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February 2010

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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.]


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. :)