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In the time-honored tradition of preposterous impositions: you can have only ONE pen, or even pencil (yeah, I'm that inclusive). Which one will it be? It can be any writing instrument you have, or wish you had. You may even qualify your answer with "at the moment", "these days" or "right now". Do you go with something practical or something that encapsulates your passion for fountain p--fiddlesticks--writing instruments? Also you will still need something to write on, in that alternate reality with only one writing instrument. What is your one and only notebook? For me, were the writing apocalypse to befall us today, the choice is clear:
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My Rotring 1928, because it has something of every aspect I love about fountain pens, and my SuperBuch A5, because its awesome and I only cracked it open yesterday.
What would yours be?
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raafbloke
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Jul 12, 2019
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I used to collect black fountain pens with gold trim. There’s something about the look of them I adore. Also, I’ve got an old hand injury so I like broad, ‘fat’ pens that don’t give me any pain while writing. If I had to choose one fountain pen I’d pick the one that I had stolen and because I’m a pensioner now, I can’t afford to replace. It’s the Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen Nice and ‘thick’; a good hefty weight but beautifully balanced with the cap posted and a glorious smooth flowing nib with just enough ‘grip’ to good paper to put you in touch with every stroke. At around AUD$1300.00 I don’t think I’ll ever have another one but it’s nice to dream… Cheers, BH
Jul 12, 2019
Theroc
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Jul 12, 2019
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The 149 is definitely a "masterpiece". With a little bit of luck you can snag a mint used one for under $500US, especially if it has a 14kt nib. It's still a big chunk of money, though. Fortunately there are some very respectable copycats, most noteworthy the Senator President (odd name combination) for under $200 and the Penlux Masterpiece for about $100.
Jul 12, 2019
raafbloke
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Jul 12, 2019
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G’day Theroc, Thanks for those tips! I’ve not heard of either of those pens so I’ll hunt them down on the web. Thanks again. Cheers, Bill Halliwell
Jul 12, 2019
JDC33
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Jul 11, 2019
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My Sapphire Blue Waterman Edson fountain pen.
Jul 11, 2019
Theroc
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Jul 11, 2019
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🤑Awesome fountain pen 🤑
Jul 11, 2019
SDpenha
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Jul 4, 2019
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If it had to be only one, the answer would be a Waterman Carene with Florida Blue ink - a combination that saw me through the better part of the early 2000's. Today, I would saw the MB 146 with Royal Blue.
Jul 4, 2019
ajhopeusa
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Jun 30, 2019
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Mine would be the Lamy 2000 with a medium nib on Rhodia dot grid A4 pad. As you cannot write without ink, my choice would have to be Diamine Asa Blue - the subtle hint of red in shaded areas is just gorgeous.
Jun 30, 2019
Fuzzydog5
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Jun 23, 2019
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For the money, the Italix ’s Prescriptor is a smooth writing wet nib (Med cursive nib).
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I also like the Mont Blanc Doue in medium oblique.
Jun 23, 2019
jjreid2693aol.com
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Jun 27, 2019
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Love the top quality and feel of both.
Jun 27, 2019
brentl
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Jun 27, 2019
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Sweet collection, how long have you been collecting?
Jun 27, 2019
CurrentTime
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Jun 17, 2019
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If only one pen ... Conid Minimalistica . . . I have so many equally impressive pens, but this bulkfiller is like no other. I use it everyday at my watchmaker's workbench, and it's become an extension of my business as well as an integral tool in my interpersonal relationship with my customers. I wish the Conid experience upon everyone!
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Jun 17, 2019
cornerstonetom
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Jun 6, 2019
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Any fountain pen with a flexible medium or broad nib that can also perform well in reverse mode. I have two pens that can do this and they put down a broad line as easily as a fine line when writing in "reverse." For me, it's either an old Montblanc 149 (1950's era) with a 14C tri-tone (M) nib and a Visconti Southern Cross with a 14K (B) nib. Interesting question. Thanks!
Jun 6, 2019
Schneiderkunstler
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Jun 6, 2019
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I would have to say my Ensso Piuma. It writes effortlessly every time and doesn't leak. And I love its sleek shape that doesn't hang up on anything I put it in, solid body and threaded cap. However I'd be extremely hard pressed not to sneak along my iconic black Lamy 2000 which I've had for years, and doesn't need a bladder or other separate ink reservoir, even though it leaks (like all my more expensive pens). Philip Sawyer, Boston
Jun 6, 2019
FrankieB
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May 30, 2019
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My one pen is likely to be the Pelikan M1000, with a fine or even extra fine bouncy nib. After writing with so many nice and high end fountain pens I always seem to conclude that Pelikan stands out for quality, workmanship, and ease of use and ease of care and cleaning. Thanks for asking! frank Bruno from Boulder, Colorado
May 30, 2019
Sms66
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May 30, 2019
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Lamy studio 2000!
May 30, 2019
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