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Cheap stylish fountain..

Discussion in 'Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, and Notebook Covers' started by deeps, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. deeps

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    I have to go and work at one of my clients for a few days every week starting in March (I'm a graphic Designer) and I don't want to carry my Mont Blanc for fear of it going walkabout.

    I was considering a Kaweco AL Sport, but at £50 in the UK I would regret that going missing too..

    I can get a Parker IM Premium Gun Metal Chiselled for about £15

    They seem to be metal bodied..

    Any thoughts? Parker doesn't seem to get mentioned here, are they rubbish?


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  2. DavyJ

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    You could try a TWSBI. Either a 580 or a Mini. They tend to retail around 35 quid in the UK if I recall correctly.
     
  3. sungame

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    I haven't owned a Parker fountain pen in ages, but I seem to remember that they were decent enough for the price.

    How about a Lamy AL-Star? I think it is stylish in a sleek, modern, minimalist way, and you should be able to find one for about 20 pounds.
     
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  4. willbilly

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    Pilot 78G
     
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  5. GRH

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    The rollerball version is very sturdy and looks good.

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  6. deeps

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    The TWSBI look nice.. haven't across them before..

    A Lamy AL-Star is a good option.. is it a bit 'Student'?
     
  7. foxmo

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    I don't think so. The Lamy Safari EF is the best writing fountain pen I've ever used, better than my fancier Waterman. You can get a dark color Al-Star with a dark clip.
     
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    The Parker IM's are ok, dry writers but cheap and cheerful. My choice would be a Lamy on the cheap, moving up to a TWSBI 580. I own both and am very impressed with them, much more so than similarly priced Parker and Waterman pens.
     
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  9. DavyJ

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    Agreed. Both TWSBI and Lamy wear good nibs for the price. Beyond that it comes down to personal taste, economics, and how you plan to abuse the pen!
     
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    Lamy's I've owned have been lovely. Safari or nexx would do the trick.
     
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    Pilot Metropolitan. Looks fancier than the Lamy and the nib is amazingly smooth. I think it's something like $20 (iono about euros), but it's fairly cheap.
     
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  12. deeps

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    Thanks Minibear453 I'll have a Google..


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  13. deeps

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    Looks like the Pilot Metropolitan is the Pilot MR in the UK, I guess we aren't sophisticated enough for the Metropolitan range... Lol


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    Another vote for the Lamy Al star. You can have fun with switching nibs too, depending on inkflow. Mid-range, I love the look and weight of Officina's Mazzuoli pens.
     
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    I guess fancy lies in the eye of the beholder. I think it's the other way around. IMHO, the Metropolitan looks a little too much like a copy of an expensive, high-end pen, while the Al-Star has a style of its own.

    I think the Metropolitan looks quite OK in its own right, but to me, the Al-Star is the classier choice, especially for a designer.
     
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  16. Schnurri

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    Lamy Safari. And with one of those converters, you can even use ink from an inkwell, instead of plastic cartridges.
     
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    Hahaa, I was thinking of the Lamy Safari. I agree that the Al-Star does look nice, especially with the colors. If they were the same price, I'd go for the Al-Star for sure. But the Metro's half the price of the Al-Star for me, so that did sway my decision... (why oh why am I not rich?):p
     
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  18. sungame

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    That's a very valid argument, of course...
     
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    +1 lamy al star. Great FP for the price
     
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    And make sure you get the converter!
     
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