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Sep 19, 2008 6:31 pm

Anyone here use fountain pens at work or at client meetings?  If not, what's your poser pen of choice?

Sep 19, 2008 6:38 pm
gregoron:

Anyone here use fountain pens at work or at client meetings?  If not, what's your poser pen of choice?

 
I use a couple poser pens:  One is a pen with a very high-end lunch/dinner club in the area, and the other is a pen with my name engraved.
 
However, I will use any pen that gets the client to sign the papers.
Sep 19, 2008 8:10 pm
iceco1d:

Greg,


You are REALLY pushing hard to get rid of that "Newbie" tatoo above your avatar aren't you? 
 
  Is there anything above "senior member"?
Sep 19, 2008 8:21 pm
iceco1d:

Greg,

You are REALLY pushing hard to get rid of that "Newbie" tatoo above your avatar aren't you? 



Ice, fountain pens is hardly a topic to get me off "newbie".  But, every little bit helps.

I'm saying this because I also belong to a fountain pen discussion forum.  Yes, it exists (www.fountainpennetwork.com).  I got off "newbie" status on that one quickly talking about my Lamy 2000 fountain pen.

My L2K (abbrev. for Lamy 2000), is an interesting conversation piece with some clients and my business partner who thinks I'm outdated.

Sep 19, 2008 9:28 pm

What is a fountain pen, is it one of those feathers you dip in ink?

Sep 19, 2008 11:01 pm

No, it's something like this:

http://www.joonpens.com/Pelikan_200%20Series_pens.html

It has it's own ink reservoir and the ink flows down the nib.  No need to dip in ink like it's older dip pen counterpart.

Sep 20, 2008 8:37 am

I favor my good old Mont Blanc that I was given as a gift years ago. It's a classic, and it's appearance is not too over the top. However, it's a roller ball, not a fountain. I do have one old fountain pen that I use for writing cards with (not the everyday birthday, but congrats, sympathy, etc.). Fountain pens write beautifully on heavy stock and cards.

Sep 20, 2008 9:51 pm
gregoron:

ink flows down the nib.

 
That makes me feel funny inside
Sep 20, 2008 10:25 pm

do a search.  i believe this has already been discussed by those who have relevant info.

Sep 20, 2008 11:32 pm

I have a yellow Lamy Safari. I enjoy it, but I get tired of getting ink all over my fingers every time I use it, so I usually revert back to one of my old trusy customized $.25 EDJ pens.

Sep 22, 2008 10:14 am
gregoron:

Anyone here use fountain pens at work or at client meetings?  If not, what's your poser pen of choice?

 
Yes, I have a 20's Parker Duofold that is in great condition that I use once in a while.  It gets attention. 
 
My pen of choice in an important meeting is a Visconti Van Gogh rollerball.  I  bought the roller instead of the fountain because, like Borker, I was tired of getting ink on myself when I filled a pen.  I still get the look and feel of a nice pen, but not the mess.  It's smooth as silk and doesn't freak out boomers who never used a fountain pen.  It's kind of funny to hand them the Parker and see the reaction.  One guy handed it back to me and asked me for a Bic.  The check still cashed.    
 
My small collection also includes a black and silver Sheaffer set from the 50's, a Sheaffer tuckaway set that includes a pen, very early ball point, and pencil.  The fountain has never been inked and two of the three still have the price tag on them.  Both of those sets are in their original clamshells.  I also have some misch Esterbrook and some no name stuff that I've picked up for cheap at garage sales or antique shops.     
 
 
Sep 22, 2008 12:53 pm

John Hancock has a very nice roller ball pen that I give to clients to sign for very large annuities. And yes, they get to keep the pen. Most are quite impressed.

Sep 23, 2008 4:19 pm
Spaceman Spiff:
gregoron:

Anyone here use fountain pens at work or at client meetings?  If not, what's your poser pen of choice?

 
Yes, I have a 20's Parker Duofold that is in great condition that I use once in a while.  It gets attention. 
 
My pen of choice in an important meeting is a Visconti Van Gogh rollerball.  I  bought the roller instead of the fountain because, like Borker, I was tired of getting ink on myself when I filled a pen.  I still get the look and feel of a nice pen, but not the mess.  It's smooth as silk and doesn't freak out boomers who never used a fountain pen.  It's kind of funny to hand them the Parker and see the reaction.  One guy handed it back to me and asked me for a Bic.  The check still cashed.    
 
My small collection also includes a black and silver Sheaffer set from the 50's, a Sheaffer tuckaway set that includes a pen, very early ball point, and pencil.  The fountain has never been inked and two of the three still have the price tag on them.  Both of those sets are in their original clamshells.  I also have some misch Esterbrook and some no name stuff that I've picked up for cheap at garage sales or antique shops.     
 
 



Spaceman, that's quite a collection you have there.  I have an Esterbrook desk set I keep on my desk, a Lamy 2000, Pelikan M150, Aurora 888, and a Pilot 78G.  All fountain pens.  For everyday use, I have a $14 Caran D'Ache 849 metal ballpoint that writes well.  I also like Pilot G2s.

Sep 23, 2008 4:27 pm

I'm dying with laughter here. Who knew? Are there special events where people hang around and talk and show pens to each other? That would be the best networking event ever:


"My pen writes stuff!"
"Ahhh come in brother, welcome to our club!"
Sep 23, 2008 4:35 pm

The phrase "Form over Substance" seems to apply here.

 
Don't confuse the two.
Sep 24, 2008 10:34 am

It's kind of like those window stickers on Jeeps - It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand. 


Yes, there are pen collector conventions.  I've never been to one, but I know they exist. 
 
We're not talking about small dollar pen's here.  These are works of art.  Parker made a pen in 1906 that was a sterling silver or gold snake wrapped around the body of the pen.  They were hand made and produced in limited quantities.  Today they bring $25,000 to $30,000.  They're about as rare as a Honus Wagner baseball card. 
 
Another example...A company called Krone makes incredible pens.  One of the coolest they've put out is called the Tyrannosaurus Rex.  The barrel of the pen is carved out of 10,000 year old mammoth ivory.  The cap of the pen has a fragement of a T-Rex tooth embedded in it.  It's a great little piece of art.  For a mere $6500 you can have one on your desk.   
 
I could go on and on, but I have work to do. 
Sep 24, 2008 12:44 pm

Yeah, I believe that people collect pens and that there are pens that bring big bucks.

 
People collect all sorts of stuff. I went to a Billiard Expo and saw cue sticks selling for over 25K. Even if I had that to blow on a stick it wouldn't help my game. I walked out with a $500 Predator 5K2. It doesn't help my game either, but I like it.
Sep 24, 2008 1:05 pm
Spaceman Spiff:

It's kind of like those window stickers on Jeeps - It's a Jeep thing, you wouldn't understand. 


Yes, there are pen collector conventions.  I've never been to one, but I know they exist. 
 
We're not talking about small dollar pen's here.  These are works of art.  Parker made a pen in 1906 that was a sterling silver or gold snake wrapped around the body of the pen.  They were hand made and produced in limited quantities.  Today they bring $25,000 to $30,000.  They're about as rare as a Honus Wagner baseball card. 
 
Another example...A company called Krone makes incredible pens.  One of the coolest they've put out is called the Tyrannosaurus Rex.  The barrel of the pen is carved out of 10,000 year old mammoth ivory.  The cap of the pen has a fragement of a T-Rex tooth embedded in it.  It's a great little piece of art.  For a mere $6500 you can have one on your desk.   
 
I could go on and on, but I have work to do. 
 
I think it makes for a great prospecting niche. 
Oct 22, 2008 8:52 pm
Wow I guess its time for me to upgrade the ol wholesaler pens, lol.  Spiff I would be very interested in seeing your office after hearing about your pens.  I could only imagine.
Oct 23, 2008 9:07 am

I love it, nothing gets brokers talking faster than suits, shirts and pens!

 
Unfortunately I'm unable to contribute to this convo, I'm an avid pen chewer... seriously... its terrible.
 
I've got a desk drawer full of destroyed bics, when clients come in I pull out a new box so they don't have to touch one out of the pen graveyard.