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  1. I want to dip my toes into the TWSBI world but am really not sure what pen would be best for me. My current stable of pens comprises a mix of current and vintage pens: -Lamy Safari, Al-Star -Parker Vector -Duke 902 Fude -Kaweco Sport Classic and AL -Sheaffer Triumph 550 -Sheaffer Targa Lacques -Parker Vacumatic Debutante with flex nib What am really looking for, is to have a pen with a filling system other than cartridge and the looks of a demonstrator eyedropper -hence TWSBIs seem to fit the bill almost perfectly. I use my pens for two specific purposes; writing and doing calligraphy/ lettering with them. With this in mind, I was thinking of a transparent Eco, due to price and looks, but I understand that its nib is not as easy to swap as that of a Vac. Yet I'm not entirely sure that I want to spend $70 on the first plunge. What do you all guys recommend?
  2. Hello, I'm going to tell *lightly* my experiences with Nakaya and why I would encourage you to NOT buy from them at all. First, some keynotes: I'm from Spain I order to a USA retailer 'cause there's no retailer on Europe, only sellers I paid 1,200 USD for the penNow, on the issues I ran with Nakaya (without the ones I ran with the seller): 5-october-2012, the order is sent to Nakaya 26-march-2013, (five months and three weeks later), Nakaya replies they won't sell me because "English is not my native language" (sic) and that I have to look for a "retailer in my *country*" 27-march-2013, the USA retailer, after my response with a "WTH where they doing all this time" and "this' just sick" and alike is able to make Nakaya to move along with the order on 1st April (bad day). 23-april-2013, (six months and three weeks), I receive my FPN just to discover that the "kimono" (sac) is defective (lost the plastic locker overnight) and the pen had a chip in the lacquer. So, I had to return it. 8-may-2013, the USA retailer get the pen, revise and send it back to Nakaya No information from Nakaya during the following six months (no one knows if they got the pen or if it was lost, no communication whatsoever) 11-november-2013, (one year, one month and one week) the USA retailer tells me they received the pen in the shop. 21-november-2013, I got the pen back to realize that it's a FRANKENPEN. Why do I know this? Because the FPN is engraved and the engravings of the barrel *do NOT* match the ones in the section. So I send it back to the seller with the note: "if you can't fix it I won't wait another five months to discover another issue". They replied directly with a refund so I guess they couldn't fix it there.Conclusions (apart from the loses of the seller itself): I had to pay 296,22EUR [401,29USD] in Customs (which now I'm asking to get a refund) I had to pay another 23,17EUR [31,39USD] in Customs because the seller, instead of declaring value ZERO (because it was a defective product) they declared 33USD (now I'm asking for 4th time Customs to return me the ilegal costs) I had to pay two shipments to USA (~40USD) I paid +1,200USD (there were another products) for: 1 shipment of two defective products ("kimono" and FP), 1 shipment of one defective product (frankenpen) and 1 year, 1 month and 2 weeks of wasted time.So, I do truly encourage people to not buy any product from Nakaya, because, apart from denying selling because my native lang is not English, because of the NULL PR, because of the awful QC: The lacquer is, well, lacquer after all. My Kuretake feeling is just exactly the same and it's thousands cheaper. The nib is, well, a modern one and not a good one *at all* The engravings are a masterpiece, no doubt. But for 1,200 USD you can contact any other independent creator to engrave you whatever you want.So, Nakaya has nothing to offer over other creators and much to lose. Sincerely, Franz

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