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    Re: What fountain pen has pleasantly surprised you?

    Twsbi Eco. I donít like larger pens and typically donít like Fine nibs but I bought this pen and itís both but itís actually a really nice writer and especially at the price. My 2nd place would go to the Diplomat Magnum
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    Re: What fountain pen has pleasantly surprised you?

    Right out of the box would be my Gold Barrel, Zig Zag design Pilot Metropolitan with medium nib. I wasn't expecting much for $15. Turned out to be an good writing pen for the price. Also came in a decent looking case. Design makes it look more high end than it really is but not over the top, and came with a squeeze converter. Would make a great first fountain pen for most people IMHO.
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    Re: What fountain pen has pleasantly surprised you?

    Quote Originally Posted by VIzione View Post
    Right out of the box would be my Gold Barrel, Zig Zag design Pilot Metropolitan with medium nib. I wasn't expecting much for $15. Turned out to be an good writing pen for the price. Also came in a decent looking case. Design makes it look more high end than it really is but not over the top, and came with a squeeze converter. Would make a great first fountain pen for most people IMHO.
    I just got that pen in Silver

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    Lamy 2000 for me as well. I had seen photos of the pen and thought it looked dull an uninteresting. I'm not entirely sure why, but I eventually decided to try it out on a whim. Probably because of all the positive reviews I had seen. When I actually got it, I was impressed with how solid it felt, while at the same time being ultra lightweight. The clip felt unusually robust, the piston was solid, and the snap cap felt more secure than I had expected. In person the brushed finish took on more depth, and I found the pen was comfortable to use even for extended periods of time. I also liked that I could see the ink level if I wanted, but the windows were low profile enough to disappear under normal use. It was such a joy to use that I started to think about it differently and really came to like its minimalist Bauhaus design.

    On a side note, I believe the 2000 has been in production for the second longest amount of time for a pen, with the Montblanc 149 being the first. Very different pens, but each classics in their own right.

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    Pilot Metropolitan, hands down. I think that even after the price increase, it`s incredible value for the money (the only downside is the proprietary cartridge/converter). Somehow the Japanese just get pens right, and I'm thinking about getting a Decimo rectractable fountain pen. I haven't had a single Pilot fountain pen I didn't like, and I have like maybe 10 or so - three Metropolitans, and a number of Plumix pens in different nib sizes. All of them wrote perfectly out of the box.

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    Italix Paronís essential. About $60 and an absolute joy and smoooooth writer. Feel is solid and nib has a nice flex.

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    Lamy Safari. To be honest they did not appeal to me at first. That gripping section put me off, and I thought the clip made the pen look rather ugly. I did eventually end up getting one just to have a knock about pen I didn't have to worry about and run inks through it that I wouldn't dare use in my more expensive pens. I rather like the feel of the pen with the EF nib and gripping section give it a nice precise feel as you write. And it writes well, and feels solid like it might outlast a lot of my more expensive pens. I gave a few as gifts to introduce some people to the world of fountain pens and they love it, and recently told me they use the Lamy's almost every day now! The Lamy Safari looks kind of grow on you, especially the matte colored ones for me that come with the blacked out nib, like my Charcoal and Petrol Safaris. They can actually look stealthy. It's interesting the Montblanc M that came out a few years ago have some similar styling cues from the Safari. The flat edge of the barrel and clip for example, and even down to the shape of the nib. Turns out it's not such an ugly pen after all. Very functional and writes well for the money.

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