May 2012 archive

Vrrroooom!

Since a lot of people\’s thoughts turn to motorcycles when winter\’s icy grip departs (at least, where winter can be said to have an icy grip), I suppose it\’s appropriate that I get in a page for one of Waterman\’s odd Harley-Davidson cross-market exercises while spring is still in the air. The ongoing Waterman gusher …

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Préface

Maker: Waterman. I\’ve seen this model described elsewhere as \”yet another tubular metal Waterman,\” and this is accurate if slightly unfair.  The Préface is actually a rather good example of tubular metal Waterman-hood, evidently the lowest in the lineup at the time to carry a gold point.  Unlike the roughly-contemporaneous, similarly-shaped but lower-end Super Master and Lauréat, …

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Harley-Davidson Horizon

Maker: Waterman. In one of the more confounding acts of cross-marketing one can think of, Harley-Davidson and Waterman got together to produce a group of pens with design elements reminiscent of motorcycles.  Whether this was part of Harley\’s efforts at gentrification or an effort by Waterman to both find a new market and gain an air …

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Chinese Infiltrators

A couple of fresh pen-maker\’s references, for Baoer and Fuliwen.  The main utility of them, I\’m sorry to say, is to save others a lot of disappointment in Googling by distilling that disappointment into a single quick dose.  The pages include a sample of their works, the 388 and the 2024 respectively, which despite similarity …

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388

Maker: Baoer. One of the things that vexes about the elusive nature of the company is that this is a rather nice pen.  It is also, lets be honest, a very near copy of a Parker Sonnet, although it has the grace to not be one of the many near-copies of the Sonnet which claims it is a …

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Baoer

I find myself looking down the barrel of a little bit of an enigma in trying to make any comments on the company making Baoer pens.  There is very little evidence of the existence of these pens, apart from the pens themselves.  What I have turned up seems to indicate that it is a sub-brand …

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2024

Maker: Fuliwen. Of the various pens by this maker of which it might be said, \”Hey, that looks like…,\”  the 2024 has chosen an interesting target, in that it is chasing the looks of a pen so far from it in terms of cost.  While I imagine Fuliwen would decline to comment on the similarity …

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Fuliwen

More properly, the Shanghai Fuliwen Golden Pen Company is one of the players in China\’s somewhat boisterous game of industrial development.  There is a slight tendency outside China to dismiss the pen-makers there as derivative if one is being kind, and as given to copyright rapine if one is in a dark mood.  While there …

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Pushing a Vac Around the Place

It\’s nearly three weeks since TWSBI announced the release of its new Vac 700, and almost a week that I\’ve had one in hand to examine.  It is, therefore, long past time that I got a review page put together for it. This has moved me to also work up some steam on other Chinese …

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Vac 700

Maker: TWSBI. When TWSBI introduced the Diamond 530 in 2010, or even slightly before, they began to moot the possibility of a vacuum-filler entering their lineup at some point in the foreseeable future.  Two years later, after a good deal of publicly displayed R&D on the matter, the Vac 700 was brought forth. Like the Diamond, the …

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