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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    I have a lot of pens including some very nice ones, and yet iíll still buy a Lamy Al-Star or a cheap vintage pen every now and then. I do have a problem with losing pens, and the Al-Stars are my sacrificial users. I wonít say itís entirely rational, though.
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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    The allure of cheap pens can be found at sales, too; I have a collection of Waterman 'cheapies' like the Forum, Kultur and Reflex found at sales, in multiple different colour combinations. Yes I love it when I find a Waterman pink nib Red Ripple or a Parker 51, but a Forum in a colour I haven't got sparks just as much joy!

    I love cheapie demonstrators too. If you have a penchant for pretty inks, having a Dollar or Airmail demo to hand is really neat. I can get about 400 Dollar demonstrators for the price of the Pelikan M800 :-)

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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    I have a lot of pens including some very nice ones, and yet iíll still buy a Lamy Al-Star or a cheap vintage pen every now and then. I do have a problem with losing pens, and the Al-Stars are my sacrificial users. I wonít day itís entirely rational, though.
    There is nothing about the Lamy Al-Star that is cheap except the price. It is perfectly designed to function well and be easily maintained. Even changing out to a more preferred nib is a task anyone can easily perform. I prefer the metal AS over the Safari and especially since dropping mine a few times on a hard surface. That such a well made pen exists, it put to shame all those $500 pens which leak and crack.

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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    Quote Originally Posted by amk View Post
    The allure of cheap pens can be found at sales, too; I have a collection of Waterman 'cheapies' like the Forum, Kultur and Reflex found at sales, in multiple different colour combinations. Yes I love it when I find a Waterman pink nib Red Ripple or a Parker 51, but a Forum in a colour I haven't got sparks just as much joy!

    I love cheapie demonstrators too. If you have a penchant for pretty inks, having a Dollar or Airmail demo to hand is really neat. I can get about 400 Dollar demonstrators for the price of the Pelikan M800 :-)
    Pen shows once used the Dollar Demos for ink testing stations.

    Oh, Chuck...? ^ To me, 'cheap' in price is under $20!
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    As I mentioned in another thread, I just broke a long period of non-pen-buying with a cheap, well, inexpensive, Chinese pen.

    Well, it's a Faber-Castell Neo, and that's a German brand, but there is a very discreet , rather hard to see tag on this one, underneath the top of the pocket clip, that says "China". Which technically isn't the same as "made in China", but I doubt that they just felt like mentioning a country for no reason. And although I didn't know for sure, in this price range, I expected it.

    And it's a pretty nice pen, which I bought for reasons that seemed good enough to me. I'd told myself that when I did eventually buy myself another pen it would be something vintage, and indeed, shortly afterward I talked myself into a semi vintage American pen which I'll discuss elsewhere. But I decided I could afford this one too.

    I'm not tempted, though, by any more Jinhaos, Heros (I guess in this special usage one would not spell it "Heroes", what do you think?) Wing Sungs, or Haolilais,
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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    I must be choosing the wrong cheap pen. Out of the dozens Iíve tried, Iíve kept 4 ...
    Wow, 4/12 sounds good to me.
    Except that there were multiple dozens in play for a while...
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    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VertOlive View Post
    I must be choosing the wrong cheap pen. Out of the dozens Iíve tried, Iíve kept 4 ...
    Wow, 4/12 sounds good to me.
    Except that there were multiple dozens in play for a while...
    At least now you know which ones to buy next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    I have a lot of pens including some very nice ones, and yet iíll still buy a Lamy Al-Star or a cheap vintage pen every now and then. I do have a problem with losing pens, and the Al-Stars are my sacrificial users. I wonít day itís entirely rational, though.
    There is nothing about the Lamy Al-Star that is cheap except the price. It is perfectly designed to function well and be easily maintained. Even changing out to a more preferred nib is a task anyone can easily perform. I prefer the metal AS over the Safari and especially since dropping mine a few times on a hard surface. That such a well made pen exists, it put to shame all those $500 pens which leak and crack.
    Right on Chuck! I have two Lamys - Safarie and All-Star. I respect all pen collectors/users. To each his own. My pride and joy pen (gift from parents in 1960) is one I used in college.
    Itís a Parker Ď51 Specialí Med. nib. It still writes like a charm. Iíve considered collecting some vintage pens but chose not to go that route. The joy I get from fountain pens has little to do with a high price tag on the pen. Just call me cheap but Iím happy to still write the old fashioned way - with pen and ink.

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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    Do people still treat cheap pens the same as expensive ones? Do you put it in a case be careful not to put it in a bag with e.g. keys?
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    Default Re: The Allure of Cheap pens

    Quote Originally Posted by top pen View Post
    Do people still treat cheap pens the same as expensive ones? You do put it in a case be careful not to put it in a bag with e.g. keys?
    Yes, they are still possessions that I own and use, even though my Jinhao only cost coffee money it is still looked after.

    Having said that, I have a 750 Jinhao that is aging a little too quickly, the cap seems to be scratching the section, I don't mind a little wear and tear whereas if it was an MB I would be hurrying along to get it fixed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top pen View Post
    Do people still treat cheap pens the same as expensive ones? Do you put it in a case be careful not to put it in a bag with e.g. keys?
    I try to treat all my pens with care. Must admit if I had an MB, Iíd probably only use on days that it didnít rain. :-)

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    Do people still treat cheap pens the same as expensive ones? Do you put it in a case be careful not to put it in a bag with e.g. keys?
    If I like a pen well enough to buy it, I like it well enough to take care of it. Mind you, I may still damage through stupidity or thoughtlessness, but I intend to take good care of it.
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    All "things" are valuable to me. I take care of all I own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by top pen View Post
    Do people still treat cheap pens the same as expensive ones? Do you put it in a case be careful not to put it in a bag with e.g. keys?
    I keep certain pens around as beaters/rough users. Often it's a cheap Chinese what-have-you, but it could be a sturdy German pen in metal or a Pilot Prera clipped to my t-shirt.

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