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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    I'm more interested in modern pens, but I have had a few obscure-to-me fountain pens, such as a Hardtmuth (Koh-I-Noor) with a fantastic soft stub (probably flex) Artus nib (Lamy took over Artus, I think, not sure). Hardtmuth and Artus were Czechoslovakian.

    Also Czechoslovakian is a Centropen that I do have. A Polish friend who lives in the Czech Republic gave it to me a coupla years ago. It's a pretty pen, but it leaks, so I don't use it.

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by ethernautrix View Post
    I'm more interested in modern pens, but I have had a few obscure-to-me fountain pens, such as a Hardtmuth (Koh-I-Noor) with a fantastic soft stub (probably flex) Artus nib (Lamy took over Artus, I think, not sure). Hardtmuth and Artus were Czechoslovakian.

    Also Czechoslovakian is a Centropen that I do have. A Polish friend who lives in the Czech Republic gave it to me a coupla years ago. It's a pretty pen, but it leaks, so I don't use it.
    Actually Artus is the name of the (German) company that Josef Lamy founded after his employment with Parker ended with Parker leaving Germany.
    The company changed the name to Lamy in the 1950's if I recall correctly.

    I still have an odd pen, which incorporates both Lamy and Artus branding in one single pen. The nib is flexible and so nice probably just like yours.
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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Braxfeld View Post
    "They come as a boon and a blessing to men,
    the Pickwick, the Owl and the Waverley Pen."
    I recently bought three Waverley dip pen nibs and the antique box they originally came in on eBay. Here are the pictures from the auction (I don't have a macro lens, so can't take as good ones myself):





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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?



    Not a fountain pen but an American stylo stamped "The Veteran". I know nothing about it. The style suggests the end of the nineteenth century to me but a conservative manufacturer might have held on to it a few years longer. The BCHR is coal-black and the pattern is crisp.

    The Macniven & Cameron packaging above is very evocative of its time.
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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Alright, here's a fun one that I just got recently.

    Brause Iserlohn 3030 Cito piston filler. I assume this is the same Brause company who is famous for their dip-nibs.



    Their logo is a rooster, very cool, also engraved on their nib:

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Another obscure brand: Standard AWB Tertia.

    A nice but unusual German piston filler from the 50's. Unusual because it's not black, it's blue... the kind of blue that you'd associate with Sailor special editions

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Let's revive this thread.
    This time with a ringtop, a really pretty one with all the trims (quite a few of them) in excellent condition.
    What stood out for me is the quality of the chasing. Very nice, complex and deep. I'll try to post another photo in a better light to show the chasing pattern.
    The only marking I can find is on the barrel saying: Evans -100.

    The nib simply says 14K, with long tines and ample flexibility.

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    The Waldorf Pen. This is an example that I dropped a Waterman nib into. the original set would have included a pencil as well as a ballpoint/lighter combination were one side of the pen was the ballpoint and removing the cap on the other end was a wick and striker. A bygone era




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    This pen is the first one I've seen that was made in the former Czecho-Slovakia back before they became two countries in 1993 (thank you Wikipedia).

    The brand name is "Ocean" which is strangely English (unless OCEAN means something else Czech or Slovak). It is very well made, it's a piston filler with long ink window which unfortunately has darkened. The celluloid pattern is elegantly beautiful red and black marble.

    I like the style of the pen, and the nib is a European Warranted 14ct with that same "sun" logo as the one I see on Merlin and some other German -made nibs.

    How does it write? Flexellently.


    "OCEAN" made in CSR
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    This Elster , so far I have found no one who has heard of this brand . That is a shame as it is a very fine pen. Pictures are auction pictures provided by the seller , my pictures suck .

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Well, Deb caused me to think back on a pen I've wondered about a few times, never having seen one live. There were certainly variations over the years but the ones that make me curious are known by this moniker:



    This was the unique nib style created by the Scottish pen company Macniven and Cameron. These days any upturned nib gets called a "Waverly" (even, retroactively, the Sheaffer Triumph conical nib), but there is a distinct style to the originals, which I believe began life as a dip nib product. Lovely things:



    Well, these are just a side fascination I've never had any connection with save for reading about and a few photos.
    Very beautiful nib and writing . Anyone would be proud to own such a nib ! What does the rest of the pen look like , is ir as remarkable as that nib ?

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    This pen is the first one I've seen that was made in the former Czecho-Slovakia back before they became two countries in 1993 (thank you Wikipedia).

    The brand name is "Ocean" which is strangely English (unless OCEAN means something else Czech or Slovak). It is very well made, it's a piston filler with long ink window which unfortunately has darkened. The celluloid pattern is elegantly beautiful red and black marble.

    I like the style of the pen, and the nib is a European Warranted 14ct with that same "sun" logo as the one I see on Merlin and some other German -made nibs.

    How does it write? Flexellently.


    "OCEAN" made in CSR

    That is Excellent !! Beautiful !! Will be looking for one like it .

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie Southgate View Post
    This Elster , so far I have found no one who has heard of this brand....
    That's a typical German design clip. The nib may be a replacement. Did you buy the pen from a European source?

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Not sure if it was mentioned earlier, but I rarely see mentioned Lindauer or Cleo Skribent.

    While I never had those, I have read people on Pelikan's own forum singing the praise of three pens - the former for being cheap piston fillers around 30EUR, the latter for being quality piston fillers priced cheaper than Pelikan

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Looks like I cannot edit my previous post from mobile, so here it goes: Gate City Pen - made by Bexley IIRC

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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    Yet another installment of obscure FP brand that no one ever heard of:



    Even after 400+ vintage pens, I still find a brand that I never heard of, like this pen. On the barrel it says Newport Safety. K.C. MO. PATENTD. And on the clip, it has a patent date sometime in the 1919.

    So this pen is very old, as in 100 years old at least and I'm guessing it's made in Kansas City, Missouri.
    The nib is clearly a replacement, because it's a Salz Bros 14K which is from New York.

    Now, here's the good news. This nib, must be from one of the earliest Salz Bros production, probably about as old as the pen itself. And it's flexible, and I mean very high-quality flexible.

    I don't like to use the term 'wet-noodle' because it's more problematic than useful, but this nib is one notch above what I'd call superflex which is not just about line variation, but the total experience of using the nib for flex writing.
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