Jump to content
Classifieds is broken, please do not submit any new ads ×

S T Dupont Elysse Why?


sandy101
 Share

Recommended Posts

I've come into a small (not life changing amount of money through a small inheritance.

 

One of muy immediate thoughts was to go for a Mont Blanc pen, however some people on this forum say that S T Dupont's nibs are as good, or if not are better - and at the moment the medium Elysse is being ioffered at a £100 discount in the UK - which brings th eprice down to just less than £300.

 

So, my question is, what exactly am I going to get for £300?

 

I love my Parson's Essential from Mr Pen, as metal pens seem to sit better in my hnds than the Japanese resin ones that I have.

 

Unfortunately the nearest shop is miles away, so to try it out is going to be a bit of a trip.

 

So, my question is, is it worthwhile to go for a nearly £300 pen? it is likely to be the only one at this price that I ever will be able to get, but I'm not necessarily in a desperate hurry to buy today.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 7
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • jar

    1

  • Ecriveur

    1

  • sandy101

    2

  • flipper_gv

    1

Only you could possibly answer the question of whether or not some effort and expense is worthwhile, but I can tell you about my experience with ST Dupont pens.

 

I currently own a little over two dozen ST Dupont pens. What I have found is that each one exemplifies ST Dupont's attention to detail regardless of whether it would show or be seen by the average user. Parts are precise, materials exceptional, finishes as close to perfect as I have found on any pens from any companies.

 

I also have a similar number of Montblanc fountain pens and the ST Duponts get far more pocket time than the Montblancs.

 

However, these days there are a few other pens I find get even more use than either of those, and those are my Nakayas, Danitrios, older Auroras, Montegrappas, Ferrari da Vareses and Yard-o-Leds.

 

My Website

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Most Dupont's are metal and C/C filler making them almost unbreakable. Something to consider.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I know nothing about Dupont pens and don't own a single one, but the pictures I've seen of a few of them are awfully good looking.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I have two DuPonts, a Diamond Head and a Defi. The Defi has the smoothest writing nib I ever used and I have 50 pens inked including 4 MBs. More people will recognize the MBs over the DuPonts but is that important to you?

Pat Barnes a.k.a. billz

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I had an opportunity to visit "the pen shop" a while back, who carry pens from all the usual suspects. Montblanc, Montegrappa, Waterman, Parker, Pelikan, cross, the lot.

I tried a few, and later on when reliving my visit and all of the magnificent pens on display, I realised that there was 1 pen that stood head and shoulders above all others, and that was the ST Dupont Elysee.

It was absolutely stunning, even compared to pens costing many, many times more.

 

Do I want one?

 

Silly question.

 

 

Ian

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thank you to everyone for their replies. The brand is not as important - but the weight of the pen is. From my experience, the resin pens I have get less use than the metal ones. The resin is too light for my hand. I've noticed that thise that have S T Dupont pens praise them over Mont Blanc, and I suspect that the Mont Blanc resin pens will not sit as well in my hand as the all metal Dupont's.

 

I think I should probably invest a bit of time and take a trip to a pen shop and try them out.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I own several of both. I find both Montblanc and ST Dupont produce a high-quality product.

 

I was very disappointed when Dupont moved away from Chinese Lacquer, but their return has produced hope.

 

Generally I prefer the mainline Dupont--particularly when priced right--as a better value. I avoid both brands for special edition pens as the are overpriced--Montblanc more so IMHO. However, right now I'm in the hunt for a MB Rouge et Noir Coral.

 

Montblanc

Advantages

Piston Fillers

Wide Variety of Factory Nibs

Somewhat more line variation from nibs

Understated, classic design

Disadvantages

Price

Timeliness of repairs/parts replacements

Expensive

Ridiculous marketing (precious resin)

Requirement for proprietary tools to work on the pens

Difficult to completely clean

Did I mention price?

 

ST Dupont

Advantages

Attention to detail

The click when I close the cap

Highest quality nibs

Chinese Lacquer finish (on some models)

Disadvantages

Limited Nib selection (F/M/B only)

Some collectors models are stylistically over the top (and unaffordable)

Cartridge converter only

Metal sections

Somewhat overpriced

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share



  • Most Contributions

    1. amberleadavis
      amberleadavis
      37978
    2. PAKMAN
      PAKMAN
      31110
    3. Ghost Plane
      Ghost Plane
      28220
    4. jar
      jar
      26101
    5. wimg
      wimg
      25602
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Comments

    • A Smug Dill
      @Texas42 Thank you. I myself have recently had the experience of cleaning out a Wing Sung 699, in which the iron-gall ink has been sitting for six months. No damage to the metal piston rod (whereas, in a Wing Sung 3013 vacuum-filler, it would have been corroded, turned green, and contaminated the ink in mere weeks), but there was a ring of colour at the far end of the barrel that wouldn't budge, and I found it impossible to unscrew the filling mechanism to clean the interior wall of the ink rese
    • Texas42
      Dang. You are a great friend!   One comment as a relative newcomer would be within the cleaning section: issues/differences in cleaning vacuum filler, piston filler in addition to cartridge/converter. I just cleaned out my Pilot 823 and while it wasn't particularly difficult I was a little paranoid about the drops of water that I could not get out. Perhaps this is something you are already including.   Anyway, great project and very thoughtful of you. I know it's a project fo
    • Splat
      Ah Ruaidhri ya wee heid banger, you do indeed have an Irishman’s way wid dose words now. I’ll be from outer Aberdeenshire up in the blizzard riven braes of the Grampians.  Amateur medicine and surgery is it? Well what noble aspirations you do possess, we need to encourage such noble experimentations.  I pondered on leaving my own battered shell to science, but, until I read your pearls of wisdom and lament, I had comedown on the side of leaving my body to Findus frozen foods.  However, your rema
    • austollie
      Hi Smug Dill,   Nice project.  If it were me, I'd cover stuff like: - nib types available, i.e. styles, materials (SS vs gold), flex vs nails; - filling systems (I love the "thingie" comment) and how once can use them in practice (e.g. fill cartridges with a syringe); - pen body materials and their consequences (pen not balanced of too heavy and big for the hand); - and, whilst you've made it clear that you do not like vintage pens, a discussion of these beyond "I d
    • A Smug Dill
      Thanks for your input! Yes, not putting wood in the list of body materials warranting a mention was an oversight. I love pens with wooden bodies, but my main concern, or chagrin, is that I have not come across a wooden-bodied pen with a wooden cap that seals well. Actually, there is one, but it isn't really wood per se: the Pilot Custom Kaede's maple body is resin impregnated. All other wooden pens I have can dry out while capped and undisturbed; that includes several Platinum #3776 models.
  • Chatbox

    You don't have permission to chat.
    Load More
  • Files

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Agricola2301
      Agricola2301
      (61 years old)
    2. bentnib
      bentnib
      (61 years old)
    3. Berused
      Berused
      (29 years old)
    4. carlosviet
      carlosviet
      (48 years old)
    5. chrishope
      chrishope
      (53 years old)





×
×
  • Create New...