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Battle Of The Customs - Hakase Vs Romillo Vs Nakaya


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Thank you for the wonderful insights (I really like it how you put your words; if my English were only that good!)

 

Even if I love admire the nib and like the shapes I'm hesitating to buy from Romillo because I don't trust those ebonite pens - I'm always afraid that after 15/20 years discoloration has started and the colors fade. Don't you worry about that?

 

Not 15-20 years worried, no.

 

I've had pens that have warped in an extremely short period of time (a Koi Platinum celluloid being the worst offender - it all shrank to the point where the cap ring fell off and the cap no longer screws into the threads). In most cases, if a pen discoloured after 5 years I'd be upset; if it did so after 10 I'd consider it wear and tear, and if it survived 20 of constant use, I'd hold no grudges.

 

I also own several vintage ebonite pens (coming up to nearly 100 years of age), and they're still going strong...

 

So if I were a betting man, I'd be happy with those odds...

Too many pens; too little writing.

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Thank you for the wonderful insights (I really like it how you put your words; if my English were only that good!)

 

Even if I love admire the nib and like the shapes I'm hesitating to buy from Romillo because I don't trust those ebonite pens - I'm always afraid that after 15/20 years discoloration has started and the colors fade. Don't you worry about that?

 

This has certainly crossed my mind...I ordered my Romillo because of the nib but I figure that if I have the pen for 15 or 20 years those fades will be part of its character and a badge of honor.

 

At the end of the day my Essential is really all nib and if the body gives up at some point I am sure I can find a suitable donor.

 

If I bought a fancy MB limited edition with an intricate body that was made out of some material prone to degradation I would definitely be worried.

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At the end of the day my Essential is really all nib and if the body gives up at some point I am sure I can find a suitable donor.

 

if it did so after 10 I'd consider it wear and tear, and if it survived 20 of constant use, I'd hold no grudges.

 

 

Thank you for answering to my concerns.

I had those thoughts, too - with Romillo it's more interesting to get the nib and not so much the body (makes me wonder if he might sell just the nib and feed,...).

 

Still, I really try to keep my pen pouch neat and clean. Even the vintage pens aren't blemished despite being used a lot. Maybe he's expanding his celluloid range... or maybe I should change my way of looking at pens :-)

Greetings,

Michael

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stunning pen collection :thumbup: :notworthy1: thanks for sharing

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

 

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i really like your hakase rosewood. i've been wanting a wooden hakase for the longest time.

You know you want to :P

 

I just ordered another Hakase - a simple Burl Wood pen due in August...

 

Apparently it'll look like this:

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Too many pens; too little writing.

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You know you want to :P

 

I just ordered another Hakase - a simple Burl Wood pen due in August...

 

Apparently it'll look like this:

Very nice! Can't wait to see pictures and read the review once you get it.

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You know you want to :P

 

I just ordered another Hakase - a simple Burl Wood pen due in August...

 

Apparently it'll look like this:

 

Looks wonderful. Do you have pictures/sketches with the pen unposted, i am curious to know the barrel shape. Is that a gold trim ring on the section? It is such a pleasure to see the simple Hakase shapes, simple yet so wonderful.

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Looks wonderful. Do you have pictures/sketches with the pen unposted, i am curious to know the barrel shape. Is that a gold trim ring on the section? It is such a pleasure to see the simple Hakase shapes, simple yet so wonderful.

 

Thanks Hari. This is the only photo I have - sent by Ryo-san. I assume that the barrel shape is the same as my buffalo horn pen, as they share the same dimensions (though this does without the roll-stopper, and adds a gold ring on the section - as the section on my desk pen). Note that my pen will sport the standard nib as I am no fan of the 'anniversary' dual-tone...

 

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Thanks Hari. This is the only photo I have - sent by Ryo-san. I assume that the barrel shape is the same as my buffalo horn pen, as they share the same dimensions (though this does without the roll-stopper, and adds a gold ring on the section - as the section on my desk pen). Note that my pen will sport the standard nib as I am no fan of the 'anniversary' dual-tone...

 

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Is the body urushi-coated?

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Is the body urushi-coated?

 

From what I understand, yes. One of the reasons I ordered it: I thought it would make a nice contrast to my Rosewood which is very much of the wood's natural texture...

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