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My '77 Long Murex has returned from Pilot USA! I couldn't be happier. They not only repaired the small issue with the cap, a very careful restoration was done to the pen, with a conservative polish on worn areas. It doesn't look new, and shouldn't, being a 40 year old used pen, but it looks fantastic, and writes amazingly well. I hadn't noticed that the nib was slightly bent, previously, but it writes like a dream, now. I couldn't ask for a better writing and feeling Japanese fine nib.

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On 7/12/2017 at 10:35 PM, crappyjones123 said:

Just got this and a pilot metropolitan fine nib. Not sure I have seen a sexier bottle of ink. Just oozes awesomeness.  

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It's gorgeous ink in a gorgeous package, innit?  

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cj, would you please post something written or drawn with that ink? I guess the color is lighter than it seems into the bottle.

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Antonio, don't be ridiculous! One doesn't actually open and use a bottle of ink this beautiful. This bottle is meant to be perched on a shelf and admired by all who may pass by its beauty.

I do find humor in that label though.

It's comparable to showing a beautiful Wagu beef hamburger in all its glory and then at the bottom of this gorgeous burger a claim...

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produced by McDonald's.

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6 hours ago, swt61 said:

Antonio, don't be ridiculous! One doesn't actually open and use a bottle of ink this beautiful. This bottle is meant to be perched on a shelf and admired by all who may pass by its beauty.

I do find humor in that label though.

It's comparable to showing a beautiful Wagu beef hamburger in all its glory and then at the bottom of this gorgeous burger a claim...

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produced by McDonald's.

You're right, one buys that to show off on a shelf then another one of the ink colour you like to write :)

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Oddly enough, the pen I tried the ink with first is cheaper than the bottle of ink itself :P

Got myself a pilot metropolitan fine nib in the same order and it is surprisingly nice for being $12.50 shipped. The fine nib is finer than the other fine nibs I have and has a nice bit of feedback to it. Having never written with anything as scratchy, I don't have any feelings for or against it but it's growing on me. 

I only have a yellow source of light right now at my desk and the overhead white light in the room is not bright enough to get rid of the shadows caused by my hand so I'll try to take a picture of some random notes a little bit later. It is not nearly as dark as it seems in the bottle nor is it as pale as it seems on the label on the bottle on the outside. It seems like just the right amount of blueness for me. 

I am yet to find a heavy enough pen =/ The rotring 600 pencils/ballpoint pens have spoilt me. All these fountain pens I have tried don't seem to carry nearly the amount of weight I find myself wanting. The Rosetta North Star is the heaviest one I have and it is just on the wrong side of the balance I prefer. Posting the cap messes with the center of gravity so I don't like doing that. I would love to grab a rotring 600 fountain pen but given the cost and the lack of spare parts makes it a non viable option. 

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25 minutes ago, swt61 said:

I got my Meister stuck once. It hurt!

But not to you

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I have never seen montblancs mentioned in any sort of list of pens of any caliber. That being said I have never used one so don't know if it is all just clever branding or if there is any merit to their asking price. Anyone have one? There's a Montblanc store at the local mall that I was told I could not enter unless I was going to buy something that day. Needless to say I did not bother going inside after that even though I did go in with the mindset of grabbing something. That was a few years ago and I never bothered to revisit the brand. Instead, I found other pens that didn't cost nearly as much that gave me a lot of pleasure to use. 

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Just got a Levenger L-Tech 3.0 Stealth with a fine nib and man this pen is heavy. JUST what I was looking for. They borrowed from the rotring 600 aesthetic and gave it a knurled grip with a hexagonal body that I have come to love (prevents the pen from rolling off the table. Even came in a nice little flight case - certainly a nice touch. 

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I'm no fountain pens expert at all, I don't have any of the modern recommended ones, I have a few old fashioned ones from Sheaffer (one was my grandfather's and is probably about 80 years old), old Parkers, Waterman, Cross, a couple of Meisterstücks the big 149 and one smaller LeGrand, all were gifts or inherited, truth is I never bought a fountain pen for me. I've used most of them. The Meisterstück are very nice to use, not very heavy, but kind of big. They don't get much use on these computer days.

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On 12/6/2015 at 10:12 PM, nikongod said:

Hello Head-case. 

It is with great happiness that I type some more about my pen. 

 

As you can see, I have had this pen for a bit over a year now, and have used it daily. I did some reversible mods to it (sort of) which I reversed and am actually pretty happy with the pen's overall performance - out of the box!

 

My previously mentioned concerns about the finish of the pen were largely unfounded. The finish has held up QUITE nicely - it did indeed get a little shiny (and has *still* not gotten uniform...) but has not scratched through, except right at the tip where the pen has been dropped onto the floor countless times. I was also concerned about the pocket clip, and it has stood up well. I recently started clipping the pen into my man-satchel, so the clip is getting used, and it is holding up well.

 

As previously mentioned I put a few standard parker refills in the pen. They fit without modifications if you are careful to align everything well. I started with a few refills salvaged from free pens you get at trade shows.... This was a mistake & I am happy to say that there are worse refills than the Goliath :P . Then I had the pen using a Quink refil for a few weeks. This was a HUGE mistake, as the Quink is verry non-waterfast, and a few drops of water erased some work I was working on at work. Oops. I reverted to the OEM goliath cartridge. The cartridge is still a bit on the "stiff" side, but for a cartridge that has run for basically a full year I gotta give it some credit. Please make no mistake, I am anxiously awaiting the day it finally fucking dies so I can put a Fischer refill in without being wasteful but I'm not so disgusted that I cant use this one up. 

 

All in all, I am happy with this purchase. My only complaint is that the Goliath cartridge lasts too long, and is not bad enough to just throw away. Even it has its merits. 

It is with improved feelings that I again type about my Caran D'ache 849 pen. 

 

To start, after about 3 years of regular use the Goliath refill did acquire an increased measure of smoothness and "flow." Its still not as smooth as a Fischer, but its also been the only pen I have really used for close to 5 years (Maybe 4.5yr if you count experiments with other cartridges.)

 

Last night while out to dinner and doodling mindlessly on the place-mat they gave me because they know I'm basically a large child, the pen stopped working. This has happened a few times over the past years, and my short lived joy at getting to FINALLY use a Fischer refill in the pen was quickly silenced by my memory of the other times the pen has died and promptly come back to life. The pen came back to life approximately 6" of scribbles after pooping out.

 

The finish on the pen is not really any worse off than it was 4 years ago, aside from ALL of the paint being chipped off of the very tip of the pen-hole, due to being dropped... Despite this embarrassingly regular abuse the pen-hole is still quite circular and the pen opens and closes as smoothly as one would expect from a sub $20 pen. The finish on the rest of the pen has a few superficial scratches but doesn't show bare metal anywhere but the tip. The pocket clip has seen regular use for the past 4+ years holding the pen securely in my man-satchels and shirt pockets, because I often wear button down shirts like an adult now. The "Swiss made" paint (between the clip and clicker) has faded slightly, but the "Caran D'ache 849" text (UNDER the beautifully sculpted pocket-clip) shows no wear. To be fair I often rub the pen between the clip and clicker as an idle habit which probably didn't help the "Swiss Made" text. 

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