By LPC member Rafal
From time to time we suggest and pick particular themes for our meetings. Those themes have to only loosely be related to pens, inks and papers. The theme for April 3, 2010 was for each member to bring the pen from his/her collection that they would consider the “perfect” pen (for him or her) right now and explain why they chose that particular pen.
There was a strong suspicion that the idea of a “perfect pen” would mean many different things to many different people but some suggested selection criteria included:
– How the pen fits them?
– How the nib matches their preference for most of their writing
(smoothness level, flow rate, stiffness, and point size/shape)?
– How durable is the construction?
– How it matches their esthetic tastes?
– How easy it is to fill and how it matches their ink capacity requirements?
We thought that this exercise might reveal a few interesting observations including:
– The “perfect” pen for someone might not be their most favourite pen;
– There might be a lot of variety in the pens selected by the group or there may be
some similarities; and
– We might even find that there are some repetitions.
This turned out to be a pretty interesting topic of discussion and here are the pens each member brought (along with the reasons for their choice) and a slide show of those perfect pens:
Rick: Parker 75 Cisele
– Size / weight just right
– Dry writing wine nib – just likes Rick likes
– Cartridge capability – great for travel
– Classic design
John: Waterman Edson
– Perfect size
– Broad nib – pretty much the only nib for John
– Very pretty – navy blue color with gold trim
– Sentimental value – it was a gift from John’s employer for 25 years of service
– Does not have a vacumatic filling mechanism 😉
Mike: Tibaldi Iride
– It’s the pen that David wants more than any other from his collection but can’t have it.
Dan: Sheaffer 300
– Has a nice heft
– Spring loaded clip
David: Modern Aurora 88 (large) with a stub nib
– Black with silver trim
– Size / feel
– Piston filler
– Great nib
– Classic, elegant design
– Italian pen
Doug: Delta 20th Anniversary
– Feel in hand
– Barrel shape is smooth and flowing
– Ink flow on the wet side
– Nib is ‘right’ – It’s neither fine or medium or broad, it is just right.
– Colour – Orange Black
– Filling system – Vintage classic (lever)
– Construction – Screw-on cap (when posted to end of barrel). At first he thought it was a hassle and stupid. Now everything lines up. Cap never falls off.
– A larger pen, yet again, body flow and colour… Writing for hours…
– Gold nib, and it has some flex
– Classic design
Marie: Sheaffer 300
– Nice to write with
Stan: Waterman 100 Year Pen
– Perfect flexible nib – almost calligraphic.
– Lends itself very well to Stan’s style of writing
Patrick: Parker 51 Slender
– Matches his jacket
– Perfect weight / balance posted and not posted
– Hooded nib design
– Nice nib
Ben:Waterman Expert II
– Colour – light blue
– Flows smoothly
– Can be used anytime (always ready to write)
Rafal: Parker 51 Aerometric
– Perfect Size
– Smooth, wet XF nib
– Elegant styling
– Very durable and easy to service
After everyone’s choices were revealed, a few things became apparent:
– Out of 11 pens, Waterman and Parker were picked most often [3 times each (27%)/6 out of the 11 in total (55%)];
– Out of modern pens, Sheaffer 300 was picked twice (67%) and out of vintage
pens Parker 51 was picked twice (67%);
– 4 pens were vintage (36%) and 7 were modern (64%);
– The cartridge/converter filling system was picked most often [5 times (45%)];
– The pens picked were either American or Italian brands;
– Surprisingly, there were no German or Japanese pens picked; and,
– The nib/writing characteristics was used as a criteria by 9 out of
11 participants (82%).
It would be interesting to compare the results of this exercise if these same question was asked a year from now.
We’d love to hear what your perfect pen is and why? Maybe you think the same as some of our members or maybe something completely different. Let us know!