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    Default Modern black chased pens - a growing list?

    Hi. My fountain pen collection started with a Conklin Mark Twain Crescent Filler - Black Chased. Since then, I discovered that a number of other major pen companies also produce tributes to this era of black chased hard rubber (BCHR) fountain pens. Namely: Bexley 5th Anniversary Carved Obsidian Limited Edition (1998); Maruzen 150th Anniversary - Athena the Pen (2019); Parker Duofold Centennial Greenwich Special Edition (1999); Sheaffer Connaisseur Herringbone Model 815 (1991); Waterman Le Man 100 Opera (1980s). I'd love to benefit from your knowledge if you can help me add to this list! Do you know of any other modern tributes to the BCHR era? Thanks.

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    Default Re: Modern black chased pens - a growing list?

    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Well, there's the Montblanc Fyodor Dostoevsky (1997).

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    Pilot Justus

    As an aside, I've always liked chased pens, but vintage are often too worn and most of the modern ones don't represent good value to me.

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    Not chased but desiderata has some lovely ones...

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    Kaweco Classic Sport black guilloche

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    The Sheaffer Connoisseur model was mentioned, but they also had a more modest priced, similar look pen in the No-Nonsense "Old-Timer" model that featured chasing. Not sure if there were multiple "Old Timers", but the black plastic one that featured a chasing on the barrel was called that.
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    Platinum AD2000

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    Default Re: Modern black chased pens - a growing list?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Well, there's the Montblanc Fyodor Dostoevsky (1997).
    That's a lovely pen. One of my favourites.
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    Faber-Castell e-motion pure black

    Graf von Faber-Castell and Otto Hutt have guilloche options

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    Reproductions in modern plastic can capture the spirit of the originals in some instances, but they're generally not "dead-on". Chased hard rubber has a sort of different look and feel to it. It is hard to explain, but if you've ever held a plastic reproduction and a good example original hard rubber next to each other, you'll see and feel the differences. But reproductions certainly have a place, especially the "every day carry" realm because the originals are now very old. Then there are some of the "late chased" originals made in celluloid, and I have a couple of those, including an unusual blue chased original Eclipse, and a really wonderful "ring pattern" Mabie Todd Blackbird. These are sort of a compromise between vintage and every day carry of a chased pen. Another favorite of mine is the Stephens brand from England, which made some great chased celluloid pens into the 1940s.

    The modern Mark Twain chasing isn't bad. It's a little coarser than the fine, small lines you'd see on something like a Waterman 52, but it's still very attractive and pretty well done. The modern Conklin Glider's chasing is a little too coarse and deep when compared to something like a Waterman 52. It's a nice pen, but the chasing just isn't quite as fine as I'd like.

    Among the best, and this was a surprise to me, was the Sheaffer No Nonsense Old Timer. The chasing is quite fine compared to something like the new model Glider, and it captures the general shape of a 1920s pen, though is a little bigger. I like the design so much that I put an original 14k Sheaffer nib in my Old Timer.




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    Default Re: Modern black chased pens - a growing list?

    First, thank you to all posters for the collective brain power here in fpgeeks. It's priceless.

    Second, in addition to the original list, let me summarize the additions.
    Pilot, Otto Hut, Faber-Castell, Desiderata, and Classic Pens produce guilloche option pens.

    Specific to "retro tributes," we also have:
    Platinum AD 2000 Commemorative Limited Edition
    Conway Stewart Churchill Ebonite Limited Edition Fountain Pen
    Conklin Glider Chased Black
    Onoto Magna Classic with Chasing
    Montblanc Writers Edition F. Dostoevsky Limited Edition
    Conway Stewart Churchill Black Chasing
    Osprey Milano in Black Chased Ebonite
    Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen - Guilloch 1930
    Kaweco Eyedropper 1910

    Again, my thanks to all.
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