Top 5 Pens under $100 for Season 4 – The Pen Habit
The fountain pen hobby can be disastrously expensive for those who us who lack self-control (or any semblance of common sense.) Not everyone will jump from a $60 to a $600 pen in just a couple of months like I did, nor should they. So, for those people who are just starting out in the hobby, or have decided that they’re not all that interested in delving into the world of expensive pens, here are my top 5 pens under $100.
(Disclaimer: these are my own personal list, and may not match yours.
Honorable Mention: Peyton Street Pens – Ranga Zayante ($72)
At $72, the Peyton Street/Ranga collaboration, the Zayante, is one of the most expensive pens in the list, which is why it just barely got edged out by some of the other pens in the list. But, for $72, you get a handmade ebonite pen with a really nice steel #6 Jowo nib. Ranga pens are some of my favorites among ebonite pens from Indian makers, and the Zayante is one of his designs with a bit more flair than some of the others.
#5. Jinhao x450 w/ a replacement Jowo nib ($20-$25)
Down from #4
This one is a little weird for a list like this. The Jinhao x450 is probably one of the most robust and consistent of the ultra-inexpensive Chinese-made pens. Their traditional shape and heavy construction give them a bit of heft and class that seems to be missing from some of the other pens in this price range. However, like many of the pens at this sub-$10 price point, the nib performance can be a bit inconsistent. Sometimes, the nibs are super smooth and well-adjusted. Other times, they’re scratchy, or they pour ink on the paper. I often recommend this pen to people who want to learn to tinker with pens, because once it writes well, it’s a great pen.
In those cases when the nib the pen comes with is poor, the Jinhao x450 will accept #6 Jowo nibs (like nibs from Goulet, Edison, Franklin-Christoph, etc.), so you can upgrade the nib performance or try a different nib type with very little effort. Both of the Jinhao X450s in my collection have Goulet nibs, and they’re wonderful writers.
#4. Pilot Prera ($54)
Up from #5
I’ve taken a lot of flack from the pen community over the years for my own personal dislike of the Pilot Metropolitan. They’re usually very good writers, but the shape of the pen just doesn’t really work for my grip. It’s one of the reasons why I like the Prera as much as I do.
#3. Nemosine Singularity ($25)
Earlier on in my reviewing history, I reviewed the Nemosine Fission, Nemosine’s larger, heavier metal offering from the US-based Nemosine pens. This season, Nemosine sent me examples of their other two models: the lilliputian Neutrino and the acrylic Singularity.
#2. TWSBI Eco ($30)
Holding at #2
The TWSBI Eco is, in many ways, something of an outlier in this list. At only $30, the Eco is the only piston-filler of the group. (TWSBI is a master of providing higher-end filling systems on more affordable pens.) So, if you’re looking for a pen with a big ink capacity, this may be one to consider. TWSBI’s well-publicized issues with cracking plastics seem to have been mostly resolved, and in those cases when it hasn’t been, TWSBI continues to have really superb customer service.
#1. Faber-Castell Loom ($40)
Holding at #1
Still the reigning champion in my list is the indomitable Faber-Castell Loom. Even though I try not to be a contrarian by nature, my selection of the Loom as my top pen under $100 has got to raise a few eyebrows with people. Simply put, Faber-Castell has some of the best steel nibs in the business. Period. Their nibs are smooth with a moderate wetness. They’re attractive. They’re perfectly tuned. I’ve yet to have a Faber-Castell nib that wasn’t just a beautiful writer. Now, the aesthetics of the pen won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I like this pen. It’s surprisingly comfortable in the hand, posts well (and with a very light cap so it doesn’t lose its balance), and is a killer workhorse of a pen.
Best Mid-Range Fountain Pens: $100-300
The following fountain pens are for people who want to graduate from a Pilot Metropolitan or Lamy Safari level to something a little more sophisticated and elegant.Pilot Capless
1. Pilot Capless
Usually priced around $120-$150, it is an affordable pen with a design that is very unique. It came out in 1964 so it has some of the mid-century modern touch to it. It almost looks like a ballpoint pen because it has a retractable nib and so it’s very handy for people who have to take notes quickly and don’t have the time to remove or untwist the cap.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of the light weight, however, for people who have to write a lot and don’t want something heavy in their pocket, I think it’s an ideal companion. It can take cartridges or a converter. It comes with a converter that has three little metal balls inside and they’re supposed to help break the surface tension of the ink so you actually can write with a full tank of ink and you don’t waste anything that’s stuck at a point where it can’t get through the nib. The rather small 18 karat gold nib comes in fine, broad, and medium widths, you can see there’s some line vibration due to the fact that it’s a very slim nib but overall, it’s okay and it does the job.
To be honest, when I look at this pilot pen, it feels a little cheap because it has this lacquered finish, it almost looks like a bit of a metallic paint which is typically something I expect from a five-dollar pen not from $120 writing piece.
Overall, the pilot capless is a smooth writer with steady ink flow, it is neither too wet nor too dry and it is perfect to take a lot of quick notes, you probably won’t write a long letter with it. It is made in Japan and three years guarantee against mechanical failures.
I think it’s a perfect pen for people who just want to upgrade from a ballpoint pen who are used to the convenience but want a slightly more unique look to the way they write but not sacrifice any of the practical aspects of a ballpoint pen. It’s also fantastic for people who are non-conformists and want a fountain pen that doesn’t look like anything else out there. I think it’s perfect for doctors or other people who have to take lots of notes quickly and have to move on and they don’t have the time to remove the cap or keep it and so that would come in very handy with a pilot capless.
2. Waterman Carene
The pen retails anywhere from $120 to $300 for the more all-metal versions. Waterman, as a brand, was very popular in the 1900s when vintage pens were very sought after. Lewis Edson Waterman invented the capillary feed fountain pen which is what most pens use today. Now generally, while modern Waterman fountain pens are not necessarily a great collector’s item, this one is usually quite popular.
First of all, it comes in a wide variety of designs in different colors and options. It features a pop-top cap and a hinged clip which both work quite well. I also really like to post the cap on the back of the fountain pen, it creates a nice balance and a solid weight. Compared to the Pilot Capless, it’s noticeably heavier. It takes standard cartridges or a converter and has an 18 karat gold nib that is part of the streamlined design that is very unique to this fountain pen. It has a good ink flow, though it runs a bit drier than other pens. The lines are quite smooth and simple. Sometimes, it may take a few strokes to warm up. I like the lacquered brass body which is not as cheap looking as the Pilot Capless and overall, it’s quite a bit heavier.
Made in France, the Waterman Carene comes with a three-year warranty that can be extended to five years if you register the fountain pen. So who is the Waterman Carene for? I think it’s a good choice for people who want a unique streamlined design and appreciate a slightly heavier pen. I think it’s great for modern-day businessmen who prefer slim fit suits and want something that is not as old and classic as the Montblanc Meisterstuck, for example, but it is something that’s a little more unique that also doesn’t break the bank.Lamy 2000
3. Lamy 2000
The Lamy 2000 usually retails anywhere between $140-$170. To me, it looks like a durable understated mix between a Bauhaus mid-century modern design. It doesn’t come out as a surprise, it originally came out in 1966 and back then, it was celebrated as a simplistic piece of art. The construction is made out of stainless steel and polycarbonate which is the same material you probably know from your lightweight suitcases. The fountain pen has a matte texture which gives you a better grip and it also makes it less shiny and because it’s not metal or lacquer, it feels warmer when you write with it. That being said, the tip is stainless steel and it’s noticeably cooler. It has a nice pop-top cap that posts well on the back of the pen and stays on while you write. The fountain pen is comfortable to hold, it has a moderate weight and is rather well balanced. The semi-hooded hidden nib is made of 14-karat gold, to get the silver look, it’s platinum plated.
Personally, I am not a big fan of this kind of nib design but it was very popular in the 60s. While there are several nib widths and styles available, the look of it is rather limited. You can get it in a darker version, in a lighter version, and sometimes they have limited editions like champagne colored ones. The Lamy 2000 writes smoothly, maybe it’s a bit on the wet side. It can take a little while to find a sweet spot because if the nib is rotated slightly, it doesn’t write. Unlike the two other pens, the Lamy 2000 comes with a large piston filling mechanism which I prefer to the other mechanisms because I don’t have to untwist anything, it’s all contained within the pen. It also has a nice ink window so you can always see if you’re running out shortly. It also comes with a nice spring-loaded pivoting clip which makes it very easy to clip into your pocket or anything else for that matter. The tapered front section of the pen makes it comfortable to write no matter if you have smaller, medium, or larger hands.
Overall, the Lamy 2000 provides a very comfortable writing experience paired with an iconic design, it’s made in Germany by Lamy and comes with a 2-year warranty. So who’s the Lamy 2000 for? I think it works well for people who like simplistic things such as a Nomos Tangete, for example. It’s also great if you prefer medium to lightweight pens and not something that’s super heavy paired with a slightly grippier shaft. Personally, I don’t like the look and the design of the Lamy 2000 but I’m neither a big fan of the Capless or the Waterman Carene. That being said, all those three pens are great writing instruments if you just look at the writing aspect.
4. Sailor 1911
This pen looks very classic compared to the previous three. It comes in two different sizes and the large one is usually anywhere from $200 – $280. At first glance, it might look very timeless, classic, and understated to you, however, in the fountain pen world, it looks really like a knockoff Montblanc Meisterstuck. The screw on cap is tight and it posts well on the back of the pen.
Even though we got the large version, it’s considerably smaller than a Montblanc Meisterstuck 149 and about the size of Montblanc 146. You can get it in various resin colors and gold as well as the rhodium plated metal parts. It also comes in many nib sizes including the rather unusual zoom nib. While the standard size just has a 14-karat nib, the large one has a 21 karat nib which is rather unusual but the higher the gold content, usually the softer and smoother the nib.
The writing experience is very comfortable and smooth and the nib adds a little bit of bounce. Even though the back tip indicates this is a piston filler, it only works with cartridges or cartridge converters. It’s comfortable to use either posted or unposted and overall, it’s a very pleasant writing experience. I think the sailors have relatively fine nibs across all the sizes. So if you want something finer, that’s great. If you like something broader, maybe you want to size up. Its made in Japan, comes with a one-year warranty. So who’s it for? It’s ideal for people who want a classic understated cigar design in a nice size with a high-quality nib made out of 21 karat gold.Pilot Custom Heritage 823
5. Pilot Custom Heritage 823
First, it retails at about $270- $290, comes in a big box often with an inkwell. It also has a classic cigar inspired style but it’s in general, a little slimmer. Also, the body is made out of a semi transparent resin which means you can actually see the mechanics on the inside. This one comes in a smoky acrylic tone in Japan or at specialty retailers, you can also find different colors. Unlike all the other four contenders, this one has a vacuum filling mechanism which personally, I’m not a big fan of.
The 14 karat gold nib is large, smooth, and juicy. Possibly, it’s one of the smoothest writers out there and personally, I think the number one reason why you should buy this pen is the smooth nib and writing experience. While many pens in this price range offer more of an oversized grip, this one is more standard sized and better suited to small to medium hands. Of course, it’s also made in Japan by Pilot and I think it’s perfect for people who want a different design and a smooth writing experience. You really don’t have to mind the kind of design that is semi-transparent and you also have to be okay with a vacuum filling mechanism which personally I’m not a big fan of.
So in conclusion, if you’re ready to take the plunge and take your fountain pen game to the next level, all these five contenders will be a noticeable step up from a Lamy Safari or a Pilot Metropolitan. So which of these five pens should you choose? Frankly, if you like the more mid-century modern design, I think the Lamy 2000 is nice. If you are a doctor and you take quick notes, the Capless is best. If you want something business appropriate but unique, the Waterman Carene is hard to beat. For the best experience in terms of writing, I think the Pilot custom 823 is great and if you want something that looks more like a Montblanc Meisterstuck, you can go with a sailor 1911.
Pens & Pencils $100 or Less
11 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Blue Carbonesque – Fine, medium or broad 14K gold nib, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, converter, cartridge cover, papers, inner & outer box, near mint condition. – SOLD
12 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Black – Fine, medium or broad 18K gold nib, lacquer barrel, converter, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, cartridge cover, inner/outer box and papers, mint condition. – $140 – NEW
Not pictured – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Black – Medium or broad 14K gold nib, lacquer barrel, converter, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, cartridge cover, inner/outer box and papers, very light micro scratches and a tiny gouge on the barrel (hardly noticeable), excellent condition. – $110 – NEW
13 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Black Carbonesque – Choice of fine, medium or broad 18K gold nib, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, converter, cartridge cover, inner/outer box and papers, mint condition. – SOLD
14 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Blue – Fine, medium or broad 18K gold nib, lacquer barrel, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, converter, cartridge cover, papers, inner & outer box, light micro scratches, excellent condition. – SOLD
15 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Chrome – Fine, medium or broad 14K gold nib, lacquer barrel, converter, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, cartridge cover, papers, inner & outer box, mint condition. – SOLD
16 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Chrome – Choice of fine or medium gold-plated steel nib, stickered, lacquer barrel, converter, cartridge cover, rhodium trim, push button actuated nib, papers, inner & outer box, mint condition. – $95
17 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Blue – Medium or broad 14K gold nib, lacquer barrel, gold trim, push button actuated nib, cartridge/converter filler, inner/outer box and papers, very light scratches on trim, excellent+ condition. – $110 – NEW
18 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Red – Fine, medium or broad 14K gold nib, lacquer barrel, gold trim, push button actuated nib, converter, cartridge cover, papers, inner and outer box, light micro scratches, excellent condition. – SOLD
19 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Blue – Extra fine, fine or medium gold-plated steel nib, lacquer barrel, converter, cartridge cover, gold trim, papers, inner & outer box, mint condition. – SOLD
20 – Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Fountain Pen – Black – Medium or broad 14K gold nib, lacquer barrel, gold trim, push button actuated nib, converter, black inner box and papers, micro scratches on trim, excellent condition. – $110 – NEW
History of the Pilot Namiki Capless Vanishing Point Fountain Pens
Fisher Astronaut Space Pen AG7 Review -$100
I love me a good pen. My first dedicated pocket carry writing utensil was in fact a Fisher Bullet Space Pen, I found it on the ground while walking and was instantly drawn to it’s design. I’ve since given that pen to my wife to keep in her purse. This left a serious void in my pocket, and since I love the classics, The Fisher Astronaut Space Pen was a serious contender for that coveted spot in my Levis. Who wouldn’t want the first pen in space…in their pocket?
The AG7 has a solid brass body, finished with a black titanium nitride finish. Basically titanium nitride is a very hard ceramic coating. This finish is often used with industrial applications, so it’s pretty cool seeing it used on a pen. This will greatly improve the pens resistance to scratches and scuffs. This pen comes in at 5” long and weighs roughly 30 grams or a hair over an ounce.
It utilizes a tailcap push button operation for extending the ballpoint and a side actuated button for retracting it. There is a pocket clip with “Fisher AG 7” stamped on it as well.
This pen houses a Fisher PR4 black ink medium point. The sealed, pressurized ink flow is excellent. I’m talking instant, smooth lines. You can write upside down with this pen, as well as under water and in absurd temperature conditions, but personally I’m just fine jotting down my to do list at a comfortable 67 degrees. The barrel doesn’t offer much in the way of grip, as there is no knurling of any kind, so this might not be the best option for a mechanic or in any environment where your hands are overly slick.
Having said that, I find it to be an ideal everyday writing instrument. The pocket clip seems robust enough to handle pant’s pockets and will be at home in a chest pocket. Thanks again to the pocket clip, there is no rolling with this pen and the novelty of the side retract button makes it fun to operate.
Honestly, I find the traditional AG7 pens a bit dull. However, the titanium nitride finish really livens up the classic silhouette. The design is very no nonsense, there isn’t anything on this pen that isn’t necessary which is what you might expect from a pen used by Nasa. This pen has an understated charm, it doesn’t scream executive splurge yet it doesn’t come off as another Bic.
Fisher’s Astronaut AG7 Space Pen is a timeless classic. This pen writes smoothly and infallibly, and is sleek and unobtrusive when carried. If the $100 price tag is setting you on edge, you can always opt for the original chrome plated model which is 40 dollars less. Either way you’re getting a piece of history and an excellent writing tool.
11-year-old entrepreneur turns $100 into Arkansas pen business
RUSSELLVILLE — At 11 years old, Ramsay Short took a $100 reward for good grades and turned himself into a fledgling entrepreneur.
From a wood workshop in his family’s garage, Ramsay makes and sells ink pens, mostly ballpoints in attractively shaped wooden exteriors. He also makes mechanical pencils with similar exteriors and has even tried his hand at fountain pens. Acrylic exteriors also are available.
Ramsay became interested in pens when someone gave his father, Wilson Short, a handmade pen a few months ago. Ramsay saw it and thought it was “cool.”
Ramsay began reading about the craft and practicing.
“I read a lot,” he said.
“Lots of YouTube,” too, his dad said.
“Broken wood, sawdust and YouTube,” Ramsay said.
It didn’t hurt that Ramsay’s father, an emergency management instructor at Arkansas Tech University, already was a woodworker.
Ramsay, now a sixth-grader, was wrapping up the fifth grade last spring and carried home a report card of straight A’s. His great-grandfather, Ramsay Ward, rewarded him with $100. A month or so earlier, the teacher in Ramsay’s gifted-and-talented class, Aimee Dixon, had taught a unit on entrepreneurship, and the boy’s task was to write a business plan.
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Combine the handsome wooden pen given to his dad, Ramsay’s windfall and the need to develop a business plan, and the youngster had a brainstorm: Make and sell pens.
Ramsey used the $100 to buy a lathe.
“I was like, ‘Hey, this is fun. This is easy. I could make money off this,'” he recalled.
And with all that in mind, Ramsay’s Wood Shop was born.
Ramsay already was a curious, creative child. He’d previously tried his hand at making candles by melting crayons in the microwave. That effort fizzled out when he accidentally burned up the microwave.
Prices for the ballpoint pens, which take from 20 to 35 minutes to make depending on the design’s complexity, range from $20 to $40, while fountain pens can cost up to $50. Pens can be engraved for an extra cost.
Ramsay, who has his own business cards, sells his pens and other writing instruments through his Facebook page, which bears his business’s name and where his father also sells his handmade salt and pepper grinders. Ramsay has a website, too. It’s ramsayswoodshop.com.
The pens also are sold at Joshua’s Fine Jewelry in Russellville, and Ramsay plans to make some red-and-black ones in honor of Russellville High School’s Cyclones mascot to sell at Mullen Team Sports & Screenprinting.
With summer vacation now behind him, Ramsay estimated he has sold about 100 pens. He knows the approximate number because his father, a former corporal with the Arkansas State Police’s highway patrol, wanted to instill a sense of public service in his two sons. So, Ramsay opted to give $1 for every pen he sells to each of two charities — River Valley Food 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization where his father is president, and Choices Pregnancy Resource Clinic in Russellville, where his dad is a board member.
Wilson Short said he asked his son why he opted to wait until he got $100 from sales to donate the money to charity. The boy replied that it takes $100 for the River Valley nonprofit organization to feed a child for one year.
Already created and awaiting its owner is a pen made from a Dardanelle pecan tree.
“You can see the wormholes,” Short said, holding up the pen.
A pencil shaped from a piece of leftover red oak firewood, a pen of cedar wood from nearby Yell County, and a pen shaped from a dead dogwood are among the other items awaiting buyers.
Ramsay also can make pens from ancient olive wood imported from Bethlehem.
“Those trees are 2,000 to 3,000 years old,” Short said, picking up a just-finished pen, the scent of olive oil still detectable, and noting it comes with a certificate of authenticity.
In the wood shop, a variety of wood lies near the lathe — huge chunks from a pecan tree’s trunk. There’s also a small box of wooden rectangles — shaped from woods ranging from leopardwood to ambrosia maple — that a man Ramsay and his dad didn’t even know gave them.
Pen lovers can even commission an item from a favorite piece of wood.
One woman, for instance, had Ramsay make one from a big oak tree that had fallen down in her yard after standing there “for four or five generations,” Short said.
Ramsay and his dad are considering expanding the wood shop’s offerings to include wine stoppers and elegantly shaped candlesticks.
Ramsay still has the business plan he wrote for school last spring.
In it, he wrote that he planned to sell the pens to “men and women who write a lot, and kids in school.”
State Desk on 09/10/2017
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Review – Pens! Paper! Pencils!
TWSBI spent a long time developing the Eco, apparently to ensure if didn’t suffer from the fragility that has plagued earlier models. Time will tell if they’ve been successful but in the meantime, what is this pen like? Was it worth the wait?
Thank you to Pure Pens for sending me this pen to review.
Price: $29 (USA) £29 (UK) (doesn’t seem quite fair, that)
Nib options: Extra-fine, fine, medium, broad, 1.1mm italic (I’m reviewing the broad)
Barrel options: Clear barrel with white or black cap and piston knob. An all clear version is being considered
Filling system: Piston
Size: 13.9cm closed, 16.8cm posted
The barrel and section of the Eco are made from a single piece of clear plastic, apparently so TWSBI can make the pen robust while keeping costs down. Therefore the grip is simple and made from smooth hard plastic. It’s slim enough to be comfortable, though, and the threads for the cap are high enough not to be any bother. There’s a triangular shape to the very end of the section which gently guides your fingers into a proper grip without being intrusive.
The cap is large, with a functional but ugly looking clip, and a red TWSBI logo on the end. It’s got a hexagonal cross-section, referencing to the Diamond range, in contrast to the round barrel. The piston nob is also black and hexagonal.
The cap does post, quite securely, and although it changes the balance of the pen it’s not too noticeable. It’s a light pen and a good length and I found it (with my big hands) comfortable to use posted or not. I’ve seen some people saying they find it unusable when posted so if posting is important to you and you don’t have big gorilla hands like me then you may want to try it out first.
It’s unusual, to say the least, to find pens at this price point that are piston fillers. As far as I know, only Noodler’s do it. The mechanism on the Eco is smooth and enables the pen to hold a large amount of ink. It does require some maintenance over time, and TWSBI include a plastic spanner and some silicon gel, so the piston can be removed and lubricated when needed. This, I can imagine, may put some new users off but it’s easy enough to do and doesn’t need to be done very often.
The broad steel nib on my pen is lovely. It’s smooth – not Faber-Castell buttery smooth but nonetheless very good. It’s also wet without running away from you. If I’d bought a $100 pen with this nib, I would have been very happy.
Put next to a Diamond 580, you can see that this is a cheaper pen. The clip, in particular, is obviously of lower quality, and there’s no metal trim. Taste is subjective – I’ve seen some people saying they hate how the Eco looks – but I think the Eco looks great. I always love to see ink sloshing about in a clear barrel and I really love how the ink looks in the feed in this pen. The cap looks great, with the red logo contrasting nicely against the black. It’s only the clip that I find ugly. Overall, whilst not the most beautiful pen in my collection, it’s not one you feel you need to use only at home with the curtains drawn and the lights switched off.
This is a lovely pen to write with. The nib is great and the pen is comfortable to hold.
Eco stands for economical and this is certainly a very attractively priced pen. Its also a very good pen that would be worth looking at even if it was significantly more expensive. Messing about with silicon gel (for greasing the piston) and bottles of ink mean this isn’t the ideal first fountain pen but it makes for a wonderful second pen. TWSBI have a winner on their hands.
Needs some maintenance
Many thanks to Pure Pens for sending me this pen to review. These are my own opinions.
You can find some more reviews of the TWSBI Eco on Pennaquod.
Waldo County closed cases | PenBay Pilot
BELFAST — The following cases were closed in Waldo County Unified Court Oct. 29 – Nov. 4.
Stephen E. Boyle, 50, of Northport, operating after habitual offender revocation in Northport Aug. 9, 2019, six months in jail and $1,000; illegal possession of a firearm in Northport Sept. 14, 2020, six months in jail; unlawful possession of heroin in Northport Sept. 14, 2020, dismissed; unlawful possession of methamphetamine in Northport Sept. 14, 2020, dismissed; unlawful possession of a scheduled drug in Northport Sept. 14, 2020, dismissed; violating a condition of release in Northport Sept. 14, 2020, dismissed; violating a condition of release in Northport Nov. 5, 2020, 10 days in jail; violating a condition of release in Northport Jan. 2, 10 days in jail; theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in Belmont Dec. 17, 10 days in jail; burglary in Belmont Dec. 17, dismissed; violating a condition of release in Belmont Dec. 17, dismissed; theft by unauthorized taking or transfer in Belmont Dec. 30, 10 days in jail; burglary in Belmont Dec. 30, 10 dismissed.
Jason D. Ames, 36, of Northport, operating under the influence in Belfast July 4, 2020, 120 days in jail with all but 15 days suspended, one year of probation, license suspended for three years, registration suspended, and $700 fine.
Derri M. Lucas, 45, of Knox, disorderly conduct (offensive words/gestures) in Belfast Oct. 18, 2020, $250 fine; assault in Belfast Oct. 18, 2020, dismissed.
Joshua Stacey, 40, of Jackson, operating after habitual offender revocation in Brooks June 23, six months in jail and $1,000.
Raymond Pomeroy Jr., 36, of Stockton Springs, operating while license suspended or revoked in Stockton Springs Aug. 7, dismissed.
Jeffrey W. Rumney, 54, of Belfast, criminal trespass in Belfast July 11, dismissed.
Hans Russell, 20, of Fairfield, operating without safety equipment in Liberty Aug. 28, $100 fine.
Erica Thoms can be reached at [email protected]
Waterman Man 100 Specimen
Summit of Creation
Gold is the recognized king of precious metals, although not the most expensive of them all. There is probably no leading manufacturer of pens that does not include a “top model” in solid gold in its fashion collection. These regal pens, real works of art, proudly bear exclusive names (“Masterpiece”, “Presidential”, “Royal Performance”), emphasizing not only their value, but also the status of the owner.
Gold and pens were associated long before the era of mass distribution of writing instruments. The qualities for which the noble metal is so valued by jewelers (it does not oxidize, easily takes the desired shape), made it an ideal material for creating an “eternal feather” – at the end of the nineteenth century, for short, the pen was called simply a pen. At first, the fountain pen was just a holder with a metal nib that had to be constantly dipped in ink.In the course of the evolution of the fountain pen, jewelers began to lavishly apply exquisite gilding to the ebony body; since then gold has become the hallmark of executive pens.
Over the past hundred years, manufacturers have repeatedly released “crowned” variations of the leading models in gold or gilded execution. The main components of the base model, including the body, cap and clamp, and sometimes even small parts, were replaced with gold ones. This is how the legendary dream pens were born, costing many times more than their more modest predecessors.
The 1940s saw the golden hour of the year, which by then had become the true pinnacle of fountain pen manufacturers. Eversharp Skyline’s Command Performance in 14K gold sold for $ 75 in 1944 – an incredibly high price for the time compared to the popular $ 5 plastic pens! A regular plastic Valiant pen from Sheaffer in 1949 was $ 12.5, while a 14K gold Masterpiece model retailed for $ 100.All metal parts of these fabulously expensive pens were gold or gilded. Also in 1949, Parker launched its flagship Presidential model, marking the transition to a pipette (aerometric) filling system.
One hundred years of creation
In 1983, Waterman celebrated its 100th anniversary with the launch of its new Man 100, accompanied by an aptly named Watermania campaign.“For a hundred years, we have been and remain the undisputed leaders in the field of writing instruments,” said then the head of the company Francine Gomez.
The “elder” of the Man 100 family is a large black plastic pen over 14 cm long with gold-plated details and an 18-carat two-tone gold nib marked “IDEAL”. In this model, Waterman combines the features of vintage tubular pens with an innovative C / F clip and other contemporary design elements to create a massive yet extremely sleek instrument.The
Man 100 was a huge success, which inspired the company to further expand the range and experiment with new materials and finishes. In 1985, Waterman introduced the Opera pen, embellished with a delicate engraving of intersecting lines – a guillotine engraving reminiscent of the early hard rubber pens. It was followed by several variations based on the Man 100, issued in small editions: in 1985 – five thousand copies in a case of 925 sterling silver, and in 1987-1988 – from precious woods.
Finally, the time has come for the highlight of the collection, a true masterpiece in cast gold. Launched in 1988, this luxury model features a grooved design called “Gaudron”. It was decided to make the pen out of gold, and such a rich finish was meant for both the fountain pen and the ballpoint version. All gold elements, including the body, cap, lugs and clip, were 18K fine.
The cost of such an extraordinary pen was 5,000 pounds sterling, or 10,000 US dollars – truly a royal sum! However, this product was intended for customers who are not used to asking prices.So, as soon as it went on sale, the gold Man 100 turned out to be the most expensive pen in history at that time.
It is quite understandable that such a status pen simply could not be among the serial products in the thousands of outlets offering Waterman products. This brand has a very wide range of products, ranging from cheap pens for schoolchildren. It is logical that most of the distributors preferred to sell inexpensive standard models, leaving VIP-class items to jewelry stores and boutiques.Are there many who want to invest fabulous money in a gold pen, which will probably gather dust in a safe for years in anticipation of a wealthy owner? And even if such a client visits the store, he will most likely prefer to buy a unique product.
Since the “king of pens” was supposed to be produced primarily for individual orders, dealers of luxury writing instruments needed something as a sample to demonstrate what a real client’s pen would look like.
Waterman came up with an ingenious way of presenting the pen by creating an exact replica of the gold model, all of which was engraved with SPECIMEN (“Sample”) to distinguish it as a demo and avoid any questionable sales attempts. The pen gives a complete picture of the gold original, down to the smallest detail. This is a beautifully presented official “fake”.
The prospect got the opportunity to try the advertising sample in the store in order to get the most accurate impression of the appearance of the exclusive pen, as well as to feel how it would feel in the hand.The dealer, in turn, did not have to worry that the product would lose its presentation, since the pen was only a copy and a means of selling the original. The light blows and abrasion from trial use did not affect her appearance and her ability to demonstrate all her functions and the quality of writing that the client expected from her. Thanks to this, it was possible to safely order a gold pen, and the demo sample returned to the window to lure other wealthy buyers.
The pen was intended solely for demonstration purposes and therefore was not listed in any catalog for sale.It was not possible to find out how much the sample cost for dealers, but it can be assumed that approximately in the range of the model made of sterling silver.
Functionality and characteristics
If you are in any way attracted to gold, then a single glance at the massive Waterman Man 100 with expressive vertical grooves on the gilded case will completely absorb your attention. It is rather difficult to imagine anything more noble.
This is a rather large and massive pen, similar in weight to silver models and heavier than typical mass-market pens. It is especially impressive that even the cap and body tips, like all the connections, are gilded, and that the grooved Hodron pattern runs along the entire length of the body.
An elegant longitudinal pattern on a shiny gold surface reflects light like the facets of a gemstone, for an incredible aesthetic pleasure. It also creates an unusually pleasant tactile sensation: you literally don’t want to part with the handle.Moreover, it seems that Man 100 is doing everything to stay in your hands for as long as possible!
The handle is quite impressive, its length is more than 14 centimeters. It fits comfortably in the hand and easily grips at the base. The cap snaps securely into place, and the clip is firmly attached to it, which is set quite high. Therefore, the pen will only fit in a deep pocket. Lightweight fabric will bend under its weight, but people who write with golden pens are likely to sport starched shirts.For a demo, it is a superbly crafted piece, meeting customer expectations and perfect for presenting the crown of Waterman’s creation.
The two-tone gold-plated rhodium nib with an engraved company logo is more flexible and flexible than subsequent Man 100 modifications. It glides smoothly and smoothly under very little pressure, leaving graceful lines behind. This is especially gratifying considering that later pen nibs are definitely equipped with stiffer nibs.
Man 100 Specimen are not widely distributed – perhaps due to limited editions for a certain number of dealers of elite Waterman products. This does not imply high cost at all, but the pen has all the distinctive features of the gold model. Since the “Sample” marking is unobtrusive, the illusion of a really expensive product is invariably created – it’s like designer jewelry, only in the world of exclusive pens! Its trick is that it is an original, official Waterman product; Agree, this is incomparably better than a fake Rolex, which leaves hard-to-wash stains on your hands!
In compiling this article, materials from the Penhero website were used.com.
Why we steal pens and paper clips and how to wean ourselves from it
- Yannick Grip
- Associate Professor at the University of Calgary (Canada)
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Companies spend a lot of money every year to recover losses from all kinds of stationery taken out of the office – and yet workers continue to steal them. Why are we doing this?
Have you ever taken home some office supplies? How about those multi-colored pens stolen from your employer for your child to write at school? How often do you print your personal documents on your office printer – for example, concert tickets?
Recently, before launching a new pen, Papermate conducted an anonymous survey and 100% of office workers admitted to having stolen at least one pen in their lives at work.
During another – scientific – research, up to 75% of employees admitted that they had stolen office supplies from the office during the past year.
From an economic point of view, the annual damage caused by such behavior (which falls under the definition of “petty theft”) is expressed in hundreds of billions of dollars. This is approximately 35% of the annual losses for the “stationery” item of an organization – an average of 1.4% of its total revenues.
But if it hurts the economy so much, why do we keep doing it?
When you start a new job, the employer is usually generous with promises – and these promises are not necessarily written into your contract.
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When the stress at work is constant due to the fact that the bosses do not fulfill their promises, people want to take revenge somehow – well, at least steal a box of paper clips
For example, your new boss promised you flexible working hours. By doing this, he has created certain expectations in you, which form the basis for the so-called psychological contract.
As long as your boss keeps his word, you are a satisfied, dedicated, loyal employee.That just happens rarely.
We know very well that over time, bosses tend to forget about their promises, and in general, the ideas of the employer and the employee about what exactly was promised are very different.
In fact, many people believe that their employer is backing off from what they once promised. About 55% of workers say their boss starts to break promises in the first two years of their contract, and 65% have experienced this in the first year.
Recent research has shown that broken promises are sometimes encountered by new hires on a weekly or even daily basis.
And in such cases, you start thinking something like this: “If they so often do not keep their words, at least they apologized, right?”
The same studies show that bosses rarely notice that they are doing something wrong. As a result, only in 6-37% of cases the boss is ready to somehow explain or correct his behavior.
Apparently, employers break their promises quite often, but they are in no hurry to admit it or intervene in the situation and offer a solution.
Since you are with us so , then we also have the right … to take revenge?
Since it seems to the employee that the employer did not keep the word given to him, he decides that he has every right to certain things.
These employees often experience a whole range of negative emotions – anger, frustration and resentment, which leads to the desire to be in the center of attention and somehow reckon with the boss.
Moreover, the researchers found that these feelings are deepest among the most qualified employees, who expect their contributions to be appreciated.
Thus, the best workers are most likely to retaliate when promises are broken.
Several other studies have shown, in addition, that some even like to behave like an avenger, especially if they are in relatively high positions and are always in sight.
And we notice that the combination of the desire for revenge and the enjoyment of revenge provides additional motivation for such people to behave this way.
Revenge is sweet – but it won’t last long
Does all of the above mean that I defend your right to do this when your boss breaks his promises to you?
Of course not.Let me explain exactly what I am proposing with the acronym BRAIN (this English acronym is made up of the first letters of Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Information, Nothing, that is, “benefit”, “risk”, “alternatives”, “information” and “nothing” – and at the same time means “brains” in English. – Note of the translator ).
The first thing to do when faced with broken promises that were once made to you, take a step back and consider the potential benefits of your vengeful behavior – but considering all the risks associated with theft of office supplies.
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With so many stationery around, it is very difficult not to put at least something in your bag …
Although it may seem pleasant to settle scores with your manager in this way, – We all know that the sweetness of revenge is short-lived. In fact, very soon it turns into remorse.
Besides, you run the risk of being grabbed by the hand – and this already threatens to lose your job. So ask yourself the question, “Is it worth it?” And better think about alternatives to !
As I mentioned, your boss may not even be aware that he (or she) broke some promises.In addition, research shows that you can influence a situation by speaking up in a respectful manner.
Tell your boss exactly what promises he broke, how it affects your work – and ultimately the work of the entire organization.
Employers often react very positively to such rational arguments – this is confirmed by 52% to 66% of cases. Perhaps they will apologize to you or offer some kind of compensation.
However, before you take action, make sure you have all the information you need for this conversation.Ask yourself some important questions:
- Was a promise not kept for reasons beyond your boss’s control?
- Are your colleagues in the same situation?
- Is this the first time this has happened to you?
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Talking frankly to your boss instead of sticking your hands in a cabinet of office supplies?
The more information you have, the easier it is for you to decide what to do in this situation – release it on the brakes, speak out openly, demand compensation, and so on.
Recent research suggests that you are more likely to provoke a very specific response if you demonstrate to your boss how and what promises he broke.
After all, by doing this you will show him that it is he who is in control of the situation and, therefore, is able to fix everything.
The likelihood of a positive outcome is increased if you succeed in winning over to your side other employees who also suffer from non-fulfillment of promises made to them.The more you find, the better.
One last thing: before you do something, ask yourself, “Is it worth it?”
Perhaps sometimes it is better not to do anything at all . No, I am not saying that you must silently and humbly endure injustice in the workplace. I only suggest that you carefully choose which battle to engage in.
Protect yourself from the situation where you literally fight for every broken promise. Decide for yourself which aspects of your contract are by no means subject to new negotiation, and which would be nice to have, but not at any cost.
My advice to you: use the BRAIN chart to figure out exactly when and how to talk to your boss. This is far more expedient than running your hands into an office cabinet full of stationery.
Yannick Grip, Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada, originally wrote this article for The Conversation . It is reprinted here under a Creative Commons license.
To read the article in English, please visit BBC Capital .
Hint: Is the new surface handle worth the extra money?
The new Surface Pen (around $ 100) is not only visually redesigned – it no longer has a pocket clip and more color options, but it’s also more pressure sensitive with less lag, which means it’s more responsive in theory than the previous generation Pen (about $ 50). It also supports “tilt” for shading, although this feature is likely to be attractive only to very specific users, such as artists and people who use their surfaces to paint.
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But if you don’t like any of these things and are happy with your latest generation pen, or you can still find an older model available online, the new one may not be for you. Windows Central forum member bulls96 has a Surface Pro 4 and is wondering if the $ 100 new Pen Pen is worth buying.
So I lost my original Surface Pen from my sp4.It is possible to completely upgrade to the new Surface Pro. Is the new Surface Pen worth it? I’m not an artist, so tilting doesn’t do anything for me except that it’s cool.
Soon after Microsoft released the Surface Pen, we took a close look at the device to try and answer that question.
Microsoft’s new Surface Pen provides (limited) enhancements to older Surface PCs.
I bought a new Surface Pen with my Surface Pro (2017) and I really enjoy using it.But I’ve never used an earlier version of the nib, so I have no prospect of telling if it’s worth updating if your old nib is working fine.
What do you think? Have I used both the latest generation Surface Pen and the new one? If so, is the upgrade worth the extra money? Even if you haven’t used both versions, do you think bulls96 should buy a cheaper older pen if it’s still available? Click on the link below and let us all know.
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We put many important signatures in life. It is good if at this time an equally important pen is at hand. For example, “parker”.September. I sit on the couch, leafing through a magazine in which skinny girls in heels, glasses, with an armful of handbags and bags are running to shop. Pictures belong to the pen of the fashionable Spanish designer Jordi Labanda, illustrator “Marie Claire” and other famous glossy magazines.I found out about Jordi Labanda by chance – a friend gave me a pen with a logo on which was drawn a dark-haired girl with a high Negro hairstyle.
Jordi Labanda illustrates women’s stories, manufactures bags, swimwear and pens. The hit of the latest collection is a bright yellow pen with a dark shiny silhouette of Audrey Hepburn on the cap and on a round stand. And, imagine, you can buy one in Sumy!
is a novelty in 2006, – says Denis Dick, a senior seller at the Shedevra store.- Audrey is here as a symbol of femininity – in a small black dress and big glasses. In general, Laband’s pens are for young girls, students, they collect and exchange them.
The pens invented by Labanda are produced by the Spanish company Inoxchrome, well-known and recognized in all parts of the world. But the most expensive and most desirable pen number one in the world is, of course, the “parker”.
Number one in the world
“You can’t buy a real parker in Sumy,” some argue.- Everything that is sold in our city is fake. For a real “parker” you have to go at least to Kiev! ”
– Is it true? – I ask Denis.
– Indeed, a good “parker” costs about two hundred dollars, but you can buy it in Sumy, you just need to know what it looks like.
The most important distinguishing feature is the arrow-shaped clamp. For feather models more than a thousand hryvnia, the feather is necessarily gilded. The fact is that gold is a soft material, and over time it “adjusts” to the owner’s hand, pressure and manner of writing.On such a handle, it is usually embossed how many carats the gold contains – this way you can check its authenticity. In addition, the feather “parkers” have additional protection against leakage – a special reservoir. This means that the handle will not leak at low pressure – in the mountains or on an airplane during flight. Another nuance that is very important for business people: you can be sure that the handle in your jacket will not leak.
A gilded nib is a common feature of all expensive fountain pens, not just a parker.Why are there pens for $ 100 and there are for $ 300? The price also depends on the material from which the handle is made: amber, silver, platinum, precious woods, Chinese lacquer – the more refined, the more expensive. And the very top of the chic is a “parker” with a hull made from the remains of sunken ships or space rockets.
The core of ballpoint pens, in principle, is the same everywhere. It consists of a metal or plastic body filled with ink and has a ball of tungsten carbide at the tip.But in luxury pens, this ball is made with microcracks, which makes it easier to adhere to paper.
And the cartridges of good fountain pens also have such a secret: when the cartridge runs out, you can click on its tip, and an additional reserve of ink will open – enough to finish writing for another half page.
Invention of the school teacher
George Parker was a schoolteacher. His students wrote with fountain pens, from which ink constantly flowed and spilled onto the paper.This annoyed Parker very much – he constantly repaired the pens of his students. In the end, George, armed with his knowledge of mechanics, designed and assembled a fountain pen that was destined for a stellar fate.
The pen appeared at the end of the 19th century, and at the beginning of the 20th it was already famous. Parker’s small business grew into a huge corporation “Parker Pen Company”. And grateful buyers, among whom there were many writers, sent enthusiastic letters to the board of directors. For example, the author of the famous stories about Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote that he finally met a kindred spirit among the pens.Giacomo Puccini wrote the famous opera La Bohème with “Parker”. “Parker” has always been in the pocket of the American writer Salinger.
And when the era of twist came in America, a model was born that conquered all fashionistas. This eye-catching pen, with a bright orange sturdy body, symbolized all that the Roaring 20s stood for. She was big, cocky, and quite dapper. This was not only the most attractive pen, but also very expensive – for $ 7. Much more expensive than the average pen at the time.
Messenger of Peace
Parkers have been and continue to be used by members of royal families and heads of state around the world. When it comes to the signing ceremonies of historic treaties by world leaders, be it Bush, Reagan or Thatcher, it is the parkers’ turn. So, in 1945, the final surrender of Germany in World War II was signed with two Parker 51 pens, which belonged to General Dwight D. Eisenhower. And US President Reagan and Soviet Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev used custom-made Parker 75 pens in pure silver to sign the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in Washington.
And other elite
– There is one rule: traditionalists usually buy a Parker, and those who are more interested in design inventions buy a Waterman. Waterman is French American, explains Denis Dick. “He has ladies’ hands, very elegant, in a case with red poppies. Business women like that.
More interesting pens are produced by Graf von Faber Castell (Germany). Among them is a model specially designed by Porsche design (a famous design brand that once made a name for itself and now designs almost everything from coffee pots to pencils).The pen costs about $ 500 and is actually unique. Its body consists of weaves of metal wires, half of which are gold-plated!
The most expensive pen in Sumy is “Graf von Faber Castell”, it costs 14800 hryvnia. This is a 2004 model with an amber case from the Pen of the Year series. These are produced only once a year in limited quantities. I managed to buy it – it’s yours. And in ten years it will cost ten times more.The pen is packed in an alder case, with an amber pebble on the case. Last year the pen of the year was made of snake skin, this year it was made of mammoth ivory. But they are not yet on sale in Sumy.
Related: Good clerical name Parker
It is very common in the English-speaking world. Most of those who wear it have nothing to do with the creator of the iconic pens. But this does not mean that the fame is not enough for them.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker became the richest woman in New York, jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker was recognized as a genius during his lifetime, and Camilla Parker-Bowles married a British prince (former husband of Princess Diana).
The Parker Duofold pen is the most famous of all the “parkers”
In theory, it had some kind of engineering features, but big money – seven dollars – the buyer did not pay for them.
The handle was orange. In order to understand what it means to make an expensive orange pen in 1921, just look at the color photos of that time. There are three colors in clothes: black, white and silver-gray, in interiors – two: brown and dark green.Everything was kept in this range – walls of houses, car bodies, carpets, utensils, bed linen. Orange looked murderous in this gloomy world. Moreover, an expensive thing was painted in this color, indicating status and taste. Big Red, as the Americans dubbed it (“big red”. – Ed.), Were swept off the shelves – and by no means only wealthy people. The fame that hit Parker with this pen was instant and lasting. And it was in Parker Duofold that Arthur Conan Doyle recognized his kindred spirit, about which he wrote to his friend.
Natalya Serebryakova, “Dankor” newspaper
is an electric car with a power reserve of 1000 km
The production of an electric car from Huawei will start in 2022. The project invested $ 184 million.
The Avatr 11 electric car was presented in China. The Chinese telecommunications Huawei took part in its development, and Changan and the CATL battery manufacturer acted as its partners.The website Autohome writes about this.
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The photo showed a pre-production version of the Avatr 11, but the Chinese electric car is 99% consistent with the production model. It will go into production at the Changan plant in the second quarter of 2022, with the bodies of the first crossovers already welded. The project invested 1.172 billion yuan ($ 184 million).Crossover developed in collaboration with Changan and CATL [+ -]
The new Avatr 11 is a large crossover coupe with a sleek design. It has slim LED headlights and lights, retractable door handles and a very small rear window.Important
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Avatr 11 specifications are only partially declassified. It is known that it accelerates to 100 km / h in 4 from . The Chinese crossover will receive an autopilot and a very large battery with a capacity of 200 kWh . With it, the cruising range is likely to exceed 1000 km .
Huawei is not the first smartphone manufacturer to take on automobiles. Earlier, Foxconn showed prototypes of its electric cars (he is assembling the iPhone), and the first car was recently announced at Xiaomi.
Also Focus talked about an inexpensive Chinese electric crossover GAC with a power reserve of 1000 km.