07-11-2014, 12:30 PM
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  • freddy
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I've been shopping. Blush

From The Goulet Pen Co., I thought I'd just order a dot pad, as I asked about in another thread. Of course, some serious ADs kicked in from all over.

From the Goulets, two Rhodia Dot Pads, a sheet of Micro-mesh to help smooth nibs, and a Pilot Metropolitan pen with a fine nib (barrel and cap are metal).

From Speerbob on eBay, a Pilot Crystal pen with a fine nib (barrel and cap are resin).

From Levenger's store in Chicago, while visiting that great city, a Levenger L-Tech Stealth Plus pen with a fine nib and a stylus (barrel and cap are brass).

The dot pads are everything wonderful that posters in my other thread said they would be. I may be looking to get the larger pad soon.

To be frank, I was disappointed in the Pilot Metropolitan with a medium nib but I usually don't care for medium nibs to begin with. Because Metropolitans are so affordable ($15.00) I decided to see how I like the fine nib. It gets very good reviews.

Speerbob is an eBay seller and I have purchased from him several times in the past. I have never been disappointed with the pens I have purchased from him or his service. The Pilot Crystal demonstrator with the gold tone accents just caught my eye and, besides, I'm a sucker for demonstrators in general. For $12.99 it was worth taking a chance to see how this might be for an everyday carry (EDC).

I noticed the Levenger L-Tech Stealth with stylus quite some time ago but I was not willing to pay the original price of $89.00. That is because that while the reviews were generally good there were a few that gave me pause. However, when in their shop in Chicago (which is actually located in the Macy's in the Loop) I was able to get a hands on with it. I loved the style, I got to dip the pen and the nib seemed quite smooth, and the stylus was just a great plus for when I use my iPad. I was hemming and hawing when the salesman said that they were on sale for $49.00 because they were going to be changing or dropping this particular model soon. I figured, "What the heck, go for it." At the cash register, the salesman discovered that there was an additional 15% off so I got the pen for $41.65.

I am looking forward to giving all of the pens a workout as soon as a couple of pens currently in use run out of ink. At that time I'll take those out of rotation and put the new ones in.

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Pens (top to bottom): Pilot Metropolitan, Pilot Crystal, Levenger L-Tech Stealth

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Pilot Metropolitan, boxed

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Pilot Metropolitan, capped

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Pilot Metropolitan, posted

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Pilot Crystal, capped

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Pilot Crystal, posted

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Levenger L-Tech, boxed

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Levenger L-Tech, capped

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Levenger L-Tech, posted

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 07-11-2014, 12:46 PM
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  • CRAusmus
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I was wondering how long it would take you to try one of the Metropolitans once the Goulets added the fine nib...Can't want to hear what you think.

I guess I'm gonna have to grab one of these dot pads for my next notebook.

Congrats on your purchases Freddy. Enjoy...

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 07-11-2014, 12:50 PM
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Thanks, Clinton. I'm not sure which ADs are worse, wet shaving or fountain pen/stationery. Rolleyes

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 07-11-2014, 05:26 PM
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Nice haul, Freddy! Biggrin

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 07-14-2014, 02:18 PM
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You're on fire, Freddy. Enjoy!

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 07-14-2014, 02:33 PM
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I have been using the Pilot Metropolitan (fine nib) with Waterman Havana (now Absolute Brown) ink. I like this pen so much more than the Metropolitan with a medium nib, which I also own. It is a smooth writer with a line that is more EF than F, in my opinion. Ink flow is smooth and consistent. For $15.00 this metal barrel and cap pen is a bargain.

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 07-15-2014, 11:43 AM
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Looks like some great stuff! I'm waiting to see how the Levenger pen works out for you. I've been tempted but have held off on one.

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 07-18-2014, 11:52 AM
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Nice haul! Back to brown inks I seeBiggrin

Phil

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 07-18-2014, 02:05 PM
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(07-18-2014, 11:52 AM)PhilNH5 Wrote: Nice haul! Back to brown inks I seeBiggrin

Phil

Never really left, Phil, but have so many inks that I'm pulled in a bunch of directions at once when it's time to fill one of my pens. Rolleyes

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 07-21-2014, 10:42 PM
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Sorry to hear the Metropolitan didn't work out for you. It sure is a nice looking pen though! Nice haul Freddy!

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 07-22-2014, 09:35 AM
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Luke, my original Metropolitan with a medium nib was pretty bad. However, the one here with a fine nib is superb and I am very pleased with it.

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 07-23-2014, 07:56 PM
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You have been shopping, Freddy! Enjoy your new pens and dot pads.

(I'll need to check out the dot pads. Are the pages perforated for removal from the pad?)

- Murray

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 07-24-2014, 09:01 AM
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(07-23-2014, 07:56 PM)CMur12 Wrote: You have been shopping, Freddy! Enjoy your new pens and dot pads.

(I'll need to check out the dot pads. Are the pages perforated for removal from the pad?)

- Murray

Yes, Murray, on this style of Rhodia pad, the pages are micro-perforated and very easy to remove.

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