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Can't Find My Grail Pen


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Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Years are stunning. the size and proportions are almost perfect. I also love the fact that they come in extremely exotic and rare materials. However, the ones with my favourite materials are too round. The 2014 one is nice, but it's too gold...

I really like ebony wood and the GvFC Classic and Intuition come in that material, but the Classic is too thin and the Intuition is too fat. I love the gold lined nib and external feed on the Intuition, but the nib shape is odd.

I also like matte black. The Omas Paragon and Parker Premier come in stealth, but I hate the guilloche on the Omas and apart from the stealth, the Parker's kinda meh. Sorry if you're a fan of those.

Sterling silver and titanium are also nice materials, but the Yard-o-Leds are too silver and I can't find many pens in titanium.

Oak's a nice wood, but I only know of one pen in this material and I don't think it's my grail.

 

As you can see, the most important aspect of a fountain pen, to me, is the looks. It probably shouldn't be. The material is also what attracts me to a pen.

I'm definitely being way too nitpicky with these pens. Of course I can't get my grail pen even if I discover it, because I don't even have the funds.

Thanks for reading

 

Sorry if I annoyed you.

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Finding the grail pen is not easy :)

 

For me it is more a question of the perfect writing experience. The closes I have come to that is an old, no-name, German piston filler that cost me a mere £7, but it makes little clicking sounds, when I write, and I can't locate the source of these sounds :P

 

Some of my more expensive pens (about £50 - expensive in my book), both new and vintage, have been rather disappointing; skipping, burping, too small or too big (no B&M shops near me).

 

I am still looking, but I have a feeling that I will have to learn, that the quest is what matters and that I'll have to enjoy that...

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them - Dave Berry

 

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You may have to go down the route of having something custom made...plenty of people to ask about that in the forums here :)

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My grail pen is a Soennecken 111 Extra in herringbone.

 

After three months of waiting I ended up with a grail pen I'd never expected, or paid much attention too, because with out saving up for the grail pen, I'd not had the money for it. A Pelikan 500, rolled gold cap and piston cap, with a 'flexi'/maxi-semi-flex OBB 30 degree grind.

 

Just six weeks before...

Only because I didn't want a dealer to get it, I got another grail pen for many; a rolled gold MB 742 (standard sized) 'flexi' F. I so wanted a '50's 'flexi' MB nib...and I'm not that much into a gold pen's bling.....the Pelikan didn't seem so blingy. Now, I'm quite happy with a bit more bling than I would normally take.

 

One should not limit one self to only one grail pen, or grail pens will pass you by. There is always another grail pen after you get your ex-grail pen.

Be alert, for all and any grail pens; if ignored, could take decades to find again.

 

By the way the Holy Grail that Galahad went searching for is in a Spanish monastery in the Pyrenees, been there some 1,500 years. Saw that on a TV program.

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German vintage '50-70 semi-flex stubs and those in oblique give the real thing in On Demand line variation. Modern Oblique is a waste of money for a shadow of line variation. Being too lazy to Hunt for affordable vintage oblique pens, lets you 'hunt' for line variation instead of having it.

RIP...200's once great nib, now a double ball.:crybaby::wallbash:

 

The cheapest lessons are from those who learned expensive lessons. Ignorance is best for learning expensive lessons.

 

 

 

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One should not limit one self to only one grail pen, or grail pens will pass you by.

 

You just might even accidentally stumble across a pen that, if only you had known, would have been worth searching long and hard for. I place my black Sheaffer Imperial VI (with matching pencil!) in that category. I snagged it off fleaBay for $35 and then discovered it was perfection.

 

At the other extreme, I spent years on the lookout for a Wahl-Eversharp Gold Seal "deco band" pen with an acceptable combination of looks, condition and price. I finally got what looked like The One, then found it had a tiny crack in the nib. So... That is away being repaired. I've got my fingers crossed for it to live up to my high expectations when it returns.

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Can't account for taste, nor should you need to do so.

 

We all suffer the same madness, to some degree. You're in good company:)

 

J

 

 


As you can see, the most important aspect of a fountain pen, to me, is the looks. It probably shouldn't be. The material is also what attracts me to a pen.
I'm definitely being way too nitpicky with these pens. Of course I can't get my grail pen even if I discover it, because I don't even have the funds.
Thanks for reading

Sorry if I annoyed you.

"Writing is 1/3 nib width & flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink. In that order."Bo Bo Olson

"No one needs to rotate a pen while using an oblique, in fact, that's against the whole concept of an oblique, which is to give you shading without any special effort."Professor Propas, 24 December 2010

 

"IMHO, the only advantage of the 149 is increased girth if needed, increased gold if wanted and increased prestige if perceived. I have three, but hardly ever use them. After all, they hold the same amount of ink as a 146."FredRydr, 12 March 2015

 

"Surely half the pleasure of life is sardonic comment on the passing show."Sir Peter Strawson

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What about Porsche p3135 or Montblanc Heritage 1912 titanium or NAKAYA Titanium, my favorite OMAS Imagination or even Montegrappa Batman ? :wub: :wub: :wub:

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To the OP: did you not get the memo?

 

Your grail pen will elude you, though you search with every fibre of your being and to every corner of the land. At the end, when all hope is extinguished, you will have an epiphany (hopefully) and realise that you had your grail pen all along, and it had borne witness to your travails.

 

As you were.

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