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I inherited this pen from my late grandpa this past Christmas. There are zero identifying marks, beyond "Iridium Point W. Germany" on the nib. My best guess is that it's a #5 nib, probably a western EF, and gold (or gold-color) plated over steel. The nib is not magnetic. It's a cartridge-converter that takes standard international cartridges. I can easily pull the nib and feed out for cleaning/readjustment. It's about the size and heft of a Waterman Hemisphere. I'm guessing it was bought in the early-mid 70's, but that's just a guess based on my grandpa's work history - it could have been purchased right before the wall fell for all I know. 

 

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(The purple is from a VP, not this pen.)

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Just the styling screams to me early 1980's, maybe very late 1970's. I bet it's heavy brass with an enamel finish.

 

I have a couple of generic German pens from that same period and while none are inspirational, they are all decent writers. I use one for Registrar's ink (along with my Vector) and it's perfectly fine. Of course I have no sentimental attachment so if it rots away (probably won't) then I don't really care that much.

 

Clean it, fill it, and enjoy. But I kind of doubt it will be able to be positively identified. I've heard a lot of these were made by Diplomat and Senator.

 

But I've been wrong once or twice before. :)

 

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I have a heavy brass with enamel finish and the same markings on the nib. Probably an 80s, and it's a pretty good writer. This pen came as part of an eBay buy for a pen that I really wanted, and now my oldest has his eyes on this one.

 

Yours has much more personal appeal, and, based on your pen log and writing, it has a niche in your collection of pens.

 

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The pen does indeed write wonderfully, and is my dedicated business blue pen. I got really lucky in that the nib and feed come out easily for adjustment (the nib was practically perpendicular to the feed when I got it) and there was an empty cartridge shoved into the barrel - without that I would have been really stuck trying to figure out cartridge size.

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