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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:06 PM
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I was thinking about getting my son a fountain pen for his high school graduation gift and was wondering if any of you on the board have any experience or recommendations.


I have also thought about making one from a kit along with a letter opener. If anyone has any thought on that also.


Would just like to get him something nice and classy that he can take with him where ever he goes.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 10:12 PM
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OMAS pens. They're ridiculously priced unless you're friends and family with LVMH though.

http://www.omas.com/EN/index.html
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 11:08 PM
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Why dont you get him a "Blue Angels" Citizens watch...I think they still make them. They are $200/$300 bucks and since hes Air Force...just a thought. I have one I bought 5 or 10 years ago you can check it if you want.
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A fountain pen is great, but not for carrying around day to day. Sitting at a desk sure. I own a couple of fountain pens that I use for writing letters and signing business letters etc. have to use good paper too, but a fountain pen just writes well and looks good on paper.
But for everyday use I'd buy a nice quality rollerball. It looks as elegant as a fountain pen, but is easier to deal with day to day. I like one with a cap so you don't accidentally put it in your pocket open and allow ink to stain our shirt. Nice pens can become an addiction like watches and land rovers.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 12:08 AM
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I'm tired...sorry...it's the thought that counts! lol...
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What's a "pen"? Is that something you use with an iPad?
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 05:31 AM
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I got a Mont Blanc for my 18th birthday. I still have it. A pen is like a watch. You use it every day and then hand it down to the next generation.

Parker make decent 'first' fountain pens.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 07:07 AM
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I gave my daughter a cell phone bill and a car insurance bill, she still has it today and will the rest of her life.
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Get him a benchmade knife -- every man needs a good pocket knife... something he'll take with him every where he goes. If you are dead-set on a pen, an aunt got me a cross pen when I graduated highschool and I still have it and use it on some occasions. A fountain pen would have ended up sitting in the desk.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 08:33 AM
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Personally, I don't think an 18 year old will ever appreciate a good pen, especially right after final exams. They are wanting to exploit their new freedom before college. Their mind is on summer, cars and girls with job and college on horizon.

A good suit for interviews, a nice watch, or a man trip are something to think about. If I could go back, I'd want something that you all wished you had done while young and single when you had time but no money like flying lessons or race car driving school (out in AZ).
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 09:40 AM
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After many years of purchasing everything from Omas, Delta, Waterman, Stipula, Mont Blanc, etc - I now only purchase Parker and Pelikans and an occasional Bexley.

I highly recommend Pelikan for any every day fountain pen - easy to fill, always writes, simple design, and high quality. The M205 series is under $150 an well worth it. If you want spend twice as much (and a little more) go for a Parker Duofold.


Check out www.richardsPens.com - he has a great selection and great info.

If you want more info - just PM me.
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 09:43 AM
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Maybe with this new pen we can practice the spelling of the word Fountain?
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I think as we get older we are nostalgic for items that we held in high regard when we were younger. I personally would see the value of a nice pen, but I am not sure one of my kids would. However, I do see the value in a watch or a pocket knife. Invaluable tools to own, heirloom pieces regardless of the times. Although, as mentioned, if he's heading in the direction of Air Force a pen would be nice, well suited for a "career" man". There is something to be said for the classic Cross pen and pencil set. I loved my fathers, I have a couple of my own somewhere.

Not knowing what the budget is a watch gets my vote.. a nice clean Tag Carrera or a budget friendly Hamilton khaki Chrono (my wife bought me the Hamilton for a wedding gift because the Tag was out of our price range..I still have it, wear it everyday 10 years later. In the end just as nice IMHO and I will pass it along to my son..)
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I got a pen for my high school graduation and I really like it. I haven't used it much but when I do there is a sentimental value which I appreciate. It is something that I plan to have for a long time.
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A fountain pen is great, but not for carrying around day to day. Sitting at a desk sure. I own a couple of fountain pens that I use for writing letters and signing business letters etc. have to use good paper too, but a fountain pen just writes well and looks good on paper.
But for everyday use I'd buy a nice quality rollerball. It looks as elegant as a fountain pen, but is easier to deal with day to day. I like one with a cap so you don't accidentally put it in your pocket open and allow ink to stain our shirt. Nice pens can become an addiction like watches and land rovers.
I carry a montblanc FP all day
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Montblanc pens

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I have a couple of the Benchmade Tactical pens. This one is made of titanium and is anodized a beautiful blue color - my buddies always try to steal it!! I work in law enforcement and fly for my office too so it's a great little extra pocket defense tool and touch stylus for touchscreen tablets...serves a lot of good purposes (you can even write with it!!) and looks great too. Good luck with your search.
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