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Franklin-Christoph Model 20 Marietta


 As soon as I saw this pen, I knew my wife was going to have to have one of them. She uses her pens for notes, and that means sporadic cappings and uncappings. This slip-cap pen is kinda perfect for her uses. This was the only one that they had in this Tiger Red acrylic, and she snapped it up right away. At the time, this was a 1-of-a-kind pen. This pattern is going to be released at the DC show, though, so you may be able to get your hands on one soon.

 Simple lines, clean engraving, and just a couple of subdued embellishments at each end make it a stylish pen. 

The next couple of pics really show the form and color/pattern of this pen. It's very dark, but the pattern is fairly visible up close. We've got some really bright sunlight to bring it out in this picture, but it's more muted in general.

The 20 is a cartridge/converter pen that can also be an eyedropper if that's what you're into. There are lots of threads on the section, and that's great for eyedroppers, I'd think. (I don't do eyedroppers, but that's my guess.)


Like the 02, the 20 can be posted comfortably. That post is secure enough that I don't have a worry about the cap coming off accidentally. There's no click, but it feels solid and it works.

Size-wize, it's in the same class as the Pilot Custom 74 and the Lamy Al-Star. The section is a little narrow, but it's very comfortable in my large hand and even better for my wife's smaller hand.



 I'm fairly sure that this is a #6 nib (though I'll ask Scott about it when I see him this weekend), but it's set back into the section so it looks smaller than it is. That's great because it keeps the nib from looking huge in this relatively small pen. I want to see more of this.

There's the inside of the cap. Nothing there. It fits securely on both the section and the barrel, but there aren't any threads or inner caps. 

Video Review

So, I have tried to make this video (and the one for the 02) for a few days now and I just couldn't get the lighting right. I finally balanced the laptop on my foot and faced my window to get some light. It was precarious and the angle gives me extra chins, but the pen looks better than it would be otherwise.

The 20 is a great pen, and I totally endorse it. It runs $165 (as most FC pens do), but the crafts-person-ship is excellent and the design is on point. Check this one out if you get a chance.

Also, I hear that there will be a pocket version of this pen at the DC show in small quantities. I'll have pictures (at least) for you when I get back from the show.
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