Is a Demonstrator pen worth it? Today we compare several fountain pens showing all the Demonstrator ranges out there. From José from Iguana Sell we take a closer look at this increasingly popular option.
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Is a Demonstrator pen worth it?
Hello! Welcome to a new review on our Iguana Sell channel. Today, we'll be discussing a topic that has often come up among our clients, friends, and enthusiasts: demonstrator fountain pens. In this review, we hope to share something that surprises and enlightens us all, giving us a better understanding of these unique and special pens.
Firstly, let's talk about the Twsbi Diamond. In my opinion, it is the quintessential demonstrator pen. Why? Because Twsbi is a brand that writing enthusiasts are likely familiar with. They are intimately connected to demonstrators and, in my opinion, the leading brand in this category. So, what exactly is a demonstrator pen? It's a pen that is essentially transparent, allowing us to see its interior, mechanism, and all its components. When you fill this pen with blue ink or any ink within that color range, the final effect is quite beautiful. While writing, you get to delight in the different colors of the ink itself and the interplay with the internal mechanisms. Twsbi, the reigning champion of demonstrators, has created a pen that not only looks stunning but also performs exceptionally well. It originated from a forum and has since grown into a highly regarded brand. Here at Iguana Sell, we are proud to bring this pen, almost exclusively, to Spain.
Next, we have the Platinum pen, which takes us a step further up the ladder of fountain pens, moving away from being a complete demonstrator. It features a faceted body, introducing translucency. When we rotate this pen, we can appreciate the various reflections created by the play of light. The pen also incorporates a rose gold nib that seamlessly integrates with the rest of the pen, adding to its visual appeal. Some may find it beautiful, while others may not. As always, Platinum delivers excellent quality with its gold nibs, making it an essential player in the realm of Japanese fountain pens.
Now, let's make a cosmic leap from the Asian environment to Italy, specifically to Visconti. Here we have a truly exquisite piece, although it has lost some of the transparency and dimensions, making it less of a demonstrator pen. With this pen, Visconti employs resin and a transparent mechanism to create a marbled effect, a fusion of marble and metallic elements. While the pen is less transparent, it gains a unique beauty from the marbled resins that reflect different colors and facets in the light. When loaded with ink, the interplay between the blues and greens gives a cool, almost Arctic feel, which perfectly matches the pen's design intentions.
Finally, we arrive at a pen that is almost non-demonstrator. We travel from Italy to Germany, landing at Montblanc, who presents us with a pen paying tribute to the composer Chopin. At first glance, this pen appears black, but it holds a delightful surprise—a small, dark blue transparent window, making it a demonstrator pen. Not all demonstrator pens have to be completely transparent or opaque; they can find a middle ground. In this case, the blue window serves as a homage to Chopin while also allowing us to see the ink level. The pen's aesthetics are intricately linked to the composer, featuring a pentagram and a treble clef on the ring, representing different notes from Chopin's melodies. It's a piece that strikes a balance between pure writing and collecting, and now we move on to Montegrappa.
Montegrappa, with the Venecia pen that I have in my hand, takes a slightly vintage leap, a nod to the revival of old traditions and the historical heritage associated with the brand. This particular piece has a unique and distinctive shape that evokes Montegrappa's classic designs. It is completely opaque, made of black resin, which means it reaches 0% transparency compared to demonstrator pens. Instead, it belongs to the category of standard pens that we all know, made of various materials such as resin, without any transparency. While demonstrator pens may not appeal to everyone, it ultimately comes down to personal preference and the pens one already has in their collection.
In my opinion, these pens are very beautiful, and if you play with ink and different colors, they can bring you great joy and create stunning aesthetics. They allow you to step outside the realm of standard designs and explore something different.
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