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    Thanks! Was your version an earlier one? Also, was this the largest of the Sentinel pens? It is bigger than a Snorkel.


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    Pens see rapid changes, but a couple of nibs stand out, and have been reincarnated so to speak. I've been using them for about a year now.

    I have a couple of Esterbrook nibs, 9461 to be precise, that write like no other nibs, no matter how expensive. Nothing comes even close. But the I have occasional problems with carpal tunnel, and the Esterbrook pens feel a bit small. I had a couple of broken Pelikan 600 pens with snapped off sections, so I repaired them, found a couple of caps, then gold plated the Esterbrook nibs and made collars to mount them (Esterbrook feeds) in the Pelikans. Fankenpen? I guess so. Comfortable pens that I enjoy using? Yes.

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    That's awesome, Ron, but that's a 9550 (my favorite Estie nib). How much was replating?

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    I really love these kind of threads, and also seeing what others are using.

    These are the pens that are my daily writers. 3 Conid's with different colors, because I like variety. And a Pilot 823 which is my EDC.

    I have other pens too, but none that I use like these. These have been my mainstay for at least 3 years.


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    How much was replating?

    I do it myself. I found a plating solution that is designed to go directly on top of stainless and chrome in one step - and it sticks very well. No signs of wear on the nibs and trim I've used it on. It gives me a real life use test. The few clients nibs that I've used it on have worked well.

    That was the first nib I did it to and the picture that I had at hand. Then I did the 9461 shortly after, which then went into the red Pelikan. That 9550 is in another Pelikan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    How much was replating?

    I do it myself. I found a plating solution that is designed to go directly on top of stainless and chrome in one step - and it sticks very well. No signs of war on the nibs and trim I've used it on. It gives me a real life use test. The few clients nibs that I've used it on have worked well.

    That was the first nib I did it to and the picture that I had at hand. Then I did the 9461 shortly after, which then went into the red Pelikan. That 9550 is in another Pelikan.
    I assume you also plate the tip of the tines. Does the plating wear off with ink/paper contact after a period of time?

    It does make the nib looks nicer. Learned something new today, glad you share it with us.
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    I assume you also plate the tip of the tines. Does the plating wear off with ink/paper contact after a period of time?

    It does make the nib looks nicer. Learned something new today, glad you share it with us.
    I plate them before I put them in the mount, so do the entire underside, and then the top. Yes, I do the tip, but I've also done a little tweaking after everything is assembled. I would assume that the paper being abrasive would wear the plating off of the tip like it does any other gold plated nib. The plating is not heavy, but it seems to be holding up well - at least as well as Pelikan plating does, and better than other gold plating solutions I've used.

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    Is it brush on electro plating like I've seen used in the Repair Shop? I've wanted to try that ever since I first saw it done.
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    Probably my most consistently used pens are a Pilot Custom Heritage 91 and a Custom Heritage 92. Basically indistinguishable, apart from looks, when you're writing with them, but the 91 uses a CON-70 converter, while the 92 has a built in piston filler. Both have FM nibs, and I'm not really sure which I use more often. Right now it's the 91.

    For inks, my workhorse for some time has been ordinary Namiki (Pilot) blue. It may have gotten itself shouldered aside by De Atramentis Bllue Document Ink over the past year, a somewhat richer color.

    I almost always have some other pen or pens inked, and I use other inks, of course. But the Custom Heritage pens and those two inks are my favorites.
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    The following pens have been permanently inked and in use since I acquired them over the last several years:

    Lamy 2k, CI EF nib (w/ Lamy black ink-- I love how the Lamy bottles come with the paper to wipe the section off). My EDC pen. Oddly enough, it wasn't my favorite until I let someone use it at work and they nearly destroyed the tines. Took me an afternoon of repair and now it writes better than it ever did before (though it resembles an EF cursive italic now).

    Sailor Pro Gear Lighthouse, M nib (usually with Waterman Mysterious Blue or Pelikan blue-black ink). Own a handful of Sailors, all write nicely, but this is the best stock nib I have ever used and I always smile when I write with it. Perfect amount of feedback-- like writing with the smoothest pencil.

    Pilot 823 Amber, Masuyama needlepoint (w/ Iroshizuku "Horsetail Brown" Tsukushi ink). The perfect journaling pen. Small script and carries a TON of ink-- writes forever.

    TWSBI Eco Black, 1.1 stub (w/ Robert Oster's "Lake of Fire"). Such a simple pen, but I love using it. Piston filler holds a lot of ink. This is my primary greeting card/signature pen.

    Herbert Pen Co. 2017 LE, 18k Jowo BLS (w/ Diamine Ancient Copper). My other greeting card / signature pen. Was going to gift this pen years ago, but it wasn't "sparkly" enough, so I wound up keeping it. Glad I did, because the material (celluloid?) is so warm and the design so understatedly beautiful that I find myself looking for excuses to use it.

    I will say, too, that I keep several vintage pens in rotation (usually Sheaffers and Parker 51s), and nearly all of them are inked with Waterman Mysterious Blue. It's just a nearly perfect ink, IMHO, and I trust it in my older pens.
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    The only pen currently inked that qualifies is the Moonman C2 with a Pilot PO nib (that has seen consistent use since August 2015).

    The Nakaya Piccolo Cigar (EF) has been inked and in use consistently since its arrival last December, so not yet a full year.

    The ink - surprise, surprise -- is Noodler's Black. Except... lately I've been using Platinum Carbon Black in the Nakaya.

    I've mostly rotated in and out Pilots - Falcon (SEF), CH91 (F), and CH92 (EF). The F nib came with the 92, and the EF with the 91, but I switched them, so the 92 (EF) has been inked since the EF's arrival a few months ago, currently with Pilot Blue ink. The red Falcon body is a beater cos it'd been inked for a few years before I transferred its SEF nib to a Danitrio, so the SEF nib in it today is from a more recent Falcon (black body) purchase from...I don't remember, cos I hardly used the pen, as it was a back-up. But I wanted to use the SEF nib, so I put it in the beater red body, currently inked with Sailor Shikiori Sakura-mori.

    So there's been a bit of swapping in and out within the rotation thing. But consistent has been that Pilot PO nib and a Nakaya Piccolo Cigar. (Still unable to merge the two and sell of the rest of my pens forever!)

    (Kidding. Even if I were able to use the Pilot PO in a Nakaya Piccolo, I'd probably want to use the Pilot EF and F and SEF in the other PIccolos, so... it would never be just ONE. Probably.)
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    Mine would be an early 70s sterling silver ciselé Parker 75. Almost always in rotation, almost always inked with Parker Quink black.

    A while back I swapped the original 14K XF for a French 18K fine italic and replaced the section, trim ring and converter, so in some ways it’s not the pen I used before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    Mine would be an early 70s sterling silver ciselé Parker 75. Almost always in rotation, almost always inked with Parker Quink black.

    A while back I swapped the original 14K XF for a French 18K fine italic and replaced the section, trim ring and converter, so in some ways it’s not the pen I used before.
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    My answer is deathly boring, but it's a Platinum Carbon Desk Pen (medium nib) with Carbon Black. Once a week I write a postcard to a li'l ol' widda woman and it's just the practical solution to the problem. Throw in the other odd demands for something absolutely waterproof (new entries into my recipe book, for instance) and it simply sees a lot of continuous use.

    More of a choice of style over workaday consideration would be the Pilot CH 912 with FA nib and Pilot Blue. It has probably slipped (or been pushed) out of rotation within the designated year but always makes its way back in quite quickly, which is no mean feat given the wealth of competition. No idea what may have happened to it in its pre-loved life, but it doesn't seem to suffer any of the railroading and wotnot so often spoken of. And apparently it absolutely loves to drink Pilot Blue.

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    Great topic/thread.

    I'm kind of surprised, but it's an 80's, gray-window, split-ebonite feed, W Germany Montblanc 146. It's always inked up with MB Royal Blue and is indeed used the most.

    It came with a 14k monotone nib, but the tipping was all but gone. I had a bi-tone nib I put in it instead, but the bouncy feel and slight variation of the original nib was a better experience. I had Greg Minuskin retip the original nib a few years ago, and it has been the daily-driver ever since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dneal View Post
    A not-a-big-fan of MB, who now uses one everyday. Who woulda thunk it?
    I'm a big fan of the surprise. (The pleasant or benign surprise, I should specify.)

    Here's my pen peace (I'm giggling a little, not out loud):IMG_20210911_134527285~2.jpg

    Seriously, this is what I've wanted for a few years now: my favorite Nakaya Piccolo Cigar with a Pilot PO nib (the pleasant surprise is that the #15 nib and feed fit!). Cue: Cartoon dog who jumps to catch a tasty treat and then floats supine, gently swinging, back to earth. That's me every time I write with this pen, which is often.





    Aaaand, I'm not in the Pen Peace thread. Hahaha. All these open windows -- gets confusing in here.
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