Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: Starter Pens for a Friend

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    63
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Starter Pens for a Friend

    Hello! I have a friend coming with me to the La pen show, and she does not know anything about FPs. She only has about $40 and has asked me to ask you guys about beginner pens for under $40


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  2. #2
    Senior Member carlos.q's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    On a hill in Puerto Rico
    Posts
    951
    Thanks
    786
    Thanked 792 Times in 348 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    The usual suspects are the Lamy Safari and the Pilot Metropolitan. If she has no experience with FPs the Lamy Safari's beveled section will help her develop a proper tripod grip.

  3. The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to carlos.q For This Useful Post:

    penmainiac (February 13th, 2019), VertOlive (February 14th, 2019)

  4. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    63
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    The usual suspects are the Lamy Safari and the Pilot Metropolitan. If she has no experience with FPs the Lamy Safari's beveled section will help her develop a proper tripod grip.
    Thanks, is it possible to find those pens at a vintage pen show? Shes really eggar to get a fountain pen.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  5. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    East Tennessee
    Posts
    42
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 18 Times in 15 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Most reasonably large shows will have vendors selling new pens. I would be shocked if no one at the LA show had a new safari in stock

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to although For This Useful Post:

    penmainiac (February 13th, 2019)

  7. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Posts
    44
    Thanks
    63
    Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by although View Post
    Most reasonably large shows will have vendors selling new pens. I would be shocked if no one at the LA show had a new safari in stock
    Thanks


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  8. #6
    Senior Member sgtstretch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Waterville, NY
    Posts
    518
    Thanks
    270
    Thanked 305 Times in 173 Posts
    Rep Power
    5

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    I'd highly recommend the Pilot Kakuno, it doesn't have the huge step that the Metro has, it does have a slightly triangular grip, but not quite as noticeable as the Safari. Plus it has a smiley face on the nib.

  9. The Following 3 Users Say Thank You to sgtstretch For This Useful Post:

    Ahriman4891 (February 14th, 2019), azkid (February 14th, 2019), penmainiac (February 13th, 2019)

  10. #7
    Senior Member Kaputnik's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    By the long tidal river.
    Posts
    563
    Thanks
    751
    Thanked 574 Times in 279 Posts
    Rep Power
    8

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    I'll make this a question, as I've never been to a pen show, but is there a chance of finding a restored Esterbrook J, LJ, or SJ there for around that $40 limit? I know, of course, that you can get them on eBay or elsewhere for around that or less, but am not sure what pen show prices are like.

    They are attractive and great pens once restored, even with some of the cheaper nibs like a 1551. And getting a chance actually to see and hopefully try a vintage pen before buying is a plus. If someone is selling them, it's another thing to consider.
    "So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do."
    Benjamin Franklin

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to Kaputnik For This Useful Post:

    penmainiac (February 14th, 2019)

  12. #8
    Senior Member Runnin_Ute's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Sandy, UT
    Posts
    366
    Thanks
    19
    Thanked 172 Times in 101 Posts
    Rep Power
    6

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Wouldn't surprise me. Esterbrook's are relatively affordable. As I haven't been to a show, I don't know what they aell for in that environment. Might be nib dependent.

    Sent from my SM-G950U using Tapatalk
    Brad "Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind" - Rudyard Kipling

    "None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen, or half its cussedness; but we can try." - Mark Twain

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to Runnin_Ute For This Useful Post:

    penmainiac (February 14th, 2019)

  14. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Posts
    50
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 39 Times in 22 Posts
    Rep Power
    4

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Retro 51 Tornado; any and all pens from Fountain Pen Revolution; Pilot Metropolitan; Pilot Varsity are my favorite starters.

  15. #10
    Senior Member azkid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2018
    Location
    Colorado, USA
    Posts
    754
    Thanks
    1,186
    Thanked 627 Times in 293 Posts
    Rep Power
    1

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    I agree a Metropolitan or Kakuno are good starters.

    A Parker 45 would be a superb first pen (or next level pen for that matter). They are common as dirt so I would hope would be easily within a $40 budget.

  16. #11
    Senior Member Pterodactylus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Austria
    Posts
    2,010
    Thanks
    774
    Thanked 1,535 Times in 732 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    I recently bought a TWSBI Eco for my son and was really surprised about the quality of the pen (and itˋs a piston filler !!!).
    Our exemplar had also a really good nib grind out of the box.
    So it would fit the bill and I can recommend it.

    Beside the ECO I also would repeat the recommendation for the Lamy Safari.
    But you have to buy a converter for it as it comes with none (in case you want to use bottled ink).

  17. #12
    Senior Member Pterodactylus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Austria
    Posts
    2,010
    Thanks
    774
    Thanked 1,535 Times in 732 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by azkid View Post
    I agree a Metropolitan or Kakuno are good starters.

    A Parker 45 would be a superb first pen (or next level pen for that matter). They are common as dirt so I would hope would be easily within a $40 budget.
    You are right, good idea, the Parker 45 is also an „vintage“ option, a proven good reliable pen.
    If it comes with a squeeze converter you have to check if the rubber is still ok.

    Personally I prefer the Flighter ones.

  18. #13
    Senior Member Pterodactylus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Austria
    Posts
    2,010
    Thanks
    774
    Thanked 1,535 Times in 732 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    This is my Parker 45 Flighter Set.
    I remember my Sister had a Parker 45 Flighter Fountain pen in the 80s in school (she had the Parker I had a Pelikan Airpen at that time).

    The Ballpoint in the picture was the pen of my Father, a couple of years ago I bought the FP (not from my sister, I think that pen is long gone) really cheap to complete my set.
    They were available with steel and gold nibs (mine has a steel one)

    Show_response_341

    (Parker 45 Flighter Fountain pen and Ballpoint)

  19. The Following User Says Thank You to Pterodactylus For This Useful Post:

    azkid (February 14th, 2019)

  20. #14
    Senior Member Pterodactylus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Austria
    Posts
    2,010
    Thanks
    774
    Thanked 1,535 Times in 732 Posts
    Rep Power
    9

    Default Re: Starter Pens for a Friend

    Quote Originally Posted by ambimom View Post
    Retro 51 Tornado; any and all pens from Fountain Pen Revolution; Pilot Metropolitan; Pilot Varsity are my favorite starters.
    So far all my FPR pens had a quite crappy grind (at least to my own standards) out of the box.
    Of course not representative but a Serwex (with their flex nib), a Guider and two Himalaya (with their Flex Nib) (also the cheap free pens they included in the delivery).
    All scratchy and not really smooth, not much of a deal for me as I‘m used to tinker with my nibs, but imo nothing for beginners who want to have a problem free smooth nib out of the box.
    As tinker pens yes, but I would not recommend them to a newbie.
    The quality is not comparable to the quality of the entry pens of the big players (e.g. Lamy, Pelikan, Kaweco, Parker, Pilot, TWSBI,....)
    Last edited by Pterodactylus; February 14th, 2019 at 01:04 PM.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •