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Postby dazzlebabe » Tue, 07 Dec 2010 1:54 pm

I need to buy a pen as a christmas gift for a high profile client (male). the budget is around $500. What pen brands come across as "business-y". I don't think we will buy the "bird poo" MB pens.

Are Parker and Cross considered business-y?

TIA as don't know much about pens. Only use Uniball in the office!
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Dec 2010 2:37 pm

Gold filled Cross Pen sets (Pen, Pencil & Rollerball) are nice, but I've never liked the ball point refills in them. They are also slender so unless your boss has a small hand, they can be uncomfortable to write with.

If he's really special, something from this shop could have a lasting impression on him..

http://www.pensinasia.com/new/ (Unfortunately I have no guidelines on their price ranges and I would imagine they are pretty wicked)

Other shops with a brick & mortar presence as well.....

http://houseofpens.blogspot.com/2009/11 ... -2009.html

Good luck as you have a lot of variety of shops out there.....

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Tue, 07 Dec 2010 3:02 pm

Not sure if you are considering rollerball or fountain pens. I think fountain pens make great gifts especially if your client already has lots of ballpoints. Many fountain pens come with cartridge options so they are relatively easy to refill. My opinions below are about fountain pens.

Pilot makes great pens as they also make Namiki which are some of the finest pens around but expensive. Sailor has the best nibs but the pens don't look pretty and it's a relatively unknown brand except among pen enthusiasts. Faber Castell has a clean professional image though I personally don't like the look and feel of their pens, but then I don't like Parkers or Crosses either as they are all slender types as SMS pointed out. In my opinion a good business pen should be sturdy in build and write in broad bold strokes as they are used to sign life-changing documents and cheques of staggering amounts :D

I find the folks at Aesthetic Bay at Ion Orchard knowledgeable and helpful, and their prices are reasonable. Tell them your budget and purpose and they will make some recommendations.

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Postby dazzlebabe » Tue, 07 Dec 2010 3:25 pm

Thanks SMS and WIMH!

Will check out ION
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Postby BBCDoc » Fri, 17 Dec 2010 9:40 pm

Mont Blanc is a highly visible luxury brand for writing instruments, although I hear for fountain pens, the older used pens are considered to be much better at writing than the current modern nibs. Having said that, not sure you can buy a MB fountain pen for <$500...
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 17 Dec 2010 10:38 pm

BBCDoc wrote:Mont Blanc is a highly visible luxury brand for writing instruments, although I hear for fountain pens, the older used pens are considered to be much better at writing than the current modern nibs. Having said that, not sure you can buy a MB fountain pen for <$500...


Did you bother to read the OP's first post?

dazzlebabe wrote:I don't think we will buy the "bird poo" MB pens.

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Sat, 18 Dec 2010 12:38 am

BBCDoc wrote:Mont Blanc is a highly visible luxury brand for writing instruments, although I hear for fountain pens, the older used pens are considered to be much better at writing than the current modern nibs. Having said that, not sure you can buy a MB fountain pen for <$500...

That budget will only get you a rollerball. You're right that MB is visible because of their aggressive marketing, but that's all it has going for it. The quality of its pens doesn't come close to the great pen makers.

Hey Dazzlebabe, what did you buy in the end?

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Postby dazzlebabe » Sat, 18 Dec 2010 10:52 am

We bought wine :oops:
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Postby Wind In My Hair » Sat, 18 Dec 2010 11:00 am

dazzlebabe wrote:We bought wine :oops:

Aiyoh :lol:

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Postby earthfriendly » Sun, 19 Dec 2010 11:33 am

Wind In My Hair wrote:In my opinion a good business pen should be sturdy in build and write in broad bold strokes as they are used to sign life-changing documents and cheques of staggering amounts :D



Where can I buy such a pen? I need a Christmas gift for my husband (or shall I say myself :P ). I live off him and will not mind a monthly paycheck that is "life-changing" and "staggering". For a change.

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Postby Wind In My Hair » Sun, 19 Dec 2010 12:37 pm

earthfriendly wrote:Where can I buy such a pen? I need a Christmas gift for my husband (or shall I say myself :P ). I live off him and will not mind a monthly paycheck that is "life-changing" and "staggering". For a change.

Some bookstores sell colourful "magic pens" :P

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 19 Dec 2010 3:54 pm

how about life-taking pens then? http://www.unfinishedman.com/modern-fistload-weapon-or-stylish-pen-the-smith-wesson-tactical-pen

Go Jason Bourne on your would-be assailants and still sign life-changing documents afterwards!

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can we try before purchase

Postby shiranaihito » Thu, 21 Jul 2011 4:33 pm

nothing fantastic on mb, its just branded..

online, caran d'ache... how recognized? Tried & tested, quality better than mb


Wanted to get a gift for my godpa


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