September 2012 archive

A Shameful Admission

I have been extemporizing on the publishing of a page for the Sheaffer Imperial VIII.  No, that\’s not the admission.  The reason for the delay is that I was trying to discover what they cost, and within minutes of confirming that data (a photo of an original price sticker!), I published.  However, that confirmation has …

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Imperial VIII

For more general notes, see the page for the Imperial line. The Imperial VIII is the top of the line for those bearing Roman numerals; above this is Imperial Triumph and Imperial Masterpiece.  It is the same trim level, more or less, as the PFM V, with an all gold-filled cap setting it above its stable-mates.  Interestingly, …

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Say it with Flowers

Three new pages, two of which are marginally floral: the Waterman Garland, whose name needs no explanation; the Sheaffer Targa, which has flowers somewhere behind it, it seems (based upon my conversion of Italian to half-remembered Latin and a little help from Google Translate); the Wing Sung 233, which has no blossoms about it but …

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Targa

Maker: Sheaffer. With the Targa, Sheaffer firmly embraced the notion of metal-bodied, essentially cylindrical pens which was sweeping the writing world in the 1970s and which didn\’t release its grip until roughly the end of the century.  Another trend which Sheaffer embraced with this pen was the apparently powerful urge in all sorts of consumer product …

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Garland 1357V

Maker: Waterman. Another of the pile of roughly similar pens Waterman was making during its final full decade as a US pen-maker, the Garland is a truncated version of the Stateleigh.  As the distaff (according to Waterman\’s marketing department) version of that model, it is raised somewhat above the cost/status plateau that most of Waterman\’s output of …

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233

Maker: Wing Sung. One of the fairly consistent elements in Chinese pens, especially the lower-end models, is that there is a western exemplar from which the shape is drawn.  One might in many cases defend this apparent practice in much the same was as one can say, \”Well, most airplanes look much alike.\”  Given the …

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