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Maker: Brause

One of the legion of pens inspired in its design by the Parker “51″.  This is a very petite pen, and there’s a good deal more flex in its point than the similarly-shaped Parker– which makes it more fun to write with, from my point of view. One might also think that Brause was looking to the Pelikan P1 for inspiration, as the shape of the front end is extremely similar to the big-billed competitor.

I bought this pen mainly because I find Brause’s dip-pens extremely good.  I had, until I stumbled on this thing, no clue that they made any fountain pens.  Given the look of the thing, the sticker on it demanding 6.45 Deutchmarks MSRP and the box it came in, I expect this is a pen of the 1960s, possibly as early as the 1950′s, but that’s just a guess.  As I said, it’s very pleasant to write with, although a bit wee for my hands.  The thing I like least about it is that it demands international short cartridges– I find this limiting, in terms of ink choice.  Included with the pen is a little collar to lash a pair of cartridges back-to-back.

Production Run: 1960s (?), not later than 1970.

Cost when new: 6.45DM, roughly $1.50 (for modern value, try this calculator). Update: I have been told that the Deutschmark was artificially suppressed in the 1950s and ’60s, so the cost of this pen outside Germany would have been higher.

Size: 13.2 cm long capped, 14.4 cm posted, 11.6 cm uncapped.

Point: Probably gold– I’ve not taken mine apart to check. Update: putting right an effort by a 4-year-old to open a cartridge entirely the wrong way, I find that it is a plated steel point.

Body: Plastic, likely polystyrene.

Filler: Cartridge, international short type, capacity approx. 0.6ml X 2.

Brause 3000 – notice the brassing on the cap ring

It is a very festive pen; not what we in North America think of as typically German, and thus a good lesson about stereotypes

The packaging in which it originally appeared

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