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    Default Anyone know what this is?

    Hi guys,

    I'm a fountain pen novice and have come across this pen set for sale. Does anyone know what type of pen it is?

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    Justin

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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Looks a bit like a Sonnet

    Edit: It isn't a Sonnet.
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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Thanks for the quick reply Chrissy. That was actually my guess, but as it's being offered for ~35 USD on FB markets, I thought it seems too good to be true, so wondering if it's legit. Quite a strange package with the watch and 1903 advert too. The seller says it's a limited edition and unused.

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    I think it is the pen just before the Sonnet, the "Insignia". Same section as the Sonnet, but the nib units do not unscrew. Note the flat top of the cap and the flat "blind cap". I use one with a Sonnet section just so I can swap nibs.
    Does not dry out as quickly as the original Sonnets seem to.

    See: https://parkerpens.net/insignia.html
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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    I think it is the pen just before the Sonnet, the "Insignia". Same section as the Sonnet, but the nib units do not unscrew. Note the flat top of the cap and the flat "blind cap". I use one with a Sonnet section just so I can swap nibs.
    Does not dry out as quickly as the original Sonnets seem to.

    See: https://parkerpens.net/insignia.html
    Good pick up. I've now zoomed in and can make out 'signia' on the bottom of the cap.
    Probably can't go wrong for for the price - and I can give the watch to my 2 year old son

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    Quote Originally Posted by welch View Post
    I think it is the pen just before the Sonnet, the "Insignia". Same section as the Sonnet, but the nib units do not unscrew. Note the flat top of the cap and the flat "blind cap". I use one with a Sonnet section just so I can swap nibs.
    Does not dry out as quickly as the original Sonnets seem to.
    Apologies, I must admit I didn't think it looked exactly like the Sonnet but I put that down to the fact that it came with a watch in a gift pack.
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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Thanks guys, I think I might take a punt on this - since the packaging is so strange, i suppose anyone looking to produce a counterfeit wouldbe llikely use a regular parker box rather than going to the effort to produce this with the watch etc.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    With a Swatch and all?
    promotional box form the late 80s!
    AWESOME
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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    I have several of these Insignia pens. Sections and nibs interchange with Sonnet, but, while I can see using a Sonnet gold nib in an Insignia, I am not sure I would use an Insignia nib in a sonnet. I am thinking the Insignia ia a less expensive pen than Sonnet. I was surprised that nibs abd sections could be exchanged between the two types. Nice set with the watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pajaro View Post
    I have several of these Insignia pens. Sections and nibs interchange with Sonnet, but, while I can see using a Sonnet gold nib in an Insignia, I am not sure I would use an Insignia nib in a sonnet. I am thinking the Insignia ia a less expensive pen than Sonnet. I was surprised that nibs abd sections could be exchanged between the two types. Nice set with the watch.
    The Insignia section can interchange with a Sonnet section, so a Sonnet nib can then fit into the Sonnet section in an Insignia. The nibs don't interchange. The Insignia nib is fixed into an Insignia section.

    That was a good price for an Insignia.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    The Insignia nibs I have will unscrew from their sections. I have not recently had a need to try to put one of the Insignia nibs into a Sonnet section, and can't remember trying. I haven't used these pens in years, but I just unscrewed the Insignia nib from its section.

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    Default Re: Anyone know what this is?

    Justin1

    A while back I bought a set of Insignia's



    Just wanted to look at them.

    Thought they were rather nice.



    Hardly the same build quality as Sonnets.

    Some of coloured versions are very attractive.
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    I have the same coloring Insignia that Proteus has. That's where I put my Sonnet section and nib. It seems to me that the Insignia is better-built than a Sonnet, especially since it does not have the dry-out issue that has bothered Sonnet users forever.

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