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    Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    Hi
    I'm trying to decide which one of these three pens I shoud buy.
    Please help me by comparing them, choosing one, pointing out other options, commenting...

    Here are the candidates:

    Caran d'Ache Léman Ebony Black:
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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    I don't own any of them, but I will say that the plastic section of the last two are easier to grasp when your fingers are sweaty. The Pelikan will take only bottled ink; but, I am not sure about the other two.

    Maybe be some owners can help out here!

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    What you have are three very different critters.

    The Montblanc like the Leman is a cartridge converter pen. Both use international standard cartridges and converters. I just put my Cd'A Genève which was the predecessor of the Leman away. It is larger, heavier and IMHO far superior to the MB 145. While the section is small it is also concave and perfectly positions your fingers for secure control. I also have a Pelikan 1050 which is the same size as the one you are looking at. I must admit, while none of my Pelikans get much pocket time, the 1050 gets by far the least. I much prefer my 200, 400 and old style 600 size Pels to my larger new style 600, 800 or 1050.

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    I owned a Pelikan M1000 and while awesome to look at it was massive. The M800 and M600 are much more user friendly.

    Of the three I would take the Pelikan because I find them to be great writers and reasonably priced.

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    Go for Montblanc - an iconic model from a brand that probably produces the best writing instruments in the world.

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    Quote Originally Posted by CastorKrieg View Post
    a brand that probably produces the best writing instruments in the world.
    More like a brand with the best marketing and brand recognition in the world, but IMO Montblanc pens are far from the best. They're the Rolex of the pen world.

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Dowling View Post
    More like a brand with the best marketing and brand recognition in the world, but IMO Montblanc pens are far from the best. They're the Rolex of the pen world.
    I cannot agree with that. They have a rich history and their LEs are spectacular (although you can find some being a miss, like the recent Daniel Defoe one). Brand recognition is not something that comes up due to luck - like Rolex (excellent example as well, I value them a lot even though I also like other watch brands) they make a stylish, reliable products.

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    The Pelikan will more than likely be the best writer of the three. Although it is a little on the boring looking side. heb

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    Quote Originally Posted by heb View Post
    The Pelikan will more than likely be the best writer of the three. Although it is a little on the boring looking side. heb
    I'm curious why you say that. In my experience I find my Caran d'Ache pens write flawlessly and reliably with any ink. My Montblanc pens are probably next in terms of reliability with my Pelikans being the least enjoyable (but still quite nice) of the three marques. Admittedly the samples are fairly small, around a half dozen Pelikans and Cd'As and a couple dozen MBs.

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    Re: Need Advice (Caran d'Ache, Pelikan, Montblanc)

    They're all overpriced pieces of crap.










    (I bet you can't guess what my real answer is)

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