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      11-25-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Fountain/Ballpoint Pen recommendation

I'm looking to buy a nice pen (not toooo nice lol) for someone as a Xmas present. I would like to spend $100-150 or so on one. I looked at Mont Blanc but every single pen they make is at least 2x that range. Any recommendation is appreciated! Thank you!
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      11-25-2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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I had a Waterman a while ago (don't know where it went), and it was a good pen. Not Mont Blanc nice, but still nice.
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Fountain or ball point. If the person doesn't currently use fountains I wouldn't purchase him one. But if they do, than for that price range I'd go for the Pilot w/ the retractable nib. F point because japanese fine nibs are illllll.
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this is what i have if you sub the gold with silver. it matches my card case really nicely

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^ what is that?
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I've had good experience with Waterman fountain pens but the reality is, compared to a nice rollerball they are pointless and a pain in a lote situations. If all they use handwriting for is personal notes like invitations and thank you notes, a fountain pen can be nice to use and ink color selection is very expansive. However, if you're looking to buy them a nice day to day pen, that they will take out to sign things, take quick notes from phone calls, or things like this, I'd recommend a nice ballpoint or rollerball

THB, I used to be big into different types of pens and have a decent collection, but the vast majority of the time (and I'm talking except for maybe a couple times a year) I write with blue Pilot G-2s
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Me too, hard to beat the ink from a G2
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http://www.coloradopen.com/product/p.../fountain-pens


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Personally, I've got a couple Mont Blanc's.

You can't really get one for less than a couple bills these days, but IMO they really are that nice.
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^ what is that?
Mont Blanc

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Personally, I've got a couple Mont Blanc's.

You can't really get one for less than a couple bills these days, but IMO they really are that nice.
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What a terrible investment, and easily able to be stolen or lost...
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What a terrible investment, and easily able to be stolen or lost...
eh.

Not trying to single you out, but this kind of mentality has always annoyed me.


If you find that you are the type of person that doesn't have the sense of presence to keep track of your belongings, then that's fine... buy cheap stuff. But, for the love of God don't question the choices of others because you fall into the category of "people who can't find they're keys in the morning."
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I had a Waterman a while ago (don't know where it went), and it was a good pen. Not Mont Blanc nice, but still nice.
Niice. I looked up some Waterman pens and they're nice. I wonder if I should get that instead. I would like to get a Mont Blanc for the gift but it's crazy expensive.

I think these look pretty nice.

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eh.

Not trying to single you out, but this kind of mentality has always annoyed me.


If you find that you are the type of person that doesn't have the sense of presence to keep track of your belongings, then that's fine... buy cheap stuff. But, for the love of God don't question the choices of others because you fall into the category of "people who can't find they're keys in the morning."
+1

I am absolutely the "where the fuck are my keys where the fuck is my wallet" type of person but, for me, spending a little coin on a nice "accessory" has been very beneficial. I have about 5 pairs of nice sunglasses and can locate all of them. Same with pens, headphones, whatever. I'm more apt to not caring or losing cheap shit than I am stuff of nicer quality
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I didnt even know pens cost that much lol.
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eh.

Not trying to single you out, but this kind of mentality has always annoyed me.


If you find that you are the type of person that doesn't have the sense of presence to keep track of your belongings, then that's fine... buy cheap stuff. But, for the love of God don't question the choices of others because you fall into the category of "people who can't find they're keys in the morning."

Don't worry, I don't feel singled out -- your description of my mentality is inaccurate; I'm the antithesis of what you described and I don't usually critique others/question others' choices based on my own shortfalls or flaws.

Although being scatter-brained and unorganized can lead to misplaced items, I believe that small and expensive items are easily stolen and easily misplaced by even the most organized of people.

I still don't believe a $300 pen is a good investment (though I can certainly understand why someone wants one).
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I still don't believe a $300 pen is a good investment (though I can certainly understand why someone wants one).
Not for you no. But look at it this way - just because something won't appreciate in value does not make it a poor purchase. It's a simple CBA. If a pen costs $300, and the owner values ownership of it at or above $300, it's a good purchase and they will buy it. If they don't - they simply won't buy it. While arbitrary at best - people do this all the time - place a monetary value on how they expect they will perceive ownership of an item. That can explain why you may see people driving S600s wearing jeans from Costco (usually older people) - they get enough value from S600 ownership to justify the cost of one, but place value on their clothes much lower, to the point where spending >$100 on a pair of nice/decent jeans is ludicrous to them.
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So I found this pen that is out of my price range but still manageable. It looks quite nice too. Any comment on it? Again I would like a Mont Blanc but it's at least another $100 for a decent one.

Waterford Lismore Platinum-Plated Roller Ball Pen- $230

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Here OP

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listi...&condition=new

http://www.amazon.com/Montblanc-Gene...ef=pd_sbs_op_2
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hey BMWE90, i went to Cross website and they have a gold one on sale for like $70 bucks that were $175... you should check it out.

http://www.cross.com/Catalog/Product...AT0122-8(Cross)
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Yeah I checked them out but wasn't sure how reliable Jomashop was. I remember their name from back when I was looking at some Omega watches. I will definitely keep them in mind just in case I wanna just go for it. Thank you!

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hey BMWE90, i went to Cross website and they have a gold one on sale for like $70 bucks that were $175... you should check it out.

http://www.cross.com/Catalog/Product...AT0122-8(Cross)
Thanks for the heads up! I looked at them but most of the good ones (or at least the ones I think are nice) are sold out. Oh well...I will visit the site again soon to see if there's any updates.
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Okay I think these aren't bad. Thoughts?

All of these are sold on Amazon. The middle on is a fountain pen. Per the comment above, I'm not sure if he's ever had a fountain pen before so I'm not really keen on getting one as a gift. Perhaps ballpoints are the better route?

Cross Apogee Executive Collection, Rose Gold, Ballpoint Pen, with Platinum Appointments



Cross Apogee Executive Collection, Rose Gold, Fountain Pen, with Platinum Appointments and Rhodium plated 18 Karat Solid Gold



Cross Apogee Executive 23 KT Gold Plated Ballpoint Pen
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