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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
    ...I have probably the smallest and daintiest piston filler (that I've ever seen), it's smaller than even Merlin Merlina, yet a piston filler.
    That sounds like my dream pen!

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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 reminds me that I have probably the smallest and daintiest piston filler (that I've ever seen), it's smaller than even Merlin Merlina, yet a piston filler.
    Smaller than a Pelikan M320?
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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
    ...How long is this Rex Lady when capped?...
    103mm

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    ...Smaller than a Pelikan M320?
    110mm (according to reviews).

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    ...Smaller than a Pelikan M320?
    110mm (according to reviews).
    Yeah, that's it. Boy, that photo is misleading, looks like a fullsize Pel 100 or something!
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    Default Re: What is the most obscure FP brand that you can think of?

    This little darling of a piston filler clocks in at 107mm capped. So the Rex Lady won by a smidgen in terms of smol-ness.



    But it's slender, really reminds me of the Merlina. Now, if I can figure out how to open the piston filler mechanism without cracking anything, I can replace the cork inside.
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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 little darling of a piston filler....
    Looks like it has a nib from the same source as the Rex Lady 100.

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

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    I haven't suggested any make of pen because of suspect that if I know about it then I can't be obscure.
    This thread is about learning together about pens that are not known.

    Whether it's not known to some of us, one of us, two hundreds of us, doesn't matter, as long as collectively we all learn something that enrich our enjoyment in this hobby.

    If you want to be pedantic about the actual meaning of the word "obscure", then yeah, this thread probably won't be that useful for you.

    But if you consider switching your perspective, and take this thread as it was intended, then for sure you can participate, and have fun with the rest of us.

    Suggest any make that you think could inform or educate others.

    Just leave Scheaeffer out of this...
    Thank you for clarification.

    I almost feel as though I've been scolded and should say, 'Yes Mother. I'll do better next time.' That aside, my comment was in response to the exchange above discussing one's awareness of only one pen of a brand that may have numbered in the thousands as one respondent put it. My comment was my ignorant attempt to express the sentiment that there, people like me, who despite a long life of fountain pen use -- seven decades in my case -- understand that our experience is in fact limited, and that we do not know it all, nor do we pretend to do.

    You have my apologies for my ignorance.
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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 little darling of a piston filler clocks in at 107mm capped. So the Rex Lady won by a smidgen in terms of smol-ness.



    But it's slender, really reminds me of the Merlina. Now, if I can figure out how to open the piston filler mechanism without cracking anything, I can replace the cork inside.
    Oh goodness, that is SO pretty - you lucky thing! I can see why you liken it to a Merlina.

    Is it blind capped or integrated?

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by penwash View Post
    This little darling of a piston filler clocks in at 107mm capped. So the Rex Lady won by a smidgen in terms of smol-ness.



    But it's slender, really reminds me of the Merlina. Now, if I can figure out how to open the piston filler mechanism without cracking anything, I can replace the cork inside.
    Oh goodness, that is SO pretty - you lucky thing! I can see why you liken it to a Merlina.

    Is it blind capped or integrated?
    Excellent question and now I'm kicking myself for not showing it on that photo.

    It is a long-ish blind cap. Inside, an equally slender piston dial.
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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

    Excellent question and now I'm kicking myself for not showing it on that photo.

    It is a long-ish blind cap. Inside, an equally slender piston dial.
    How very elegant. I wonder if there's a pin lurking in there somewhere...

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    FWIW, here is a similar no-name Italian pen, piston filler, with blind cap removed. Will can comment whether it looks like his in terms of the piston knob (sorry for the photo quality). This pen is just a tiny bit larger, around 110mm.

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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
    FWIW, here is a similar no-name Italian pen, piston filler, with blind cap removed. Will can comment whether it looks like his in terms of the piston knob (sorry for the photo quality). This pen is just a tiny bit larger, around 110mm.

    Love this one too - what a fabulous colour *sigh*

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    They's purdy.
    My other pen is a Montblanc.

    And my other blog is a tumblr!

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

    I'm sure you've heard of the Ora-Scol 227, another piston-filler. This lovely little Swiss pen is a massive 115mm long, capped. (a/k/a "Ora-Pen")

    IMG_3984.jpg

    Well...Christof knows.
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    Boy, Fred - you and all your Silver-Ray celluloid pens!
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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
    Boy, Fred - you and all your Silver-Ray celluloid pens!
    I really should start a thread featuring them, not only silver, but also emerald, copper and even blue.

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    Boy, Fred - you and all your Silver-Ray celluloid pens!
    I really should start a thread featuring them, not only silver, but also emerald, copper and even blue.
    "When Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Publick;
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