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AimlessWanderer

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The Helix Oxford pens really have turned out to be excellent purchases. Wonderfully smooth writers, with a nice heft and "presence". I have a couple of spares inbound now too, but plain stainless, rather than lacquered.

£4 each!!! :eek6:

I was actually looking for a starter pen for my niece, but had to grab myself a couple of these too, while they were on sale.
 

AimlessWanderer

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The Helix Oxford pens really have turned out to be excellent purchases. Wonderfully smooth writers, with a nice heft and "presence". I have a couple of spares inbound now too, but plain stainless, rather than lacquered.

£4 each!!! :eek6:

I was actually looking for a starter pen for my niece, but had to grab myself a couple of these too, while they were on sale.

These landed today. I popped a cartridge in one, and once again, it wrote perfectly straight out of the box. With the blue and the strobe silver, that's four of these I have now... for about £20 total. Excellent pens!

A bottle of Quink Black (the permanent type) arrived with them.
 

AimlessWanderer

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Quink Black should be called Quink Very Dark Teal. I do like it though. It seems a very well behaved ink so far.

Having tried it in both the Parker 45 Flighter and the Parker IM Premium Geometric, I think I'm going to pair this ink permanently with the IM Premium. Black pen, black ink. Also, the 45 Flighter is my only other converter pen for filling from bottles, and will reach into a 30ml Diamine bottle much easier, plus also fill from a lower ink level, so it makes more sense to leave that to handle the miscellaneous bottled inks.
 
I believe that a more expensive pen can offer some very desirable and noticeable benefits. Going to a Pelikan gold nib provides a huge improvement in the smoothness of writing and a very reliable piston. I imagine there are others that provide those things, too, but the lowest cost gold nibbed Pelikan outperforms some far more expensive pens in my personal experience. I have had a few nice pens but am not a pen collector. I stumbled onto my Pelikan ages ago. It has probably paid for itself and always delivers perfect ink flow.
 

AimlessWanderer

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I believe that a more expensive pen can offer some very desirable and noticeable benefits. Going to a Pelikan gold nib provides a huge improvement in the smoothness of writing and a very reliable piston. I imagine there are others that provide those things, too, but the lowest cost gold nibbed Pelikan outperforms some far more expensive pens in my personal experience. I have had a few nice pens but am not a pen collector. I stumbled onto my Pelikan ages ago. It has probably paid for itself and always delivers perfect ink flow.

Pelicans are way outside my price range. They are also afflicted with threaded sections, which in itself is a deal breaker for me.

Every new pen I have bought, has been £20 or less. They all write wonderfully, albeit with a bit of refinement. Although I haven't tried any £150 pens (other than briefly handling a few threaded section pens, and quickly handing them straight back), I am unable to imagine what improvements a pen could possibly offer, for me to justify spending that additional £130.

Note: I'm not suggesting that others shouldn't enjoy them. I just can't even begin to imagine what might make me feel that I'd got value for money at those prices.
 
Pelicans are way outside my price range. They are also afflicted with threaded sections, which in itself is a deal breaker for me.

Every new pen I have bought, has been £20 or less. They all write wonderfully, albeit with a bit of refinement. Although I haven't tried any £150 pens (other than briefly handling a few threaded section pens, and quickly handing them straight back), I am unable to imagine what improvements a pen could possibly offer, for me to justify spending that additional £130.

Note: I'm not suggesting that others shouldn't enjoy them. I just can't even begin to imagine what might make me feel that I'd got value for money at those prices.
Understood. The standard price for an M200 is 76£. A quick search of eBay gets it to 65£. Better deals pop up from time to time, sometimes significantly better on older models. Another great writer is the Parker Sonnet.
 

AimlessWanderer

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It turns out the nibs on the Helix Oxford pens are soft. Very soft. I snagged the nib on one, and bent the tines up a bit. No significant damage, other than splaying the tines a little, and lifting it off the feed slightly. It took a bit of time to get it settled back down again, and stop it hard starting. It was in fixing it that I realised just how soft the nib actually is. Certainly softer than any of the nibs I intentionally splayed a bit.

It's back to writing absolutely perfectly again now though, but it did make me glad that I got myself a spare. In fact it might actually be writing better than before. :lol1: Still nice to have that £4 spare in the drawer in case of more serious accidents.
 
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