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squawker
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Nov 19, 2016
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I have owned one of these for over a year, and have no problem with it. It's well made, and obviously much of its value lies in the sterling silver and hand crafting of the body, which is indeed of a high standard. The nib is a regular German steel nib, very smooth and no flex, exactly as expected. You could easily purchase a 14 K #6 Bock gold nib from a third party and fit it yourself if you want gold. The only minor issue is the ruthenium plating appears to be wearing off the threading a little. Not really noticeable, so not a deal breaker for me. If I could make a suggestion to FP manufacturers in general, it would be to ditch the expensive packaging and apply that saving to testing and basic tuning of each individual installed nib that leaves your factory. It's the writing that matters to most users, not the silly box.
Nov 19, 2016
squawker
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Nov 19, 2016
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BTW, as interesting and exotic as the bog oak seems, it is hardly a precious material. Blanks suitable for pen turning can be acquired for 3 or 4 USD each. The value is in the quality of the craftsmanship, and that is up to the buyer to judge.
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/169089512/bog-oak-knife-handle-blank-kiln-dried?ref=related-4
Nov 19, 2016
Stubnib
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Grifos Pens
Nov 19, 2016
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Hello again, thank you for your info but I would add that the link shown a 3300 years old blank while our one is 2000 years more old ( 5400 years). The difference is noticeable 5000 year old blank still suitable to be turned is far more rare and in consequence costly Many time more then 3 or 4 $. But the way and as you know we give radiodatation documents inside each pen packet and on it you have proof of the above datation. Always at your disposal! Maurizio
Nov 19, 2016
Stubnib
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Grifos Pens
Nov 19, 2016
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Hello, first I would thank you for your pen purchase and positive review you give it. Is an interesting note your one about the gift box costs and it find me on same page at 100% but you would be indeed surprise to know how many customers ( shop ownes who purchase our pens to resell) who complain the opposite thing. They claim that our gift boxes are too much poor and they ask to have more and more luxury gift boxes even in despite of fountain pen features. For these many retailers isn't important if the nib write nice or no but only how the box look in their shop windows ( and they are able to double the price costs since the pen box look great, no matter on pen quality). We are lucky to sell on websites like Massdrop where we could control the price and offer fair costs for better featured pens. Gold nibs issue: we too have solid gold nibs from Bock available but if added to the pen it will double the pen costs. Here there is people who blame our cost of 200$ for the pen thinking that with that price a solid 18 kt gold nib must be included. I would no add more but I would leave them search on the net how much cost solid 18 kt Bock nibs and understand why isn't possible. German quality have a cost and value that non match in straight way the gold cost. Really appreciate your contribution on discussion. Informed people add great value with their information to discussion and also to our pens ( I take note of the suggestion ). Regards Maurizio
Nov 19, 2016
Shihtzustaff
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Nov 19, 2016
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Hi Stubnib - how well does the cap post? I have an expensive Waterman that I can't use because the cap flies off at random times when I am writing with it. Will that happen with your pen?
Nov 19, 2016
squawker
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Nov 21, 2016
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Thanks stubnib for clarification on the age of the oak. I can see that the extra age is a favorable point for the pen, and I will now think of this every time I use it. I do like the pen very much; the dark coating matches the wood perfectly and gives the whole thing an understated feel. I urge people not to get hung up on the gold vs steel debate. Stainless steel nibs normally perform very well, only occasionally requiring some tuning. I have never had a problem with Bock nibs - their quality control appears to be excellent.
Nov 21, 2016
Stubnib
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Grifos Pens
Nov 21, 2016
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Hello, you are right. From my point of view nowaday Bock nibs (no matter if steel or gold) are the same in the hands of 80% of people. i mean that only a 20% are indeed able to feel in their hands the flexibility difference between steel and gold (it exist for sure but is so little). Another issue are the people who like have a nib made of precious metal for the value and in my opinion they are the most part (and I agree with their needs and desire). The 5000 year old wood is closer to coal color a beauty black and also it is more lighter then younger woods because the fossilization process have had more time to subtract substance from the wood tissue giving it lighter but still sturdy feature. So we prefer it for these two reason, nicer color and wood feature. Rgds!
Nov 21, 2016
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