The Rotring 400 is an interesting but very confusing line of pens from the early 1990s. It’s a clear relative of the Rotring 900, but the 400 is smaller and more affordable. The Rotring 400 was later replaced with the Rotring Espirit, which is easier to fine but generally considered to be less collectible.
The closest surviving relatively of the Rotring 400 is the Rotring Tikky line.
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The Rotring Altro tubular nib is an incredibly cool pen from the classic Rotring era (late 1980s and early 1990s). It’s basically a consumer version of a Rotring technical pen (aka drafting pen), like the Isograph. This Altro line is a plastic version of the high-end Rotring 900 series. It was sold as a ballpoint, mechanical pencil, fountain pen, and tubular nib pen.
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The Kaco Edge fountain pen that was very much inspired by the Lamy 2000, but one with some interesting things about it. First of all, it cost’s just $17.99, about 1/10th of the MSRP of the Lamy 2000. Second it uses real Makrolon in the body, just like the Lamy. Lastly, Kaco opted for a Schmidt steel nib, which can’t match the Lamy’s gold nib, but it’s no slouch!
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The Kaweco Classic Sport is a line of pens and pencils with a plastic body, with a classic hexagonal shape, in a very small size. These are “pocket pens” that are meant to be used when posted — when the cap is put on the back of the pen to extend its length.
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The Pentel Tradio is a fountain pen that completes the set of Tradio pens which includes a rollerball and “Pulaman” which Pentel calls a fountain pen but is actually more of a felt-tipped marker. The Tradio fountain pen uses a short, steel nib and a large plastic feed. It’s a good looking pen but it’s entirely plastic.
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