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    Default Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Announced by Peter Ford over in the other place.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    I saw that. I like my Essential a lot, but I don't think I need another Italic. I tend to only get one pen per brand, except for the least expensive ones (under $10).

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    I suffer similarly from one-of-everythingitis. (And I don't have an Italix ... yet.)

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Unfortunately I have bought years ago a Parsons Essential, one of only a few pens I really dislike.
    This pen for me is a unbalanced heavy Monstrum, which Rest in a drawer unused since years.


    Additionally I had a very bad customer experience with this shop buying a Sheaffer Valor.


    I canít say that I will miss this brand and the shop....
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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    I used to have an Itallix years ago, wouldn't mind finding another.

    Still got the Mr.Pen box tho.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    I never knew of his existence and therefore haven't seen any of his Italix pens.
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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    I had one. I don't remember which model. Just another heavy brass-bodied pen.
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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Had one and sold it on. I wasn't a fan.
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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    The range of obliques and cursive italics interests me more than the pens. Might still go for a Chaplain's Tankard, despite misleading description as a button filler. Based on user comments over the years, I'm surprised Italix doesn't have a model called the Curate's Egg.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    The range of obliques and cursive italics interests me more than the pens. Might still go for a Chaplain's Tankard, despite misleading description as a button filler. Based on user comments over the years, I'm surprised Italix doesn't have a model called the Curate's Egg.
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    If they didnít changed their approach (since I bought my Essential) then you get a regular nib which is crudely beheaded to produce an italic.
    So donít expect sophisticated nib work (reshaping the tipping), they just cut the complete tipping of a regular nib off.

    This means you get a untipped nib (of a nib which was originally tipped and the manufacturer never intended the user to write with the plain steel).
    So nobody knows how hard the alloy of the nib really is and how quickly it wear down.

    Itˋs more than easy to produce such a simple beheaded italic nib using a cheap pen as test object.
    Just cut the tipping off (straight for a plain italic, angled for an oblique italic), smooth it out and you are done.
    So for that you donít necessarily have to buy a complete pen from them.
    Last edited by Pterodactylus; February 16th, 2020 at 10:50 AM.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy View Post
    I never knew of his existence and therefore haven't seen any of his Italix pens.
    Check them out. Surprised they have escaped your notice. SBRE Brown was a big fan in his early days. Used them in all his ink reviews back when this site had a web page, too.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    The range of obliques and cursive italics interests me more than the pens. Might still go for a Chaplain's Tankard, despite misleading description as a button filler. Based on user comments over the years, I'm surprised Italix doesn't have a model called the Curate's Egg.
    FYI:
    If they didnít changed their approach (since I bought my Essential) then you get a regular nib which is crudely beheaded to produce an italic.
    So donít expect sophisticated nib work (reshaping the tipping), they just cut the complete tipping of a regular nib off.

    This means you get a untipped nib (of a nib which was originally tipped and the manufacturer never intended the user to write with the plain steel).
    So nobody knows how hard the alloy of the nib really is and how quickly it wear down.
    Interesting about their approach to nib work. Are untipped steel italics and stubs made of a different alloy than a steel nib with tipping? Assumed my untipped Bock, Jowo, Lamy, Nemosine, etc. stubs would outlast me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Itˋs more than easy to produce such a simple beheaded italic nib using a cheap pen as test object.
    Just cut the tipping off (straight for a plain italic, angled for an oblique italic), smooth it out and you are done.
    I know, but I'm definitely more user than maker/modifier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    So for that you donít necessarily have to buy a complete pen from them.
    I don't have to buy a whole pen I've never tried before, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't do that occasionally.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Has anyone tried their "Radiant Blue" ink? Is it special enough to buy a bottle before it's too late?

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    The range of obliques and cursive italics interests me more than the pens. Might still go for a Chaplain's Tankard, despite misleading description as a button filler. Based on user comments over the years, I'm surprised Italix doesn't have a model called the Curate's Egg.
    FYI:
    If they didnít changed their approach (since I bought my Essential) then you get a regular nib which is crudely beheaded to produce an italic.
    So donít expect sophisticated nib work (reshaping the tipping), they just cut the complete tipping of a regular nib off.

    This means you get a untipped nib (of a nib which was originally tipped and the manufacturer never intended the user to write with the plain steel).
    So nobody knows how hard the alloy of the nib really is and how quickly it wear down.
    Interesting about their approach to nib work. Are untipped steel italics and stubs made of a different alloy than a steel nib with tipping? Assumed my untipped Bock, Jowo, Lamy, Nemosine, etc. stubs would outlast me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    Itˋs more than easy to produce such a simple beheaded italic nib using a cheap pen as test object.
    Just cut the tipping off (straight for a plain italic, angled for an oblique italic), smooth it out and you are done.
    I know, but I'm definitely more user than maker/modifier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pterodactylus View Post
    So for that you donít necessarily have to buy a complete pen from them.
    I don't have to buy a whole pen I've never tried before, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't do that occasionally.
    Ptero has a beef with Mr Pen, obviously. Our pen nibs will all outlast us unless we damage them in mishandling. And of course, we don't need these pens at all, technically. I really like my Parsons Essential (burgundy) with the medium CI, even if it was forged in the fires of Mordor.

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Quote Originally Posted by carlos.q View Post
    Has anyone tried their "Radiant Blue" ink? Is it special enough to buy a bottle before it's too late?
    Never knew they had/made inks. I've only looked at their pens, and I restrict myself to their least expensive models. I try not to "browse" pen websites. Better for my wallet that way. What I don't know won't end up in the shopping basket!

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    I'm interested in the black Italix pens of Mr. Ford particularly the Churchman's Prescriptor. I like metal pens, the weight doesn't bother me, and the price even shipped to the states, is less than your average run-of-the-mill acrylic "Pen du Jour" in over 25 assorted colors that reminds me of a kid's cotton-candy ejectum after riding the county fair Tilt-a-Whirl.

    The pens look classy and by most accounts are well made, good writers, and good values. Great selection of nibs almost unheard of with American vendors.

    I'm having a premonition of looking across the pond and seeing one floating on the waves towards Tennessee.

    Update: Asked a question of Mr. Ford, received reply in one hour. Ordered the Churchman's Prescriptor w/ Broad italic. Received notice that the pen was shipped three hours later. Sounds like good service to me.

    Hope the pen is shipped by air and not the Titanic.

    Cheers and Tallyho!

    Sg
    Last edited by sgphoto; February 28th, 2020 at 10:37 AM. Reason: Update

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    Default Re: Peter Ford (Mr Pen/Italix) retiring

    Good luck with it, sg!

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