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Favorite pen

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I have a substantial collection of fine fountain pens, and I just got out my Pelikan Souveran 800 (aka the M800; at the link, notice the button at the top right that allows you to select color). I think the M800 is the all-round best pen I own—well, the all-round best pens that I own, since I have 4 of them (the black, the blue and black, the green and black (their traditional color, shown below), and a transparent green demonstrator) as well as a couple of M1000, a sightly larger pen.

The M800 is a piston-fill pen, and the nib unit can be readily unscrewed and replaced—nice if you occasionally change nibs, and vital in the event you drop your pen and it hits point-first. I use a Broad point that John Mottishaw reshaped into italic.

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21 May 2011 at 6:10 am

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Grinding your own pen nibs

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I used to but pens with regular broad points and grind those into the proper shape for italic handwriting. (If the pen was available with an italic or stub point, I would buy it that way, but some pens came only in Fine, Medium, and Broad.) I actually wrote a little treatise on my method, but ultimately I decided that John Mottishaw did a much better job than I. Still, there’s a pleasure in making a pen exactly fit your own style of handwriting. Bob Slaughter points to this interesting article if you’re inclined to work on your pen nib.

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29 March 2009 at 8:15 am

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Omas Arco

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Omas Arco 1995

Omas Arco 1995

This is the pen I’m currently using, a favorite I bought in San Francisco. The lines of the celluloid line up correctly if you put the tip directly under the clip before screwing on the cap. (This is the usual trick. If the tip-under-clip trick doesn’t work, trying putting the tip upside down under the clip before screwing on the cap.)

The celluloid must be aged before it can be used in a pen. The pen is quite lightweight—one of the benefits of celluloid—and uses a piston fill. If you click the image, you might make out the year “1995” on the grip to the right of the threads. Great little pen. This nib I ground myself to get an italic shape from a medium standard nib (see the “M” on the side of the nib).

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22 March 2009 at 11:43 am

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Handmade fountain-pen nibs

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I have a couple of pens with handmade nibs. Here’s a fascinating interview (with photos) of a nib maker. More info here and also here.

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29 January 2008 at 11:27 am

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