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I need help deciding!

 

I have $380-400 (Canadian, that's about $300 US) to spend on a pen. I currently own and enjoy pens like the Lamy 2000, Pilot VP, Diplomat Aero, TWSBI 580, Pilot CH92, Lamy Studio, Edison Collier (steel nib), and Faber Castell Loom.
Here's my question: Would you recommend the Pilot 823 or the Edison Nouveau Premier Arctic Currents with a gold nib? I like the look of the arctic currents, but am concerned that the grip section may be a little too small. Also, any other suggestions in that price range?
Thanks!

 

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I like the Pilot Custom 743 more than the 823; same nib and more nib choices and body styles and filling methods. But I like the Sailor 1911L and Platinum #3776 Century even more than my Pilot 743.

 

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I would get the 823. I picked up one in smoke with a fine nib some years ago and it has been inked ever since. It is one of the best pens on the market IMHO...

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I have no experience with the pens you named, but I like Pilot pens in general.

 

As to a couple of the suggestions other posters mentioned:

I like my new Visconti Van Gogh. I also like the Century 3776, which you should be able to find for around $70-75 US on amazon or ebay. Levenger has two of the Van Goghs (Portrait and Starry Night), and with MERRY16 promo code you get 30% off right now. I was just on their website looking at a pen box.

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Have you considered any Pelikan or Montblanc pens? In this price range you'd get a nice 146 or m800 size pen with nice semiflexible nib - it's about the size of 823, maybe you'd have some money left to customize it :)

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I'm a Platinum fan in that price range as well. Of course, you could dip your toe in the vintage market and get 2 fantastic pens for that price range. A Parker 75 would fit your budget, a Parker "51" pen and pencil set, even a Duofold could make the grade.

 

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I can see that you have no Italian pens. You should really try them. For that price, a beautiful Visconti (Van Goghs are marvelous), or perhaps a Delta would be good to consider. A Delta Fusion or a Italiana might be nice.

 

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Using right now:

Beena Lincoln "F" nib running Jacques Herbin Rouge Hematite

Parker Duofold "F" nib running Pelikan Königsblau

Leonardo Officina Italiana Pura "F" nib running Diamine Autumn Oak

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I like the Pilot Custom 743 more than the 823; same nib and more nib choices and body styles and filling methods. But I like the Sailor 1911L and Platinum #3776 Century even more than my Pilot 743.

 

I'm actually seriously considering a Sailor 1911L demonstrator right now. It looks amazing!

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I also like the Century 3776, which you should be able to find for around $70-75 US on amazon or ebay.

 

I've actually got the 3776 bourgeons on its way in a broad nib. I ordered it back in the beginning of November and it should be arriving any time now!

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I can see that you have no Italian pens. You should really try them. For that price, a beautiful Visconti (Van Goghs are marvelous), or perhaps a Delta would be good to consider. A Delta Fusion or a Italiana might be nice.

 

Erick

Interesting. That Delta Fusion is impressive looking!

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The more you ask, the more confusing you will get. Trust me, been there done that :lticaptd:

 

Try to get your hand on the pens and feel them, pick one that you like most. But for the price, i might go vintage or 2nd hand market for better options.

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Well, I made my decision and went with a Sailor 1911 Large demonstrator with gold trim and a broad, 21K nib from a Japanese retailer on the 'Bay. It should arrive around the end of the month, but here's a product picture of this beauty:

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Thanks for all your help and suggestions everyone!

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