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Edited by tryphon on May 17, 2018, 4:58 pm
Posted by Giovanni Abrate
on May 17, 2018, 4:55 pm, in reply to "Wing Sun 601
There is no doubt in my mind that the availability of inexpensive pens from China (and to a lesser extent India) is causing the demise of many European penmakers. Inoxcrom, Delta, OMAS, Conway Stewart, Signum (now revitalized by new ownership) are gone and I know of a few more that are on the brink of closing their doors. Some of the survivors actually have their pens made in China and do not disclose the fact. Until a few years ago, a new pen fan would buy an inexpensive pen (Parker Vector, Waterman Phileas, Pelikano, etc.) They would spend 30-50$ and enjoy a fine, but basic pen. Their next buy would often be a 100$ pen. Maybe after that, they would buy several more over a space of a couple of years and eventually scale up to a Limited Edition. Today's scene is very different: you can get a taste of several pens, with different characteristics on eBay for $2 or $3 per pen, including shipping from China! Moving upscale means buying a TWSBI. For $100, you can try out a dozen or more pens. They will keep you busy and why should you buy a low end Pelikan for $150? Today's Chinese pens write well, use good materials and look good. The whole market has changed and will never be like it was before. European penmakers will disappear or move production to China or to one of the emerging economies.
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