10 pens of which to choose from. They are as follows; Pilot Custom 742 SFM Black ~$163 Sailor 1911 Full Size Black w/ Silver trim FM ~$163 Platinum 3776 Chatres Blue F ~$84 *Delta Dolce Vita PISTON F ~$350* Franklin Christoph Model 19 '1901' Kings Gold Bands .9mm MM Custom stub ~$195 Aurora 88 Large Silver trim Fine ~$350 **OMAS Arte Italiana Noir Milord (331 made in each size) ~$395** *Stipula Etruria Rainbow Blue w/ T-Flex nib ~$230* Any combination of Edison pen e.g Huron Grande or Pearl in Lucite or Cobalt Flake or Molten Ores or ....... Franklin Christoph Model 66 Stabillis .9mm MM custom Stub ~$169.50 I just can't decide between these pens! I want them all! But alas I cannot afford that. In terms of pens I already own, I have an Edison Collier in silver marble, a Sailor 1911m clear and gold (These two happen to be my favorite pens, despite the massive size differences),Pelikan M600 EF in blue, a Montblanc 144 Black/Gold M-B, a TWSBI Diamond 540 EF, and a TWSBI Vac 700 EF in blue. I think I have plenty of blue and EF pens for now, and my goal up to now is to diversify my pen collection. I really like the OMAS. I really wanted an Italian pen, so the Delta, OMAS, and Stipula seem to be the most likely options for now. FYI: It will be my 15th birthday, so I want to make it a good and memorable pen. (* indicates pens I will most likely purchase at the time of this post, subject to change) EDIT: I should mention that the purchase date is later in August





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