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Fountain pens. [Updated]

Some of you might be aware that I'm something of a pen aficionado. Particularly fountain pens. I love 'em. I love the look, I love the style, and I love how smoothly they write. (You know, fountain pens? The things that evolved from quills? Like the little icon that most LiveJournal clients use? Yeah, that's the one. ;-)

I also love sharing my interest with others.

So, if you've ever had a desire to try out a nice fountain pen, now is a really good time. Levenger currently has two models on a *really* good sale. The first is the Levenger LS3, which normally runs for $50, and is currently on sale for $10. The second is the Parker Insignia Wave, which normally retails at $75, and is currently on sale for $20.

I personally own both of these pens, and can vouch for how good the quality is. I love 'em both. ;-)

So, if you've ever thought about trying out a quality fountain pen (and trust me, quality counts for a lot. . . those cheap little $5 pens you see at office supply stores are junk, and write like crap), this is the best shot I've seen.

Long live Fountain Pens! ;-)

[Update: For anyone interested, I posted a more thorough comparison of the pens in the comments here.]

Comments

I ended up buying both. lol The prices are just way too cheap to pass up!

"those cheap little $5 pens you see at office supply stores are junk"

I did see a Waterman Phileas at Office Depot. But only in medium (i.e. more like broad). :(

Buying both. . .

Yeah, I know what you mean. The only real downside for me, regarding fountain pens, is that only the decent quality ones are really worth it, and quality doesn't come cheap.

I have yet to find any fountain pen under $25 that I was really happy with (with the sole exception of the Pilot disposable fountain pens. . . amazingly enough, they actually write quite smoothly, but. . . well. . . it's a disposable ;-).

I'm very tempted to pick up a spare of each of these now, because that is flat out one of the best deals I've seen on a decent pen. Or, possibly to pick up an extra or two for gifts. ;-)

Re: Buying both. . .

Actually, have you ever tried the Pelikan M75/Go? It sells for about $9 on e-bay -- piston-filler, smooth gold-plated(<- not sure about this) steel nib. I've abused it to no end and it still writes like the day I bought it. I l<3ve the piston-filler -- It holds at least twice as much ink as a cartridge/converter. Unfortunately, it only comes in a Medium and Pelikan discontinued it back in the early 90s. Plus, it's not very much a thrill to look at. However, as far as an everyday pen that you don't need to worry about, it's awesome. :)

Re: Buying both. . .

Hrm. . . I haven't used one of the Pelikan M75 Go pens before. I believe I've seen a picture or heard mention of them online once or twice, but I never really paid much attention.

However, now you've really piqued my curiosity. I'm searching eBay and similar sites right now, to see what I can find.

I have to admit, there is nothing quite like a piston fill pen. One of these days, I'd really like to get one of those very cool demonstrator type pens.

Re: Buying both. . .

Aren't those demonstrators the same as the Pelikan M200 translucents except with a gold nib? I actually went and bought a M200, but returned it. It was smooth like butter -- perhaps the smoothest gold-plated steel nib I had ever written with. To be honest, though... it was only slightly smoother than the M75, so I didn't think it was worth the $80 I shelled out. The barrel also scratched incredibly easily and the size was way too small.

Sorry about talking about the M75 so much -- I use it as my bread-and-butter pen, so it defaults as my personal standard benchmark. Plus, it is my favorite medium nib pen. ^_^ My favorite fine nib is the Aurora Ipsilon. Have you ever tried that one? It writes smooth, but not smooth... Very strange. The only way I can describe it is "road feel" lol The thing I like best about that pen is no matter what the paper, it writes the same. I've heard of skipping problems on the Aurora, but I never had any with mine. Plus, that lacquer barrel is awesome in dealing with scratches. Some polishing with Turtle Wax and hairline marks just disappear. I actually tested the Ipsilon back-to-back with Namiki's Vanishing Point, and although the Vanishing Point was solid gold and had more line character, I personally thought the Ipsilon felt better.

Oh man, I turned this comment into a review! lol :P *slaps hands* Just can't stop yapping when it comes to things I like. =D

Re: Buying both. . .

Yeah, the demonstrator's are basically just Pelikan M200's with a gold nib. I just love the look of the totally clear translucent one, though. Being able to clearly see all the inner-workings of the pen is just so cool. ;-)

Re: Buying both. . .

Have you ever tried the vintage Pelikan M150 from ~1950s? I hear they are wonderful writers, but are hella expensive! :P

I want one of those M600s -- I think that would be the perfect size for my hands. Man, what I'd do with a few hundred bucks to spare. :)