Jul 28, 20164620 views

What's your grail pen?

Admittedly, compared to most of the people within the writing community I am relatively inexperienced in my knowledge with the pens that are available on the market.
I only started looking into fountain pen after several causal chats with the members of Writing team at Massdrop. It's too easy to be infatuated by the passion of the people working around you, and before I realized it, I've already gotten quite a few fountain pens as well as numerous bottles of ink in all sorts of different shades.
Recently, Edelberg (http://edelberg.swiss/) caught my attention. And I've been lusting over the EB-1023 ever since.
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I now restrict my collecting/writing to number 6 nibs or larger and non-cartridge converter fill pens.
Grail potentials...A Wahl-Eversharp Deco Band button filler would be nice, an Aurora 88 Ottantotto, a Visconti oversized Homo Sapien, a Konid oversized bulk filler. Vintage would be a Waterman 58.
MB 149 is not on the list and never will be...
My current favorite jostles between my Pilot Custom 823 and my Pelikan 800 with an IB nib.
Interesting question. With literally hundreds of pens to choose from, my grail pen tends to be the one I am working with at the time, and that can vary from an inexpensive Knox nib with a brass barrel, to my GvFC (which currently is my high-end). To me, the issue is what is the best writing nib. I have hoisted multithousand dollar pens that did not write well, while I have dozens of Knox nibs that are workhorses. Never a nick, nip, skip, or ooze. I have a Parker that needs regular encouragement and Levenger's that flow from full to empty with almost the same amount of coverage throughout.

In many cases, I have found that, more and more, I am becoming more of a paper snob than I am a pen snob. I like good pens, don't get me wrong, but good paper makes a marginal pen great in most cases.

Across the top is the Vanishing Point (Stormtrooper), bottom right, Knox (from Birmingham Pens), In the middle my Graf von Faber-Castell, and on the end a new one called Penlux (an aluminum body) that I just acquired.
Omas Arte Italiano Arco celluloids...if not all of them, 7 IIRC, it's pretty close.


That does not do the material justice. Iridescent with great depth. That's the Brown. I also have the Verde..

Pic of the 7 pet set Omas put out:


Visually stunning, but also eminently usable, unless you really prefer something heavier. NOT subtle, however. :)
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CraigLewis
Yup, that's the good stuff!
CraigLewis
I hope to build a similar collection some day!!!
The 1946 Eversharp Skyline was my first real pen and was my favorite. Sadly it was lost and though I've seen some available, I've never found one in the same color or condition and have been afraid to spend money on what may or may not work properly.
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Duckysezso
Check Pen Collectors of America. They should have lists of vintage dealers and pen repair people...which also often are one and the same. Skylines are fairly common, altho there are often problems with that clip. That color combo of burgundy and GF cap is very common.
Duckysezso
These are everywhere. Not sure where you live but there are pen shows all over the US and there are literally hundreds of these floating around for sale for less than 200 or so.
For me, it's a Pilot Vanishing Point. I'd like to get one of the rarer editions of the pen at some point. To me, the functionality of the click mechanism is so appealing, given my uses for pens.
My grail pen is the Conid Bulkfiller over-sized demonstrator with a rodium-plated 18 k gold nib. Not much into works of art that don't write reliably.
My Grail Pen was the Herman Melville - Moby Dick FP from Ryan Krusac Studio. Moby Dick is my favorite novel that I often re-read. The body of the pen is a scrimshawed image of the whale attacking sailors from the Pequod. The appointments are bronze and the cap is made from precious wood from Belize. The nib is a 1.4 italic. I'm using J. Herbin's 1670 Caroube de Chypre, ink; it's a wonderful writer
When I started into fountain pens, my grail pen was the Lamy 2000 and I already bought it. But now, after testing it a few years ago, my new grail pen is the Montblanc Jonathan Swift writer's edition:
The Danitrio YOK-5, Kiritake-ni Hooh by Masanori . The most beautiful pen I have ever seen.
The grail... this is it. Sells for $32,000
Oh, I want it so.
Like many here, I don't have a grail pen either, but I do have a dear wish: I'd love some company to come out with a modern wet noodle nib series. I find it hard to believe that in this day and age we haven't developed an affordable alloy that can be fabricated very thin (for lots of flex) and which doesn't incur any permanent, long-term deformation from writing pressure and tine spreading.

For "normal" writing use, I am content to use something as simple and straightforward as a Lamy Safari. But for calligraphic work, I want a pen with a nib offering lots of flex, and the only way to get that today is to invest in an expensive vintage pen from back when lots of flex was in fashion. I have a Noodler's Ahab, and it has some flex to it, but it takes too much pressure to get a mere BB line width, and I want to be able to apply about half that much pressure and get a 1.2mm line (at least).
JohnRCooper
Out of curiosity, because I too love a good flex and despair at the amount of pressure I have to apply on the Noodler's, which vintage pens are you finding the best for what you are looking for? They're expensive, and I am a beginning hobbyist at best, so I don't really want to invest without a solid idea of what might work for me! Thank you!
BriannaS
Well everyone's go-to vintage flex pen is a Watermans of one sort or another, such as the 52. However, I find that they get too expensive, especially the ones that are in good enough condition that you can rely on them.

So instead I am using a pair of Conklin Duraflex pens for my flex pen needs. They have been performing wonderfully for me. You can't get the "Duraflex" anymore, but you can a Duragraph with the Omniflex nib, which is basically the same thing.
This is a great thread and some amazing pens. For me, it would have to be a Krone fountain pen. I was lucky enough to have been gifted one about twenty years ago, and that pen reignited my love for fountain pens. My holy grail would be the Krone Charles Dickens fountain pen.
Parker 61
Parker 51s of course--especially in Navy Grey with Lustraloy, Blue Diamond clips! And then any number of recent or vintage Parker Duofolds.

RayF
I always return to my trusted 51!