- She wants a pen for the birthday, Help?
My partiner wants a fountain pen for her birthday.
First of all i have about £50 to get one…
I have no idea what to look for in a pen… (i work in IT so no need for pens)
I have been looking at this one Waterman but it don't look anything special. I am also thinking of getting it engraved, so it will need to be cromed or if i am not getting it engraved etc…
She is a school teacher if that makes any difrence, but she may not use it at work, but i dont know. (she just wants one)
Any ideas, and what would be the best pen/deal? and where can i get one from?Posted 10 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
+ 1 for Cross. Available from many good pen shops! My everyday pens are Cross Townsends (Black and Gold).
Mont Blanc are for poseurs only.
One issue here is, different pens suit different writing styles, so it may be best to get her to try one out.
You could always go vintage – http://www.penfriend.co.uk/ – Top shop! I have a couple of lovely old Parkers and Conway Stewarts I inherited and they did a great job with them.Posted 10 years agoWhathaveisaidnowMember
whatever you go for, I'd get one of these first and give it to her as a joke pre-the real one!!Posted 10 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Up the budget slightly. To around £100. Some good choices then.
Frankly, pens are like bikes – what you think of as expensive, CaptainFlash considers disposable 😉
He's right about Mont Blancs, though. Only bought by people who want you to know they bought an expensive pen.
Of my pens, the nicest I own is one of these:
Posted 10 years agokimbersSubscriber
Pens! They’re the best friend you can have! Everything I know about people, I leant from pens. If they don’t work, you shake them. If they still don’t work – you chuck them away, bin them!Posted 10 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
Mrs BJ is a teacher. I got her a really nice ball-pen that you can get red ink refills for and had a 3-sided grip (for max comfort) and was quite distinctive (to stop it getting lost). She loved it (till she lost it).
I'm not suggesting it instead of the fountain pen btw. But if you look at Lamy, which are my favourites, maybe you could get a matching pair within budgetPosted 10 years agoJammy111Member
you wont get a mont blanc for 130. they start at 210 ish. cross come with a 2 year guarantee IIRC mont blanc only get one year- and are apparently quite fragile/ smash if you drop them.
one thing i would recommend is trying them out before buying (maybe not possible in this instance) but by doing this i immediately narrowed my choice down to two or three pens out of a good hundred or so in a pen shop. they were a parker, a cross and a mont blanc. After the bashing on this thread im not going to say which i bought 😳Posted 10 years agoCubedMember
Could always try a rotring?? Faber castell have some nice ones at the minute, cross are ok but for crossword posers. Have to admit i do like parker sonnet though. Try checking out The Pen Shop or Websters Pen Shop.
Yard o Led
All way expensive and only for those who like writing or keep a journal and are going to use them every day – just rember its painful losing a really expensive pen!!Especially if some school kid is going to nick it!!Posted 10 years agomrmoMember
managed to acquire one of these, a sheaffer Imperial brass not made anymore but similar pens may be available.
Something a bit different,
Would have to go along with try before you buy, i also acquired a nice waterman but i find it a little light and doesn't flow as nicely.Posted 10 years ago
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