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New to the forum and fountain pens and I own a Kaweco and a Konrad. The Kaweco is my daily carry, and the first one I reach for. The Konrad is pretty good though - once you get the nib set right.

 

The Kaweco Sport is affordable, light, compact and worked out of the box. Plus you can either use cartridges or eyedropper convert it.

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I think I have settle on getting a TWSBI Diamond Mini Classic. It seems like the best option for me and has gotten so much praise on this thread and around the Internet. So unless someone says anything to convince me otherwise I'm pretty much set on getting the Diamond Mini.

 

Thanks for all the help, guys. I will say when I've ordered it and will try to post my opinions and impressions once I have it.

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Good choice. I have all three of your finalists, and all of them make my "pens for hiking the Appalachian Trail" list. The only problem with the mini is that you have to screw the cap on the back to post it and that can be a little bit of a hassle for quick notes. But they are lovely little pens.

Yet another Sarah.

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Update:

Currently waiting on a few things before ordering (long story)

Second: I have actually changed my mind away from the TWSBI Mini and I am instead planning on buying a TWSBI Eco and a Pilot Prera as I have realized that due to the fact that I write in violet I need a seperate pen which I will use for tests and papers that will have blue ink (I plan on putting my J. Herbin Scented Violet ink in the Eco and some J. Herbin Scented Blue ink in the Prera).

 

Thanks for all the help, guys

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Order in which I would buy:

 

- Platinum Century 3776

- Sailor Professional Gear

- Kaweco Sport

The options are not bad, but Napostrophe said he/she would not pay over 50$....

No vintage pens either.....

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I wouldn't get a mini anything or a Prera. I love the Prera but you can only fit a con50 converter so the ink capacity is low. Mini twsbi has the same issue.

 

Twsbi 580 doesn't post and the cap will be falling off desks at school.

 

I'd get a couple of Pilot Kakuno pens with con70 converters. Great sturdy pens, 15 bucks plus 7 for a huge capacity converter.

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I'd get a couple of Pilot Kakuno pens with con70 converters. Great sturdy pens, 15 bucks plus 7 for a huge capacity converter.

 

And the nib winks at you (or smiles, depending on which you get)... ;)

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I wouldn't get a mini anything or a Prera. I love the Prera but you can only fit a con50 converter so the ink capacity is low. Mini twsbi has the same issue.

 

Twsbi 580 doesn't post and the cap will be falling off desks at school.

 

I'd get a couple of Pilot Kakuno pens with con70 converters. Great sturdy pens, 15 bucks plus 7 for a huge capacity converter.

Well the Prera is fine for me as I intend on using it with blue ink for the rare occasion that I need to do so (tests, etc.)

However, due to its price I will definitely consider it, though at that point I would probably be better off with a metropolitan.

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Just curious, anybody have any suggestion for a somewhat inexpensive display case for our pens? We have around 10.

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I now have a knew predicament:

Whether to get the Pilot Prera, Metropolitan, or Kakuno to pair with the TWSBI Eco.

The pilot Prera is more expensive, but supposedly posts well and is supposedly very nice. The Metropolitan comes with a converter, costs less, and is weighted better, I like myself a more hefty pen, I have actually recently switched from my mom's Waterman to my dad's Rotring 600 fountain pen (it's a shame they don't produce these anymore, they're really nice, though the mechanism to keep the cap on supposedly wears out over time, my dad owns two because of it). The only real argument I can think of for the Kakuno is that the nib has a smily face on it, which I think is really cute and would probably make me less stressed during a test :P

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Start with the Metropolitan. It is a really nice pen, and you'll save more than half the money. :)

(The Metro was my first fountain pen and I still use it. I don't own a Prera.)

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I now have a knew predicament:

Whether to get the Pilot Prera, Metropolitan, or Kakuno to pair with the TWSBI Eco.

The pilot Prera is more expensive, but supposedly posts well and is supposedly very nice. The Metropolitan comes with a converter, costs less, and is weighted better, I like myself a more hefty pen, I have actually recently switched from my mom's Waterman to my dad's Rotring 600 fountain pen (it's a shame they don't produce these anymore, they're really nice, though the mechanism to keep the cap on supposedly wears out over time, my dad owns two because of it). The only real argument I can think of for the Kakuno is that the nib has a smily face on it, which I think is really cute and would probably make me less stressed during a test :P

 

Welcome to the Black Hole of Fountain Pens. :D

 

I don't have a Prera.

 

I have the Eco EF, Metropolitan F, and Kakuno F (with a winking smiley face). I like them all. The Metropolitan's nib was better than the Kakuno's to start with, but I just smoothed the Kakuno's and now it's great. It's a slightly wider line, but that could easily be nib variation or a consequence of smoothing rather than a different size by design. Of course, for the price of the Prera, you can get both the Metro and Kakuno... Or, as mentioned, save some money for inks and papers. Whether the Prera is twice as good, I couldn't say.

 

Personally, I recommend getting the CON-50 converter for the Metropolitan, so you can see how much ink is left; and that or the CON-70 for the Kakuno - the latter will hold a lot of ink, which is one argument for the Kakuno.

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I would advise against getting the Metropolitan. I used to own a similar pen, the VFM and it eventually got a dark ring due to posting. the pen becomes quiet unattractive after a few years. The same can't be said about the Prera. The Prera posts well and even though it's a bit short, it can be used un-posted for very fast writing. The Kakuno is not a bad pen. I'd say you should go with looks, if your deciding between those two.

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Omg, I've started questioning myself again.

I'm debating going back to the TWSBI Mini as it is unlikely I will use the one of the pilots as I would only use them for written assignments and tests, which don't come that often, and the fact that the TWSBI Eco does not post as nicely as the TWSBI mini. I also worry I don't have enough space in my pen case for two fountain pens (it isn't the largest and there are other things that I require to carry more :P)

 

I only have two subjects in school that would want me to use a pen (maybe three if I include science APs, but we don't do tests in pen in that class).

 

If I do go with the Eco and a Pilot, I think I'll get the Kakuno, as what is more calming during a test than a pen that smiles at you? (Also it costs less, lol)

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