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    Picked this up for $5 on impulse at Walgreens last night.



    Zebra 301 series has been my go to for mechanical pencils and ballpoint pens for ages.

    On the back it says: "Zebra Pen guarantees the performance of this writing instrument. If it fails to perform properly, please return it to Zebra Pen Corp. for repair or replacement. Guarantee is void in the event ofabuse or physical damage."

    Not bad for a $5 fountain pen!

    I'll try it out once I've run another pen or two out of ink.
    For the last 5 years or so, Iíve said Iím gonna pick up a zebra the next time Iím at a Walgreens and I never do. How is yours writing?


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    It was awful, unfortunately. One of the worst pens I've encountered.

    I did a review on it in the pen review section. Apparently I am not alone in my experience.

    Far better pens can be found in the sub $10 category.

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    Default Re: What is your latest pen acquisition?

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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    Picked this up for $5 on impulse at Walgreens last night.



    Zebra 301 series has been my go to for mechanical pencils and ballpoint pens for ages.

    On the back it says: "Zebra Pen guarantees the performance of this writing instrument. If it fails to perform properly, please return it to Zebra Pen Corp. for repair or replacement. Guarantee is void in the event ofabuse or physical damage."

    Not bad for a $5 fountain pen!

    I'll try it out once I've run another pen or two out of ink.
    For the last 5 years or so, Iíve said Iím gonna pick up a zebra the next time Iím at a Walgreens and I never do. How is yours writing?


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    It was awful, unfortunately. One of the worst pens I've encountered.

    I did a review on it in the pen review section. Apparently I am not alone in my experience.

    Far better pens can be found in the sub $10 category.
    I had one of those. It may have been the only fountain pen that I actually threw away. I would not even have given it away to a beginner needing a cheap first fountain pen, as it would have given them the wrong idea about fountain pens in general.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    I had one of those. It may have been the only fountain pen that I actually threw away. I would not even have given it away to a beginner needing a cheap first fountain pen, as it would have given them the wrong idea about fountain pens in general.
    I pitched mine too. I've only done that with 2 or 3 cheap pens. Ugh.

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    Leonardo Officiano. Matte Black. Broad nib


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    Here's my new Faggionato (red cherry acrylic, Petrarque King Size)

    With Pel 400 and Platinum 3776 briar wood, two of my older favourites.

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    A little bit new and a little bit old

    Yesterday my Franklin Christoph Model 66 Antique Glass SE arrived and its all inked up with Sailor Ink Studio #162 (a light grey green )

    And today , I received a nice Green Hatched Conway Stewart 58 with an accompanying Mabie Todd Swan Self-Filler Box. It was listed as a Swan Self-Filler but I could see in the pictures it was a Conway Stewart of some form and I'm glad I was right - not sure I got any real bargain but it was satisfying to know I knew it was misidentified

    Just needs a new sac which is within the limits of my repair skills

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    Monteverde aldo Domani.jpg

    I found this Monte Verde Aldo Domani with a stub nib. It should be here tomorrow. :-)

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    A set of Jinhao sharks swam through the letter box.
    I am a Penpaller and Correspondent. I have a blog. I have a snail mail forum for discussion and postal challenges....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgaine View Post
    A set of Jinhao sharks swam through the letter box.
    I have heard so many things about them, both good and bad. Let us know how you like them.

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    I bought this used Parker 100 pen while in Florida in June. I've only just started to get it writing as it should after much cleaning out. It's scary pulling out that nib to check the feed is OK.

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    That 100 is a pretty pen. I am unfamiliar with the model.

    I have a couple of new Parkers, now.



    I've been wanting an unassuming 51 Special for a few months. The teal blue is a bonus. This one was made in 3Q 1950 and has a perfectly nice Octanium nib. Microscratches abound but the pen works perfectly and the Pli-glass sac looks new with no discoloration.

    The red 45 CT was kind of a whim. I saw Fred's listing here and it ticked a couple of quest boxes: red 45 and CT. This one has a nice gold, medium nib and, as a bonus, a squeeze converter.

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    My latest is a TWSBI Eco Broad nib. Really like it.

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    Gorgeous. I think the Waterman Carene is underrated and overlooked by serious FP geeks. I have two, Pink Gold and Coral. They both have medium nibs and are beautiful, smooth writers. They also have a very nice, balanced feel in the hand. Good score.

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    I just got the black Boston safety pen to go along with the chestnut brown peni took this pen apart to see how it works


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    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    That 100 is a pretty pen. I am unfamiliar with the model.

    I have a couple of new Parkers, now.



    I've been wanting an unassuming 51 Special for a few months. The teal blue is a bonus. This one was made in 3Q 1950 and has a perfectly nice Octanium nib. Microscratches abound but the pen works perfectly and the Pli-glass sac looks new with no discoloration.

    The red 45 CT was kind of a whim. I saw Fred's listing here and it ticked a couple of quest boxes: red 45 and CT. This one has a nice gold, medium nib and, as a bonus, a squeeze converter.
    Congratulations..............I love 45's, I believe I have close to ever 45 nib Parker put out. One of the best pens for the buck. They also have more heft w/the converter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kulprit View Post



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    Isnít the hero 100 a Parker ď51Ē copy? Why not get a Parker ď51Ē ?

    fair warning: they are highly addictive (just bought another one tonight on the bay... this will be my 11th...)

    If you are looking for a cheaper option or one you can abuse without feeling guilty, i highly recommend a wing sung 601 (i have several. All work very well)

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    Maybe buy a few Jinhao 51A C/C pens? Same shape and design. Enough heft that they don't feel hopelessly cheap (to me). They don't dry out for weeks.

    The ones I have had (all 0.38mm nibs) that worked out of the box were surprisingly nice writers.

    Had one with baby's bottom but I fixed that and now it is really good. Get the hooded kind.

    There is a seller on ebay offering brass c/c adapters for Parker 51. No idea how they work. Parker tried to sell a 51 C/C and they discontinued it after a year or two....

    Maybe a Parker 45? Not exactly the same dimensions but I find I naturally write well with both 51 and 45. My 45s don't dry out easily and I think they write somewhat similarly to a Hemisphere (I have both in F nib).

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    I am happy to share my latest acquisition.
    I spent months trying to locate this pen and finally got lucky at BellamysWorld

    https://bellamysworld.com/accessorie...s-fountain-pen


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    A Vintage west German Papermate and and a Cross Townsend Radial

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    Image from original sales page, used for illustrative purposes only.

    While on my holidays I had almost forgotten I had placed a bid on this pen. And then found out I won!

    A franken pen - an Evans 200 body in woodgrain ebonite, with a Sheaffer 14k nib wedged in. The cap band is thoroughly brassed, but I think that just gives it character. Seems to write okay (has a new sac), but may be ink-temperamental. Currently has Herbin Lie de The.

    In a weird way this fulfils my 'woodgrain' desire and my 'Sheaffer' desire in one pen. As I am unable to source either of these things individually.

    Undecided on whether this sparks joy at this stage though, as it is writing too wet at present. This is the sort of pen Penwash would likely enjoy tinkering with, I suspect.
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