December 2012 archive

Busy Like an Elf

Despite the pressure of the season to go out and get into impromptu wrestling matches with strangers over toys, I\’ve gotten a heap of little gifts for the pen-chasing public wrapped and ready to go.  New maker\’s pages, for relatively new makers: Franklin-Christoph and Italix now both appear here, and I must acknowledge assistance in …

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Ligne 60

Maker: Waterman. I\’m afraid I have very little to say about this model beyond, \”Hey, look!  I\’ve got one!\”  It comes from a time when Waterman was an almost entirely French concern, so there\’s not much information in English about their output. I should probably start by saying that this is less a model than …

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Parson\’s Essential

Maker: Italix. This pen, the least expensive fountain pen in the Italix line-up, is a conscious effort at harking back to pens of the 1950s, and the shape of it is quite similar to some British pens of that era.  It won\’t precisely fool someone who is familiar with pens actually of that age, but …

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Italix

Italix is the house brand of Mr. Pen, which is itself the pen wing of  the English mail-order house P.J. Ford and Associates. As such, the brand is similar to Diamond Medal, in that the production is done by third parties in both the UK and abroad, although all final assembly and preparation done locally. …

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Model 27 Collegia

Maker: Franklin-Christoph. This pen was the low end of Franklin-Christoph\’s line-up as far as fountain pens go.  The name is not meant to indicate that it\’s a school pen, though, but rather as a hint that the colours it appears in reflect some US colleges.  Happily, there is not more than this hinting in that direction in …

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Franklin-Christoph

I am a little hesitant to start on the history of Franklin-Christoph, because it is at once long and brief.  The hesitation is compounded by the fact that for most of its history, the company was not even involved in writing instruments; I have, or course, delved back far into a couple of pencil-makers who …

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100

Maker: Sheaffer. Along with the 300 and the 500 (which never offered a fountain pen version), this pen was part of a small renovation of Sheaffer\’s full line-up in 2009.  All three may be thought, to some extent, as the successors to the Javelin; pens aimed at the section of the market that really can\’t …

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Aventura

Maker: Cross. This pen was Cross\’s introductory-level fountain pen, and one has to say that it very much gives that impression.  The materials and finish are all rather suggestive of a low-end pen, calling to mind some rather less prestigious brands, although there\’s not the disastrous sense of cheapness with besets some of the bottom-most …

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Minor Enhancements

No technical enhancements, but thanks to a few interesting client pens passing through the shop, there are new pictures in the Targa, Duofold, Parker 45, Swan and Hundred Year Pen pages.  This swarming of real-world work is keeping me from some expansions in the makers\’ galleries; look forward to several modern Italian makers, a couple …

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