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The silver sleeves etched with "waves" recall my days living in Rowley, Massachusetts, just down state route 1A a few miles from Plum Island and its beach I’d roam in all seasons, taking in the salt air and the Atlantic Ocean in all its moods. The size is big but not huge, the ball clip adds a touch of Italian class, and the two-tone M nib writes smooth as silk. It polishes up perfectly, and the resin has a deep gloss to it. I like to travel with this set—the one time I prefer a converter over a lever or piston fill. It’s never fussy about angle, either, a plus for lefthanders like me.
It would be impossible for me to like a modern pen more. This oversized piston-filler is 12-sided, and writes with a solid line while being light on it’s feet, lighter than most other similar-sized pens. Looks-wise, my favorite variation of the Paragon is my trusty "high-tech" black model with the rhodium trim, hand-cut ebonite feed, and platinum-plated gold nib. A star in my fountain-pen galaxy.
 The beauty contest winner of any collection. It’s a little heavy, and the nibs run finer than Montegrappa claims (an F is really more like other manufacturer’s XF, an M is just a shade this side of F), and for all the cachet and cash outlay. . . Iit’s a converter fill. Still, it writes well and is a head-turner in your shirt pocket. Recommended for anyone who likes all-metal pens and those who indulge in silver. Comes in several different variations, this one is the “etched Greek key” design.
German engineering gives this pen a strong line and a perfectly smooth piston-fill mechanism. Less expensive than Montblancs and better writers to boot, this pen comes highly recommended to beginners and fountain-pen veterans alike. A classic with a large, two-tone gold nib.